EAST RUTHERFORD—The Giants’ 42-7 blowout of the Eagles was a desperate illustration of what they are capable of when they get it all together, hinting at what they could have accomplished in the postseason if they had simply gotten it together a little more often.
BALTIMORE—How can the Super Bowl champs, the team that not long ago blew out the Packers and Saints, the team that convincingly stayed on message with we-got-this assurances, go out ruin their season with two straight no-shows?(1)
It's still anyone's guess what the Giants' linebacking corps will look like this season.
Chase Blackburn is penciled in as the starting middle linebacker at the moment, but defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said Keith Rivers, Greg Jones and Mark Herzlich will compete for the position. Earlier in the offseason, general manager Jerry Reese mentioned Michael Boley, which basically means that every linebacker other than Mathias Kiwanuka and Jacquian Williams is a candidate for the job.
So Eli Manning will host Saturday Night Live on May 5th. Apparently, the slot has been offered to him “a few times” through the years, but he turned it down until now. It just “feels like the right time,” he said.
This should be fun. The obvious source of humor with Eli is that he is slack-jawed, youthfully awkward and self-effacing—basically the opposite of the American archetype of the superstar quarterback.(1)
Each time the Giants or Jets play a football game, Capital will write about a home-team member who took part in it. This post is about Chase Blackburn, who played linebacker in the Giants’ 37-20 win yesterday over the Green Bay Packers.
In late November, eleven games into the N.F.L. season, Chase Blackburn was still in his Ohio hometown, waiting for any team to call him on the phone. He had spent the previous six seasons with the Giants as a competent but limited player.