Super Bowl final thoughts: Giants-Redskins, Belichick, Gisele

Super Bowl final thoughts: Giants-Redskins, Belichick, Gisele
February 7, 2012, 6:16 pm
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Redskins fans clinging to the season sweep will surely disagree, but the Giants are a very good team that once healthy played to their potential, not a mediocre team that got hot late. Sure, Tom Coughlins crew displayed a severe case of the inconsistencies during the regular season, the kind thatfrequentlyhad the tabloids suggesting the head coach will be pushed overboard. Don't mistake unpredictability with lack of talent or put the Redskins lackluster ways in the same "could be a champion with the right breaks" category. Both teams dealt with injuries, but the talent and upside of those lost dramatically favored the Giants. Going forward with their playmaking passing game and stellar front-four pass rush, Eli Manning, Justin Tuck and company are perfectly positioned for this current NFL era. Even with the two wins over Big Blue this season, realistic burgundy and gold observers will not suggest the same of their team,regardless ofthe Redskins adding the other Manning or not.The Super Bowl run displayed the awesomeness that is the Patriots model crafted by Bill Belichick and his owner Robert Kraft. Despite numerous coaching and front office defections, despite a near complete roster overhaul from the 18-1 team just four years prior (only six players on both rosters), the Patriots were a drop here or a perfect Giants throw-and-catch away from a fourth ring. Yet, the game also punctuated the frustration over Belichicks handling of said roster.
Despite near genius manipulation of the draft in terms of acquiring copious amount of picks, the Patriots rarely land home runs or use them to add significant fill-in-the-gap veterans. The grumpy one apparently drinks from the same water that Jon Gruden slurps right before the coach-turned-analystunrealistically spews some next man up rant. From the secondary to the wide receivers and other spots in between, too often it seemsBelichick prefers filling out and cultivating aroster on the cheap rather than adding legitimate pieces for the always-contending team. In lesser coaching hands, Belichicks collective maneuvers would reek of front office malpractice. Good thing he has the guy in the hoodie coaching his roster up. Mario Manninghams superb sideline grab propelled the Giants game-winning drive. It also likely vaulted the receiver with inconsistent hands into a larger payday than his skill set warrants. Victor Cruz proved invaluable this season, but the playing time door the undrafted receiver salsa danced through existed because the Giants had no qualms about shuffling Manningham into a lesser role. So, in answer to the question posedin this articleabout whether the Redskins should eye the NFC East target, I say no. Surely even Alvin Harper agrees. Not sure I understand the outrage over Gisele Bundchens postgame comments. Heckled by Giants fans following the Super Bowl loss, Tom Bradys supermodel wife reportedly kept a stiff upper lip before stuff about the Patriots receivers dropping passes to those around her. And? It was an offline comment, if such a thing exists in this electronic age world. Its not as if Gisele went all Monday morning quarterback in front of a bevy of reporters and microphones. It was a heat of the moment comment caught by a rogue camera, not Brenda Warner-esque premeditated call into a sports radio show defending her quarterbacking hubby Kurt. Besides, Gisele is the more famous half of the pretty pair and sports the larger bankroll so she is not exactly a candidate for the role of a stay in the background spouse. Sure, there was probably a collective eye roll from Wes Welker and the other Patriot receivers upon hearing the comments. Im guessing its probably nothing that seeing Giseles Victoria Secret pals up close at a soiree cant cure.