July 22, 2008

He’s no Saint

by Dan Bilicki In: Football

Sure, on the field, Jeremy Shockey may now be a Saint, but we all know he’s just a pompous buffoon who made the most of a few big games, a fiery, patriotic image and a big mouth. How well will he fit in New Orleans, well, that remains to be seen.

The biggest problem with New Orleans never was their passing game and grabbing a play-making tight end that isn’t a great run blocker may not help as much as people think it will. He will be a red-zone threat but with guys like Reggie Bush, Marques Colston and Deuce McAllister, did they really need another option? Incumbent tight end Eric Johnson wasn’t a horrible option to begin with.The Saints should’ve been looking to upgrade their offensive line or the defensive backfield. They’re not going to be able to get too far in the playoffs if they can’t make stops.

And yes you read that right, playoffs. Even after that criticism, it’s hard not too see the Saints win the NFC South this season, but past that, they’ll struggle, even with a home game.

On the Giants’ end, they excised a cancer that was bound to torment them. They already proved that they didn’t need Shockey to win so they aren’t losing too much in this deal. Kevin Boss isn’t a play-maker but he does help out a lot in the running game. With Shockey gone, the G-Men’s offence isn’t that much worse than last season’s Super Bowl-winning version. Their real questions are can they play with the pressure stacked on a defending champion and can their defence be as great as it was down the stretch for a whole season — without Michael Strahan.

And Just for kicks: Peter King Danny Wuerffel.

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