NY Giants: Why the G-Men Must Find Their Running Identity To Make Playoffs

Danni SantanaContributor ISeptember 23, 2010

Before the Giants have any thoughts on making the playoffs they must first find their identity. The game plan for last weeks game against the Colts was very suspect. Moving forward the Giants must realize that the key to this teams success is the running game.

Just because the Giants have a good young receiving core does not mean they should abandon the running game. The Giants quite frankly are not that great to be abandoning their greatest strength as a football team.

If you don’t believe me ponder this, Eli Manning threw for 4,021 yards last season more yards than he has ever thrown in his career in a single season and the Giants went 8-8. Albeit the secondary had a lot to do with that, but still the Giants lacked a running game last year.

The Giants in the offseason got their secondary healthy and even improved it. Understandable is the fact that they did not play that well against the Colts. But we all know we expected the Colts to win that football game.

Not by the 38-14 margin that they did so but that large deficit can be credited to the Giants horrible offensive game plan. What in the world were they thinking coming out in all these different formations. They mixed up formations so much they apparently confused themselves especially in pass protection.

The Colts D-Line made the Giants O-Line look very inadequate. And truthfully the Giants offensive line is much better than the performance they put forth this past Sunday.

More to the point, as pointed out by Chris Collinsworth during the live NBC telecast, the game would have been completely different if the Giants just stuck to their running game. The same running game that won them the Super Bowl three years ago.

What should really make people scratch their heads is how you can look at the film of a team who the week prior to playing you gives up over 230 yards to one running back in Arian Foster and New York come out throwing the ball.

A teams best football is played when things are as simple as can be.

Not everything has to be that complicated for it to be effective. And it does not get more simple than putting on your big boy pants and beating your man off the ball to set up every other part of your offense.

Fast forward to this Sunday versus the Titans, the Giants must come out running the football to be successful. If for no other reason than to keep Chris Johnson on the sideline with his helmet off. Over their history the Giants have always been a defensive team who always knew how to run the football and stick with the run.

Its time to get back to that. Because if they don’t I’m afraid the Giants have no hope of making the playoffs. On the flip side if they do get back to running the ball consistently they will make the playoffs and I think win a game or so. After that, I mean it's the playoffs right who knows what will happen.

The big key to the Giants running game is Brandon Jacobs. Jacobs needs to stop tiptoeing around these holes and use his big body to run through people. He had a run in Indianapolis that I'm sure frustrated Giant fans beyond belief.

Jacobs had an opportunity to run through an off tackle hole set up for him on the edge but instead decided to run laterally to the left and eventually was tackled by Colts safety Bethea for no gain. This of course the play before he went to the sideline and threw his helmet 11 rows up to the stands out of frustration.

Jacobs has already lost his starting job and his helmet once this season. If he keeps up this passive aggressive way of running the football he will find himself behind Ahmad Bradshaw and Danny Ware on the depth chart.

Brandon must stop complaining about playing time and how he is upset with his play on the field and do something about it. The solution is simple get low, keep the legs churning and run through defenders rather than around them.

He needs to get it together because if he does with the way that Bradshaw is running right now the G-Men can really surprise some people this season. If not, another mediocre 8-8 season awaits.