Also, hopefully Kenny has rid himself of so many of the ridiculous arguments and conclusions that I easily and successfully shot down with ease. Maybe all that fun in the Florida sun has smartened Mr. Palmer up. We'll see. OK, here goes. You want my quickie analysis on what the Giants have been up to this offseason? I'm not going to go signing-by-signing but I will tell you this: Getting Plaxico Burress is a good move. Is he the perfect receiver with the perfect résumé with the perfect attitude? No, no and no. But is he much better than what they have, badly needed for the offense and worth the risk and investment? Yes, yes, yes and yes.
Ken Palmer: There's Paul out on his infamous limb again. The Burress signing was good because it came at the Giants price. But you mean to tell me someone who couldn't get along with the King of the Players Coaches - Bill Cowher - is just going to fall in line under Tom Coughlin? You can't be serious. This is an accident waiting to happen. Burress practically earned the nickname 'late' while with the Steelers; now he's going to set his watch five minutes forward? Heck he even missed the first week of workouts so he could tend to 'personal matters.' Add the very low success rate receivers have when changing teams in free agency to the fact that Burress has inconsistent hands and will be playing in front of a less-than-patient fan base, and Giants fans might be wishing they had ol' reliable number 88 back by the end of the year.
PS: You bring up some valid points about what Burress has done in the past and why he never blossomed into a great receiver with the Steelers. But who says this guy is a finished product? He's still young and can change. Also, he hasn't been involved in anything really bad. Those who know him say he's quiet and reserved, not surly and unapproachable. And many of his teammates in Pittsburgh liked him a lot. Bill Cowher certainly didn't rip him on the way out. This is a guy who thought he would command huge money on the open market, equaling the $12 million bonus and $30 million package the Bears gave Mushin Muhammad, who isn't as physically gifted (but has been much more productive) than Burress. I'm guessing that Burress was taken aback by the startling lack of interest in him and is itching to show that he's even worth more than the $8.25 million bonus and $25 million package the Giants gave him. He didn't cash in the way he expected, so what we might have here is a rarity in the high-end world of free agency: A marquee player with something to prove. That's not a bad thing.
KP: That's if he's mature enough to handle all that logic. Word out of Pittsburgh wasn't totally glowing in Plax's favor. He was rumored to often run with the wrong crowd and hasn't yet fooled anyone - on or off the field - into thinking that he graduated from Princeton instead of attending Michigan State, where all you need is five TDs - no credits required - to get a degree. Let's not dump on Burress too early, but let's realize that for such a supposedly valuable receiver, the Giants didn't exactly have to beat off other suitors with a stick. One league source told TGI that no matter how good he is or can be, he's not worth it because of all the other stuff you have to deal with.
PS: Look, I'm predicting that Burress and Coughlin will get along fine so let's wait and see how that one plays out. Let's leave Burress alone while I educate you on another matter. No, it's not a top 10 list of why your beloved Phillies won't be in contention this season. Cutting that list down to a mere 10 is impossible. I know you're going to give me this song and dance about how the Giants offensive line is now set and ready to roll now that Kareem McKenzie was signed to play right tackle. I like the signing and there's no way he doesn't come in and instantly upgrade the line. Of course, the Giants overpaid to get McKenzie, considering they made him the highest-paid right tackle in the league although he's never been in a Pro Bowl. But I'm not bent out of shape about that, either. I just don't see how he solves all the problems on the line.
KP: Because, as usual, Paul, you can't see the big picture. Not only does McKenzie upgrade the now very important right tackle spot - you do realize some teams are now starting to put their best pass rushers on the left side - a.k.a. Michael Strahan, Jevon Kearse, etc. right, Paul? But McKenzie playing right tackle also totally upgrades the left guard spot, where David Diehl, who proved in two seasons that he's a better guard than tackle - will try to hold off Jason Whittle. If Whittle starts the season on the bench, he'll serve as the Giants best OL depth potentially in team history. Of course, Paul fails to see the positive domino effect of this move. But it's going to work wonders.
PS: Since when are you such a blind optimist? Must be you're still thinking about those warm days and hot nights in Clearwater. For you, more like warm days and cold nights. Whatever. You'll be smacked back into reality soon enough. I will admit the offensive line has the POTENTIAL to be much better but for now that's as far as I'll go. Are we to assume that moving David Diehl back inside to a guard position is guaranteed to work? Or that Rich Seubert will be able to make it all the way back from that terrible leg injury that cost him nearly two seasons? Or that Shaun O'Hara is finally free of his injury problems of last season? Or that Luke Petitgout will play the way he did at the end of last season and not struggle like he did before that? McKenzie makes the Giants better and having Eli Manning stepping up in the pocket will also help decrease the sack totals that were so out of whack when Kurt Warner was back there holding onto the ball. But you go overboard when you state that having McKenzie means there's nothing but smooth sailing ahead.
KP: Not so, my friend. A veteran lead-by-example type is what the Giants OL has been missing since the 2000 Super Bowl days of Lomas Brown and Glenn Parker. Luke's a very good player, but never wanted and never embraced the whole leadership thing. McKenzie says he's not going to ruffle feathers, but his smarts (which are obvious since he went to Penn State) and his ability to play penalty-free football will have him holding court in most of the OL meetings. Trust me, if this team reaches its potential this season, it's definitely going to be because of McKenzie, much more so than Plax. Maybe Kareem could even help Plaxico read his playbook…you know the same way I continually school you in these double coverage debates.
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