These Giants best Accorsi's seen

Ernie Accorsi has presided over nine teams during his tenure as Giants general manager. According to Accorsi, this year's version is the best he's seen.

"I'm reluctant to say that, because it puts pressure on the coaches," Accorsi told TGI. "But I think you can break this team down and compared to the 2000 Super Bowl club there's no comparison. I think this is just a better team. We're more explosive, have more firepower. We're better defensively, there's no question about that. But it has to happen; that team got hot."

There's no doubt Accorsi not only hopes but expects it to happen for this team as well. With it being his final season at the helm, he also sure hopes so.

"It's the last year, the best team and somehow I have to get through this sane," he said. "But there's no tomorrow. When you're younger you think you have a million seasons and now you don't."

A friend of Accorsi's advised him to take it easy this season and let the chips fall where they may. After initially agreeing, Accorsi emailed his friend back 20 minutes later to say that he'd already broken their agreement 20 times.

Accorsi is a worrier, always has been. And when he's overseeing what many believe is a team that can end up victorious in Miami at the end of the season, you can understand why.

"It's almost like too much pressure where you have to say ‘the hell with it,' " he laughed. "George Young used to have a great line, ‘work hard and hope you get lucky.' "

Regardless of how the '06 season pans out, it will be his last. That said, he's planning to take advantage of everything during the final year of his reign.

"I plan to enjoy it as best I can," he said. "Once you retire there's no coming back."…

Jared Lorenzen is the story of camp. The hefty lefty actually showed he could play some ball. Lorenzen wasn't given the backup QB job, not by any stretch. He earned it and earned it in a big way, kind of like how a challenger has to decisively beat out the champion to take the title. Now Tim Hasselbeck is hardly Muhammad Ali, but he's older, wiser and more experienced and would have been the safe choice. Yet there was Lorenzen, walking off the practice field on Sept. 5 when Tom Coughlin pulled him aside to tell him the number two post was his.

"It's amazing really for all the things that had to happen," Lorenzen said. "For Coach Coughlin to want me back and bring me back. It's a crazy road. Me and Tim talk about it all the time. We're just eighth-round draft picks in a seven-round draft. It's awesome and something I'm very proud of."

"We feel like he's earned the right," Coughlin said. "The progress has been steady. He's thrown the deep ball well. He's done a lot of things – we asked him to be involved in short yardage and he's done that well. Pretty much whatever we've asked him to do and whatever the circumstances might be, he's done it."

Lorenzen was the first to admit that he didn't exactly pen himself in as second on the depth chart before training camp.

"You set (being the backup) as your major goal, but it's not something that you ever really think is going to happen," he said. "To have it is just amazing. I've thought for many years that just being a backup in the league would be great.

"I definitely didn't think it would happen right away. I never would have thought this year, but thankfully I played well enough to do it."

He sure did, finishing the summer with a 78.4 passer rating.

"I can't complain too much," Lorenzen said. "Everything went exactly as I would have hoped. Except for my first drive of the preseason fumbling in Baltimore, other than that, everything was great."

He really grabbed the spotlight during New York's third preseason game against the Jets. He might have only completed seven-of-12 passes for 60 yards, but his performance way overshadowed the numbers.

"In the other two games I only had a couple series," he said. "In that game I got to go in there against some of their ‘1s' and got a significant amount of time. That allowed me to get in a flow and relax. I realize that I could definitely play here if I just stayed calm and let the game come to me instead of forcing the issue."

His personality in the huddle is another reason Coughlin felt comfortable putting the 25-year-old in such a prime position.

"If I can laugh, smile and have fun out there it's easier to get the guys excited," Lorenzen said. "I play better when I'm loose and relaxed."

It might be tough for Lorenzen now that he knows he might be called on at any given moment, with no warning and the game on the line. He said he's not worried and that he expects Eli Manning to hold down the fort just like he did last year.

"Everyone says you're only a play away, but he's a sensible and durable guy," he stated.

It now appears that Lorenzen is as close to being known more for his arm than the rest of his body as he's ever been. He said that'd be nice, but that it's not a necessity.

"The weight issue will always be there," he said. "I just don't want it ever to be a problem. I would hope it goes away, but I'll always be bigger and if you want a story it's something to write about."

Coughlin's bold decision gave us all something to write about. He showed the guts to go with the better player when it would have been very easy to stick with the veteran Hasselbeck, who in all fairness did all he could with very limited opportunities this summer. For that the coach should be commended.

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