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Doug Farrar

Doug Farrar

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Giants Must Cut Bait


If this was 2005 or 2006, when Eli Manning had one or two effective throws -- the dink screen to Tiki Barber/Jeremy Shockey and the jump ball to Plax -- I'd say that the loss of Burress would be a death blow. But this is not that Giants team. The new New York Giants are led not only by defense, but by a brutal, multi-headed rushing attack powered by the best offensive line in the game. When the game is put on Eli's shoulders, he has new targets -- Kevin Boss, Steve Smith, Domenik Hixon -- and the throws to find them for productive gains. In the two games Burress missed or didn't catch a ball before Sunday's win over the Redskins, the Giants posted their first- and fourth-highest offensive DVOA totals of their season.

Now, are they better off without him? Without the troublesome guy who can't keep his mind on the game and keeps messing up? Yes, they're better off without that player. They are not better off without the receiver with the eight mile wingspan, grip of steel, and ability to break everything loose after the catch, but it's come to the point where the on-field Plax doesn't make up for the off-field Plax anymore.

The Giants have been flirting with team disaster as long as they possibly could, but they have to cut bait now. They put enough performance bonuses and accelerators in his current contract to make that departure relatively painless from a salary cap perspective. Where his presence could really hurt is from a team perspective. How is any Giants player supposed to take coaching discipline seriously if Burress gets chance after chance, only to throw all those chances away? How can they continue their unselfish, "team-first" mentality, if they're harboring a guy who has no belief in those principles?

It's my belief that the Giants aren't just better off without Plaxico Burress -- if they don't get rid of him, he could have long-term negative effects on a franchise that has caught lightning in a bottle and needs to stay on the path as long as they are able. You don't get to be the best team in the NFL for long; I don't care who you are. The Giants can't waste their shot.

By Doug Farrar  |  December 1, 2008; 7:14 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I am so sick of the big name sports personalities getting break after break. I say let's not coddle the TOs, the Plaxicos and their ilk. Let's treat superstars like the rest of us. Let's hope Michael Vick has learned his lesson, and give Plax a chance to learn one the hard way. Cut him.

Posted by: biggirl | December 1, 2008 11:17 AM

isnt it ashame that many american, like my self,have lost tjousands of dollars out our retirments,i personally worled as a civilian-servant,hoping when i retired after 30 years which i did, iwould be able to visit our grand kids(out of state) and do modest things,enjoying retitment etc. then these thugs who have teh world by the a--, monetarily 35 million over 5 years blows it. i think its high time that we have a sports bubble pop. go to any sporting event with paid athlets, pay 8.00 dollars for a beer, you all know the rest,etc,and we pay extra for are pepsi or coke fritos golf balls etc etc. to pay these people and there endorsements. noe every ones blaming the auto assembly line worker,for being over paid and making a s---- product. give me a break. itd took me awhile to wake up and realize this country has really got its priorties out of wack. we need to unite and stop going to these events,this also p[ertains to the hollywood crowd,and there multi million dollar movies. lets get our priorities in foccus. it took me while to wake up im sixty, i hope the younger people in the grreat united states of america,realize that these overpaid premodonas. need to get a dose of realitly,and see how the other half live.. p.s. this also goes for are wall street thieves. thank for reaading my rant,and give it some thought. dont mind the spelling you get the drift happy holidays.broke in michigan.....

Posted by: 401k gone | December 1, 2008 12:43 PM


First of all what has T.O done beside be a little opinionated during interviews? The only difference between T.O and you is he is famous and someone actually cares enough to stick a camera in his face after every game. Maybe he should decline to have an opinion, then would that make you happy? Secondly we have actually reverse the trend of treating athletes better than the rest of us, we actually treat them more harsh. Plaxico, a first time offender with no priors will probably get jail time just like Vick, a first time offender with no priors, when most of us average joes would be given the opportunity to plea to a lesser charge and get probation. Now if you want to vent about people getting special treatment because of their status take a look at politicians.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 1, 2008 1:27 PM

Hey, the real story is how the G-Men don't even need this guy. He is barely playing this year and they are 11-1 and looking better than last year. Plax who?

Posted by: Choo Choo Charlie | December 1, 2008 1:29 PM

Oh by the way "biggirl" what you say is not true at all. NY Mayor Bloomberg revised the illegal handgun law and it's a mandatory 3 year sentence, case closed. No matter who you are.

Posted by: Choo Choo Charlie | December 1, 2008 1:32 PM

401k gone

So us normal people dont carry guns without permits, have opinions, gamble, fight in clubs, participate in dog fighting, drink too much, take drugs, drink and drive, womanize? Thats the problem, we have grown soo accustom of regular people doing wrong that we think its ok for us but not for the celeb athlete. Remember, Plaxico and Vick are not from royalty, they are from the same environments we are from, they just get paid a lot of money to play sports. They are not Kennedy's and Bush's. And those people make mistakes too. Although I think Plaxico should have just hired security if he felt that threatened but think about Sean Taylor for a minute. He was charged several years ago for possession of a firearm and we all thought the same thing about him as we do Plaxico yet when his home was invaded had he had a firearm he may still be alive. Its us normal people who put soo much emphasis on athletes to the point they feel threatened to the point they need guns.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 1, 2008 1:40 PM

By the way folks. Plaxico, Vick and Marrion Jones going to jail and losing their fortunes does not make your life better. Not to mention we seem to allow lawmakers to get away with things that are worse. Bush lied to us to start a war and we voted to reelect him. Our priorities are messed up but not based on athletes. How about actors, or singers or real estate moguls?

Posted by: Anonymous | December 1, 2008 1:54 PM

"Dump the Thug" - hey I like the ring of that. I am going to suggest it to the NFL so they can create a whole line of products like sweatshirts, hats and the like that sport the phrase - in your teams favorite colors of course.

Posted by: Yuri Lipitzmeof | December 1, 2008 1:56 PM

How many of us go to happy hour on friday's get a little trashed then go to our cars and drive home? If we get stopped and accused of drinking and driving we get to keep our jobs, and if we are first time offenders we usually dont go to jail. Yet if an NFL or NBA athlete has the same thing happen they usually get suspended from their jobs, lose pay and all of us want them to go to jail and lose their jobs because of who they are. We seem to have a double standard that favors us over these athletes. Every since the O.J simpson trial we want to punish every black athlete who violates the law more than we would want ourselves punished. If one of us were attacked or carjacked by a thug and used an unregistered gun to defend ourselves we would all say hurray for the person who defended himself against the thug. When an NFL or NBA athlete has a gun to protect himself he is the thug to some of you.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 1, 2008 2:11 PM

Why doesn't the NFL provide training for these athletes? Life is not just about running around tackling, catching balls, scrimaging, or bluffing.

It seems to me that if I buy a high-end commodity, I'm going to do whatever I can to keep its value. The NFL has failed these athletes because they are not giving them more than an inflated salary... How about teaching them some life skills?!!

Posted by: Not Really A Fan | December 1, 2008 3:32 PM

I don't see what all the fuss is about, I think Plax deserves another shot!

Posted by: Jimbo1949 | December 1, 2008 3:33 PM

Plaxico Burress would be a street thug without football and he illustrates that perfectly. Anyone who can't say "me" but refers to "Plaxico Burress" views himself as someone separate from normal behavior. One of the previous comments here defends Burress and states that athletes are treated worse than the rest of us. So defensive lineman Leonard Little, who killed someone while driving drunk, never served a day in jail, and then got arrested again for DWI after taking a life and STILL never served time, was a victim for being treated worse than you or me. What a load. You or I would've been in jail after the death. You must live in the same fantasy world that Plaxico lives in.

Posted by: geomatesky | December 1, 2008 3:41 PM

Anonymous asks, "How many of us go to happy hour on friday's get a little trashed then go to our cars and drive home?"

Goodness gracious -- are you for real? Please don't do this. Think ahead. Get a driver. Take a taxi.

Anonymous goes on to say, "If we get stopped and accused of drinking and driving we get to keep our jobs, and if we are first time offenders we usually dont go to jail."

We seem to think that without the threat of stiff penalties we won't use our common sense. Let's just try to be a little better, and we could start by not driving drunk. Just this Friday. Not drive drunk.

Posted by: homebrew | December 1, 2008 8:12 PM

Look!!! -- The Dallas Cowboys are going to take they're big fast pain-in-the-neck, Terrel Owens and cram him down our throats for about 120 yards and two TD's in the PLAYOFFS, if we don't watch out.

I personally would like to have someone on my side who can potential do the same. . . . . . . Let Plaxico go to jail after the playoffs. Remember, this is his first arrest; he's innocent until the judge slams the hammer down. We should keep reminding the Commissioner that Plaxico is pleading innocent.

Posted by: Coldcomfort | December 2, 2008 1:27 AM

Any idiot who carries a loaded gun into a public restaurant or bar in NYC should be sent to prison. Period. Too bad being stupid isn't a crime too, because then morons like Burress could be put away before they do something moronic that risks the safety of innocent bystanders. What a load that guy is.

Posted by: xSamplex | December 2, 2008 8:37 AM

Anonymous asks Biggirl what did T.O. do besides talk? How about the fact that he wouldn't honor his contract? How about his telling the coaches not to talk to him unless he talked to them first? How about his throwing Donovan McNabb under the bus? How about his calling Geoff Garcia a homosexual? This guy is a jerk and a cancer. Sure, he can play football, but he is a total a**hole.

Posted by: Egregious Philbin | December 2, 2008 9:34 AM

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