After starting out 5-0 in the 2009 season, the New York Giants looked to be the class of the NFC East. It appeared that they had put the Plaxico Burress saga far behind them. But a four game losing streak and just 3 more wins the rest of the season left them a disappointing 8-8. This was a big surprise after they followed up their Super Bowl XLII win with a 12-4 2008. So, what went wrong in 2009 for them to struggle after such a great start? In the next of my 2009 NFL Season Reviews, I will try to answer just that question as well as determine what their draft needs might be. Since Free Agency has begun, I will also look at any key signings or losses that they have had.
Archive for March, 2010
Following a tumultuous offseason featuring what sports pundits were calling “McJaygate,” the Denver Broncos were the surprise team of the NFL, starting out 6-0. In the post that I just linked, I reviewed their 6-0 start, I thought they were for real. Sure they had beaten the Bengals on a fluke play, but their improvement on defense appeared to be very legitimate, especially when one considers that they were shutting down such high powered offenses as the Patriots, Cowboys, and Bengals. Unfortunately, following that great start against some of the better teams in the NFL, they went 2-8 for the rest of the season. So, what happened? Where were the greatest breakdowns? Hopefully, this next post in my 2009 NFL Season Reviews series will help answer those questions.
At first glance, it really looks like Head Coach Mike Singletary has the San Francisco 49ers on the right track. After replacing Mike Nolan (18-37) in 2008, Singletary has led the 49ers to a 13-12 record. Although an 8-8 record in 2009 is certainly not going to satisfy Singletary, it is the most wins they have had since 2002 (10 wins) in Steve Mariucci’s last season. This season started out strong for the 49ers. They started 3-1, but then hit a rough patch where they lost 4 straight. At 3-5, they looked to be out of the playoff hunt, but they kept fighting and finished 5-3 in their last eight games. To me this should give 49ers fans hope for the future. Coach Singletary kept them playing to win when they might have given up on the season. The next question is where do they need the most help. In this continuation of my 2009 NFL Season Reviews, I hope to provide insight into the answer.