New York Giants 27 (4-0) – Kansas City Chiefs 16 (0-4)
by The Hack for BigBlueInteractive.com
Game Summary: Under beautiful skies and in perfect football weather for the first time this season, the New York Giants started out strong and coasted to another rather easy victory over an outgunned and outclassed opponent. Though Kansas City mounted a late comeback to make the final score somewhat respectable, the truth is the Giants traded yards and points for clock during the fourth quarter. The game had long been over by this point.
The game plan was very similar to the one employed last week against Tampa. The Giants wanted to establish the run on offense and stop it on defense. As Eric from BBI pointed out in his game preview, the beauty of this offense is that it will and can take what the defense gives them. The Chiefs didn’t stack the box against the Giants as much as other teams had in the recent past. It appeared that their strategy was to take away TE Kevin Boss and the wheel routes from the RBs. KC had been burned pretty badly by the TEs over the first three games of the season. The strategy worked, if by working it meant that the WRs were free to roam all over the middle of the field and there were plenty of holes and cut back lanes for the RBs to find.
The Giants executed well in all three phases of the game, and once again showed that they can dominate despite the loss of key players at key positions. There’s also the small matter of the Giants having won their third straight road game. It’s really impossible to overstate the significance of winning three straight on the road. The confidence that is built now will no doubt bring dividends later when the Giants have to play in New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Minnesota. Apparently, this is the third time the HC Tom Coughlin has accomplished this rare feat (it’s only happened 8 times total) and again speaks volumes as to how well he motivates his players and staff for each and every game.
It’s prudent to acknowledge, however, that the injury bug continues to feast on the Giants as three more pieces to the puzzle were hurt in varying degrees during this game. One must wonder just how many pieces of the foundation can be removed before the structure collapses. More on this later.
Tale O’ The Tape: The Giants basically picked up where they left off in Tampa last week. The first half, once again, was a complete whitewash and if not for two Giants turnovers and another poor showing in the green zone (in which one of the turnovers occurred) the game would have been over very, very early.
The Giants allowed only three 1st downs in the entire half. They held the Chiefs to one 3rd down conversion in seven chances. The only points came on a 34 yard Ryan Succop fieldgoal that came off the heels of a Giants turnover. The Chiefs had moderate success on the ground, gaining 52 yards on 13 carries, but could not throw down the field and only gained 36 yards through the air. The Giants forced four 3 and outs in the half, allowing really only one sustained drive late in the half that went for 8 plays before KC had to punt. KC crossed midfield only once, on their field goal drive.
The Giants offense was hitting on all eight cylinders for most of the half, but they still seem to have the need to add dry gas to the tank every once in a while. For the second straight week, inexplicable sputters right out of the blue cost them a lot of points.
New York gained a whopping 264 yards on 39 first half plays, netting 15 1st downs along the way. The Giants established both the running and the passing game, finishing with totals in each category at the half that are on par with what some teams put together for an entire game. The Giants held a distinct time of possession advantage at the half as well. The problem was that once again, the Giants didn’t convert in the green zone as they settled for just 10 points after three trips in deep.
The Giants thoroughly dominated the 3rd quarter yet only increased their lead by three points. Two trips deep into KC territory resulted in only a field goal, while the defense allowed only one first down and only 8 offensive plays to the Chiefs. The game changed when Eli left early in the fourth after staking the Giants to another touchdown and the insurmountable 27-3 lead. The Giants had not allowed a touchdown in roughly eight quarters dating back to the 4th quarter against Dallas two weeks ago, but allowed two late scores on eleven 1st downs (three were converted on 4th down) while the offense went stagnant and didn’t register a first down over the final three drives with QB David Carr at the helm.
Offense: The Giants got WR Hakeem Nicks back for this game, but were still without WR Domenik Hixon and HB Danny Ware. This is as close as the Giants have been to having their full offensive compliment available for the game. Although the Giants offense registered another statistically monster game, they left a lot of points on the field as two uncharacteristic turnover, three promising drives into the green zone that resulted in only 3 points, and yet another missed field goal by K Lawrence Tynes after the Giants couldn’t convert a short field into a touchdown. Through the 3rd period, the Giants held a huge statistical advantage over the Chiefs, but only led by 17 points. In the end, the Giants rolled up 429 yards on 71 offensive plays, and that’s with going three and out on their final three drives of the day. This was the second consecutive week the Giants ran more than 70 offensive plays.
The balanced attack was slightly tipped towards the passing game this week, as the Giants attempted to pass 5 more times than they attempted to run. The running game earned 156 yards on 33 carries for a healthy 4.7 ypc average. That gets it done, folks, as teams strive for a 4.0 minimum ypc average. Additionally, it eats up clock which is always favorable to your defensive effort. The passing game was clicking most of the day, seemingly with the exception of when the ball was thrown to Mario Manningham! Otherwise, the Giants earned twelve first downs through the air to go with 292 yards and three touchdowns.
Once again the Giants jumped on the opposition early, as they converted an opening kickoff turnover by Kansas City into a quick seven points. If not for back to back turnovers on the next two drives, it’s conceivable that the Giants would have been so far ahead at halftime the Chiefs would have quit. As it was, KC never did quit on the day, and the Giants were made to work for everything they got.
On their fourth drive spanning the 1st and 2nd quarters, the Giants finally got the offense rolling mistake free and went 71 yards on just 4 plays (including a questionable Unnecessary Roughness penalty called on KC safety Jarrad Page) for the touchdown that virtually sealed the game. The Chiefs never got within 8 points again on the day.
The offense laid a 4th quarter egg on Sunday. After QB Eli Manning left the game with an injury, QB David Carr came on and couldn’t muster a single first down and squandered an opportunity to put the game completely out of reach but took a horrible sack on a 3rd and 3 play.
All in all, it was a good game by the offense with several fixable hiccups. The Giants have a tough stretch of games coming up after the Oakland game and squandering opportunities like they did on Sunday will haunt them against better opponents and quite honestly, could allow even a lowly team like Oakland have a chance.
The Quarterbacks: Now, to sound like a broken record (for those of you who know what a broken record sounds like), QB Eli Manning once again took his opponents to the woodshed early and often. Manning finished with 292 yards on 20 for 34 passing with 1 interception, 1 fumble lost, and 3 touchdowns. Manning finished with a QBR of 104 on the nose, and is now the 4th ranked QB in the NFL with a 104.1 rating. If Manning hadn’t left the last two games early, it’s a good bet he’d be higher up that list.
Manning started off hot again, hitting on his first four passes. On the Giants first drive, he executed two beautiful plays. The first, on 3rd and 5 from the KC 11 yard line, Eli avoided the pressure for what seemed an eternity, waiting for someone to come open. Just as it appeared he was about to take off on a scramble, he found WR Steve Smith in tight quarters on the right sideline with a beautiful pass that converted the first down. Two plays later, Eli ball faked to Jacobs, bringing both the MIKE and SS up towards the line as Smith slipped into the void for an easy touchdown pitch and catch.
Manning was on all day, and frankly his stats should have included four touchdowns and no interceptions. WR Mario Manningham let Eli down on at least 5 occasions including a 46 yard completion that should have been a touchdown, and a bobbled ball that was caught deep in KC territory for an interception by CB Brandon Flowers. Even the fumble by Eli wasn’t truly his fault, as LT David Diehl was beaten cleanly by rising star OLB Tamba Hali.
All in all, Eli targeted his wide receivers on 25 of 34 pass attempts. H-Back/TE Travis Beckum also caught a pass from slot position as well, so if you count that you can see that Manning was trying to get the ball downfield and/or outside all day long. One of his best throws of the day, however, was to TE Kevin Boss on a 3rd and 3 play from the KC 31 yard line with only 20 seconds left in the half. With no time outs, Eli calmly waited for Boss to clear the linebacker (and not by very much) and settle in under the safety and delivered a bullet that Boss caught at the 7 yard line for a first down. In fact, that entire drive was another classic example of leaving Eli with way too much time before the half or end of the game to get a late score. This time, Manning got the ball back with 1:47 left and two time outs at his own 13 yard line. After a couple of runs by HB Ahmad Bradshaw got the ball out to the 28 yard line, Eli took over going 3-4 for 61 yards to set the Giants up at the 7 yard line. Calmly, he led the team up to the line and spiked the ball with :02 seconds left giving K Lawrence Tynes the opportunity to make a 25 yard field goal and increase the halftime lead to 17-3. If there is a better QB under these conditions, I don’t know who it is. Eli consistently produces in these situations.
Unfortunately, Eli suffered a right foot injury while dropping back to pass early in the 4th quarter. Untouched, Eli appeared to hurt his plant (right) foot as he executed a play action fake. He nearly got the ball to WR Steve Smith on the play deep downfield, but was unable to step into the throw, allowing the CB to close and strip Smith of the ball. His next play, the quick out to WR Hakeem Nicks that went for a touchdown, was thrown flat footed as Eli was in obvious discomfort.
Back up QB David Carr came into the game with 9:26 left in the 4th quarter and couldn’t manage a first down in three drives. He didn’t complete a pass on the day and his designed roll out resulted in a sack when it appeared he was caught by surprise that SS Mike Brown was bearing down on him. Instead of throwing the ball away, Carr tried to elude him but ended up taking an 11 yard sack that resulted in another three and out.
The Running Backs: With HB Danny Ware inactive for the game, the team went with the same three RBs activated as last game. There has been some talk that Ware may return to practice this week.
Once again this week the Giants ran efficiently, if not dominantly. HB Brandon Jacobs was again fed the ball early on the first drive but after a 4 yard gain on his first carry, couldn’t get anything else established. Jacobs finished the day with 92 yards on 21 carries, earning a 4.4 ypc average which is certainly in the area the Giants need to be in. Jacobs struggled in the second half, carrying 11 times for just 38 yards. On the final three drives of the 4th quarter when Jacobs was asked to run out the clock, he managed just 15 yards on 7 carries. Jacobs only carried one time on a short yardage play, converting the only 3rd and 1 the Giants faced on the day. Interestingly, the Giants hardly attempted to run at all in short down and distance situations, doing so only twice (once on the 3rd and 1 and the other on 4th and 3).
This week, no one could call into question any tentativeness in Jacobs, who hit the line hard and made decisive cuts all day. This is evidenced by the fact that only two running plays on the day resulted in negative yardage for the Giants. He also had a couple of plays where little or even no contact brought him to the turf. That said, he did lower his shoulder and punish a number of defenders on the day as well.
Jacobs caught only 1 pass on the day, losing 4 yards.
HB Ahmad Bradshaw shook off the affects of an old ankle injury that kept him in a walking boot for the early part of the week to gain 64 yards on 12 carries (a 5.3 ypc average). Bradshaw is one scrappy dude, and takes offense to anyone lingering after the tackle. After what appeared to be a kick to get LB Demorio Williams away from him as he lay on the ground, Williams retaliated and got himself a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Ahmad was instrumental in getting the two minute field goal drive at the end of the first half started, rushing for 22 yards on three carries. Also, Bradshaw executed a beautiful direct snap play for 9 yards and a 1st down when he cut up field inside a tremendous block by TE Kevin Boss to convert a 4th and 3. Interestingly, Bradshaw only got two more carries in the game leading to speculation that he aggravated his ankle injury. Bradshaw is usually Mr. Fourth Quarter for the Giants, but didn’t get a single carry after the 14:15 mark of the quarter.
HB Gartrell Johnson did not get a carry on offense, which was somewhat curious as the Giants were way ahead and still sent Jacobs out to finish the 4th quarter.
FB Madison Hedgecock caught a pass and gained 9 yards! Yes, that’s good news, but after watching Hedgecock a little more closely this week, it appears that he’s having trouble identifying who he’s supposed to block when he gets to the second level. Several times, it appeared that he attacked the wrong gap, or if it was the right one, at the last second he’d attack a player that wasn’t in on the play leaving another defender free run to the hole. It’s worth taking a closer look to evaluate whether it’s Hedgecock missing assignments or if the guards are getting hung up at the line, causing confusion for Hedgecock.
The Wide Receivers and Tight Ends: As noted above, the Giants got WR Hakeem Nicks back this week. With Hixon still sidelined, the top three WRs were Smith, Nicks, and Manningham. Sinorice Moss saw most of his time on specials, Derek Hagan didn’t get a snap on offense, and Ramses Barden was inactive.
WR Steve Smith leads the league in receptions, receiving yardage, first downs, average yards per game, and touchdowns. Smith was targeted 16 times, catching 11 passes (he had a 12th nullified by penalty and he almost made a sensational catch on the pass where Eli Manning hurt himself) for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns. Smith runs impeccable routes, and it’s no wonder Eli trusts him on every down and situation. Smith was open repeatedly in the first half, and it’s probably a safe bet that he will be taking a lot more attention from opposing teams’ top CBs and safeties very soon. This should open the run more and also leave the middle of the field open to the slot receivers and tight ends.
After several weeks of getting better and showing his vast potential, WR Mario Manningham took a big step back this week after committing 5 drops and causing an interception. He was targeted eight times but only caught one pass. On top of that, he bobbled then caught a 43 yard pass that should have been an easy touchdown had he caught the ball cleanly. The route was a thing of beauty (Manningham has NO problems getting open) as he took a wheel route up the field under Steve Smith, who slanted in across the CB’s face. Manningham simply ran by his guy, leaving him in the dust. No doubt, this route will be seen again.
H-Back Travis Beckum got into the act a little more this week, lining up at TE, in the slot, and out wide on several plays. He made a nice play on the ball in the air for a 15 yard gain, as Eli floated it in under pressure, throwing off his back foot.
TEs Kevin Boss and Darcy Johnson again played well along the offensive line. Kevin Boss lined up outside LT David Diehl on a couple of occasions and had no problems in pass protection against the DEs. Johnson pulled on several occasions and mixed it up at the second level helping to lead Bradshaw and Jacobs in the running game. Boss caught 4 passes for 41 yards on the day, while Johnson wasn’t targeted. Boss made a huge heads up play to get himself back to the line of scrimmage and get set following his 24 yard reception just before the end of the first half. Boss injured his ankle on the play, and had he stayed down the Giants would have been assessed a 10 second runoff due to not having any timeouts left. That would have run the clock out, so in essence, Boss saved the Giants three points by his heads up play to get to the line and set for Eli’s spike. It’s attention to detail like this that’s become a hallmark of Tom Coughlin coached teams.
The Offensive Line: The line had another very good game, but there were some lapses that cost the team momentum and even the ball on one occasion. For the most part, they played well in both phases of the offense. Early in the week, it appeared that either RT Kareem Mckenzie (knee) and/or LG Rich Seubert (shoulder) might miss the game, ending their 35 consecutive regular season game streak but both played.
LT David Diehl once again played well protecting Eli’s blindside. As noted above, he was beaten one time and Eli had the ball stripped resulting in a turnover. Other than that, Eli was hit just one other time all day and Carr was sacked once. Watching Diehl a little more closely, one part of his game that’s not normally discussed is his excellent movement to get into the second level in the running game. It’s fun to watch the big man pick his way through the line to get to a CB , LB or S on the other side of the line and make a block. He is very, very good at this. RT Kareem McKenzie also had a great game, allowing no sacks and doing a good job in the running game once again.
The interior of the line seems to be struggling somewhat with their pulls and seal blocks. The middle just seems to be clogged a lot more than it has in the past, and there will be more analysis performed on this area next week. Frankly, it just seems that Bradshaw and Jacobs are aborting their original gaps very early and looking for cutbacks to elude the pressure. It could simply be that the defensive schemes are sending more than they can handle, but it appeared that KC very rarely had more than seven players in ‘the box’. That said, the line still blocked well enough to roll up more than 420 yards of total offense.
The Defense: The defense had another stellar first three quarters before the Penalty Monster decided to take up residence with them during the 4th quarter. Through the first three, the Giants had allowed only 55 total yards on just four first downs. In the 3rd quarter, they held KC to just three total yards. The 4th, however, was a disaster and it wasn’t that they put in their second string. The Giants committed 7 penalties, allowed three 4th down conversions, and 11 total first downs, 136 total yards and 14 points. KC ran 31 plays through the first three quarters and 30 in the fourth alone. After dominating the time in possession for the last eight quarters, the Giants allowed the Chiefs to keep the ball for more than nine and a half minutes of the 4th on Sunday.
Saying that the Giants traded clock for yards and points with such a large lead does have some merit, but the staggering amount of penalties committed was more indicative of them losing their focus.
There was more good news, however, as the Giants forced four fumbles on defense (and one on specials) but were unable to come away with the ball on any of them. They also gathered five sacks and 7 more quarterback hits. They also accumulated 10 tackles for a loss.
Front 7: Once again, the front was still missing DT Chris Canty and OLB Chris Sintim.
The Giants interior line of DTs Rocky Bernard, Barry Cofield, and Fred Robbins did a very solid job of containing HB Larry Johnson, holding the dangerous back to just 53 yards on 18 carries (2.9 ypc). Though KC did manage 105 yards rushing, nearly a quarter of it was on scrambles by QB Matt Cassel. Robbins had another amazing game, and frankly he’s playing at a Pro Bowl level. Again beating a double team, he planted Johnson for a loss on one play, and nearly came away with an interception deep in KC territory during the second to last drive. Barry Cofield was kept off the stat sheet this week, but DT Rocky Bernard had a tackle for a loss and a sack.
Picking up where they left off last week, the DEs (Osi Umenyiora, Mathais Kiwanuka, Justin Tuck and even Dave Tollefson) dominated for most of the game. Tuck had a breakout game, recording 5 tackles including a sack, and one pass defensed (that Robbins nearly intercepted ). He was all over the field, and showed no affects of an injured shoulder. He was also credited with a forced fumble, but it was Antonio Pierce who stripped Cassel on the play. Kiwanuka is getting better every week, and recorded another sack (that was negated by his facemask penalty) and got two QB hits as well as a couple tackles. Osi Umenyiora also got a sack on the day and registered two more QB hits as well as a tackle in the backfield on Johnson. Tollefson was much more limited in his defensive snaps this week with Tuck back in full swing.
Perceived as the possible Achilles heel of the team during the offseason, the Giants’ linebackers have rounded into an excellent unit performing very well in both aspects of the game. MLB Antonio Pierce, OLBs Michael Boley, and Danny Clark played outstanding again, registering a total of 17 total tackles between them. Pierce was all over the field, and twice penetrated to drop the ball carrier behind the line. He also forced a fumble as well, and put good pressure on Cassel on a couple of occasions. The star of the group, however, was Boley. Boley registered 5 tackles (4 of them behind the line of scrimmage), a sack, and two passes defensed. He nearly had an interception late in the game as well, but was called for a hold that was questionable at best.
Danny Clark had his best game of the year, and single handedly destroyed the two Wildcat plays that KC used to open the game. That formation was scuttled for good after the second attempt. Clark is excellent when he has a guy like Boley on Pierce’s opposite side because he can attack the line with little fear of having to cover a back or TE crossing into his zone. Boley can stay with anyone, and that frees Clark to do what he does best, and that’s in run stop support.
Defensive Backs: Nickel CB Kevin Dockery returned to the Giants lineup this week, and though he did see playing time, did not show up on the stat sheet this week. Things are looking better on the back end, despite not having SS Kenny Phillips were out. Again this week, CBs Terrell Thomas and Corey Webster were the starters with SS C.C. Brown and FS Michael Johnson manning the middle. CB Bruce Johnson saw time at corner and in the nickel and dime packages.
SS C.C. Brown played his best game as a Giant, filling in solidly for Phillips. Brown had 6 tackles in the game and once again the opponents did not try to attack over the top at any time in the game. Brown has been solid and hopefully will continue to do well as he fills in. SS Aaron Rouse got into the game sparingly, but on his very first play he stopped Larry Brown with a textbook open field tackle, dropping the big back for a four yard gain that could have gone for a lot more. FS Michael Johnson also played well, though he still tends to take poor angles getting to the ball carrier. It seems he’s always over-committing to an angle, and ends up chasing rather than meeting the ball carrier.
CB Corey Webster is also playing at a Pro Bowl level and may be the most valuable player on defense now. CBs Terrell Thomas and Bruce Johnson also played solid games, though Johnson did get burned on the play that Boley used his head to break up the pass.
Special Teams: P Jeff Feagles punted 4 times for a 43 yard average, placing two inside the 20 and having one bounce into the end zone for a touchback. The Giants punt return team allowed just one return for nine yards.
K Lawrence Tynes once again missed an easy field goal following a strong drive by the Giants that could have caused KC to quit. Though he did hit two, he is giving up points each and every week and when the Giants play the likes of New Orleans and Philadelphia, they’ll need those points. Kickoffs were relatively good this week, and the kick coverage teams did a great job until they allowed KR Jamaal Charles a 53 yard return following the touchdown to make the score 27-3.
The return teams were nonexistent as both deep kickoffs were downed for touchbacks, and of the seven punts from KC, four were downed and the three returned by Sinorice Moss went for a total of 19 yards. Moss is simply not a punt returner, folks.
Special Teams ace Bryan Kehl once again recovered a fumble on a kickoff, which was made possible by two things. First, Dave Tollefson absolutely destroyed the mini-wedge, forcing Charles to his right and directly into C.C. Brown, who made another text book tackle which jarred the ball loose. Kehl also made a heads up play by staying alert and foiling the onside kick attempt from K Ryan Succop to start the second half.
Coaching: The Giants once again managed the clock to perfection while executing the 1st half two minute drill. Eli is obviously the on-field commander, but the generals on the sidelines are the ones to make the calls and get the players into position. It’s a far cry from the Fassel years when there was constant head scratching regarding clock management issues.
This may or not be a coaching issue, but it would be nice to hear the reason why Jacobs saw so much action at the end of the game and why Bradshaw saw almost no action in the 4th quarter.
Offensive Player of the Game: No problem this week. Steve Smith has established himself as one of the premier receivers on the young season. If Smith continues to play as he has these past five weeks, he will easily shatter every major Giants single-season receiving record.
Defensive Player of the Game: Again, this one was pretty easy. The big free agent pickup of the offseason was Michael Boley. His speed was touted as the reason for the signing, and over the past couple weeks after missing most of camp and the first regular season game. He was rounding into shape. He was an absolute demon on Sunday. Watching the game closely, I tried to find out where he hurt himself and it can only have occurred on the final play of the game as he chased down RB Jamaal Charles and fell over SS Aaron Rouse as he attempted to get into the tackle.
State of the Giants at the Quarter Turn: The Giants sit alone atop the NFC East with a 4-0 record, followed by Philadelphia at 2-1, and then Dallas and Washington at 2-2. They’ve won two division games and a third conference game and are rolling towards an expected playoff berth.
Though they’ve played extremely well in all four games, it must be remembered that the combined records of the four teams they’ve beaten is just 4-16. They aren’t exactly beating up on the league’s best. The competition gets a bit stronger over the next four games: home against Oakland (1-3), away at New Orleans (4-0), home against Arizona (1-2), and away at Philadelphia (2-1). That’s a combined 8-6, and includes three teams that have serious playoff aspirations.
The Giants have a host of league leaders on both sides of the ball. Eli Manning, Steve Smith, and Brandon Jacobs are all among the leaders at their positions. The defense is also near the top in most statistical categories. Several players on both sides of the ball, including David Diehl, Fred Robbins, Steve Smith, Eli Manning, Corey Webster, and Justin Tuck are all putting up Pro Bowl type seasons.
Things are looking good, and you can forget the hand wringing that was going on during the preseason when the Giants looked very average as they went 1-3.
Injuries and turnovers are the two great equalizers in football. This week, they managed to win the game (and pretty handily) despite losing the turnover battle. As for injuries, the hits just keep on coming. This week, the Giants lost two more key personnel as OLB Michael Boley underwent knee surgery and will miss the next four games and special teams ace Bryan Kehl had surgery on his finger, and it’s unknown how long he’ll be missed. The Giants have lost only one key player to IR, but it was a big one when Kenny Phillips. Phillips, coming off a great game, was lost to an arthritic condition in his knee that required surgery.
Key members of the defensive line rotation have been missing, as Chris Canty, Justin Tuck, Rocky Bernard, and Jay Alford have been banged up. The defensive backfield has been dealing with injuries to Kevin Dockery, Phillips, and Aaron Ross.
Then there’s Eli Manning. If Manning is out for an extended period of time, the Giants will have a much tougher row to hoe. There’s no reason to doubt that David Carr could come in and win, but let’s face it, Eli Manning is a special quarterback that would make any team better than it already is.
So there’s a lot to be optimistic about, and some things to worry about. The glass half full BBI’ers will point to the fact that they’re still winning with all the injuries and to the fact that they’ll be getting most of these players back at some point this season. The glass half empty BBI’ers will be saying that they’ve played an easy schedule and have been lucky to have been able to withstand the injuries to this point. They’ll also rationalize that injuries are likely to continue, and that there’s no guarantee that the players they get back won’t reinjure themselves or simply not play well for a while.
And then there are the engineer’s, who will say the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.