As everyone knows, the Eagles beat the Giants yesterday 23-11 to knock them out of the playoffs. Would the Giants have lost had Plaxico played? I don't know, but they couldn't have played much worse.
The truth is that once Plaxico got suspended by the team for the rest of the season, the Giants really started to suck. Down the stretch, including the playoff game, they were 1-4 without Plax in the lineup. They were 11-1 when he played. Those are hard numbers to ignore.
Eli Manning also regressed back to Bad Eli during those five games, completing only 54% of his passes (74-for-137) for 783 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.
So, what are the Giants going to do? You know the answer:
"Obviously it's hard to replace that," the GM said. "The guy has a presence out there and when you lose that, teams play you differently. Your margin of error is way less when you don't have a guy with that kind of presence out there. Your margin for errors goes way down so you have to capitalize on every opportunity you have."
Now, there's still the big issue of whether or not Plax can get those gun charges dropped, or at least avoid prison time, and that won't be easy. But the door is officially open for his return.
So what did we learn here? That crappy overrated tight ends are all right to play without, but game changing receivers are not. Also that if you have enough talent, no matter how big of a douchebag you are, there will always be a spot for you somewhere in life. In other words, be very talented.
Door open for Plaxico to return to Giants [NY Daily News]