Schein's Players/Coaches Under Pressure:
Unless there is a miracle, the Giants will be searching for a new coach next year. So forget Tom Coughlin for a second. The biggest target in New York is squarely on the back of Manning. It is officially time for the young quarterback to develop consistency. Last year, the Giants' second half was marred by bad collapses, spurred on by futility in the passing attack. Manning's games against Jacksonville and Tennessee were eye-sores. And even in wins, like against the Panthers, Manning showed an inability to make accurate throws. And this year the odds are stacked against Manning. Tiki Barber is gone. Luke Petitgout is gone. It is all up to Eli now. But, Plaxico Burress actually stayed in New York to work on his timing with Manning. And the Giants smartly scooped up polished USC receiver Steve Smith in Round 2. This is a huge year in his development, especially with Philip Rivers dazzling on the West Coast.
Could this be the final year for the Hall of Fame coach on the Washington sidelines? It is possible, especially if we are looking at another sub .500 season. Gibbs needs to eliminate the bickering and negativity that infiltrated the Redskins last season. You must believe the defense, so awful last year in creating turnovers and pressuring the quarterback, will improve in the back 7 with London Fletcher and LaRon Landry. But questions still remain on the front 4. I love Jason Campbell's upside, but will it click fast enough to equal wins, and keep the omnipresent Bill Cowher rumors away?
Dallas Defensive Backs
Forget any other unit on the field for the Cowboys last year. The defensive backs were the main reason why Dallas fizzled down the stretch. This year, there will be no excuses. A consistent pass rush is the best friend of a defensive back, and with Wade Phillips running the Cowboys, you know the opposing quarterbacks will be hurried consistently. I still believe in Anthony Henry. The physical cornerback was playing hurt last year. Roy Williams can be more disciplined. Ken Hamlin fills an enormous void at safety.
Decent evaluations IMO although I don't really think Gibb's coaching position is at risk, even with a bad season this year.