Chat with Ohm Youngmisuk
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, ESPNNewYork.com writer Ohm Youngmisuk stops by to chat.
Youngmisuk has covered New York sports since 1997. He has covered the NFL, Giants and Jets since 2006. He joined ESPNNewYork in 2010 after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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Ohm (1:59 PM)
What's cracking guys and girls?
Ohm (2:00 PM)
It's not looking real good right now. I pushed the panic button last week when we lost to "them." But I got to give U-M credit, those dudes hit some HUGE shots. They deserved to win even if we got something real bad going on with us. Still hoping Izzo figures it out and we make the tourney.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Who do you like to win Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington,Texas?
Ohm (2:01 PM)
CF... Pack. I really like the way Rodgers is playing. I know Big Ben is clutch and the Steelers D is really really good. But Sanchez was able to throw on the Steelers in the second half and move the ball and I just feel that Rodgers can do better than that.
Any idea on when the Giants/Jets stadium will get a title sponsor? If so, whom might it be? I have always liked the sound of X Lax stradium...the place to be when you gotta go...lol.
Ohm (2:03 PM)
B, X-Lax stadium. Nice! No idea when they will get a sponsor and really, there probably is no rush considering the bidding will go up the year of the Super Bowl there, would be my guess. But I am not a business writer so I don't really have any ideas. But if you guys want to chime in with some good ideas for stadium names, I'll post them here! Send me some suggestions.
Tim McElroy (t mac) (New Haven, CT)
Big fan of your tweets and articles Ohm! As a big New York Giants fan, I have been thinking a lot about an interesting situation with one of the best wide receivers in the league: Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is 27, going into the prime of his career, and he only has one year remaining on his contract. The Giants have a great group of young wide receivers in Nicks, Smith, and Manningham. But if you are Giants GM Jerry Reese, why not think about trading draft picks for someone like Fitzgerald? I know the price would be steep (maybe two 1st rounders), and Reese LOVES draft picks, but Fitzgerald would make them arguably the best Wide Receiver tandem in the NFL and give Manning a big target for many years to come. Would you favor or oppose a big move like this for the Giants?
Ohm (2:07 PM)
TMac, I hear what you are saying but I don't see the Giants doing that. I think, first, the Giants need more than just Larry Fitz, who is amazing. They need athletes, speed all over the field, to also help on special teams. Sending draft picks hurts. They are already very strong at receiver too. I think Fitz would command too much. But I understand why you would be thinking like that. I don't see Jerry sending multiple picks for Fitzgerald.
Jason Bloom (New York)
how will a lockout effect the draft?
Ohm (2:08 PM)
The potential lockout will have an effect basically by the fact that teams will not know how to proceed with free agency due to not knowing what they will have to work with. Hence, if you do not know what you can do in free agency, you might have to think differently this year when it comes to the draft and who you are going to take. Do you take a position to cover yourself in case you lose somebody in free agency or are not able to sign some free agent you might normally be able to do during a normal season? The draft will go on no matter a lockout but the decision-making in a draft might be altered slightly.
Jacobs ... Bradshaw ... Who stays who goes?
Ohm (2:10 PM)
Sam, I think they will find a way to re-sign Bradshaw, whose contract is up. Jacobs has another two years left on his deal. While it is a lot to pay a backup running back, I think the Giants wouldn't bring him back if they drafted another running back in the first four rounds. That tandem showed it can still work at times last season. But we have to see where Brandon's head is at and what his role will be. He adjusted well after a while and shined at one point.
Jason Bloom (New York)
What do you think are the missing pieces that the Giants need to fill order to contend for a super bowl?
Ohm (2:12 PM)
JB, I think the Giants can add to these positions in no particular order: cornerback, linebacker, offensive line, safety, running back and most of all they need speed. They need a speedy playmaker to help on special teams and in the secondary. If they want to keep pace with Philly, they need speed.
Will the Gmen use the franchise tag on any of their free agents? Cofield maybe?
Ohm (2:13 PM)
Thomas, I am not sure. Jerry Reese said at the end of the season that he would not be able to really proceed with decisions on free agents until the new CBA is completed. But they can use the franchise tag. Reese said it is hard to make decisions on free agents without knowing what they can work with cap-wise.
Ohm my friend, how goes it. Not a question, but a comment.Perry Fewell's Defense gets credit for turnovers. BUT he's not responsible for that. In fact the credit goes to the Dline and especially the DEs....who were responsible for causing 23 of the 34 Forced Fumbles.Should I repeat that?!?! Because I don't want people to think i'm talking about the Defense LINE. I'm not, I'm talking about DEFENSIVE ENDS!! DE's alone caused 23 of the total 34 FORCED FUMBLESPersonally as a Giants fan....I have better luck of witnessing a Strip Sack than I do of witnessing an INT.
Ohm (2:15 PM)
What's going on Andi! The defensive ends were terrific, no doubt. And I will be grading them in a few days, I think today will be offensive line, if you guys haven't seen my end of the year grades, position by position, daily in the Giants blog. But Perry Fewell put them in the right spots and schemes for them to get sacks. I know Osi needed a year to return to form but last year, these guys weren't getting these kind of sacks. I know last year they didn't have JPP but you got to give some credit to Fewell. I mean, would you rather have Bill Sheridan?
Sam (Washington DC)
For all the praise the Giants D has gotten at times, the reality is they were awful in the middle of the field both against the run and the pass. It's been this way since 2008. What changes do you think the Giants will make to fix this issue? Also, do you think Giants will get back Burress? We could definitely use his big play ability.
Ohm (2:18 PM)
Sam, I didn't think they were awful against the run. Maybe at the end there... but remember, this team shut down the likes of Arian Foster and had Chris Johnson bottled up for three and a half quarters. But they do need to improve at linebacker. I like the line up front. Wouldn't mind seeing them bring back Cofield but Linval Joseph waits in the wings. As for Plax, on a personal level, I'd like to see him back, after all I am a Spartan. But my gut says it's hard for me to see him coming back after all this organization went through with him. Not sure what ownership wants and whether Mara would want to go through that again, let alone Coughlin. Gun to my head, I think it's a long shot that Plax comes back.
Bill (Long Beach)
Ohm, Any indication as to where the Giants are focused in this years draft? Linebacker(i hope)? O-lineman?
Ohm (2:19 PM)
Bill, still early to find out where they are focusing in on. Still got the combine as well. I am sure they are looking at those two positions, linebacker and OL. And never discount a defensive lineman.
Kenny Phillips' Knee (With Kenny)
OHM! What's up? Listen, I had a chat with Kenny's mouth. He had some regrets about some of things that were said about Coughlin. He just wanted me to reiterate that Kenny supports Coughlin 100%. Now that that is out of the way, my question. Will the owners and players work out a deal or do you really think there will be a lockout? Peace
Ohm (2:20 PM)
Kenny's mouth still isn't on the same level as Antrel's mouth. LOL. I think there will be a lockout. I'd be surprised if they found peace by March.
Mike (Danbury, CT)
Any word on Hixon's recovery? In Reese I trust, so I know he will have a fallback plan and was wondering who do you think is a realistic KR to bring in and compete for the job? (Pending new CBA of course)
Ohm (2:21 PM)
Hixon said he was recovering well at the end of the season. If it continues to go that way, I think the Giants will bring back Hixon and try to re-sign him. Coughlin loves Hixon and they clearly saw how much they missed him. Otherwise, I think they should try to address it in the draft as well by taking a speedster.
Phil (Storrs, Ct)
Ohm great work all year I really appreciate your coverage on the giants. This season the giants were really exposed in the middle of the field. It feels like we havent had an impact linebacker besides antnino pierce for years. I know Jerry Resse is always under the opinion that the organization can address issues internally, but is that a realistic option for the linebackers?
Ohm (2:23 PM)
Phil, thanks dude. I don't know if they were as badly exposed as you say they are. I do think they need to improve there. But I don't think they were nearly as bad as I thought they might be, I have to admit. I have to say, Goff did better than I thought. And Fewell liked using the three safety look so really there were mostly two linebackers in there during the season. I do think the Giants will look at linebacker in the draft or free agency. Sintim is coming off knee surgery and wasn't able to claim a starting spot when he was healthy. Goff is solid but they need to find another athletic and fast body there.
Garrick Sherman (#41 on MSU Hoops Team)
Coach needs to play me more, I can bang with the big boys down low! My question is about a fellow former Spartan, Plax, where do you think he ends up? My guess is ST Louis makes a lot of sense for a few reasons
Ohm (2:25 PM)
Garrick, I was wondering recently why Izzo didn't play you for a long time after you started the season. But at this point, Izzo needs to light a fire under Summers and play his best players. Austin is killing me! As for Plax, St. Louis would be a good spot for him, Spags there, Bradford needing a go-to WR. The Jets would be a good spot for him too, I know Giants fans hate to hear that. Plax would love Rex. Pittsburgh would be a great spot for him to return to too.
Tim McElroy (New Haven, CT)
If you had to predict, does Fewell become the Tiatan's coach or stay with the G-Men? And if he leaves, do you think the Giants will promote from within the organization or hire someone from the outside?
Ohm (2:26 PM)
T-Mc, no way in predicting but my guess is Perry returns because the early indications are that Tennessee will hire Munchak. If Perry were to leave... good question. They could promote from within but I think the Giants would look at all options.
Mike (Danbury, CT)
Was the problem on ST Coverage this year more preparation, execution, Dodge's inconsistency (IE booming some, shanking others) or something else? It just seemed like our coverage team aside from JPP and Blackburn (when healthy) just didnt take good angles and keep containment.
Ohm (2:27 PM)
Mike, I think it was a few things: Dodge's inconsistencies. I think the Giants needed better players on special teams, more athletic and fast. I don't think it was because of a lack of preparation. But execution was poor. No doubt.
Mike (Bloomington, IN)
Ohm, who IS that speedy playmaker you could see the Giants drafting in the first few rounds?
Ohm (2:28 PM)
Mike, I haven't studied the draft yet. I will be heading to the combine later in the month though so hopefully I will have an answer for you soon.
In your mind, what would be the Giants #1 need upcoming in the draft? I know the Giants kind of lacked that big play ability from Burress but what are their chances of finding someone with that energy and spark for the team? (Think Dez Bryant [Cowboys])
Ohm (2:30 PM)
Richard, I think the Giants need playmakers. I know they got Nicks and Manningham and Bradshaw but they need more. Even if it means drafting a speedy corner to help them on special teams, they need that electric player like a Dez... I think as far as #1 need... I'd go with speed and athleticism. I know they need a linebacker and could use another offensive lineman, but I am going to go by Jerry Reese's rule of taking best player and take whomever is that electric guy that can help this team in the first three rounds if available. Look at the Eagles... you will need speed to hang with them from here on out.
Bill (Long Beach)
Ohm, I got a very bad feeling that there will be a lockout. With the players/fans the ultimate losers. I also see this(work stoppage) stretching into late August, early September. Your thoughts?
Ohm (2:31 PM)
Bill... it's possible. Very possible.
Ohm, you know I don't want Sheridan. But don't give Fewell too much credit. Honestly... Sheridan used Boley better at WILL than Fewell uses him at SAM...that well...is FACT.Fewell still has no clue how to use the DBs on this team...and frankly that scares me considering everyone sold me on what a teacher this guy was in the Secondary.
Ohm (2:32 PM)
Andi... I hear you on the nitpicking... but prior to that Eagles game, Giants defense was like top three most of the season. And until eight minutes to go, he had Vick bottled up. I think you can do much worse than Perry Fewell. And it was only his first year.
Hey Ohm, I think the Giants biggest two needs are an Offensive tackle to add to our talented but aging line, and an impact linebacker. If these are our first two round selections, which do you think is more of a priority? I believe that we need a linebacker who could live up to some of our talent on the d-line and in the secondary, and we can only get that by using our first round pick on one. I think that would make our defense truly elite
Ohm (2:34 PM)
Shawn, if I had to pick between just those two, I'd go impact linebacker. They still got a bunch of guys who can do the job on the O-line although O'Hara and Seubert are both coming off surgeries.
Phil (Storrs, CT)
Ohm great work all year. There has been a lot of talk Eli's struggles this year due to the lack of a quality qb coach such as Chris Palmer. I know Mike Sullivan offically has the QB job, but has there been any plans to bring in someone else?
Ohm (2:35 PM)
Phil, thanks sir. No word on the Giants bringing in a QB tutor. But some feel that would help Eli. Sullivan is a great guy and I am sure he will work his tail off to get Eli better this year. Eli will be seriously motivated to turn things around.
Following up on the Bradshaw/Jacobs discussion...in the early going last year, starting Bradshaw was looking like a great decision. Fumbilitis kicked in and brought back memories of Tiki. Do you think Bradshaw has the wherewithal to emerge into a 1,500ish feature back like Tiki was back in the day? I'm wondering if part of the problems he ran into were related to his size and endurance that is necessary for a sustained season.
Ohm (2:37 PM)
Dan, I think more than his size and endurance, it's his heart... he tries to churn out every yard and then exposes himself to getting stripped. Think about how many of his fumbles came as he was trying to gain extra yards. I think he can turn the fumbling problem around... I think he only had like one fumble in his last six games after Jacobs was put in the starting lineup. As for 1,500 yards, it's possible but I don't know if he reaches it if they still share the carries with Jacobs.
Snooki (The Beach)
The Giants should draft me, I am a speedy playmaker! Oh you meant on the football field...
Ohm (2:38 PM)
Snooks, they couldn't handle Plax. And you wouldn't like it here anyways. Antrel barely has any fun.
Bob Z (State College)
I think the G-men should be looking at some stud O-line players like Pouncey's twin brother from florida. any chance of getting him or someone equivalent. p.s. spartans are losing it, PSU basketball is going to the dance
Ohm (2:40 PM)
Bob Z, I think in the first mock drafts on ESPN by Kiper and McShay, one of them, I think it was Kiper, had the Giants taking Pouncey. I do think they need to cover themselves on the line because O'Hara, Seubert and Koets are all coming off surgeries and Andrews' back could be a problem. You never know. As for PSU, you guys are solid. I hope you all make the tourney. As for State, it is falling apart but if we have a winning record and say 13-14 losses, I can still see committee letting us in. Heh, heh.
Bill (Long Beach)
Ohm, IF; that's right BIG IF. The labor situation is cleared up(doubt it). Do you think the Giants would go after Ashomonga? Particularly with the receivers the iggles and 'boys have. Yes, I'm well aware I butchered his name.
Ohm (2:42 PM)
Bill, I do think the Giants should go after Asomugha. But I have a hard time seeing the Giants outbid everybody for him. Asomugha is going to try to command a monster contract in the range of Revis' deal.
A little bit away from football...Andy Pettitte and his retirement from the Yankees. How does this affect the Yanks and what do you think they will do to counter this?
Ohm (2:44 PM)
Rich... I posted this question because I am grateful you are here and took the time to send the question. But I have to apologize, I haven't been spending any time on baseball. Pretty much, I'm all football, NBA (because I used to cover it for a decade), MSU Spartans (because I went there) and pop culture, 80s and old school hip hop and R&B. But I will say this, Pettitte was always cool whenever I had to deal with him in the Yankee clubhouse. And it will be weird now that he is finally retired.
Tim McElroy (New Haven, CT)
Will Jim Sorgi or Sage Rosenfels both compete to be Eli's backup?
Ohm (2:44 PM)
TMc... Don't know if Sorgi will be back. I think Sage has another year left on his deal. But staff liked Sorgi.
While Coughlin chose to focus on the positives of this last season, as Giants fans, the last two seasons have been a disappointment. Analysts had him on the hot seat nearing season end. Around the water cooler, we're generally in agreement, the Giants must progress and have a good showing in the playoffs next year or he should be out. Is there a similar sentiment in the front office?
Ohm (2:45 PM)
Dan, I am sure the Giants will not tolerate three straight years out of the playoffs. Even if they come close again, I think three straight years with this kind of talent would probably be a call for change.
john (princeton, nj) [via mobile]
Ohm, been reading your stuff for a while now. My question is about the linebacker from UNC, quan sturdivant? Where is he likely to go with him missing all last year due to the investigation and could the giants be in position to grab him? He's a beast!
Ohm (2:47 PM)
John, thanks bro... I have to defer all draft questions about specific college players to our draft experts, and we have some great ones. Unfortunately, I don't know enough right now about the college players in the draft. But knowing the Giants, they are exploring everything.
David (New York)
Ohm great article on BJ. I was at BC when he was there, for him to be as destructive as he is this young in that system is crazy.
Ohm (2:47 PM)
David, thanks man. The Raji family was terrific. Do you know how to Raji? LOL.
For the record, Fewell is not in my dog house....yet.but I'm putting him on a short leash....
Ohm (2:48 PM)
LOL! That's good to know Andi! Hilarious.
Ohm, I've been hearing that the Eagles might get Asamougha! We HAVE to outbid them! BTW, tell Reid the G-Men are looking forward to playing his offensive line coordinator-run defense lol.
Ohm (2:49 PM)
Jon, this is why the Giants need to be in the sweepstakes... if for any reason at all, to block him from going to a rival. They could use him to check DeSean.
Mike (Hamden, CT)
Ohm. You're the man. I know it's a long shot, but if there is a labor agreement, and the Giants win the Super Bowl, what do you think the odds are that TC retires on top and Fewell takes over as head coach?
Ohm (2:50 PM)
Mike, thanks dog. Dude, that is a long, long, long ways from now. But I'll play along... if TC retired on top, and their defense was lights out, Perry would have a good shot at the job. But there could be some serious names available out there too as well.
ben (north shore)
where do you think giants will go with their first round pick, (i know i ask this alot) i want a solid Tackle who we could use for th enext decade
Ohm (2:51 PM)
Ben, they probably are hoping that Beatty, Andrews and Diehl will be what they need at tackle. Kareem did a good job this year on the right side. Based on Andrews' contract and the way it is set up, if his back were healthy, the Giants would hope he would become that guy. Beatty might be another year or two away.
Ohm, from what I have read online, people talk about Gilbride's offense and his complex receiver tree as practically being the equivalent to splitting the atom. Based on what you hear, is this a legit criticism of his offense for someone new to step in and be effective, or is it overblown by those looking for excuses?
Ohm (2:54 PM)
Matt, you are going to get guys like Andiamo started here for sure on Gilbride. I think Gilbride is fine. Does he have flaws? Sure. Does the playcalling get conservative at times? Sure. But the offense did a good job for most part with all the injuries. Bottom line, I just don't think Gilbride was the problem this year. He certainly isn't having Eli throw all the interceptions. And no matter how complex it may be at times, and maybe too many things are going through Eli's head at the line of scrimmage, who knows? But Eli is incredibly smart and can handle it. Are things better when Eli is running hurry-up and maybe doesn't have to deal with many details, sure. But I don't think Gilbride is the problem.
Thanks Ohm for the Chat! Naturally living in Texas I have to ask...But lets assume the Eagles make the playoffs again next season (provided there will be a next season) who do you think will make it out of the NFC East? Cowboys? Giants?.......Redskins?
Ohm (2:55 PM)
Richard, I think it's the Eagles and then it is between Giants and Cowboys. I don't see the Cowboys being as bad. And the Giants should be around the same if not better. Redskins... they are a mess.
Kenny Phillips' Knee (With Kenny)
Shout out to Andy Pettitte. Talked to his arm, he is retiring. Great pitcher for the Yankees. Any chance Sabathia or Hughes can be cloned?
Ohm (2:56 PM)
john (princeton, nj) [via mobile]
Well since you have to defer draft questions, I know the CBA clouds up FA, but what is the organizations feelings on kiwi right now. And what's his progress?
Ohm (2:57 PM)
Kiwi was supposed to see a doctor recently. The Giants have not given us an update. The last thing Reese said was he wasn't doing much, he was still in the mode of taking it easy and resting and waiting and see how his injury heals. Kiwanuka will have plenty of time since it appears there will be a lockout. I hope he can play again. Good dude and really good player.
Ohm - I hate saying this, but the more I watch Mark Ingram, the more I think he will be a special player. Not a need but wow he's good.
Ohm (2:58 PM)
He is good. He ran all over MSU and he wasn't even completely healthy.
Do you think it would be smarter for the Giants to sign and trade plax? Or they just better off letting him go and never look back?
Ohm (2:59 PM)
I don't see them signing him and then trading him. If they want him back, they will sign him. Otherwise, he'll go somewhere else. And Plax would pretty much sign with a team that is going to want him anyways.
Bob Z (State College)
to all the people giving perry fewell alot of grief. I think his game plan against the eagles in our first game laid out the blueprint for their next 2 losses. the bears seemed to steal our playbook and just executed better. I really hope he comes back, a round two for him with our players (and hopefully some faster linebackers) can only mean good things for our defense. your thoughts ohm?
Ohm (3:00 PM)
I like what Perry did. Yeah, the collapse wasn't pretty but I chalk that up to a special player stepping up and taking over a game. The Green Bay game was a disaster. If you want to put that on Perry, same for the Colts game, sure. But I don't think Perry was anywhere close to being the problem this year.
Would you rather have a player on your team who shoots themselves in the leg or be self conscious about your feet when you take your cleats off in the locker room?
Ohm (3:01 PM)
I'll take the feet. Especially if it gets my team to the conference championship two years in a row.
Mike (Danbury, CT)
I heard a rumor that the Giants are trying to get in on the Melo sweepstakes and plan to move him to Tight End, do you have any "sources" to confirm or deny this?!
Ohm (3:02 PM)
I think Melo wants to talk to Rolle first about whether New York is any fun. LOL. Nah, I love Rolle and I don't think he hates Coughlin. I think it was his way of suggesting how to improve things and he didn't mean it to come off the way it did. I don't think, though, that the media twisted what he said out of proportion. As for Melo... can't wait until he plays with Amare next season.
Ohm (3:03 PM)
Alright guys, thanks for joining the chat... check out the Giants blog for my grades. Peace!