Chat with Kieran Darcy
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, ESPNNewYork.com staff writer Kieran Darcy stops by to chat about the New York Giants.
As a staff writer for ESPNNewYork.com, Darcy covers the New York sports scene, college sports in particular. He joined ESPN in August of 2000, after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball for the Quakers. He also used to contribute to ESPN.com's Page 2.
Send your questions now and join Darcy Monday at 3 p.m. ET!
Kieran Darcy (3:02 PM)
Hey everybody! With Ohm Youngmisuk traveling back from San Francisco today, I'm going to kick off our Giants Super Bowl chats this week.
Kieran Darcy (3:03 PM)
I've been helping Ohm cover Giants practices the past couple weeks, so fire away with questions -- let's discuss what happened yesterday, and Super Bowl XLVI in Indy!
This has been a season of crazy rallies for the Giants. Do they have one more in them?
Kieran Darcy (3:07 PM)
I wouldn't doubt them Alex, after what we've watched transpire the past few weeks. Will they need to rally against the Patriots though? Frankly, I think the Giants are a better team -- certainly more well-rounded.
sam (new york)
the giants matched up pretty well with Green Bay's numerous offensive weapons. How do you see them matching up with the Pats' weapons of gronk, hernandez, branch, welker and whoever else they have? Who do you think would cover each of them?
Kieran Darcy (3:14 PM)
It'll be another big challenge, Sam -- but the defense looked great yesterday, other than those two breakdowns on Vernon Davis. Both Welker (9 catches, 136 yards) and Gronkowski (8 for 101) had big games the first time around, but the Giants still won.
Go Giants! What do you see as thei match-up that must be won... pats o-line vs giants d-line or is it secondary to receiver on each side of the ball?
Kieran Darcy (3:17 PM)
Both important, but I would say Pats O-line vs. Giants D-line. Justin Tuck and Co. made a huge impact against the Pats in the Super Bowl four years ago, and Perry Fewell talked last week about how everything the Giants' do defensively is based off the front four. They give the Giants their confidence and swagger, and must get to Brady in two weeks.
Jason ( New jersey) [via mobile]
Do you think Eli manning is a better clutch qb thAn Tom Brady.
Kieran Darcy (3:19 PM)
Better? No, I can't say that -- Brady's got three Super Bowl rings already. But Eli has certainly put himself in the conversation as among the very best quarterbacks in the NFL. Indianapolis is going to be a circus, with people comparing Eli to his brother Peyton. What do you guys think about that?
Is Manningham back next season? What about Osi?
Kieran Darcy (3:23 PM)
My best guess? Neither will be back. Manningham is a free agent, and with the emergence of Victor Cruz, I don't think the Giants will pay a premium for Manningham. Osi has one-year left at just under $4 million but wants a new deal, and again, I don't think the Giants want to overpay, considering they already have Tuck and Pierre-Paul.
John ( new York) [via mobile]
I'm loving your anwsers kieran! Victor Cruz as deffinetely stood out this season. Do you think he will be an impact player in this super bowl?
Kieran Darcy (3:25 PM)
Thanks John. If the Giants are going to win, I think Cruz has to make an impact. No one is talking about Cruz today, but he was huge yesterday. I know he didn't do much in the second half, but he was a machine in the first half, and clearly played his guts out -- he looked exhausted just before halftime.
If the Giants win, does Coughlin have a HOF-caliber resume?
Kieran Darcy (3:27 PM)
This is going to be another hot topic over the next couple of weeks -- and it's amazing we're even discussing this, considering people thought Coughlin was going to be fired just a few weeks ago, before this run began against the Jets. If the Giants win, I say yes, Coughlin belongs in the Hall of Fame. Even though there are coaches with two Super Bowl wins not in the Hall, I think TC would be deserving. Don't forget that he built Jacksonville from the ground up and took the Jags to two AFC Championship Games.
where did cruz go in the second half and how lucky can you giants fans be two big mistakes a bs no fumble call on bradshaw hes not a quaterback why blow the whistle so quick.
Kieran Darcy (3:29 PM)
Cruz faced double teams in the second half, so Eli Manning looked elsewhere -- in fact, my colleague Rich Cimini has a great breakdown of the adjustments Eli made in his day-after story that just went up:http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/11439/xs-and-os-inside-the-giants-victory
Kevin (new jersey) [via mobile]
I can't get enough of your anwsers! I'm hooked on your analysis! How do you think is the most underated player going into the super bowl!
Kieran Darcy (3:32 PM)
Thanks Kevin. As for underrated, people are starting to talk about him of late, but the addition of Chase Blackburn has been huge for the Giants. He has really stabilized the linebacking corps, and what a story, after being cut in training camp and sitting at home much of the season.
Kieran Darcy (3:33 PM)
OK guys, gotta run -- thanks for the questions! We'll have wall-to-wall coverage of the Giants the next two weeks on ESPN NY, keep your eyes peeled!