Talking about the Giants’ last few games makes me sad. So rather than recount the ways in which the guys in orange and black have managed to totally suck, let’s look at the ways in which the guys in red and gold have made an effort to not totally suck.
Word on Donte Whitner is that Harbaugh sees him taking on a leadership role in the secondary. Seeing as last year the starters were doing things like quitting their jobs mid-season, it’s hard to argue that leadership isn’t an area of need. Production would be nice as well, but I guess job 1 is landing guys who won’t walk out on the team two days before a trip to Atlanta.
Now what about the other safety spot? It seems the coaching staff is trying to ditch Taylor Mays faster than a bad homecoming date. Seeing as the front office liked him enough to spend a second-round pick on the guy last year, it’s more than a bit strange that they’re doing everything short of putting up a for-sale ad on Craigslist.
Missed connection- 2010 NFL Draft, second round. Me: lacquer-haired mediocre scout-turned-GM. You: A safety who can cover a backup tight end for fuck’s sake.
So what’s with the sudden urge to move Mays? Perhaps it’s Harbaugh’s memory of what Mays did (and didn’t) do against Stanford. During Mays’ years at USC, the Cardinal put up huge numbers on the Torjans’ defense, including a 55 spot in 2009, the last time Harbaugh would see Mays play in person.
It would be easy to say with all the points scored that Harbaugh didn’t think Mays could play well in coverage, but that’s not really how that game went down. Stanford was able to get the win by dominating in the run game. They put up 325 yards on the ground. If you want an example of a safety not being able to step up and stop a running attack, it is that game.
So perhaps Harbaugh had that in mind when he arrived in Santa Clara, heard from the scouts that Mays was projecting as a run-stopping safety and decided then and there that he wasn’t the man for the job. If so, trading him now while he’s still considered a project player with great speed and size (Mr. Davis, are you listening?) could yield the best return.