fantasizing wrote:Absolutely it hurts. Imagine the Dallas running game without TO or NE's without R. Moss. I'm not suggesting Burress is the same calibre reciever as those two, but the very big play threat he brings to the offense keeps safeties honest.
That "old school" mentallity that you win championships by running the ball and playing good defense is a load of crap in today's game. You must absolutely have a good balance between run and pass to be successfull on offense.
Just because you have to have good balance doesn't make that mentality a 'load of crap', as you say. Look at predominant passing teams in recent memory and they have not faired well. Look at teams that CAN run when they want or need to, and they have been much more successful. And I don't remember the exact stat, but something like no team without a top 10 defense has ever won the Superbowl....or something like that.
So I think argument has a fundamental flaw - the Giants can still do the MOST important things. They may not be able to do the other thing (pass) quite as well, but that is a much easier challenge to overcome than if you have a porous defense or can't run the ball. I don't think they miss Burress hardly at all...they are very accustomed to playing without him at this point anyway.