Giants bring the new ‘Dirtbag’ mentality to the offensive

Let’s call them “Frenchy, Dirtbag and the Crew” for now.

Perhaps one day, if all goes according to plan, an organic nickname will appear.

This is the latest incarnation of the Giants’ offensive line, which included in Thursday training left goalkeeper Shane “Frenchy” Lemieux and center John “Dirtbag” Feliciano – Nicknames created by coach Bobby Johnson – As well as the right goalkeeper Mark Glowinsky and the correct handling of Evan Neal as a start. Corey Cunningham performed Andrew Thomas’ left intervention while rehabilitating his surgically repaired left ankle.

Feliciano is the person most familiar with Johnson, having spent the last three seasons together as player and coach with the Bills.

“I joke with him every day: When I write the depth chart on the board, I write ‘Dirtbag.’” Johnson said. “That’s how he plays. Not in an illegal way, but it plays the game on the edge. You must have it.

Bobby Johnson coached the Bills in 2021
Bobby Johnson coached the Bills in 2021
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“Sometimes if you don’t have this in everyone, you have to develop that kind of behavior in the room. John plays this way. Glowinsky plays that way. I think we have other players who can play that way. They will find with me as their coach that if they don’t play that way, way, they will not play.”

The Giants have used 19 different starters and 20 different five-player lineups over the last 65 matches, with swing hits and misses escalating. Trying to fix a decade-old problem. Team owner Jon Mara makes no secret of his belief that turning misery (record 19-46) begins with a streak repair.

“I don’t feel the pressure,” said Johnson, the Giants’ fifth offensive line coach for the past five seasons. “I only feel a responsibility to get them to perform according to expectations—mostly the expectation of a monarchy. This is one of the blue blood organizations, so, yes, I feel a responsibility to get them to exceed the expectations of a monarchy.”

Evan Neal in training for the Giants on May 19, 2022.
Evan Neal in training for the Giants on May 19, 2022.
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The key to rebuilding is to develop two steps that are formulated with the seven best choices. Johnson, who wants the unit’s identity to be “rigid, intelligent, and dependable,” He expressed great opinion on the choice of rookie Neil.

“He had everything to make me go, ‘I want to be around this guy. I want to train this guy. “I want to help this guy reach his potential,” Johnson said. “It was just that he wanted to be really good. The more I talked to him, the more I discovered that it wasn’t just talk. It’s real.”

Being patient with the novice while anticipating elite performance is a “delicate balance”.

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“He was drafted into the top 10 and came to New York City. That alone is enough pressure to crush a player,” Johnson said. “My job is to develop them all. I will hinder its development if I try to apply any more pressure than is already there.

“I’ve learned that Evan puts a lot of pressure on himself. One of my keys to him is, ‘My job is to coach you.’ If you need any pressure, let me do it. Don’t do it yourself because you’re too young, and you won’t know when to turn it off. “

Johnson said Thomas’ movie was “very good”. After allowing 10 sacks as a starter, Thomas cut the total to two in the second season which improved a lot. Developing consistency in the daily setting is the next step.

“For him, it’s just about ‘I have to take my performance to a certain level and then keep it,'” Johnson said. It’s just, I think, a child’s world.”

Glowinski – the Giants’ biggest free-agent signature (three years, $18.4 million) – is a well-known commodity. On the flip side, there is a quandary of potential guards, but Lemieux – a fifth-round pick in 2020 with a hockey title and a thin mustache – has the lead early on.

“Frenchy is doing a great job,” Johnson said. “I graded very high out of Oregon. I really wanted a chance to coach him. Now I have a chance. Does he do what I ask of him yet? Yes. Is he doing it at a high level? Yes.”

Eight of the 14 liner men on the list were brought in by first-year general manager Joe Shuen. Thursday’s second-team offensive line included DeVere Hamilton, Joshua Izudo, Ben Bradison, Marcus McKitthan and Matt Juneau (from left to right). Max Garcia turned inside.

While former right tackle Matt Burt (ACL) and quarterback Nick Gates (broken tibia) remained on the sidelines due to last season’s injuries, Lemieux wasn’t even in the red jersey to signal the injury persisted despite missing the entire season due to knee surgery.

John Feliciano signed with the Giants this off season
John Feliciano signed with the Giants this off season
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“They didn’t say there were any restrictions and [Lemieux] It doesn’t show me any limitations,” Johnson said, “so I’m happy now. “