Contrary to the popular lyrics from ‘old blue eyes’ himself, it seems that nobody wants to “be a part of it” in old New York at the moment.
As if their worst start to a season in almost 30 years wasn’t bad enough, the woes are piling up for the New York Giants who are set to lose mainstay guard Chris Snee to what will most likely be a season (and possibly career) ending surgery. It never rains, it only pours.
Chris Snee is one of those ‘boyhood dream’ stories that trickle through the game from time to time. Born and raised in Edison, NJ Snee was drafted by his hometown Giants in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft and took up what was to be a familiar position protecting the then newly-drafted quarterback Eli Manning on 11 starts in his rookie season.
Snee has started every available game for the G-Men during his 10-year tenure and has been 100 percent present for seven of his nine full regular seasons. Having flown distinctly under the radar during his time in New York, largely thanks to the insatiable thirst for impact players in the Big Apple, his value to the team is perhaps best summarized in the four Pro Bowl appearances and two Super Bowl rings on his mantelpiece.
The 2013 NFL season has seen the form of Snee go hand-in-hand with the fortune of the Giants and take a sizable nosedive. With the team currently standing (just about) at 0-4, there is no hiding from the fact that Snee has been a contributing factor to one of the worst offensive lines in football this season — having allowed 14 sacks on their quarterback — and whose lack of confidence has resulted in the team making the fewest rush attempts thus far in 2013.
In what has been a glittering career as far as offensive linemen go, it would be a shame for Snee to depart the business on the back of his last game – a 38-0 drubbing by the Carolina Panthers – that saw Eli Manning sacked an astronomical seven times. His replacement James Brewer stepped in for the most recent defeat to Kansas City in which the patched up O-line, also missing center David Baas, fared considerably better allowing an arguably more potent Chiefs defense just three sacks on their trigger man. The fact the phrase ‘just three sacks’ is used as a positive for the Giants really does emphasize their troubles at this current time.
Brewer is officially listed on the Giants’ depth chart as backup to left guard Kevin Boothe with the relatively unknown entity Brandon Mosley now the only option at the right guard position. Although this means a positional switch from the blindside we assume Brewer got the edge over Mosley due to his extra experience (although not substantial) and the fact there is already a rookie (Justin Pugh) operating as the starting right tackle.
At times and in holes like these, a head coach needs to call upon the old heads in his side and hope that experience prevails and prowess can see them through. Losing a veteran like Snee is the last thing Tom Coughlin needs right now. Early reports suggest a torn labrum in his hip, which Snee had surgery to correct on the opposite side in the offseason. Should this latest setback result in more required surgery we could very well be looking at two seasons being wrapped up in one, as Chris Snee and the New York Giants would be finished for 2013.