Friday, August 21, 2009

The Future of Plaxico Burress and the New York Giants

On the 20th of August, Plaxico Burress, New York Giants’ wide receiver, plead guilty to a charge concerning possessing a weapon, and is looking at serving a two year sentence in prison. While this could do down to twenty months on account of good behavior, this could very well be the end of his NFL career.

Burress had accidentally shot himself with a pistol in a New York night club in November, 2008. It did not take long for the Giants to release him of his services after the story surrounding his arrest was made public. Burress is likely to begin serving his sentence sometime in September, and the earliest he can be expected out is only in April, 2011.

Losing Burress will have an effect on the Giants chances of winning the Super Bowl. While they have been given 13:1 odds of winning the Super Bowl; their NFL total season win stands at 9.5 wins.

However, even without the presence of Burress, the Giants still look like a fairly formidable team. Their quarterback, Eli Manning, has been working hard in keeping their defense together. Also, while their defense coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo, has moved to the St. Louis Rams, their defense is said to be as good as it was when they won the 2007 Super Bowl. Bill Sheridan, the team’s former linebackers coach is now the team’s defense coordinator.

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Also, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have gotten hold of Derrick Ward, the Giants’ offensive still boasts of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. The one drawback being that with Burress out of the picture, the Giants will have to depend on lesser known receiving corps such as Sinorice Moss and Domenik Hixon.

Burress, however, still has a chance of getting back into the NFL. The Washington Post has reported that as per an announcement made by the NFL, Burress stands suspended from the league but will be reinstated once the sentence is completed. The written statement that has been issued by the league goes on to say that Burress has been suspended from the league by the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, and that he has been informed that he cannot make deals with any team as long as he does not complete his sentence.

People have actually started placing odds on whether Burress will ever partake in an NFL game again.

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People who think that he won’t, have their reasons. Burress is already close to being 32 and by the time he comes out of prison he’d be 34. Besides, his reputation of not being a hard worker, and his list of injuries, precede him. While his physical abilities and his height will make teams think about getting him on board, his absence from the game for 2 years might prove to be his undoing. Besides, his attitude has never found too many takers, and his showing up late or not showing up for meetings, trainings, and treatments, was always a problem.

Burress now has until 2011 to see the folly of his ways. Would that be enough time for him to make amends with the Giants? Time will surely tell.

Written By Rajiv Baniwal