The question has been posed to Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin and the rest of the Giants during the second half of the season and into the playoffs — What type of impact has the absence of Plaxico Burress had on the Giants’ offense? The Giants have repeatedly taken the high road on the topic, refusing to speculate publicly what would have or could have been with Burress in the lineup.
On Sunday, free safety Brian Dawkins — whose Eagles faced the Giants three times this season, twice without Burress — had an answer to the question many have been asking.
“Well when he isn’t there, there is a huge part of their offense taken away,” Dawkins said. “The ability of him and Eli [Manning] to be on the same page, sometimes playing playground ball on the weak side, if he has a one on one over there, they feel he is going to win that battle nine times out of ten. As a defense you don’t have to be as concerned about roaming from one guy to another because you can’t play Plaxico one on one without expecting him to have a huge game.”