- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
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40 STAN WALLACE, LB. Quick, smart and a solid tackier. A major link in best triumvirate of linebackers in the league.
25 J.C. CAROLINE, DLH. Can be fooled but speed, quick reactions help him recover. Very elusive runner on offense.
20 RAY SMITH, DRH. Quick, smart defense man. Seldom faked out of position. Good tackler.
75 FRED WILLIAMS, DLT. A typical protackle. Hard to move, plays position, refuses to chase fakes.
Coach Jim Lee Howell's Eastern champions do many things superbly and some just adequately. Frank Gifford, Alex Webster and Mel Triplett are the best set of running backs in football today. Gifford is an exceptional receiver, a good passer, very fast and rough to tackle. Triplett, the Herculean fullback, is a power runner and fine blocker. Webster runs a cutback superbly, adding both power and speed. The quarterbacking, with Charley Conerly and Don Heinrich, is intelligent and experienced but not brilliant. The flaws in the offense are a lack of really blinding speed at end or running ability at quarterback to lend more variety to the attack. The Giants, because of these shortcomings, are denied the threat of a long pass. The defense against running is magnificent, but against passing there is a soft spot on the right side of the secondary.
42 CHUCK CONERLY, QB. Poised veteran who passes well. Sits on sidelines studying opponents during early part of game.
11 DON HEINRICH, QB. Good passer, good ball handler. Alert, adept at picking flaws in the defense.
16 FRANK GIFFORD, LH. Probably best halfback in league. Runs, blocks, passes and is a very fine receiver.
29 ALEX WEBSTER, RH. A slashing, tough runner with tremendous impact. Cuts beautifully with no loss of speed.