Tom Coughlin Wins ESPY for Coach of the Year

July 12, 2012

NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans, did you miss me? I have been taking a nice long break away from writing after winning the Championship and the emotional 2011 season. But I couldn’t help writing something about Tom Coughlin winning the ESPY for Coach of the Year, something he really deserves both as a coach and a man. I’m starting to get the itch to write again and could not think of a better way to re-introduce myself to the New York Giants nation, then with a Tom Coughlin article. It feels good to be back.

Let me stop now and officially say, Congrats Coach!

If you ask me, it has taken the media, the football world and even a lot of the Giants fans, way too long to warm up and recognize how good Coughlin is. A lot of the drama is caused by the morons at the major sports shows. The two Super Bowl wins in five years cannot be denied, they will win a third and be named a dynasty and you will still show no love, so let it be known then. I am very excited for this year and to see what a healthy squad can do over 16 games. This is a dangerous team when fully healthy and they just won the Super Bowl with a depleted roster. How about Jason Pierre-Paul? B-E-A-S-T!  I’m going to predict he gets over 20 sacks in 2012. I think rookie RB David Wilson is a very intriguing subject and so is WR Rueben Randle. I’m looking at DT Marvin Austin, CB Prince Amukamara, WR Ramses Barden, TE Martellus Bennett, TE Travis Beckum and WR Domenik Hixon to see what they can do. A lot fans are watching, even though they may be quiet right now but we are all rooting for you guys to have huge seasons. And so is Tom Coughlin and the front office. These guys can make a huge difference in the 2012 season when healthy and clicking with their teammates. They need a shot to do that.

I have always been a big fan of Coach Coughlin, I was never one to criticize him for bad games. By the way, at 65, Coughlin becomes the oldest coach to ever win the award. I have been vocal in the past about OC Gilbride and not caring for some of his play calling. I think this offense is a dynamic but steady OC away from winning two more Super Bowls. The G-Men have the talent, that is for sure, they could be a top offense for the next four to six years if utilized properly. I’m sure of two things about Coach Coughlin, one he is a football guy and two, he is a New York guy. He also looks out for the military and works with the Jay Fund charity, founded in 1996. As most of you know, even his son-in-law is a football player. Giants Pro Bowl OL Chris Snee. Snee will be included in the Giants ‘Ring of Honor’ once he finishes his career with Big Blue and forever be considered one of the best Giants lineman of all time. Without coaches approval, I doubt this marriage would have ever happened, so it’s nice to know that Coughlin is a good judge of character too. I love that the Giants owners continue to reward Coughlin on production with contract extensions, something else he deserves in my opinion. I look forward to seeing Coach on the sidelines for many years to come in the future and enjoy continued success under his watch.

How do you feel about Coach Coughlin winning Coach of the Year?

RD – nygreporter.com

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Super Bowl XLVI Final Game Notes of the Season

February 6, 2012

NEW YORK – That was one heck of a way to end a great season. The Giants defeat the New England Patriots 21-17 in Indianapolis. It took a fourth quarter comeback to win a second Super Bowl for Big Blue as QB Eli Manning wins his second Super Bowl MVP Award. Most seem to agree this win puts Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, you can include myself among them. There really is no way to describe the joy I’m feeling now and will feel for a very long time. I’m stuck someplace between numb and bursting with energy. Some where in between shocked and exhausted. I’m running on empty but so happy that it doesn’t matter at this point. The true blue fans have been waiting and anticipating this moment and when it finally arrives, it’s wonderful. So enjoy it!

Thank you to the New York Giants organization including the Mara and Tisch families. Thank you to Head Coach Tom Coughlin, the rest of the coaches and players. Thank you GM Jerry Reese, who has done an outstanding job, since taking over for Giants legend Ernie Accorsi. Go back and read all of my articles about Mr. Reese and you will see I have always been a fan of his work and have praised his draft skills and player transactions. Some of his moves however, had even me scratching my head this past offseason. In the NFL Lockout riddled 2011 year, players were coming and going at will in the NFL and the G-men lost some key players like WR Steve Smith, TE Kevin Boss, C Shaun O’Hara and OL Rich Seubert to retirement or contract situations. Then they lost CB Terrell Thomas, LB Clint Sintim, OT William Beatty, WR Domenik Hixon, LB Jonathan Goff and about ten more guys to the dreaded IR list (injured reserve). 2011 marks three straight years of injury epidemics for the G-men with at least 12 going on the season ending IR list, per year, that’s about 20% of the team going down for three straight years. But the Giants and Jerry Reese made all the right moves that had this team clicking by the end of the season. Congrats you are now Super Bowl Champions!

I thought singers Kelly Clarkson and Madonna did a good job with their respective areas of the nights entertainment. I thought NBC could have done a better job with the trophy presentation and post game stuff but thats why we have remote controls right? I also noticed audio problems coming from the NBC channel during the game. I suggest that Giants fans out there savor this moment and really enjoy this win for a couple of days. Do not get into any talks about the draft or who is signing what contract and when, just relax for a few days and enjoy winning the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl XLVI Champion New York Giants

QB Eli Manning – Super Bowl XLVI MVP Manning had a great game finishing with 296 yards 1 TD and 0 INT’s. Congrats Champ!

WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks had a solid Super Bowl performance finishing with 103 yards 0 TD’s. Congrats Champ!

RB Ahmad Bradshaw – Bradshaw played like he wanted another ring and finished with 72 yards 1 TD rushing and 19 yards receiving. AB is a big part of this Championship. Congrats Champ!

DE Justin Tuck – Tuck was emotionally spent following his 2 sack performance in Super Bowl XLVI. God Bless and Congrats Champ!

LB Chase Blackburn – Blackburn was making a lot of plays out there and finished with 1 INT. Congrats Champ!

DE Jason Pierre-Paul – JPP will forever be double teamed now, so he will need to get bigger. He was still causing havoc and blocking passes. Congrats Champ!

TE Jake Ballard – Jake Ballard was injured during the game and finished with 10 yards. Congrats Champ!

CB Corey Webster – Webster played like a Champion and got his ring, great season Corey! Congrats Champ!

RB Brandon Jacobs – Jacobs ran hard and finished with 37 yards. Two rings for Mr. Jacobs now. Congrats Champ!

S Antrel Rolle – Rolle was playing his heart out and creating chaos for the Patriots. Congrats Champ!

WR Victor Cruz – The Salsa King Cruz caught Eli Manning’s only TD pass of the game. Congrats Champ!

CB Aaron Ross – Ross owned the first quarter and really made an impact in this game. Congrats Champ!

LB Michael Boley – Boley had an outstanding game and was the leading tackler for Big Blue. Congrats Champ!

WR Mario Manningham – Super Mario had the play of the game and finished with 73 yards 0 TD’s. Congrats Champ!

S Deon Grant – The veteran safety was fourth on the team in tackles and really whacking guys out there. 3 more years! Congrats Champ!

TE Bear Pascoe – Pascoe filled in nicely for the other two injured TE’s and finished with 33 yards. Congrats Champ!

DE Osi Umenyiora – Osi was causing disruptions for most of the game and really turned up the heat at the end. Pay Osi! Congrats Champ!

FB Henry Hynoski – Hynoski made a couple of nice catches and was blocking like a mad man. Congrats Champ!

TE Travis Beckum – Beckum tore his ACL early in the game and never returned. I’m sure the Super Bowl ring will help him heal. Congrats Champ!

DT Linval Joseph – Joseph did a great job in the middle and is a player to keep an eye on. Congrats Champ!

S Kenny Phillips – KP was second on the team in tackles and was throwing his body into every tackle. Congrats Champ!

DT Chris Canty – Canty had a nice game was clogging up the middle for Big Blue. Congrats Champ!

P Steve Weatherford – The Giants will sign Weatherford long term this offseason. The Weatherman had an outstanding game. Congrats Champ!

K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes had a great game by making both of his FG attempts and his lone extra point attempt. Congrats Champ!

Giants Offense – The Giants offense beat the Patriots defense for most of the game. Now, they are Champions of the World. Congrats Champs!

Giants Defense – The Giants defense held Brady to 17 points. They had 2 sacks and 1 INT. Great Game Champs!

Giants Special Teams – The special teams had a very nice game and have improved a lot since week one. Great Game Champs!

What did you think about the game and Super Bowl XLVI festivities?

RD – nygreporter.com – I’m a bELIever!

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Merry Christmas to our Readers and Giants Family Everywhere

December 25, 2011

NEW YORK – On behalf of the nygreporter, I would like to wish all of our readers and Giants fans everywhere, a very Merry Christmas! I would also like to wish the coaches, staff and players of the New York Giants a very Merry Christmas and their families as well. I’m not sure what your favorite holiday is but mine has always been Christmas. Some of you may celebrate Christmas and some of you may not but I do. In fact, I am with my family right now enjoying the relaxed atmosphere near an illuminated tree, watching the kids running around and talking with my uncle and cousins. The girls are in the kitchen cooking and the guys will watch the Green Bay Packers play the Chicago Bears tonight at 8:20 PM EST on NBC. This is the final entry in our DAC Christmas series.

I have been all over the country and I’ve learned that Christmas is better with a chill in the air. I don’t need the whole ‘White Christmas’ even though it would be nice but I do enjoy a chill in the air. I’ve also learned that Christmas is better with family. Maybe it’s the hypnotic glow of colorful lights or the familiar Christmas music coming through the radio but Christmas does something to me like no other holiday. I enjoy giving gifts to my friends and family. I enjoy getting gifts too like every other sane person lol. I enjoy the cold walk from the car to the house I am visiting with gifts or a bottle under my arm. I enjoy the feast of food that gets made every year. I enjoy watching all of the Christmas movies on TV. I enjoy sending the Christmas cards back and forth between friends. I enjoy laughing about life with family. I enjoy praying with family and celebrating the birth of Jesus. These are some of the things I love about Christmas.

I hope all of you kids out there have a very nice Christmas. Remember to listen to your parents and don’t get into any trouble. Keep God in your heart and always do the right thing. Some Christmas seasons are better then others but try to remember to be thankful for whatever gifts you get each and every year because it is a blessing. Some kids get no gifts at all and to you I say Merry Christmas and keep your head up. Life changes and maybe one day things will be different for you but don’t ever give up trying. God Bless!

Some of our military forces are fighting overseas and cannot be with family or friends this year. I salute you and wish you a very, special, Merry Christmas! You are not forgotten! God Bless and Protect you always!

What family traditions do you and your family practice during the holidays?

RD – nygreporter – Ho! Ho! Ho!

Merry Christmas to you and your family, God Bless!


Is Veteran Kenny Phillips the Giants Top Safety?

September 29, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD – Today via the New York Giants Twitter account, defensive coordinator, Perry Fewell said safety, Kenny Phillips ‘has been balling’. What exactly does that mean to you and I? Is Phillips the ‘top dog’ over Antrel Rolle and Deon Grant? I will break down Kenny Phillips’ career with you starting all the way back to his days playing college ball. Plus, I will share with you whether or not I agree with Perry Fewell’s comment made earlier today.

Before the NFL

After playing college ball at the University of Miami, safety Kenny Phillips was picked by the Giants in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. During his freshman year in college, Phillips was ranked third on his team, recording 93 tackles and one INT, after starting 11 games at free safety. Despite missing three games due to injury, Phillips continued his steller preformance the following year by starting ten games at strong safety and racking up 73 tackles and 4 INTs. He would set a career high in tackles his junior year with 95 total and he also picked off two passes. Phillips then decided it was time to take on the NFL.

Kenny’s NFL Career Begins

After the Giants lost safety Gibril Wilson to free-agency during the 2008 off-season, Phillips was most likely going to be competing for the vacant position at free safety. The Giants wasted no time, offering him a five-year contract worth $11 million dollars. Phillips did not obtain the sole starting job at free safety, he split duties at the position with Michael Johnson. He preformed rather well throughout his rookie year getting playing time in all 16 games and starting in 3 of those games. He recorded 67 tackles and grabbed one INT. Unfortunately, Phillips’s second year was shortened after he suffered a season ending knee injury. He got back on the field in time for the 2010 season opener against the Carolina Panthers as a starter. It was also the first time he would be playing alongside safety Antrel Rolle. Phillips started his season off with a bang by managing a few tackles and stealing one from Panther’s QB, at the time, Matt Moore.  He continued to be a top performer for the Giants defense, recording 77 tackles during the 10′ season.

Performance This Season

Has Phillips preformed well enough after three weeks for  defensive coordinator, Perry Fewell to say he “has been balling”? I would have to say DEFINITELY. Phillips has already wreaked havoc in the secondary by making 33 tackles in only three weeks, almost half of his career high of 77 tackles. He has shut down some key scoring plays by opposing offenses and has just flat out impressed me these past three weeks. I believe that having a safety with the ability to make tackles and kill potential scoring plays such as Phillips, is essential to winning games. On top of the 33 tackles, he has one INT. Of course many Giants fans would like to see more, but remember, we are only three weeks into the season. It is still a good start for him because he has only had one INT per season thus far.

With all of that being said, I would most definitely have to back up Perry Fewell’s comment and say that Phillips is the best safety on the team right now.

Spencer Conlin – nygreporter.com

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Hey ESPN, You Have Lost All Credibility in New York!

September 27, 2011

NEW YORK – I have reached my limit with ESPN. For the first three weeks of the 2011 season, their coverage of the New York Giants has been nothing less then insulting. It has been bias and extremely negative. They have lost all credibility in New York for delivering a balanced and fair assessment of professional football games. It amazes me that they could be so blatantly one sided when it comes to the Giants. From morning to night it has been nothing but negativity and many speculate it is because the producers are from Boston or they are simply Boston fans. If this were a playground and we were five years old that would make sense but as a grown man or woman, with a job that entails delivering accurate news, it simply falls short of credible. ESPN, which is owned by the Walt Disney corporation (80%) and the Hearst corporation (20%) need to look into what these producers are airing. This article would have never been posted if it was a one time issue but this has been going on for years now. Dozens of New York fans took to twitter these past few weeks spitting poison at ESPN for their bias, so I am not alone in my thoughts which are written here.

I’m not talking about a single negative comment or remark here (even though you can find plenty of those too). I’m talking about whole segments produced and edited in a way that makes the Giants look terrible and I’m sick of it. You have to understand that there is a difference between a commentator giving his or her opinion during a broadcast and edited segments that have the elevator music and dramatic camera angles to provoke emotion from the viewer. These guys at ESPN had aired three negative segments prior to the Giants vs. Eagles game on Sunday. This was after a week long campaign of negativity calling out Big Blue for faking injuries and currently we have to endure “day three” of them talking about poor Michael Vick being hit legally. You would have gotten away with it if some producer over at ESPN wasn’t such a glutton and turned their focus to something else but after three weeks, enough is enough.

The three segments included their homemade montage of the “Miracle at the Meadowlands” where DeSean Jackson ran back a punt for a TD last year. This was played all day and all night. The second was an interview with former Giants punter Matt Dodge that was edited to make him look like an idiot and the third was all about faking injuries during games and had the Giants as the poster child for such behavior, due to questionable injuries by the Giants during the Rams game two Sundays ago. Guys faking injuries to slow the game down has been happening since the Vince Lombardi days and happens every week in the NFL. Yet, they failed to focus on the real story which is the Giants victories. They certainly spent enough time bashing them during week one when the G-men lost to the Redskins.

Ironically enough, they seem to have the same loathing for the New York Yankees and continually share a one sided opinion about the team. I know they could have their people pull up a bunch of clips over time that show positive statements about New York teams but overall the scales are considerably tipped in favor of the negative aspects they choose to air. I encourage all of the aspiring sports reporters in New York to focus on this story and see why this is allowed to occur. I ask that anyone with s nose for the news break this story wide open and find the source of all the negativity directed at New York. I implore any millionaires out there to create a new sports television program that can deliver fair and balanced news and compete with the monopoly that ESPN has become. These guys at ESPN must think the fans are stupid and that we wouldn’t recognize what they are doing. Talk about the real news, which in this case, are the two victories the Giants pulled out with half of their team injured, instead of what you CREATE as the news in order to generate viewership.

In conclusion, I ask who ever is in charge at ESPN, a publicly traded company that produces one billion dollars in revenue on the eyes and ears of sports fans, to explain why this is happening? If you want to pump my head with hours and hours of commercials by your advertisers without my permission, then I demand that you fairly and accurately report the news on New York area teams. You have neglected the New York Giants fans long enough and it is time for a change. Everything in this story is strictly my opinion but I am certainly not alone in my observations.

What are your feelings about how ESPN handles news about the Giants and New York teams in general? Please feel free to leave comments below!

RD – nygreporter.com

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NFL Season Kicks Off Tonight, Giants Still Plugging Holes

September 8, 2011

NEW YORK – The 2011 NFL season has finally arrived after one of the worst off seasons I can ever remember. The two big downers were the lockout, which lasted about five months and more recently the injuries that have plagued the Giants before the season even started. The lockout was a drain on everyone associated with the NFL, including the fans who had to endure the constant threat of this season being cancelled. A lot of people were hurt financially, while the big boys argued over billions of dollars. Thankfully, with no time left to spare, both sides came to an agreement and here we are now, just hours away from the 2011 kickoff (Packers vs. Saints at 8:30 PM EST). The rest of the league will have their games played this Sunday.

The Giants mass injury epidemic is the other significant event that has occurred over the past month or so. With the recent news about the G-men losing LB Jonathan Goff for the year, it really starts to hit home when you realize that a good chunk of our defense are 2nd string players and rookies. I have a lot of faith in our players and they know they need to step up but the time for talk is over and they must perform on the field. The Giants brought in a bunch of players for workouts over the past 48 hours to try and plug some holes, including familiar faces with LB Chase Blackburn and LB Kawika Mitchell. Rookie LB Greg Jones will be practicing with the first team and will most likely get the chance to start against the Redskins this weekend. The Giants have lost 8 players (about 15% of the team) due to season ending injuries, two of them got cut and six landed on the IR list, they also have two players currently on the PUP list.

What does all of this mean? It means that fans should just sit back and watch the game on Sunday. I’m completely drained from all of the theories and analysis. When it gets this close to the first game, I tend to relax more because there is really nothing more you can do but play the game. There will be plenty of time to breakdown the Giants performance and speculate on the rest of their 2011 opponents but for now, enjoy the game. We know the situation the team faces with a lack of personnel and we will see how they adapt to that. It will be impossible to separate the significance of the date this Sunday (9/11/11) on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the start of the NFL season for most teams. There will be tributes everywhere you look, as there should be and I’m sure that George Martin will be out there walking for the 9/11 first responders. There will be a lot of emotion this weekend and a ton to digest. Never Forget! The Giants vs. Redskins game kicks off at 4:15 PM EST on Sunday.

Do you think the Giants are prepared to compete for a playoff spot in 2011?

RD – nygreporter.com

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New York Giants Final 53 Man Roster Analysis

September 4, 2011

NEW YORK – The New York Giants have missed the playoffs for the past two years straight. Do you know what happens when an NFL team fails to make it to the playoffs in back to back seasons? Change happens. Passionate fans have been expressing their concerns or displeasure with the Roster moves that were made. I feel bad for the players that did not make the roster because I know they worked hard to shine. But I will not criticize GM Jerry Reese for having the guts to make bold changes after two down seasons in a row. There are a lot of new faces on the team this year and fans had to say goodbye to a few of their favorite players. If anyone thinks that Jerry Reese or Tom Coughlin made these moves to hurt the team, they are simply out of their minds.

The most surprising area of the team in 2011 will be the four rookies playing the linebacker position. A lot of people expected a big free agent signing to help out this young group but it did not happen. In fact, Reese kicked the table of conformity over completely and chose to keep four rookie LB’s (Herzlich, Jones, Paysinger and Williams) on the roster. I understand that player injuries forced a lot of the player moves made but the linebacker group is purely taking a shot in the dark at glory. I’m confident this young group of players have the talent to excel but they have to believe it themselves. It is going to be very exciting to see these guys flying around the field and making plays. My best advice to the rookies is simple, study the playbook as much as possible. Once your brain catches up to your body, you are going to be dangerous. The Giants have never had an Offensive Rookie of the Year and the last Defensive Rookie of the Year for Big Blue was LB Lawrence Taylor in 1981. Someone needs to fire up these youngsters to shoot for the ROY goal.

Were there some surprise moves made? Of course there were, like every single year there are. One move that wasn’t a surprise to me was P Steve Weatherford replacing P Matt Dodge. Dodge was given every chance to make improvements this year and will probably end up being a very good NFL punter, just not this year. That forced the Giants to make the hard choice of letting him go. I wish the kid well in his career and I’m sure that he will land on his feet someplace. The Giants special teams are just terrible and any roster shake up for the sake of improvement is welcome. Some were surprised by QB David Carr taking over the backup role for QB Eli Manning and QB Sage Rosenfels landing on the IR list. This is another smart move in my opinion because of the uncertainty surrounding the new offensive line. The G-Men need to be sure they have enough QB’s on the team in case the unthinkable happens. The running backs and wide receivers are two of the bright spots on the team and will be fine this season. However, the tight ends could end up being a problem. Reese will have to address this group sooner or later if Beckum or Ballard do not play well.

The cornerbacks and offensive line will need to step up the most this year. For obvious reasons we need the offensive line to gel together quickly and begin to play relaxed football. They need to feel confident that the man beside them will know their role and responsibilities. The cornerbacks were decimated by injuries this offseason and a couple of the guys will find their roles increased two-fold. If these guys can give the defensive ends enough time to reach the opposing quarterbacks, things will be fine. I’m extremely confident in the last line of defense with our safety group and their ability to deny any touchdowns if the CB’s get overwhelmed. Rookie S Tyler Sash has had an outstanding preseason and deserves his spot on the roster. DC Perry Fewell is smart enough to know how to use his guys the right way and will most likely get creative with the backfield this year.

In conclusion, I expect the Giants to make it back to the playoffs this year. It will be tough getting through that schedule but I think the injection of so much young talent will blend nicely by mid-season. Players will answer the call and step up big time in order to get Big Blue back where they belong in the postseason. The regular season starts in seven days.

What are your thoughts about the Giants final Roster? Do you think this group has the talent to return to the playoffs in 2011?

RD – nygreporter.com

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