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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Happy Thanksgiving to our Readers and Giants Fans

November 24, 2011

NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans, I would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving! I would also like to wish the players, staff and coaches a very Happy Thanksgiving and their families as well. This includes Kate Mara (follow back @nygreporter or have your agent email me, I want to interview you) and both the Mara and Tisch family owners. I would like to thank all of you for the classy way you conduct business and for the entertainment you have given my family for generations. I still firmly believe the Giants will be back in the playoffs this year.

I hope all of you can think of something to be thankful for this holiday season. I have heard a saying that goes “You buy the ticket, you take the ride”. It means no complaining, you take the ride of life and one thing leads to another and based on your choices, an outcome blossoms. Today is the perfect day to call an old friend or family member you haven’t spoken to in a while. Have them pass the phone around the room and catch up with everyone. Some of you can’t be home for the holidays, I have been there myself once or twice. Keep your head up and maybe things will be different next year. To the military stationed all over the world, you are not forgotten. Thank you for your service for your country. I hope all of you have some peace this year and get to enjoy yourselves a bit. If you see someone in uniform, stop them and shake their hand.

The Giants play the Saints and QB Drew Brees on Monday Night Football. This is going to be a very difficult game to win but knowing the G-Men, they could end up blowing them out by 25 points. I believe the Giants can beat anyone but the Saints and Packers were clearly the top two teams we had to play all year. The first of the two is about to go down on Monday night. The Giants must stop Saints TE Jimmy Graham (force the Saints to use a TE as blocker in defensive scheme), RB Darren Sproles and the defensive ends must get to Brees often. QB Eli Manning must have one of his standard big games to get Big Blue that seventh win of the year. Be safe and be smart, drink responsibly.

Turkey Day NFL Games/Times/Stations

12:30 PM EST – Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions on FOX Sports.

4:15 PM EST – Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys on CBS Sports.

8:20 PM EST – San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens on NFL Network (Boo!)

Monday Night Football

8:30 PM EST – New York Giants vs. New Orleans Saints on ESPN.

What is your all time favorite Thanksgiving family tradition? What is your traditional meal?

- The traditional Thanksgiving day meal in my family has always been turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, peas, carrots, cranberry sauce, apple sauce, biscuits, brown gravy, pie, beer and wine.

RD – nygreporter.com – Happy Thanksgiving!

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NFL Week 10: Giants vs. 49ers, Game Notes

November 13, 2011

NEW YORK – The New York Football Giants have been on a roll lately. They are winning games and holding onto first place in the NFC East. They faced a very tough opponent this weekend in the revamped San Francisco 49ers. The Giants lost 27-20 and fall to 6-3 on the year. I was actually more concerned about this game, then I was about playing the New England Patriots last weekend (Giants won 24-20). The Eagles and Redskins lost in earlier games today and they drop to 3-6 records, while the Cowboys destroyed the Bills improving to 5-4. The Giants still have control of first place in the NFC East.

The first half of the game was all about the defensive teams doing work. This low scoring game had them going into the locker room for halftime with the 49ers leading 9-6. Starting 49ers RB Frank Gore had zero yards at halftime. Giants LB MIchael Boley left the game in the 2nd quarter and did not return due to a hamstring injury. Both teams were hitting hard out there and it seemed like either team could win this game as late as the fourth quarter. When they came out to finish the game, the 49ers received the ball and grabbed some momentum. This is exactly how I thought the game would go, per my pre-game final score prediction of a Giants victory 17-13.

The second half was more of the same, a hard hitting solid performance by both clubs. The Giants were able to take the lead in the 3rd quarter on a Mario Manningham TD. 49ers RB Frank Gore was knocked out of the game with a knee injury in the 3rd quarter as well. But then the 49ers started rolling and quickly scored two TD’s to take the 27-13 lead in the 4th quarter. There were a bunch of turnovers in this game (3 INT’s) and a bunch of penalties (NYG: 6-45) too. The Giants were able to rally, once again, late in the fourth quarter and quickly score a TD of their own. But it wasn’t meant to be for New York, when they could not convert on fourth down and gave control of the ball over to the 49ers with less then a minute remaining in the game. The end.

Let’s take a look at some of my notes from the game.

QB Eli Manning – Manning had another very good game. He finished with 311 yards 2 TD’s and 2 INT’s. Eli should be in Hawaii.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw – Bradshaw was ruled out of todays game while he mends a recent injury. Get well soon AB!

WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks was able to play today and he made his presence felt finishing with 41 yards and 1 TD.

DT Linval Joseph – Watch out, Joseph has put together a couple of good games in a row. He finished today with 1 sack.

S Antrel Rolle – Rolle continues to let his game do the talking on Sundays. He finished among the team leaders in tackles once again.

WR Mario Manningham – Super Mario had another good performance and finished with 77 yards and 1 TD. This kid is a star.

LB Michael Boley – Boley left the game in the 2nd quarter and did not return. Fans are concerned about this hamstring injury. Get well soon Mike!

DE Jason Pierre-Paul – JPP truly is a freak of nature athletically. I’ve never seen someone that big move like a cat. How many Pro Bowls?

RB Brandon Jacobs – Jacobs ran the ball well but he is not Ahmad Bradshaw. He finished with 55 yards rushing and 17 yards receiving.

CB Corey Webster – Webster was very active in todays game and finished with 1 INT. We need more interviews with Webster.

DE Osi Umenyiora – Osi continues his exceptional play since returning from injury. He finished with 1 sack.

WR Victor Cruz – Cruz lead all WR’s in the game with 84 yards and has earned Manning’s trust at this point.

LB Mathias Kiwanuka – Kiwi was all over the field as usual. I’m very glad the Giants were able to keep him.

CB Aaron Ross – Ross continues to play well in the absence of Terrell Thomas. He finished tied for 2nd in tackles but left the game with a quad injury.

TE Jake Ballard – Ballard has a quiet game and finished with 35 yards. But they came at crucial times during the game.

S Kenny Phillips – Phillips had a solid game and was making some key hits out there. He was tied for 1st in tackles.

LB Greg Jones – The rookie LB was very active in todays game and did a good job out there. He finished tied for 2nd in tackles.

RB DJ Ware – Ware had to go to work and finished with 34 yards rushing and 34 yards receiving.

LB Spencer Paysinger – The Giants are fielding 3 rookie LB’s out there and they are playing well. Paysinger took over for Boley and did a good job.

CB Prince Amukamara – The rookie sensation still has not had his debut game yet. Some fans hoped it would be today but it was not the case.

RB Da’Rel Scott – Scott was used as the kickoff returner and did a good job in my opinion. Give this rookie time to play and he will only get better.

P Steve Weatherford – The Weatherman had another good game besides a flub he punted for 29 yards.

K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes had a solid game and finished with 2 FG’s and 2 extra points made.

Giants Defense – Both defenses played extremely hard today and the score reflects that. The G-Men finished with 2 sacks, 1 INT and 0 forced fumbles.

Giants Offense – The offense played a better game then the stats would have you believe. Manning is playing on another level this year.

Giants Special Teams – The Giants special teams continues to amaze me. I love the move to make rookie RB Da’Rel Scott a kickoff returner but to give away a meaningless onside kick in the first half? Embarrassing.

What did you think about the Giants performance against the 49ers? Don’t be shy about leaving comments below!

RD – nygreporter.com

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NFL Week 9: Giants vs. Patriots, Game Notes

November 6, 2011

NEW YORK – The Giants went into this game today without a few of their star players (Nicks, Bradshaw and Baas). This would have been a tough game even at full strength with the way New England has been playing. The Giants really needed this win to create more of a separation from the pack in the NFC East. Not only did the Giants beat the Patriots 24-20, they did it in dramatic fashion with only 15 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. This game was without a doubt the greatest game to watch all season for Giants fans so far. My heart was in my throat for most of the game and the final drive nearly gave me a stroke. The Giants improve to 6-2 on the season and continue to hold onto first place in the NFC East.

The first half of this game was a defensive battle. Nobody expected these teams to go into the locker room at halftime with the score tied 0-0. Even I was wrong about the shoot out that I predicted would happen. There wasn’t any scoring but it was a fun defensive battle to watch with lots of turnovers in this game. The second half was a completely different story, with all 44 combined points scored in the second half. The special teams performance for both teams was atrocious today. There was also too many penalties once again but a win is a win. The G-men took care of business and will face another tough opponent next week when they play the 49ers in San Francisco at 4:15 PM EST.

There is a reason why the TV networks called this the “Game of the Week”. Both of these teams fought hard the entire contest and it truly could have gone either way in those final seconds of the game. I’m glad the Giants were able to beat the Patriots today because it is deeper then the surface stuff. This was New York versus Boston to a lot of people, so put another notch on the win belt for the Greatest City on Earth! 18-1.

Let’s take a look at some of my notes from the game.

QB Eli Manning – Eli Manning is an elite quarterback in the NFL, period. He finished the game with 250 yards 2 TD’s and 1 INT.

RB Brandon Jacobs – Brandon the Bull stepped up today and ran the ball hard. He finished with 72 yards rushing, 28 yards receiving and 1 TD.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul - JPP was able to play today and came away with another sack. This guy is a machine.

WR Mario Manningham – Super Mario stepped up today and finished with 33 yards and 1 TD.

LB Michael Boley – Boley is simply a beast and has become one of my favorite players on the team. He led all tacklers and had 1 sack and 1 forced fumble.

DE Osi Umenyiora – Osi had a solid game and was in on a bunch of key plays. He was also in a fight with Patriots player Matt Light.

WR Victor Cruz – This Jersey Kid is stepping up each and every week. He lead all WR’s and finished with 91 yards.

LB Jacquian Williams – The rookie LB had his work cut out for him today and handled himself very well.

TE Jake Ballard – Ballard is quickly making a name for himself throughout the entire NFL. He continues to move up the TE rankings and finished with 67 yards and 1 TD.

S Antrel Rolle – Rolle left the game for a while but returned. He had a solid game and continues to ball on opponents.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw – Bradshaw did not play in this game and is nursing a broken bone in his foot. Get well soon AB!

WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks did not play in this game because he is dealing with a hamstring injury. Get well soon Hakeem!

C David Baas – Baas missed another game due to injury and really put Manning in a tough spot. Get well soon David!

S Kenny Phillips – Phillips was the second leading tackler on the team and had another great game.

DE Justin Tuck – Tuck made his presence felt on the field and knocked Brady down a few times.

WR Ramses Barden – Barden was taken off the PUP list and got involved today finishing with 22 yards.

CB Deon Grant – Grant was simply making plays all over the field today. He finished with 1 INT.

LB Mathias Kiwanuka – Kiwi was playing like a man possessed today and finished with 1 INT.

CB Prince Amukamara - The rookie CB will have to wait at least another week for his debut.

P Steve Weatherford – The Weatherman had an outstanding game today. He is a bright spot on special teams.

K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes made his 1 FG attempt and all 3 of his extra point attempts. He has played well this year.

Giants Defense – The Giants D came up huge in this game. They finished with 2 sacks, 2 INT’s and 1 forced fumble.

Giants Offense – For a squad that lost 3 key starters (Nicks, Bradshaw and Baas) before game time, they did an outstanding job today.

Giants Special Teams – This group still needs a lot of work and the returners had a horrible day dropping a couple of kicks/punts.

What did you think about the Giants performance against the Patriots?

RD – nygreporter.com

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Giants Playing Without Their One Two Punch

November 6, 2011

NEW YORK – Someone make this ride stop, I want to get off. When I heard that WR Hakeem Nicks, RB Ahmad Bradshaw and C David Baas would sit against the Patriots, in the most important game of the year, all I could do was shake my head. When are the New York Football Giants going to play a game at full strength? When is this madness going to end? Why are New York Giants players dropping like flies? What changes need to be made to the staff to prevent this epidemic from spreading beyond this season? The Giants have lost their number one running back and number one wide receiver for the New England game. How long will they be out and how does this change QB Eli Manning’s game plan? I don’t know but I do know the G-Men better focus on the middle of the field when Brady has the ball in his hand.

Some good news has been announced about rookie CB Prince Amukamara and WR Ramses Barden both returning from their respective injuries. I guess fans should be grateful to get a couple of guys back but there is still that word, injury. How much these guys will play is another story entirely. As a Giants fan, I have been anxiously awaiting the debut of Prince and look forward to seeing what he can do on the field. The Giants secondary can certainly use the help after losing a bunch of guys to, well you know, injury. Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell is going to need a solid game plan to counter the Patriots genius head coach. I expect the Patriots short passing game to be a huge factor as I’ve mentioned already. There will be three or four bomb plays thrown in to keep the balance but the middle of the field is going to be attacked often. Some football “experts” are talking about a lot of no huddle offense being used and it would make sense if you’re using the short game. I predict the Giants leading tackler will be a linebacker in this game.

I am going to remain positive and predict a Giants victory in a shoot out between QB Tom Brady and QB Eli Manning. I expect a high scoring game with the final being 35-33. Everyone knows the Patriots defense isn’t very good, so the G-Men should be able to put up a bunch of points on them. I am very concerned about the Patriots using those TE’s and stopping them will be the difference between victory and defeat for Big Blue in my opinion. WR Wes Welker is the biggest threat but those TE’s could kill us. I guess there is nothing left to say but 18-1! Go Giants!

Who do you think will win the game between the Patriots and Giants?

RD – nygreporter.com

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Giants Make Hard Choices to Cut Down to 53 Man Roster

September 3, 2011

NEW YORK – This is always a very difficult time of year for the Giants coaches and staff. I’m sure they would have loved to have kept everyone on the team but it just isn’t the way things work in the NFL. The Giants were forced to cut a bunch of players today in order to cut down to the mandatory 53 man roster. Head Coach Tom Coughlin and GM Jerry Reese can finally exhale after making some very difficult decisions but I’m sure they will also monitor the careers of the players they cut. This is one of the most difficult parts of the job for these men, without question. Having to tell a man that he didn’t make the team, when you know he has given you 110% on the field is a terrible chore but a part of the business. You can view the final roster here Roster or simply click the roster tab on the top toolbar of our website.

Fans were speculating all week about who would be cut and who would make the team. I try not to get into those conversations out of respect for the players but I will answer a direct question if someone asks my opinion about a player. When you’re looking at all of these guys on paper and see you one or two at a certain deep position on the team, you have a pretty good idea if they will be on the final roster or not. A perfect example is the defensive end position. The Giants literally have four guys who could be starters at the position with DE Justin Tuck, DE Osi Umenyiora, DE Jason Pierre-Paul and DE Mathias Kiwanuka (he is a hybrid, I know). Trying to make the Giants final roster at the defensive end position would be a herculean task for any player. There were some cuts that were surprises, like there are every year and some cuts that sting a little more then the others.

I would like to personally wish the players well, who did not make the cut. It’s a shame that everyone can’t make the team based on their hard work and desire. It is never fun saying goodbye to a player who has given his all. Keep your head up and keep working hard. It might not be your time today but dreams do come true! Don’t give up!

The Giants will face the Washington Redskins next Sunday 9/11/11 at 4:15 PM EST for their first regular season game. Be sure to come back and check out our “Game Notes” each and every week throughout the season.

Were you surprised by any of the cuts made or with the Giants final roster?

RD – nygreporter.com

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The Giants Injury Epidemic Has Become a Serious Problem

September 3, 2011

NEW YORK – The Giants have been decimated by injuries for the past three years in a row. There is nothing more frustrating to the players, coaches and fans then the team losing games because they cannot field the best talent available. It has now become an epidemic, as the Giants have lost a ton of quality players to injury for the year and we have not even started the regular season yet. At some point, even the fans have to question the conditioning program in their search of why so many players have been going down in recent years. I am not calling out anyone on the Giants staff but this seems to be more then just bad luck when the Giants have consistently lost 20% of their team for the past three years. I’m not sure who or why anyone would argue with trying to find out the reason.

It is my intention to find the problem and eliminate it. I now this is highly unlikely but we can try right. I’m sure that people will say that injuries are a part of the game and I would agree with them but this is out of control now. This isn’t your run of the mill injury list, year in and year out. We are talking about high quality players and tens of millions of dollars being thrown away. At what point do we take a long hard look into what the heck is going on with players dropping like flies every year? I say the time is now to do a thorough investigation and evaluation of the strength and conditioning habits and routines that all Giants players must adhere to. Are they too strict or too soft? Are players not being taught the proper techniques? Are the players and coaches being held accountable? Is there any other answer besides a bad luck streak?

I’m not sure what can be done but it is becoming very hard to watch these players go down. I’m sure the coaches feel it even more then me with Coach Coughlin being the pinnacle of pain during these horrible turn of events. Football is a contact sport and injuries will happen but can any of you Giants fans out there honestly say that you can remember a three year stretch where we have lost so many good players due to injury? I know that I can honestly say no to that question. Let’s find out where the problem lies and eliminate it. By my count, the Giants have lost 36 players to injury over the past three years (including this year thus far).

Here is the list of Giants players who have been injured during the 2011 offseason.

1. CB Terrell Thomas – Out for season/IR List

2. CB Bruce Johnson – Out for season/Cut.

3. CB Brian Witherspoon – Out for season/IR List.

4. DT Marvin Austin – Out for season/IR List.

5. LB Clint Sintim – Out for season/IR List.

6. CB Prince Amukamara – Out 6-8 weeks.

7. WR Duke Calhoun – Injured/Cut.

8. OL Adam Koets – PUP List.

9. WR Ramses Barden – PUP List.

10. K Lawrence Tynes – Missed final 3 preseason games. Questionable for start of regular season.

11. DE Osi Umenyiora – Expected to to miss 2-4 weeks of the regular season after surgery.

How would you explain the massive amount of injuries experienced by the Giants over the past three years?

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