NEW YORK – It has been absolutely insane the past two days. Today we saw some interesting moves made by Big Blue. The first thing I would like to mention is the classy move to extend head coach Tom Coughlin’s contract through the 2012 season. Tom Coughlin deserves to remain with the team despite what the “experts” say about him being on some invisible hot seat. Coughlin is an elite head coach and a proven winner. As a fan, I am very happy to see John Mara reward Coughlin for his hard work and show how valuable he is to the organization. Congrats on your new contract coach and I hope you can stay another ten years.
Another coach that was hired today is assistant special teams coach Larry Izzo. Fans have known about this move for weeks. The Giants have been horrible on special teams the past couple of years. There is just no other way to say it. The Giants actually lost games due to the poor play of special teams and Jerry Reese took notice because he addressed that area during the draft and yesterday when he worked on the undrafted rookies. Izzo was an outstanding special teams player when he played in the NFL and spent the bulk of his career with the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins. He is a three time Pro Bowl player and a three time Super Bowl Champion.
The Giants were unable to work out a deal with DT Rocky Bernard, so he is expected to be released soon. This does not surprise me at all but does make me wonder if the team could have kept DT Barry Cofield if the news was announced prior to him making a six year deal with the Washington Redskins this morning. The team is going to miss Barry Cofield and I was pleased to hear they fought to try and keep him. The Giants have become very deep at the DT position with young talent but losing two veterans could hurt them a bit. The Giants are also looking to sign RB Ahmad Bradshaw, RB Brandon Jacobs and TE Kevin Boss. These three guys were in the news the most today as the front office clearly turns it’s attention to the offense. WR Plaxico Burress is back in the mix as a possibility to return and he is expected to meet with the Giants on Friday.
Let’s take a look at some of the moves/deals over the past 48 hours.
1. C Shaun O’Hara – expected to be released.
2. OL Rich Seubert – expected to be released.
3. OL Shawn Andrews – expected to be released.
4. DT Barry Cofield – six year deal with Washington Redskins.
5. DT Rocky Bernard – expected to be released.
6. Coach Tom Coughlin – signs contract extension through 2012.
7. Coach Larry Izzo – hired as assistant special teams coach.
8. OL David Baas – agreed to a deal with Giants via 49ers.
9. OL Kevin Boothe – signs two year deal with Giants.
10. WR Plaxico Burress – meeting with Giants on Friday.
How have you been keeping up with all of the transactions going on with Big Blue and the NFL?
RD – nygreporter.com
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