02-24-2012, 11:06 AM
NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: COMBINE EDITION (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/2/24/2820209/new-york-giants-news-and-notes-combine-edition)

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Good morning fellow Giants fans, and welcome to the Friday Combine edition. I
know you're all excited about this annual NFL event *cough*, and I'll be
watching some of it this weekend and reporting on it. Of course, I may liken it
to watching paint dry or tagging along with the wife to buy spring flowers, but
I'll have something on it nonetheless. Otherwise, there isn't a ton of news
about the Giants right now, but we did manage to find a few things...</p>

Recommended Reading
-- SB Nation New York's Mike Fiammetta
completes a look at Giants free agents with a <a href="http://newyork.sbnation.com/new-york-giants/2012/2/23/2818497/new-york-giants-free-agency-2012-terrell-thomas-aaron-ross/in/2561889" target="_blank">player-by-player look at the potential defensive free

<a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post?id=12900">Combine
watch: Giants back in Indy - Giants Blog - ESPN New York</a>
The <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants">New
York Giants</a> are back in Indianapolis. Not long after winning the Super Bowl
here, the Giants begin the process of defending their title in Indy where the
NFL Scouting Combine is going on. GM Jerry Reese and his staff will be looking
at draft prospects for the upcoming draft. They will pick 32nd in the first
round. While the Super Bowl champs could go the usual route of drafting best
player available, there are some areas the Giants can address in the draft.
Also, the Giants have some issues in free agency. </p>

<a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gIHVt4FLMp7v6phVF49-aR1RV9gQ?docId=ec2f1fdcd2c6455b84dee6f1ba10c8a1">The
Associated Press: Rex Ryan: No Super Bowl guarantee this year</a>
his return to the combine on Thursday, Ryan was apologetic. Before a single
question was asked, he said the guarantee was a "huge mistake," an honest
attempt to push his team that backfired. "It's something that I've been thinking
about a great deal," he said. "Obviously, we had a terrible season. I take full
responsibility for it. Part of that guarantee really contributed to it."</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>

<a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/New-York-Giants-Victor-Cruz-deal-to-write-memoir-022212">New
York Giants WR Victor Cruz has agreed to a deal to write a memoir that will
chronicle his unique star - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN</a>
Victor Cruz (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/109584/victor-cruz),
the salsa-dancing standout wide receiver for the New York Giants, will soon be
able to add author to his list of accomplishments. The Penguin USA imprint
Celebra Books is said to have won a spirited auction for the post-Super Bowl
memoir of Cruz, with an advance estimated to be in the mid-six-figure

Hey, here is your gratuitous Victor Cruz mention!</p>

<a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/football/nfl/02/22/giants.team.needs/index.html">New
York Giants 2012 team needs - NFL - SI.com</a>
Enlarge font The Super
Bowl Champion Giants and head coach Tom Coughlin head into the offseason with
some needs at the offensive tackle position and on the interior of the defensive
line. With some mid-round needs at LB and also at the RB position, let's take a
look at which prospects fit in New York.</p>

<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=jc-cole_nfl_rules_committee_buddy_ryan_patriots_giant s022212">NFL
clarifying rules on trading penalty yards for time - NFL - Yahoo!
The NFL competition committee is expected to come up with a
clarification of what game officials can do to prevent what former coach Buddy
Ryan was once famously punished for doing more than 20 years ago. After the New
York Giants were penalized for having 12 players on the field in the closing
seconds of their Super Bowl XLVI victory over the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-england-patriots">New England
Patriots</a>, many fans and critics wondered if teams would take advantage of
the rule in end-game situations. Can the league prevent teams from using extra
defenders with only the risk of a 5-yard penalty when clock time is more
valuable than yards?</p>

<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/hard-hits/post/capitals-in-a-dangerous-place-but-could-learn-from-new-york-giants/2012/02/23/gIQAdDTTVR_blog.html">Capitals
in a dangerous place but could learn from New York Giants - Hard Hits - The
Washington Post</a>
When positive belief is so strong with coaches and
players the results can be mind boggling. A great example is this year’s Super
Bowl champs. After struggling for much of the season and battling injuries, they
were still able to find a way, much like where the Capitals are right now. They
are battling injuries and struggling but like the New York Giants, if they
believe enough in one another and their ability to rebound and regroup, there's
no doubt in my mind that they can save their season.</p>

This is just interesting because teams in several sports are looking to the
Giants for inspiration, and also because a former Giant --LaVar Arrington--wrote
the piece.</p>

<a href="http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2012/02/49ers-donte-whitner-we-outplayed-the-giants-would-have-beaten-patriots/1#.T0bFZXKim70">49ers'
Whitner: We outplayed Giants, would have beaten Pats</a>
"Bits and
pieces of it. I was probably watching reality TV or something. I didn't really
want to watch it because, you know, we felt like we outplayed the Giants. We
felt like that was our trophy to lose. We came up short. We felt like we had an
opportunity to beat the Giants. We felt like we matched up well with the
Patriots, and the Giants go home with the trophy. ... I feel like we would have
beat the Patriots."</p>

Yeah, and if my aunt had stones, she'd be my uncle. Sour grapes, Donte.</p>

And I will leave you with this--<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2X4HiDs0s4&amp;feature=youtube_gdata_player">another
hilarious clip of Brandon Jacobs</a> the week after the Super Bowl,
following dinner with some teammates and friends at Abe &amp; Arthur's. Someone
asks him about Tom Brady's (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1653/tom-brady), errr,
private life, and Jacobs responds with a pretty funny zinger."</p></div>

02-24-2012, 11:42 AM

Can't believe Whitner really thought they outplayed us. Our offense stalled for a bit but if I remember correctly it was mostly due to penalties. Plus when you add in that they were like 1 for 13 or something on 3rd down and no WR caught a pass until like the last minute of the game. To be honest I didn't even think the 9ers could drive down the field in OT(before the fumble) I figured they would just punt it back to us.

02-24-2012, 02:10 PM
Thanks for the updates RF.

02-24-2012, 03:20 PM
Thanks RF-Have a great weekend