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DragonSoul
04-25-2012, 06:36 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1197596/1/index.htm Last Thursday, one week before the kickoff of the NFL draft, Giants coach Tom Coughlin stopped by the office of p.r. chief Pat Hanlon at the team's headquarters in East Rutherford, N.J., before heading back into afternoon draft meetings. Coughlin held a square Styrofoam container with the remnants of his salad inside. While he talked to Hanlon and a visitor, the container fell from his hands, stray seeds and cloudy dressing spilling onto Hanlon's carpet.

"Look at that!" Coughlin said disgustedly. He turned around to walk to the kitchen to fetch paper towels.

"Tom, we'll get someone to clean it up!" Hanlon called after him, but it was too late. Thirty seconds later the 65-year-old Coughlin was on his knees, picking up sunflower seeds and carefully wet-wiping and then dry-wiping the dressing. In a minute the carpet was spotless, and Coughlin left for his meeting.

In the midst of the newsiest NFL off-season in recent history—Peyton Manning moving to Denver, Tim Tebow shipped to the swamps of Jersey, the Saints' bounty scandal shocking the league, the Colts and the Redskins homing in on franchise quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III—the biggest headline from the Super Bowl champions is this: Eli Manning will host Saturday Night Live on May 5. As the league begins its three-day draftapalooza on Thursday, can anyone identify a juicy off-season morsel about the Giants? Bueller? Bueller?

That's how Big Blue operates: ego-free, hype-averse, everyone contributing. And that's the team's approach to the draft, all seven rounds and beyond.

Most non-Kiperized NFL fans will be glassy-eyed come Saturday, when rounds 4 through 7 take place. That's when Giants general manager Jerry Reese and his staff do some of their smartest business. In the 2007 draft, his first as G.M., Reese took tight end Kevin Boss of Western Oregon in round 5 and running back Ahmad Bradshaw of Marshall in round 7; both were key contributors during that Super Bowl season. (In fact, all eight of New York's 2007 picks took part in the playoffs as rookies.) And last April the Giants drafted three players in the sixth round who would be core special-teamers in another Super Bowl--winning campaign: linebacker Greg Jones of Michigan State, defensive back Tyler Sash of Iowa and linebacker Jacquian Williams of South Florida, who forced the decisive overtime fumble in the NFC Championship Game at San Francisco. If you get drafted by the Giants, you've got a terrific chance of playing in a playoff game. More than half of Reese's picks have.

"One of the great things about the way this team operates," says club president John Mara, "is how workmanlike Tom Coughlin and Jerry Reese are, and how egoless. All they care about is building the best team they can."

---- there are 3 pages so go read it if you are interested in it.

tikiandphil
04-25-2012, 06:46 PM
Thanks DragonSoul, great read.

derekunion28
04-25-2012, 07:16 PM
thanks

NWKEffectElement
04-25-2012, 07:50 PM
Great article, thank you. It shows you how great and in sinc this organization is even down to the fans. How many times have you heard on this board the 'SBs aren't won in March'?

RoanokeFan
04-25-2012, 08:22 PM
How can you not admire TC? The guy is a class act from start to finish.

This organization thrives on continuity.

CDN_G-FAN
04-26-2012, 12:48 PM
How can you not admire TC? The guy is a class act from start to finish.

This organization thrives on continuity.
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i don't get it. </P>


I remember a couple years ago fans were screaming how much they wish they had Sean Peyton as their head coach, how we should have never let him get away.</P>


A few years later, we've got our 2nd Championship in 4 years, and Sean is suspended for a year for actively and openly deceiving the commissioner of the NFL about a bounty scandal.</P>


Its like so many things in life. the flashy attention seeker is rarely more valuable than the hard core work-a-holic.</P>

G-Men Surg.
04-26-2012, 01:06 PM
How can you not admire TC?* The guy is a class act from start to finish.

This organization thrives on continuity.


I agree and love the way this organization is run from top to bottom. I don't know how TC doesn't get the credit he deserves once and for all.
Heh, I guess we as old school fans appreciate this kind of approach and values more than the younger generations because its the way we have been raised. That been said its our duty as parents to raise our kids with those kind of morals and principles.

Toadofsteel
04-26-2012, 01:31 PM
I'm all for this. The workmanship of our front office and coaching staff translates down to the players. The ones that let their egos get away from them are eventually traded and fall into mediocrity, while those that "shut up and play" (as TC likes to say) will eventually earn a ring for their efforts.

That said, this approach means the media absolutely hates the Giants. There's no juicy story for them to bite into...

assassin
04-26-2012, 01:53 PM
I remember when TC first came to NY they said he was a hardass and he was. But he softened a bit but still retained his character and once you start winning the the critics just go away.

I love his attitude. It's an old fashion approach and it works. I wish there were more people like him. Kids today could use a good dose of reality from a guy like TC.

RoanokeFan
04-26-2012, 02:01 PM
How can you not admire TC? The guy is a class act from start to finish.

This organization thrives on continuity.
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</p>


+1 </p>


i don't get it. </p>


I remember a couple years ago fans were screaming how much they wish they had Sean Peyton as their head coach, how we should have never let him get away.</p>


A few years later, we've got our 2nd Championship in 4 years, and Sean is suspended for a year for actively and openly deceiving the commissioner of the NFL about a bounty scandal.</p>


Its like so many things in life. the flashy attention seeker is rarely more valuable than the hard core work-a-holic.</p>

Every year we read through dozens of threads about picking high profile draftee or grabbing even higher profile free agents. And every year we just do what we've always done by taking talent and molding them into the players we need.

RoanokeFan
04-26-2012, 02:02 PM
How can you not admire TC? The guy is a class act from start to finish.

This organization thrives on continuity.


I agree and love the way this organization is run from top to bottom. I don't know how TC doesn't get the credit he deserves once and for all.
Heh, I guess we as old school fans appreciate this kind of approach and values more than the younger generations because its the way we have been raised. That been said its our duty as parents to raise our kids with those kind of morals and principles.

There is no substitute for dedication, perseverance, and a sense of purpose, all of which TC brings to the table year in and year out.

Flip Empty
04-26-2012, 02:13 PM
How can you not admire TC? The guy is a class act from start to finish.

This organization thrives on continuity.
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</p>


+1 </p>


i don't get it. </p>


I remember a couple years ago fans were screaming how much they wish they had Sean Peyton as their head coach, how we should have never let him get away.</p>


A few years later, we've got our 2nd Championship in 4 years, and Sean is suspended for a year for actively and openly deceiving the commissioner of the NFL about a bounty scandal.</p>


Its like so many things in life. the flashy attention seeker is rarely more valuable than the hard core work-a-holic.</p>

Every year we read through dozens of threads about picking high profile draftee or grabbing even higher profile free agents. And every year we just do what we've always done by taking talent and molding them into the players we need.

Yeah. It's why I don't see a running back being drafted in the first round. It's just not a Giants move. I'm not sure they'll spring for a tight end, either.
Obviously I could be proven completely wrong in a matter of hours, but we'll see.

After complaining about the JPP pick and subsequently being put in my place, I'll just be happy with whoever is selected.

Smurf
04-26-2012, 02:16 PM
How can you not admire TC?* The guy is a class act from start to finish.

This organization thrives on continuity.


I agree and love the way this organization is run from top to bottom. I don't know how TC doesn't get the credit he deserves once and for all.
Heh, I guess we as old school fans appreciate this kind of approach and values more than the younger generations because its the way we have been raised. That been said its our duty as parents to raise our kids with those kind of morals and principles.

Agree totally with you here. Very hard today to instill these qualities in our kids. Too much outside influence from the media and social networking. Parents are outnumbered here. Hopefully the kids get it but its hard. My son the Jets fan is coming around to realize that hard work, dedication and disipline = good things like two superbowl rings in 4 yrs vs. alot of empty predicitions and hot air. As they say an empty barrel makes the most noise. He's dishartened with his team and rooted hard for the Gmen during both runs. His observations are why can't the Jets organization be run like the Giants? We just go about our business and compete.

DragonSoul
04-26-2012, 03:11 PM
they don't always hit their mark, but they probably do more so then others. The only knock you can possibly give them, is they love the injured players, which is a hit and miss...

But between Draft, FA, UFA, they do a pretty damn good job. Hopefully one of the rooks from last year can step up for us in the Middle, and the team plays better defense from the start.

nygsb42champs
04-26-2012, 03:30 PM
Great article.