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GIANTS HOPEFUL WILL HISS HAS NEW PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE AND FOOTBALL (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/07/giants_story.html)

"The first time David Merritt sat down with Will Hill, the Giants safeties
coach noticed the young NFL Draft hopeful had “this little chip on his shoulder”
— right next to where the tips of his long hair fell. That was more than a year
ago, when Hill’s future still looked bright, at least in his mind. This spring,
when Merritt talked with Hill yet again after an impressive workout for the
coaches and front office, he saw and heard a much different person.


“He cut his dreads off, he was a new-looking man. That was a fresh start,”
Merritt said recently. “As I talked to the young man, he said everything was
clear now. … But you hear that from kids and really don’t know until you get
them into this situation.”</p>


Hey, at least Hill has convinced an NFL team to put him into a situation.</p>


The former St. Peter’s Prep star and Florida Gators standout should’ve been
an early to mid-round pick last year based on his performance in college and his
athletic ability. After recording four interceptions and proving his worth on
special teams, the 6-1, 207-pound safety left school a year early to begin his
NFL career.</p>


But that career never got under way last year.</p>


Hill’s 2010 suspension for an undisclosed violation of team rules, a run of
posts on his Twitter account in reference to marijuana use and sex with
prostitutes, the company he was keeping at the time, the negative impression he
gave teams during interviews and a few other concerns all proved to be too many
red flags.</p>


Hill went undrafted. And unsigned. All season long.</p>


None of the 32 NFL teams was willing to give Hill a shot at any of their
1,700-plus available spots on their rosters or practice squads, even with a deal
that didn’t include any guaranteed money.</p>


Now, the 2007 Star-Ledger Offensive Player of the Year is hoping for some
measure of redemption with the Giants, who signed him to a minimum contract with
no guaranteed money after he attended rookie minicamp in May on a tryout basis.
So far, Hill has impressed Merritt and the coaching staff on the practice
field.</p>


But more importantly, as he readies himself for training camp later this
month, he’s had an incident-free couple of months in which he’s said all of the
right things.</p>


“I know I made mistakes and I had to learn from my mistakes and that’s what
the year off did. I had to sit back, think and become a better young person,”
Hill said. “It’s been a hard time. Many nights crying, many nights just
wondering, ‘When is this going to happen?’</p>


“But people were like, ‘Will, you’re a good athlete. Become a better person
and everything will happen.’?”</p>


GIANTS GM TAKING A CHANCE</p>


One of those people was Giants general manager Jerry Reese, who says he’s had
“man-to-man” talks with Hill, before and after the team signed him, about his
past and what’s expected of him in the present.</p>


Reese has had a few of those chats recently, as the Giants have added several
young players with previous issues, including:</p>


•?Cornerback Jayron Hosley, the team’s third-round pick in April who failed a
drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine.</p>


•?Undrafted safety Janzen Jackson, who has also reportedly failed drug tests,
was arrested for armed robbery as a freshman at Tennessee (charges were later
dropped) and was dismissed from the Vols’ program.</p>


•?Undrafted wide receiver Brandon Collins, who was kicked off Texas’ team
after being charged with aggravated robbery and engaging in organized criminal
activity — charges that were dropped when a grand jury did not indict him.</p>


Reese understands young, talented players will sometimes come with baggage,
but some prove they deserve a chance to redeem themselves and, like Mario
Manningham and Ahmad Bradshaw, the upside is huge.</p>


“We’ve had guys with some checkered backgrounds who have come here and have
done pretty well,” Reese said. “So we’re hoping these kids can get their head on
right, do the same and help us win some games.”</p>


Reese has warned all of the players they’ll be cut at the first sign of
trouble — even Hosley, who received a signing bonus of $515,000. For Jackson,
Collins and Hill, there’s much less risk for the team because they received
little or no guaranteed money.</p>


As for whether Hill has truly turned things around, Reese can only play a
hunch.
“Well, I don’t know if he’s telling the truth. But I do know he’s felt
the sting of not being on an NFL roster when he probably should be on one, as
talented as he is,” Reese said. “The sting of not having that and having to sit
out and not being able to play, I think that helps you get your priorities
straight.”</p>


Last June, Hill was arrested in Florida for driving with a suspended license.
(A search of court documents by The Star-Ledger revealed his license is still
suspended in Florida, as the tickets remain unpaid.)</p>


In September, Hill’s wife, Leisa, told police in Jacksonville that Will
struck her during an argument. A police report was filed, but the responding
officer noted no signs of bruising on Leisa’s face or inside of her mouth and
claimed she “could not tell me what side of the face she was hit on.” Also, a
spokeswoman for the Florida state attorney’s office said charges were not filed
and the investigation was halted after repeated attempts to reach Leisa were
unsuccessful.</p>


Hill, who said he has two children with Leisa and two with other women,
claims he was in New Jersey at the time. Leisa said she’s planning to file for
divorce and Will said he hasn’t been in touch with his wife since the fall.</p>


“The only thing that’s tough on me is not seeing my kids and wanting to be
around my kids,” he said, adding his newfound dedication toward football is in
large part due to his desire to support his family and be reunited with his
children.</p>


Said Reese, “He’s still a young kid and he’ll probably make some more
mistakes, like everybody does, but he convinced me he was ready to move forward
and learn from his mistakes.”</p>


Hill has convinced a few others as well.</p>


TRAINER GETS DEDICATED PUPIL</p>


Chip Smith had a speech ready if Hill had shown up even a minute late for one
of the workouts the Atlanta-based trainer put the contrite NFL hopeful through
earlier this year.</p>


You know what, go home. I don’t want to baby-sit you. To play in this league
is a privilege. Here are the rules and I don’t need your name on my résumé to
make my résumé.</p>


Smith never had to deliver those words.</p>


For about three months after a mutual friend of Patriots coach Bill Belichick
set Hill up with Smith (the Patriots had shown a little interest in Hill), the
veteran trainer worked with a dedicated pupil.</p>


“The teams I talked to, to be honest with you, didn’t have much interest,”
said Smith, who spoke to a few clubs on Hill’s behalf once he was convinced Hill
was committed. “I told them I’ve had a lot of bad boys of the NFL. He did
everything I asked him, he did it with a cheerful attitude, he never said, ‘Woe
is me. …?’ He said, ‘I made a bad decision. I shouldn’t have tweeted but I did
and I’m paying the price for it.’?”</p>


Hill claimed last year his Twitter account was hacked and the tweets about
sex and drug use were not his doing. Obviously, he told Smith a different story
while showing him a stronger commitment.</p>


That’s precisely the impression Ray Buchanan got as well.</p>


A defensive back with the Colts, Falcons and Raiders from 1993-2004, Buchanan
now helps Smith ready NFL Draft hopefuls by taking them through football drills
each spring. </p>


This year’s class also included Hill, who last fall had signed with the
Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League but was hoping he’d never have to
suit up for a game.</p>


One play during a workout at the Georgia Dome revealed Hill had the ability
to play at a much higher level.</p>


“He took off when he saw the quarterback’s shoulders turn, went to get a
nasty out route from the wide receiver, picked it off with one hand, stayed in
bounds and took it to the house. That let me know he was a freak,” Buchanan
said.
“His hand-eye coordination was freakish. He has great hands and
unbelievable ball skills.”</p>


Buchanan added, “I looked at him and said he’s better than half the players
in the NFL. I put my neck on that.”</p>


BATTLE FOR ROSTER SPOT</p>


Of course, Buchanan knows it’s about more than talent for Hill.</p>


“A lot of these kids start to find out they’re not just God’s gift to the
world with this athletic ability,” Buchanan said. “We have to put our foot down
and let everybody know you can’t do certain things.</p>


“Everything I’ve seen and just talking to him and mentoring him, he showed a
lot of humility and feeling very remorseful for the things he’s done in the
past.”</p>


It’ll be a battle for Hill to make the Giants’ final roster, though a stint
on the practice squad is always an option. For now, he talked about how happy he
is to just be wearing a helmet once again.</p>


“I saw my name on the jersey and almost cried,” he said. “I just sat back,
talked to my father and he was like, ‘Don’t waste it. Do what you need to do.’
And that’s what I’ve been doing.”</p>


He added, “I wouldn’t wish what happened to me on anybody, but it was a
learning experience and that’s something I needed to do,” he said. “I needed to
calm down and sit down and that’s what I did.”</p>http://www.nj.com/giants/

</div></div><u><font size="4">NY DAILY NEWS
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MEMORY OF BOSTON COLLEGE'S JAY MCGILLIS LIVES ON IN THE HEARTS OF NY GIANTS' COACH TOM COUGHLNI AND OTHER LOVED ONES (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/memory-boston-college-jay-mcgillis-lives-hearts-ny-giants-coach-tom-coughlin-loved-article-1.1105548)

Excerpt: "Twenty years after
Boston College safety Jay McGillis died of leukemia, his memory remains
intertwined in countless lives, most notably Tom Coughlin's. In his name,
Coughlin established The Jay Fund. It has allotted $3.5 million in grants to
families suffering through cancer's financial costs."



"The sun shone brightly on the morning of July 7, 1992, as mourners emerged
from cars outside Our Lady of Lourdes Church, a red brick, one-story building
with a pitched roof 20 miles south of Boston. It was a Tuesday following a
tortuous holiday weekend. Family and friends, dressed in dark suits and black
dresses, negotiated their way into narrow wooden pews. They genuflected and
folded hands in prayer as Boston College safety Jay McGillis’ funeral mass
commenced.</p>


McGillis, diagnosed with leukemia that November, died four days earlier. In
seven months, he had lost 75 pounds, his red hair and, finally, his life.
Resigned to death after his body rejected a bone marrow transplant from his
oldest brother Michael, McGillis returned home for his final 48 hours, lying in
bed, not speaking or communicating. Kathy, his oldest sister, sat to the left of
his bed on the second floor of the family’s two-story house, holding his hand as
he inhaled, then let out his last breath. Fireworks went off outside. She ran
down the hall, opened her calendar book and penned an entry:</p>


“I will never let him leave my heart. Please stay with me forever Jay — I
need you.”</p>


Supporters, including his coach, Tom Coughlin, then 45 and fresh off his
first season at BC, a 4-7 campaign, had offered around-the-clock support. Now
more than 3,000 gathered to remember the 21-year-old McGillis. From the 15th
row, to the right of the altar, Fran Foley, BC’s director of operations, looked
at Coughlin, a rigid, red-faced disciplinarian whose staff referred to him as
“The Iron General.” When the mahogany casket was rolled down the center aisle,
Foley’s eyes met Coughlin’s.</p>


“It was the first time I realized Tom was human,” Foley says.</p>


Twenty years on, McGillis’ memory remains intertwined in countless lives,
most notably Tom Coughlin’s. Kathy keeps the worn, sweat-stained baseball hat
her brother donned during chemotherapy, replete with the red hair he lost to the
treatment. The No. 31 he wore at BC is quietly retired, worn only on senior day,
and his wooden stall is still preserved in the locker room. In his name,
Coughlin established The Jay Fund. It has allotted $3.5 million in grants to
families suffering through cancer’s financial costs.</p>

“I pray to Saint Jay because I believe he’s a saint,” Coughlin
says.</p>
Coughlin has witnessed what he calls “Jay Miracles,” watching a boy with a
brain tumor write poetry for him and a young lady live through cancer that
spread to her spine only to survive and earn a scholarship. Around his neck,
beneath his buttoned shirt, Coughlin wears a worn medal given to him by
McGillis’ mother, Pat. St. Michael the Archangel marks one side, a Guardian
Angel covers the other. Only the chain has been replaced over the
years.
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Coughlin forged a unique relationship with McGillis despite not recruiting
him. He felt a connection having come from similar middle-class roots in upstate
New York. Following the funeral, Coughlin joined the procession to Calvary
Cemetery. Once the casket was lowered into the grave, he returned to the
family’s home on Harwich Street, a leafy dead end. Pat McGillis, who is also
known as Sis, received Coughlin warmly. He asked to see her son’s deathbed.</p>


“Tom, it’s nothing special up there, just a modest house,” she said.</p>


She took his hand, walked up 12 carpeted steps and turned left. Together they
stood rooted in the doorway. The walls were stripped of picture frames and
sanitized with liquid disinfectant. There was a twin bed in the middle, a golden
crucifix affixed to a wall.</p>


“It was just something I wanted to do,” says Coughlin, his eyes reddening
with tears behind rimless glasses. “I just wanted to see where he grew up, where
he slept.”</p>


* * *</p>


He was a wall of freckles, fair skinned and fearless. Forever in the backyard
or on a ball field, neighbors nicknamed McGillis “The Road Runner.” He raced his
older brother David outside the house one day when he was 12. Unable to catch
up, Jay lunged after him and lost the tip of his ring finger when David closed
the door to the house. Blood shot out of the severed finger; paramedics came.
David worried that their father, Butch, would punish him.</p>


“Don’t worry,” Jay said. “We’ll think of something.”</p>


His finger was repaired with a skin graft and the unflinching demeanor never
left. The first time Armond Colombo, coach of the Brockton High Boxers,
recognized the relentlessness inside of McGillis was during a scrimmage.
McGillis, then a 5-foot-9, 145-pound sophomore, volunteered to step in at
linebacker against the varsity. Tailback Rudy Harris typically exploded through
the line, but McGillis leveled the star. Colombo muttered about toughness. Next
up, McGillis toppled Darnell Campbell, another star.</p>


“What the f--- is going on out here!” Colombo yelled.</p>


McGillis tackled opponents with uncommon abandon. From his position, he aimed
to knock out receivers within range. During his junior season opener, McGillis
locked in on a wideout from Rome Free Academy running a 15-yard out route at
Syracuse’s Carrier Dome. The quarterback led the receiver too far. McGillis
crushed him, helmet to helmet.</p>


“I was like, ‘Dude, that guy’s dead,’” says Joe D’Amore, a teammate.</p>


The blue-collar toughness translated outside Rocky Marciano Stadium as well.
Though the Thorny Lea Golf Club, where his father was a member, was just a short
chip down the street from the McGillis home, Jay worked with the maintenance
staff at the Brockton Fairgrounds, picking up trash at night’s end and shoveling
manure. He took home $1,200 for the summer.
</p></div>Money mattered to the family with six siblings spread across 16 years.
McGillis, who recorded 90 tackles and four interceptions as a co-captain his
senior year, accepted the full scholarship offer to BC, turning down Iowa to
commute 29 miles north on Route 24 to Chestnut Hill. He wanted his family to
follow each game he played in, and started dating Vernice Serrano, a friend
since seventh grade, just before he left for BC. That summer, he bonded with his
Boxers, twice the Massachusetts state champs, one last time as teammates on Cape
Cod and got his ear pierced at a mall. The earring was short-lived. McGillis
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“He knew dad would have killed him,” Kathy says.</p>


* * *</p>


One day in late January of 1991, Tom Coughlin, newly minted Super Bowl
champion as receivers coach on Bill Parcells’ staff with the Giants, walked into
the Flynn Recreational Complex at BC. He observed his team for the first time.
Sweat dripped down the players’ foreheads, shoulders and chests as he gauged
their efforts. One cornerback left the drill for a restroom break. Coughlin
followed him, questioned his commitment and dragged him out.</p>


He called the group together.</p>


“My name is Tom Coughlin. I’m your new coach,” he said. “I’m not here to make
friends. When you leave here, everything in your life is going to be easier than
this.”</p>


He burned the candle at both ends, his office light still on most nights when
players would return to the campus from bar outings in nearby Cleveland Circle.
He restored order to a program that had fallen into disrepair, in part due to a
lack of discipline, starting with his own office, which overlooked the field.
His secretary, Kathleen O’Neil, noted Coughlin’s feng shui, insisting that he
knew exactly where the apples sat on his desk.</p>


“Constant, nonstop perfectionism morning, noon and night,” she says.</p>


Coughlin was curt, but he found willing converts in players like McGillis,
then a sophomore who saw playing time in the secondary as a redshirt freshman.
They leafed through Coughlin’s three-ring binder filled with pages highlighting
character, discipline and accountability. In the tunnel between the locker room
and the field, Coughlin put up a sign that read CONCENTRATION LINE. Their focus
was to be singular past that point. Before running out, Coughlin issued a
graphic demand to give everything: Leave your d--- on the field.</p>


“You would jump out of your skin for a player like Jay,” Coughlin
says.
</p>The roughest stretch came that March. Chris Reagan, a Brockton friend, died
in a car accident, and McGillis skipped study hall to attend the wake with
Steven Marciano, a teammate at both Brockton and BC. The next day, Coughlin
called them into his office. He mandated they be at the field for 100-yard
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“He literally ran us into the ground,” Marciano says.</p>


Marciano threw up; McGillis needed intravenous fluids.</p>


“Jay knew he should have asked permission,” his mother says.</p>


Following that incident, McGillis began to mesh with Coughlin. When team
photos were taken at the end of training camp, Coughlin, wearing his Super Bowl
ring, placed his right hand on McGillis’ right shoulder. The image became a
program cover. Coughlin looked at McGillis as the system’s model: common men
working toward exceptional ends.</p>


By the season’s 10th game, the team had begun to improve steadily, but then
McGillis appeared a step slow against Syracuse. Marciano knew his friend turned
red during games when the blood rushed to his face, but now McGillis looked
“fire-engine red.”</p>


The next night, at Marciano’s house, McGillis complained of pain. He had a
lump the size of his fist on his neck and smaller bumps under his armpit.
Marciano’s sister, Elise, was concerned enough to insist that Steven bring
McGillis to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital near campus the next day, fearing the
diagnosis was worse than mononucleosis. She was right. His white blood cell
count was incredibly high. More tests were conducted. Doctors recognized
leukemia.</p>


“I’m scared,” McGillis told Marciano.</p>


Unable to play against No. 1 Miami that Saturday, McGillis’ friends and
family gathered with him in his hospital room. Keith Davidson, a bartender
friend who crashed in the closet of McGillis’ dorm room, taped each quarter on a
VCR at Mary Ann’s, a popular bar, then ran back to play it for the group.
McGillis saw the first three quarters but fell asleep before quarterback Glenn
Foley’s Hail Mary attempt fell short. BC lost 19-14.</p>


A whirl of white coats and dark diagnoses followed. McGillis lost strength as
he underwent aggressive chemo. Separate from the cancer, he suffered from Bell’s
Palsy, a paralysis on the left side of his face. No matter the malady, McGillis
pushed the pole holding his IV tubes through the corridors, counting laps as if
rounding a track.</p>


Stillness unsettled him. At night, down the hall, a patient yelled, “God take
me!”</p>


Support pulsed during visiting hours. Most mornings, Kathy McGillis, who left
her pre-law school internship at Skadden, Arps in Washington, slept in her
brother’s room and awoke to the phone ringing. Jay looked at her. It was
Coughlin.</p></div>
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“Why does he call so early?” McGillis asked.</p>


Coughlin exhorted McGillis to the end, lifting weights with the team for
charity and raising awareness. The last phone call was from McGillis. He was
going home to die.</p>


“Don’t give up,” Coughlin told him.</p>


“I won’t, coach,” McGillis said.</p>


Coughlin would not forget McGillis. When he left BC to become head coach of
the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995, Coughlin invited McGillis’ parents to a party
at New England Patriots coach Romeo Crennel’s house. It was a going-away
gathering with the Patriots staff, old friends from the Giants, including
Parcells. The parents sat in awe.</p>


“He never left us,” Pat McGillis says.</p>


* * *</p>


It’s May 20, the night of the 17th annual Jay McGillis Golf Classic dinner at
the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Coughlin greets all
attendees at the door, and they continue upstairs. Kathy enters the silent
auction, penning her assigned number not on a bid sheet for the hottest item — a
detailed diagram of Mario Manningham’s Super Bowl catch (play name: Gun Half LT
81 Otter W Go) — but children’s art.</p>


Patients at the Wolfson Children’s Hospital craft the pieces. She does this
every year, raising the bid so no child sees low numbers next to his or her
name. When her husband Kevin returns 20 minutes later, the bids are higher, this
time under his number.</p>


“Where is she?” he says, surveying the room.</p>


They meet back at their table before Coughlin speaks. He looks out at the
grand ballroom, recalling the first event that raised $35,000 at a small club
nearby. The auction items were stored in Foley’s cubbyhole of an office with the
Jaguars. Now, Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller, a cancer survivor, sits two
tables away.</p>


Giants quarterback Eli Manning and NFL Hall of Famer Floyd Little stare back.
Coughlin singles out Kathy.</p>


“Kathy is the greatest example of devotion, unlike anything I’ve seen,” he
says.</p>


She enrolled in law school at the University of Virginia the year after Jay
died, and kept his memory close, wearing a necklace with the No. 31 on it. One
day, Kevin Haley, a classmate, inquired about its significance. Kathy explained
Jay’s story. Kevin wore No. 31 in lacrosse at Georgetown Prep. They married
three years later.
</p>Her
brother is never far. Her ears are pierced, but she has an extra hole in the
right side for the stud Jay got in Cape Cod. She keeps a sunrise photo Jay slept
next to in the hospital by her bed. Her six children have Jay incorporated into
their names.
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Thirty-one is a thread that binds them all. Coughlin was born on August 31.
When David McGillis entered the Masschusetts Firefighting Academy, he was
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Michael’s daughter, Emma, had “J31” tattooed into the back of her neck.
D’Amore regularly bets the trifecta 3-1-8, a combination of their numbers.
Serrano, who dated McGillis until he died and has since married, grabs No. 31
uniforms for each of her four children in youth leagues. His varsity jacket
hangs in a basement closet.</p>


“I think about him every day,” she says.</p>


Coughlin, meanwhile, hosts the charity tournament in golf heaven. He sits
with McGillis’ brothers and father at the 17th hole, the course’s prominent,
par-3 island green. He takes one shot with each group. He misses left, right,
long, short.</p>


“Does your husband play, too?” Little jokes as he walks by.</p>


Coughlin grins.</p>


He talks to participants about helping with payments and bank loans for
families so they don’t have to take on second jobs. Parents express thanks for
the time freed up by the help. The hospital hosts a bereavement weekend for
those who lose children.</p>


“We go to weddings and graduations for the survivors, but we wanted to do
something for the families after a child’s death,” says Dr. Michael Joyce, who
has been with the foundation since its inception. “They don’t have to be
alone.”</p>


Kathy remains the model keeper. In her house sits a crystal football from
Tiffany’s. Coughlin and his wife Judy sent it as a wedding gift. In the next
room, walls are covered with patients’ paintings.</p>


“Can’t help it,” she says.</p>


* * *</p>


Nine a.m. on May 29, the Tuesday after Memorial Day, and Sis McGillis,
dressed in white from cardigan to dress shoes, wipes the pollen off the black
granite headstone that marks her son’s grave. It lies beneath a maple tree in
the cemetery’s south end.</p>


“It’s tough to keep clean this time of year,” she says.</p>


Friends and family find different ways to honor McGillis in his final resting
place. His brother David left a Bull’s Eye putter the year that Jay died, and it
still rests against the headstone. There are typically 31 cents — one quarter,
one nickel and a penny — sitting in a row next to an American flag. His parents
do not know who leaves the exact change.</p>


Coughlin once sent flowers to the grave in order to commemorate his first big
win at BC. It was on Oct. 17, 1992, the day McGillis would have turned 22. It
was also the second anniversary of the day Coughlin’s father, Lou, died.
Coughlin remembered both men as he walked out of Happy Valley with a 35-32 win
over No. 9 Penn State.</p>


The coach has not stopped by the cemetery in years, but he has called the
parents on July 3 every summer but one. He was visiting American troops in Iraq
in July 2009, the lone anniversary that he missed. He apologized upon
return.</p>


“He didn’t have to,” Butch says.</p>


The parents stand together, their images reflected in granite. Pat reads the
epitaph:</p>


The quality of a man’s life
is measured by how deeply
he has touched
the lives of others"</p>http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants
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ZILCH

http://www.nypost.com/sports/giants
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</div><u><font size="4">THE BERGEN RECORD</font></u>
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ZIP

http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/football/
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<u><font size="4">WALL STREET JOURNAL</font></u>

ZERO

http://online.wsj.com/public/page/news-sports-nfl.html

<u><font size="4">THE NEW YORK TIMES</font></u>

NOPE

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html">http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html
</a>
<u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>
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PATRIOTS, JETS HIGHLIGHT GIANTS' NON-NFC EAST RIVALRIES (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/30/new-england-patriots-new-york-jets-highlight-new-york-giants-non-nfc-east-rivalries/)

"It’s characteristic Big Blue faithful knowledge that the three division
rivals in the NFC East (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfc-east/)
are nemeses to the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) Giants. What seems to fluctuate every handful of
years are the rivals outside the division and then outside the conference.


Usually a close game that turns into a “slobberknocker” and has some bearing
on the season (or more importantly, the post-season) precipitates the reasoning
for another NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) team to
develop into a rival to Big Blue. Sometimes it’s just a nasty,
deep-in-the-trenches, dirty-played game that leaves one team feeling the need
for a rematch that eventually hastens a rivalry. That drive for revenge can be a
colossal factor.</p>


Ask <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New England" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-england/" rel="tag nofollow">New
England</a> Patriots fans if they feel that the Giants are viewed as more
formidable competition than any actual AFC East division opponents are. Once
most of them look past the severe disdain, the answer would more than likely be
in the affirmative. Looking at the main reasons as to why, they cannot be
faulted. The taste for winning and being crowned perpetual winners has been
snatched from them and belongs now to a team that’s barely a three-hour drive
down I-91 to I-95.</p>


Recent events in 2011 have reawakened the serious competition of the late
80’s and early 90’s between the G-men and the <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with San Francisco 49ers" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/san-francisco-49ers/" rel="tag nofollow">San
Francisco 49ers</a>. While Simms and Montana/Young are long gone, both teams
continue to put all they have on the field during these games and quite
honestly, in that old school way still. No one can deny they play physical football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/)
until the time clock is at 0:00. After this January’s NFC Conference game,
revenge is an understatement for the NFC west-coast football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/)
club.</p>


The post-season overtime meeting of 2008 was most definitely the catalyst
that echoed the Giants’ old gridiron battles with the Green Bay (http://www.giants101.com/tag/green-bay/)
Packers. All of the ingredients for a rehashed rivalry were there: the build-up,
revenge, sudden disappointment, and extensive history. The competitiveness
between these two franchises dates back to leather helmets and black and white
films, but the classic regular season meetings-turned post-season win-or-go-home
fights are back and seemingly better than ever. They would be even more
meaningful if the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) officiating
wouldn’t be so “involved”…</p>


An odd, but mostly media-fueled adversary has become Florham Park residents,
the <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New York Jets" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-jets/" rel="tag nofollow">New York
Jets</a>. Until fairly recently, the annual preseason meeting was really nothing
but just that – a preseason game. Now, it’s a battle for the metropolis that is
New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
City and MetLife Stadium. During the regular season of 2011, it turned into a
full-out war and the victor would not only turn the city their respective color,
but would, in fact, “own” it and have bragging rights for at least the following
four years (until they meet again). In the regular season, the <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New York Giants" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/" rel="tag nofollow">New York
Giants</a> hold an 8-4 record over their roomies (which includes a five-game win
streak since ‘96). Just sayin’.</p>


No matter how the rivalries originate outside the NFC East (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfc-east/),
they do exist and sometimes recur. Most of the time, it’s almost always because
the Giants are again winning, beating who they need to and advancing to the
playoffs. Good deal."</p>http://www.giants101.com/

<u><font size="4">BIG BLUE VIEW</font></u><span id="entry_flag_counts_2011/12/23/2655531/friday-five-with-pat-traina-jets-giants-edition" class="flag-counts"><span class="light"></span> </span><span id="entry_flag_links_2011/12/23/2655531/friday-five-with-pat-traina-jets-giants-edition"></span>
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GIANTS' MOST OVERRATED: ANTREL ROLLE (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/7/1/3124664/new-york-giants-most-overrated-antrel-rolle)

"The New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
signed Antrel Rolle (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1769/antrel-rolle) to
a five-year, $37 million deal before the 2010 season. It seemed like a gamble,
but at the time Rolle looked to be a young player with promise. The deal made
him the third-highest paid safety in the NFL.<div class="entry-body">


In Rolle's first season with the Giants in 2010 he was voted into the Pro
Bowl. His stats, however, did not reflect a Pro Bowl-like player:</p>


<span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 9px">Tackles: 87 (23rd among
safties)</span></p>


<span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 9px">Interceptions: 1 (Not top
30)</span></p>


<span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 9px">Passes Defensed: 4 (Not top
50)</span></p>


<span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 9px">Sacks: .5</span></p>


<span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 9px">Forced fumbles: 1</span></p>


<span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 9px">What did he do in 2011?</span></p>


<span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 9px">Tackles: 97 (11th among
safties)</span></p>


<span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 9px">Interceptions: 2</span></p>


<span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 9px">Passes defensed: 4</span></p>


<span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 9px">Rolle did not make the Pro Bowl in 2011, and
he's still making Pro Bowl player type of money.</span></p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>


<span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 9px">Rolle is entering his third season with the
team, and he still has not shown he is worth the kind of money the Giants are
paying him.
</span></p>


A solid player? Yes. A $37 million player? No. That's the type of money you
give to the likes of Polamalu, and Rolle is not up to his caliber.</p>


A top safety in the NFL isn't all about tackles. They are all about
turnovers. Forced fumbles. Interceptions.</p>


Giants safety <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34496/kenny-phillips">Kenny
Phillips</a> entered 2011 after sitting out an entire season with an MCL injury
and was able to nab four interceptions in the championship season...AND he was
limited.</p>


Phillips is entering the final year of his contract worth up to $11,150,000.
$11 million vs. $37 million. What if Phillips was not hurt in 2010? How much
would he be overshadowing Rolle right now?"</p></div>NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: SUNDAY READING MATERIAL (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/7/1/3129613/new-york-giants-news-will-hill-tom-coughlin)

"Good morning, New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
fans! A quick notebook for you today.<div class="entry-body">


<a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/07/giants_story.html">Giants
hopeful Will Hill has new perspective on life and football | NJ.com</a>
"I
know I made mistakes and I had to learn from my mistakes and that’s what the
year off did. I had to sit back, think and become a better young person," Hill
said. "It’s been a hard time. Many nights crying, many nights just wondering,
‘When is this going to happen?’

"But people were like, ‘Will, you’re a
good athlete. Become a better person and everything will happen.’?"</p>


Valentine's View: This is a tremendous piece on Hill from Mike
Garafolo. Take the time to read it this morning.</p>


<a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/yankees/post/_/id/38681/coughlin-relieved-he-didnt-bounce-first-pitch">Coughlin
relieved he didn't bounce pitch - Yankees Blog - ESPN New York</a>
Tom
Coughlin may not have thrown a strike to Russell Martin, but the two-time Super
Bowl champion coach of the New York Giants was relieved he didn't bounce the
first pitch prior to Saturday's Yankees-White Sox game at the Stadium.


"It wasn't in the dirt," said Coughlin, who was asked to throw out the
first pitch by his alma mater as part of Syracuse University day. "It was
probably high and inside, but it was close enough. I might have gotten the
call."</p>


<a href="http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/06/30/nfl-experience-bumped-from-new-york-may-land-in-new-jersey/">NFL
Experience bumped from New York, may land in New Jersey |
ProFootballTalk</a></p>


<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/2012-free-agent-tracker-position-220307757--nfl.html">2012
free-agent tracker, by position - Yahoo! Sports</a></p>


<a href="http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/06/30/report-league-willing-to-relax-blackout-rules/">Report:
League willing to relax blackout rules | ProFootballTalk</a>"</p></div>
http://www.bigblueview.com/section/news



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NFL RUMORS: WHO WILL START AT MLB FOR NEW YORK GIANTS? (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/nfl_rumors_who_will_start_at_mlb_for_new_york_gian ts/11126180)

"The linebacker situation for the defending champion <a href="http://www.rantsports.com/new-york-giants/" target="_blank">New York
Giants</a> is a cloudy one, but not in a bad way. Normally if you
aren’t sure about a team’s starting position it means you have a problem. With
the Giants, the problem only resides in deciding which talented player will be
starting at each position come September 5 when they take on the <a href="http://www.rantsports.com/dallas-cowboys" target="_blank">Dallas
Cowboys</a>.


During the offseason mini-camps, Chase Blackburn has been
starting at the middle linebacker spot, with Michael Boley
taking his weak side spot and Mathias Kiwanuka playing the
strong side. This was the starting combination at the end of last year. <a title="Chase Blackburn: From Substitute Teacher to Super Bowl Champ" href="http://www.rantsports.com/new-york-giants/2012/02/06/chase-blackburn-from-substitute-teacher-to-super-bowl-champ/" target="_blank">You’ll remember Blackburn had to be signed when Boley got
hurt mid-season</a>.</p>


Blackburn came on and played very well in a limited role, mostly playing on
run heavy downs. The Giants rewarded him by re-signing him this offseason.</p>


However, Jerry Reese and Perry Fewell have
both hinted at a number of options for the middle spot. Blackburn will be No. 1
on the depth chart heading into training camp, but the job is far from safe.</p>


New addition Keith Rivers could take the spot from Blackburn. Fewell
mentioned they like Rivers’ athleticism, but are bringing the mental aspect of
it along slowly. If he grasps the defense quickly, his athleticism will shine at
camp.</p>
<blockquote>


“He’s still a work in progress from a mental standpoint,” Fewell said last
month. “But he is an athletic guy. He can move, he can flip his hip. I want to
push it quicker. He’s playing the WILL linebacker for us. At some point in time,
he’ll play some MIKE linebacker for us. It’s how much can he digest and how much
he can execute for us at this point in time. At some point in time, we’re going
to move him around a little bit more.”</p></blockquote>


Right now it feels like a two-man race, but Mark Herzlich is
doing whatever he can to get noticed as well. It should be an interesting
battle, but a problem most teams would like to have."</p>

PANCAKE BLOCKS: VICTOR CRUZ CLUB SANDWICH (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/pancake_blocks_victor_cruz_club_sandwich/11128244)

"We have approached the heart of summer and football news is sporadic. Throughout
this past month, I have found myself more and more consistently channel surfing
back and forth between ESPN and Food Network.

A reported update on the
New Orleans Bounty probe? Catifish and beignets dished on "Chopped". Chris
Berman calling a Raiders "Monday Night Football" game?

Guy Fieri visiting
Aunt Mary's Cafe in Oakland on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives".

Either way,
masculinity remains intact.


In
a country that craves its upwards of three meals per day, sports offer one of
the few legitimate excuses to postpone your investment in P90X.

Whether
beer is washing down potato chips in the comforts of your living room or loaded
fries at MetLife Stadium while the Giants devour the Jets on Christmas Eve,
neither football nor food are genuinely fulfilling enough without the
other.

Allow me to take your jackets and begin filling the menu for your
2012 season-opener party on Wednesday September 5th. Waters with lemon all
around and a lozenge for the lone Dallas fan?

Because I have yet to make
the trip to Carnegie Deli and tackle the infamousJetbow (http://www.footballnation.com/content/jetbow-unveiled-35-pound-2222-masterpiece/14106/),
let's direct our appetites to the second-most discussed team in New York, and
the player with the second-most celebrated celebration in the league: Victor
Cruz. His salsa-induced Puerto Rican upbringing combined with the melting pot of
American and international customs alike created a breakout performance that
Ellis Island's breed of Italians, Portuguese, and Cubans crowded 8th Avenue just
to savor. The Cruz Club and your Italian Trojan both encompass all of
that.

Here's the play-by-play for one sandwich (although you'll most
likely need more):

Ingredients:
2 fileted chicken thighs (for
desired hip action)
Basil/paprika/garlic/black pepper/red pepper
1 tbsp of
extra-virgin olive oil (plus more for the roll)
Salt
2 strips of
bacon
Portuguese roll (benching the thinner casabe bread)
Salsa (homemade
or store-bought - I'm still a rookie)
10 cucumber slices (and/or
lettuce)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cover the skin-side of each
thigh with your dry herbs. I chose this array of seasonings as opposed to more
traditional Puerto Rican spices (such as cilantro and Caribbean thyme) to evade
the bull rush of potentially clashing too much with the salsa or overpowering
the sandwich, or else I'd add a twist or two of lime. This, of course, can be
left to your preference or the disposal of your spice cabinet.

Coat a
frying pan with the tablespoon of olive oil and set to medium heat. Once the oil
is hot, place the chicken skin-side down and sprinkle your salt on top. You are
aiming for crispy blackened skin without burning it.

Your simultaneous
assignment is to partially cook the bacon in a separate pan, until it begins to
curl. Read the defense and do not hold on to the ball too long, but don't throw
into tight coverage either...

On a plate, lay the bacon on the meat-side
of the thigh and roll the chicken, gunslinging a toothpick all the way through
it so it holds in place. American-Puerto Rican cuisine also practices stuffing
their cow with the pig...the NFL should emply more barnyard-animal team
names.

Set your oven to broil and cook the chicken in an oven-safe pan,
until well done, obviously - don't jump the snap count! This should take 25-30
minutes depending on the thickness of the thighs.

Meanwhile, brush each
slice of your Portuguese roll with olive oil. In the pan with the leftover oil,
toast the bread by weighing it down with a spatula, to catch the remaining
seasonings with a bear claw and David Tyree's old helmet.

Remove the
toothpicks (unless you're bracing yourself for a pain-filled 2012 campaign) and
lay the chicken flat on the roll. Add the salsa according to your liking, as
well as the lettuce and cucumber - which complement the sandwich with a fresher
element to cushion the impact of the salsa and spices.

As messy a snack
as the art of tailgating calls for, the Cruz Club provides your taste buds with
healthy deception and 99-yard enjoyment even for a picky bickering receiving
corps of younger Italian siblings. Prepare with Tostitos and digest the Giants'
defense of the NFC East crown."



NY GIANTS' 2012 SEASON PREVIEW (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/new-york-giants/67056?q=new-york-giants)
<p class="first-para">Offense</p>


Last year, the New York Giants won the Super Bowl. However, can you argue
that they were the worst regular season team to ever win the Super Bowl. They
were the first team to win the Super Bowl despite single digit wins (9) and they
even had a negative points differential (-6), one of only 2 playoff teams last
season to have one (Denver). They barely made the playoffs and had to win their
final 2 games to do so.</p>


At 7-7 heading into week 16, it said far more likely that Tom Coughlin would
be fired than that he would win his 2<sup>nd</sup> Super Bowl. In fact, had
Miles Austin not dropped a wide open touchdown in the Giants/Cowboys week 14
clash, the Giants wouldn’t have even made the playoffs. You can say the same
thing about a borderline “gave himself up” call in the Giants’ game against the
Cardinals earlier in the season that led to a Victor Cruz touchdown.</p>


Of course, in the playoffs, everything changed. Eli turned into ELIte,
throwing to a great group of receivers, their running game finally got going
after ranking dead last in the regular season, and they got just enough guys
back from injury defensively that their amazing pass rush was able to shine.
Some think they have turned a corner and are now the elite team that they
weren’t during the regular season, as the Packers did after winning the Super
Bowl the season before.</p>


I disagree. I think this was just a team that got hot at the right time, as
they did the last time they won the Super Bowl. They didn’t turn the corner and
become an elite team last time. Sure, they went 12-4 in the 2008 season, the
season after winning the Super Bowl, but their Super Bowl was followed by 4
straight seasons without a playoff win. It wasn’t like the Packers setting the
world on fire and going 15-1 last year. They’ve proven countless times that they
are not an elite team, just an above average team that can get hot at the right
time. I think they’ll more closely resemble the above average team they were
last year in the regular season, and in the regular seasons previous, than the
elite team that won the Super Bowl last postseason.</p>


In a loaded NFC and a loaded NFC East, that could be trouble. No defending
Super Bowl champion has won a playoff game since the Patriots won back to back
Super Bowls in the 2003 and 2004 seasons. I don’t think the Giants are going to
be the ones to break that streak. In fact, considering they barely made the
playoffs last year, and that they’re in an improved division overall (Eagles
ended last year really well, Cowboys upgraded their secondary, Redskins got
RGIII), they might not make the playoffs at all this season. Every year, 5 teams
that made the playoffs the year before miss the playoffs the following season.
The Giants could easily be one of the 5 out this season.</p>


Quarterback</p>


Eli Manning had an amazing season last year. He threw for 4933 yards in the
regular season and played extremely well in the playoffs, carrying the team in a
way he had never done before. He definitely proved himself to be an elite
quarterback. However, after the Giants won the Super Bowl, I still argued I’d
rather have Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, or Drew Brees because of their consistent
excellence.</p>


Eli was on their level last year, but before last year, his career high in
yards was 4021. Before last year, he might not even have been a top-10
quarterback. I need to see him do it once more before I’ll put him in that top,
top tier with the 3 guys just mentioned (for the record, brother Peyton is in
that tier too if fully healthy). Still, the Giants are in very, very good hands
with Eli. He’s at worst the 4<sup>th</sup> best quarterback in the league and
you can do a lot, lot worse than that.</p>


Grade: A-</p>


Running Backs</p>


The Giants have always been a good running team, so it was a real surprise
when they ranked dead last in yards (1427) and YPC (3.5) last season. That’s why
Eli carried this team in ways he had never before. He didn’t really have a great
running game to lean on. In the postseason, they got things together, a big part
of why they were able to win it all.</p>


The Giants return starter Ahmad Bradshaw, but they lost Brandon Jacobs and
while his replacement David Wilson, their 1<sup>st</sup> round pick, is much
more talented than the aged Jacobs, he isn’t the short yardage bruiser that
Jacobs was. They could miss that. To replace Jacobs as a short yardage back, the
Giants have had DJ Ware bulk up from around 225 pounds to 240 this offseason.
He’ll see very limited work in specialized situations.</p>


Bradshaw and Wilson, meanwhile, are very, very similar football players. In
fact, in my scouting report of Wilson, I actually gave him a Bradshaw
comparison, this of course being before the Giants took him. For that reason, I
actually didn’t like the Wilson selection because you typically want
complimentary players in a running back tandem. Still, Wilson is a talented back
who will help their running game get back on track.</p>


After rushing for 1235 yards on 278 carries in 2010 (4.5 YPC), Bradshaw
rushed for 659 yards on 171 carries (3.9 YPC) last season thanks, in large part,
to injuries, which caused him to miss 4 games and be limited in several others.
Bradshaw has hardly been the picture of good health in the past in his career,
aside from the 2010 season, so Wilson will come in handy as they attempt to get
back to being a good running football team.</p>


Grade: B</p>


Wide receivers</p>


Eli Manning was definitely helped out by a great receiving corps last season,
led by the trio of Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, and Mario Manningham. In the Super
Bowl, Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick told his defense to make Manningham be
the one to have to beat them. That backfired as he did with an amazing catch
against the sideline on what would eventually be the game winning touchdown
drive late in the 4<sup>th</sup> quarter.</p>


Manningham is gone, after signing in San Francisco, but Manningham actually
only had 39 catches for 523 yards and 4 touchdowns as their 3<sup>rd</sup>
receiver last year so it’s not like he’s irreplaceable. Hakeem Nicks and Victor
Cruz were the key guys as they had 76/1192/7 and 82/1536/9 respectively and both
are back this season.</p>


Nicks is the more sure thing between the two as he was a highly ranked
prospect coming out of college and has two years of great production as opposed
to just one for Victor Cruz, who came out of literally nowhere to finish
3<sup>rd</sup> in the league in receiving and pace the team in catches, yards,
and receiving touchdowns last year. Nicks was the better receiver of the two in
the playoffs, with 28 catches for 444 yards and 4 touchdowns, as opposed to 21
catches for 269 yards and 1 touchdown for Cruz. Barring any further setbacks
with his foot injury (he should be good for week 1), I expect Nicks to lead the
team in receiving this year, though don’t count out the Giants having two 1000
yard receivers once again.</p>


The 3<sup>rd</sup> receiver this year is expected to be Rueben Randle as he
fills in for Manningham. Like Manningham, Randle will play outside opposite
Nicks in 3-wide receiver sets, with Cruz playing in the slot where he’s most
dangerous. Randle will compete with veterans Domenik Hikon and Ramses Barden, as
well as 2011 3<sup>rd</sup> round pick Jerrel Jernigan, but the Giants used a
2<sup>nd</sup> round pick on Randle in this past 2012 NFL Draft and considering
he was seen as a steal there and one of the draft’s most NFL ready receivers, he
should win that job.</p>


Tight end, however, could be a problem for the Giants this year. Their Super
Bowl victory was not without losses as they lost both Jake Ballard and Travis
Beckum to torn ACLs. Those were their top 2 tight ends at an already thin
position. Ballard was not expected to be able to play at all this season, so
they cut him. He was then claimed on waivers by none other than the New England
Patriots, which pissed off Head Coach Tom Coughlin. Beckum, meanwhile, might be
able to play at some point this year but he’s pretty unproven with 26 career
catches.</p>


With those two out, the Giants signed Martellus Bennett and used a
4<sup>th</sup> round pick on Adrien Robinson. When they signed Bennett, I
thought there was some real upside with him. Bennett was underutilized as a
receiver in Dallas behind Jason Witten, but was talented enough as a receiver to
go in the 2<sup>nd</sup> round in 2008 and he’s one of the league’s best
blocking tight ends. On top of that, Manning has always gotten the most out of
mediocre receivers like Kevin Boss and Jake Ballard at tight end before.
However, Bennett showed up to camp at 291 pounds and while he insists that’s all
muscle, that won’t help him separate from defenders. Robinson, meanwhile, is an
athletic freak and a strong blocker, but he caught just 12 passes in his senior
season at Cincinnati last year so the 2012 4th round pick is a major project who
won’t contribute much this season.</p>

Offensive line</p>


The offensive line was absolutely miserable for the Giants last year. I’m
amazed they managed to win the Super Bowl in spite of it because they didn’t
really get much better in the playoffs. Eli Manning was only sacked 28 times,
but that’s because he, like his brother, gets the football out very quickly (he
was sacked 11 times in 4 playoff games on top of that though). They were
ProFootballFocus’ worst rated pass blocking offensive line and 4<sup>th</sup>
worst rated run blocking offensive line. In the playoffs and regular season
combined, they allowed 250 quarterback pressures. On 840 pass plays, that’s one
every 3.4 pass attempts.</p>


Their worst offensive lineman was David Diehl. Diehl played 10 games at left
guard and 6 games at left tackle and managed to rank among the worst at the
position at both. As a tackle, he ranked 64<sup>th</sup> out of 76 with a -22.0
(in 6 games), allowing 4 sacks, 6 quarterback pressures, and 20 quarterback
pressures, while committing 2 penalties. In 10 games at guard, he ranked
76<sup>th</sup> out of 77 with a -26.1, allowing 5 sacks, 2 quarterback hits, 28
quarterback pressures, while committing 3 penalties. Including playoffs, in 20
games, he allowed 13 sacks, 11 quarterback hits, 61 quarterback pressures, and
committed 6 penalties. His -58.1 overall rating was the worst among any player
at any position.</p>


Diehl has been moved to right tackle this season. He’ll compete with James
Brewer, their 2011 4<sup>th</sup> round pick, for the right to start there and
he might move back to left guard and start there if he can’t win the right
tackle job. Diehl and Brewer are competing for Kareem McKenzie’s old job.
McKenzie was almost as bad as Diehl, allowing 9 sacks, 11 quarterback hits, 58
quarterback pressures, and committing 4 penalties in 20 games at right tackle.
He, not surprisingly, remains unsigned on the open market as of this writing and
may have to retire at 33 years of age.</p>


Things were better aside from Diehl and McKenzie, but still not great. Chris
Snee was their right guard once again, allowing 6 sacks, 6 quarterback hits, and
27 quarterback pressures, good for a -18.7 rating in 20 games. He’ll start there
once again. Opposite him, Kevin Boothe is penciled in as the starting left guard
with Diehl at right tackle, though he could lose his job to Diehl if Diehl can’t
win the right tackle job. Boothe played all over the line last season, including
center, and had a -19.0 rating overall with 3 sacks, 3 quarterback hits, 21
quarterback pressures, and 2 penalties, though he was a putrid run blocker. The
Giants would still be better off with Boothe as their starting left guard and
Diehl serving Boothe’s old role as a versatile 6<sup>th</sup> offensive
lineman.</p>


When healthy, David Baas played center last year. A natural guard, Baas
looked out of position at center last year, as he too graded out well below
average with a -11.3 rating. He allowed 3 sacks, 6 quarterback hits, and 14
quarterback pressures. Some expected them to take a natural center like Peter
Konz in the 1<sup>st</sup> round and move Baas to guard, but they didn’t do
that. In fact, they didn’t put much emphasis on the offensive line at all in the
draft, which was surprising considering how poorly they played last season. They
used a 4<sup>th</sup> round pick on the versatile Brandon Mosley and a
6<sup>th</sup> round pick on the raw, but athletic Matt McCants, but neither
will have much of an impact this season. At best, they’re going to be their
7<sup>th</sup> and 8<sup>th</sup> offensive linemen.</p>


The only offensive lineman who wasn’t absolutely miserable for the Giants
upfront last season was William Beatty, who was actually pretty average with a
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G-Men Surg.
07-01-2012, 11:47 AM
Good morning ! Thanks RF !

BeatYale
07-01-2012, 12:02 PM
Good morning!

I sort of agree with the article about Rolle. He hasn't performed at the same level as his salary.

RoanokeFan
07-01-2012, 12:19 PM
Good morning!

I sort of agree with the article about Rolle. He hasn't performed at the same level as his salary.

In fairness to Rolle, he's not been able to play pure safety since he's been here. I will say he has turned out to be a positive locker room force.

BigBlue1971
07-01-2012, 02:40 PM
thanks Roanoke!</P>


im thinking bout this d-line....i believe as covered in one of news columns.....it could be the greatest ever!</P>


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<FONT color=#0000ff size=4>Go Giants!</FONT></P>

BeatYale
07-01-2012, 02:54 PM
Good morning!

I sort of agree with the article about Rolle. He hasn't performed at the same level as his salary.

In fairness to Rolle, he's not been able to play pure safety since he's been here.* I will say he has turned out to be a positive locker room force.


True, he did have to play a lot in the slot.

Regarding locker room presence. Everyone seems to have a good vibe when the team is winning. True colors show when the team is losing and/or just had a losing season. Rolle, if I remember correctly from the 2010 season, bad mouthed the team in the media and then was criticized by teammates for not manning up and saying those things in the locker room. After the season ended he started barking about how he'd rather play for Rex Ryan and mentioned it was no fun playing for Coughlin.

I don't believe the guy bleeds blue like Justin Tuck does.

Edit: Correction, he said the Giants would be a better team if Coughlin was more like Ryan.

RoanokeFan
07-01-2012, 04:39 PM
Good morning!

I sort of agree with the article about Rolle. He hasn't performed at the same level as his salary.

In fairness to Rolle, he's not been able to play pure safety since he's been here. I will say he has turned out to be a positive locker room force.


True, he did have to play a lot in the slot.

Regarding locker room presence. Everyone seems to have a good vibe when the team is winning. True colors show when the team is losing and/or just had a losing season. Rolle, if I remember correctly from the 2010 season, bad mouthed the team in the media and then was criticized by teammates for not manning up and saying those things in the locker room. After the season ended he started barking about how he'd rather play for Rex Ryan and mentioned it was no fun playing for Coughlin.

I don't believe the guy bleeds blue like Justin Tuck does.

Edit: Correction, he said the Giants would be a better team if Coughlin was more like Ryan.

I don't think you recall it correctly. He called a spade a spade. One of his comments had to do with practicing. A lot of players, including Tuck at that particular time, were taking practices off and then playing in games and not being fully prepared. Tuck was one of the players who acknowledged that Rolle was right.

When asked, TC simply said he would have preferred Rolle had not gone public with his remarks, inferring he wasn't wrong in his assessment.

As for his comments on Coughlin, Phillips who was also quoted as preferring Ryan, backed off those remarks immediately and Rolle, to his credit, eventually came around to Coughlin's philosophy. It's not a perfect world, employees don't have to agree with the boss to get the job done.

No player in recent memory was more challenging to the coaching staff than Plaxico Burress. They put up with far more from him.

The bottom line is that Rolle was ALL-IN when it counted as was everyone else.

fourth&forever
07-01-2012, 09:27 PM
nice story on Hill
thanks RF

RoanokeFan
07-01-2012, 09:28 PM
Good morning ! Thanks RF !

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RoanokeFan
07-01-2012, 09:29 PM
nice story on Hill
thanks RF

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