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12-25-2012, 12:34 PM


Giants' Defense At A Loss After Complete Breakdown


Excerpt: "They had emphasized stopping the run. They harped on cutting down on the big plays they kept allowing. But in the fourth quarter of a 33-14 loss to the Ravens last Sunday, the Giants fell victim to both.

This time, it was Baltimore rookie running back Bernard Pierce who scaled three-quarters of the length of the football field, for the 16th play of 40 or more yards the Giants have given up this season. Good hustle by cornerback Jayron Hosley stopped Pierce just short of the end zone, but coach Tom Coughlin was furious.

"They were running a lead draw late in the game that goes for 78 yards," Coughlin said.

"That’s our inability to stop a basic football play."

What happened to this defense? The one that came together so marvelously in last year’s Super Bowl XLVI run? Last winter, it seemed like they could stop everyone, and lately, the Giants look more like they can’t stop anyone.

With one game to play, the Giants rank 30th in the NFL in terms of yards allowed, a bloated 387.8 per game, better than only the Jaguars and Saints.

They had strong performances earlier in the season, against the 49ers and Packers, but it’s hard to credit those when the Giants have been outscored 67-14 the past two weeks, possibly ruining their playoff chances.

"Not up to our standards by any means," safety Antrel Rolle said. "We are not successful in going out and winning games." Read more...

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Giants Face Tough Roster Decisions In 2013


Excerpt: "Jerry Reese never embraced the idea of a honeymoon anyway. Even after he won a championship as a rookie GM in 2007 he knew he couldn’t bask in his glory for long. Winning the Super Bowl may be a wonderful achievement, but there’s always a demand to win it again.

That’s true even now, as the Giants seem so far from being a championship-caliber team just 11 months after their last title. The window may look like it’s closing on a great era of Giants football, but Reese’s job is to try to prop it up.

That won’t be easy, even with a top coach and franchise quarterback in place. There are huge holes on this roster, and some key players — two-time champions — who will have to say good bye. Even if the Giants miraculously sneak into the playoffs next weekend, that’s not going to change.

So as the Giants ponder a season seemingly gone wrong, Reese will be pondering how to make it right. And here are some of the biggest decisions he faces in the offseason:


Tuck is a warrior and a two-time Super Bowl champion who, not insignificantly, played tremendous during both title runs. However, injuries and time have taken their toll and, by any measure, he’s simply not the player he was.

He had just five sacks last year, during a personally difficult season, before revitalizing himself for the playoffs. This season he’s dipped to three and he’s no longer a pass-rushing force. Worse, he’ll be 30 next season and due $4.5 million in salary.

That’s not a ton of money and he is a team leader. The Giants also will need defensive ends with Osi Umenyiora almost certain to go elsewhere as a free agent. But the hard question has to be asked: What does Tuck have left? And what is it worth?" Read more...
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Hard To Find A Giant Who Had An Up Year

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Excerpt: "Even in bad seasons, there are good players. Even when expectations are not met, there are those who rise above the expectations. A study of the Giants’ roster, though, reveals why they are about to be on the outside looking in come playoff time, why a year after ringing in the holiday season so joyously someone spiked their eggnog with castor oil, why they have regressed to the point they aren’t merely losing, they are barely competitive.

Every team has a Most Valuable Player, but a search party is required to find that player on this team. Sure, Stevie Brown and his seven interceptions is the greatest surprise of the season but he’s not exactly a coverage monster. He probably earned himself a contract for 2013, but if he’s the player who made the most positive impact, something, in the words of former Giants coach Dan Reeves, is bad-wrong.

Find the player who rose out of the rubble. Consider it a dare. Eli Manning was being hailed in some circles as an NFL MVP candidate in the first half of the season, but even then it was a serious stretch and he’s put together some god-awful performances when it counted most. We all know Eli is worth more than his numbers, but when you’re ranked 17th among all quarterbacks in the league in passer rating, just behind Carson Palmer and just ahead of Sam Bradford, you haven’t had much of a season.

Where else can we look on offense? Victor Cruz proved his breakout 2011 season was no fluke, as he’s matched his output in terms of receptions (82) and touchdowns (nine), but his yards per catch of 12.7 yards is way down from his gaudy 18.7 yard mark. Cruz has been tough and remarkably durable, making a statement he deserves to be here for the long haul and he’s probably the closest there is to a team MVP. Still, no “wow’’ factor." Read more...

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Giants Look Ahead vs. Eagles


Excerpt: "At MetLife Stadium

Sunday, 1 p.m.

TV: Ch. 5; Radio: WFAN-FM 101.9, AM 660

Early line: Giants by 7 1/2

The Giants are mathematically alive for the playoffs, but their performance the last two weeks in losses to Atlanta and Baltimore by a combined 67-14 score suggests otherwise. They would need to defeat the Eagles and then get losses by Chicago and Minnesota as well as a loss or a tie from the Cowboys to reach the postseason. At this point, as Eli Manning has suggested, that scenario means nothing if the Giants don't take care of business and shake the doldrums against Philadelphia in what could be the last game of Andy Reid's coaching tenure there.

In the spotlight

Giants DE Osi Umenyiora. The former All-Pro defensive end is in the latter stages of his contract, so this likely will be his last with Big Blue. For all of the chatter between Umenyiora and the front office over contracts and performance and trade demands, Umenyiora has been a big-game player for the Giants. He is seeking a new deal and would love nothing more than to go out with a bang." Read more...

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Giants Need To "Play With Pride" And More From Afternoon Tea With Tom Coughlin


Excerpt: " New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin (http://www.giants101.com/tag/tom-coughlin/) took the podium in a very focused mood on Wednesday, and pulled no punches. He got right down to business discussing the Eagles, and said the playoff scenario doesn't matter. He wants to see his team play an "excellent football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) game" on Sunday and let the chips fall where they may.

"Pride, honor and dignity," Coughlin said he had preached to his players. "Finish the season with a game we can all be proud of."

As for injuries, the final regular season pre-practice injury report included 10 players. They were Prince Amukamara (hamstring), David Baas (hip/shoulder), Travis Beckum (knee), Ahmad Bradshaw (http://www.giants101.com/tag/ahmad-bradshaw/) (knee/foot), Chris Canty (http://www.giants101.com/tag/chris-canty/) (knee), Hakeem Nicks (knee), Kenny Phillips (knee), Tyler Sash (hamstring), Chris Snee (http://www.giants101.com/tag/chris-snee/) (hip) and Justin Tuck (http://www.giants101.com/tag/justin-tuck/) (shoulder).

Of the players listed on the pre-practice injury report, Canty and Bradshaw will not practice. Snee and Baas "may" do a little something, and Tuck will be limited. The coach offered no status update on the other five players.

Coughlin continued to stress throughout his conference that the playoff scenarios and possibilities are irrelevant. He was adamant that the Giants return to playing with pride and emotion, and said they are "excited to play in front of the fans" on Sunday." Read more...


Giants' Osi Umenyiora Has A Lot Of Regrets As He Enters Potential Final Days With Team


Excerpt: "As 2012 nears to close, there are a few that will voice their regrets and make resolutions. New York Giants (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/)defensive end Osi Umenyiora (http://www.giants101.com/tag/osi-umenyiora/) is one of them. Last week, he told USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2012/12/22/new-york-giants-osi-umenyiora-regrets-griping-about-his-contract-q-and-a/1785709/) about his actions and looking back on them, including how he went about trying to get a new contract.

"A lot of regrets. I completely went about it the wrong way. Honestly, if I would've handled it differently, it wouldn't even be a question about finishing my career here or not. But I didn't," Umenyiora said. "If I would've gone about it quietly and not said anything, I think I would've really got what I wanted. But the fact I came out and was open, speaking and talking all the time, that's what pushed them into this situation."

“This situation” is the final straw, so to speak, which pushed General Manager Jerry Reese (http://www.giants101.com/tag/jerry-reese/) into giving Umenyiora an “out” to his original 2005 contract extension that was through the end of the 2013 season. Instead, #72 agreed to a one-year increased salary for this season ($6 million – up from a bit over $4 million) and that null last year in said contract extension." Read more...

Eagles' QB Michael Vick Will Start Against Giants


As disappointing as the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants 2012 campaign has been to this point, it pales in comparison to the debacle that has taken place inPhiladelphia (http://www.giants101.com/tag/philadelphia/) this season. Although Big Blue still has a small chance to back into the playoffs, the Eagles have been playing meaningless football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) games for some time now. Things have gotten so ugly in Philly that former Pro-Bowl quarterback Michael Vick (http://www.giants101.com/tag/michael-vick/) did not even dress for the team's last game. However, that's going to change on Sunday against the Giants, as Vick will replace an injured Nick Foles.

Foles broke his hand in the Eagles' loss to the Washington (http://www.giants101.com/tag/washington/) Redskins last weekend. Head coach Andy Reid (http://www.giants101.com/tag/andy-reid/) decided to pass over Trent Edwards, who has been listed as the team's backup quarterback for the last several games. Vick sees the opportunity to start as a good way to showcase his ability to other teams seeking a free agent (http://www.giants101.com/tag/free-agent/) quarterback this offseason.

"I'm elated to be back out there on the football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) field," Vick said. ""It's a situation where I want to go out there and seize the moment. It's the end of the season, we need to win. We haven't won consistently in a long time, so we want to finish the season with a win."

The Giants' defense has been pathetic as of late. They have given up 67 points in their last two games, along with 897 yards of total offense. The defensive play calls have been deplorable, the front four can't stop the run and the secondary gets beat deep with consistency. It's been a train wreck of epic proportions over the last two weeks.

Vick won't say it publicly, but he knows he's facing a wounded beast on Sunday. The Giants are a demoralized group fighting to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. It probably wouldn't bother him in the least to leavePhiladelphia (http://www.giants101.com/tag/philadelphia/) after sticking it to Big Blue at MetLife Stadium (http://www.giants101.com/tag/metlife-stadium-2/) one last time. In fact, Vick acknowledged that this will like be his last game in an Eagles uniform." Read more...

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Harbaugh: Reed "Did Everything He Could" To Avoid Illegal Hit


Excerpt: "In the fourth quarter of Sunday's 33-14 victory over the Giants, Ravens safety Ed Reed was called for an illegal contact to Victor Cruz's helmet, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun (http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bal-harbaugh-says-ed-reed-did-everything-he-could-to-avoid-helmet-contact-with-victor-cruz-20121224,0,5238704.story) reports.

As a repeat offender who had a one-game suspension overturned by NFL hearing officer and Ted Cottrell prior to the San Diego Chargers game earlier this season and replaced with a $50,000 fine, Reed has now had four incidents in the past three years and could face punishment from the NFL. The Ravens are hoping that any potential punishment from the league office won't go beyond a fine and that Reed won't face a suspension.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday afternoon that Reed and other players are in a difficult position under the NFL rulebook due to the speed of the game, also noting that wide receiver Torrey Smith was penalized for an illegal block where he appeared to make contact with his shoulder to the chest of a Giants defender.

"It's tough, full-speed, the whole thing," Harbaugh said at his weekly press conference at the Ravens' training complex. "I hope the league really takes a look at this in the offseason and figures out a way to help the players out a little bit." Read more...

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Stick A Fork In Them: 2012 New York Giants


Excerpt: "They did it again. The New York Giants (http://www.nfl.com/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG) started out 6-2, talked about avoiding a second-half collapse again, and then collapsed. Unlike 2011, 9-7 likely isn't good enough to get into the NFC playoffs.

Oh, there is a scenario (http://www.nfl.com/playoffs/playoff-picture?module=News_CP) for the Giants (http://www.nfl.com/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG) to still get into the playoffs. They need four specific results Sunday. But this team is not recovering from being outscored 67-13 over the last two weeks. They've morphed into a bad team, and they know it."

What went right

The Giants (http://www.nfl.com/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG) still rate ninth in Football Outsiders' numbers (http://footballoutsiders.com/dvoa-ratings/2012/week-16-dvoa-ratings) because they beat up some excellent teams like the San Francisco 49ers (http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2012101409/2012/REG6/giants@49ers) and Green Bay Packers (http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2012112511/2012/REG12/packers@giants). They've won eight games against the NFL's fifth-best schedule.

The Giants (http://www.nfl.com/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG) trounced the New Orleans Saints (http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2012120911/2012/REG14/saints@giants) as recently as Week 14. They're fifth in turnover margin and scored 50 more points than their opponents despite the recent losses. There was a good team here; there's just no figuring out what team will show up in a given week.It looks like the Giants (http://www.nfl.com/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG) found a long-term answer in tackle William Beatty. Pierre-Paul and wide receiver Victor Cruz (http://www.nfl.com/player/victorcruz/2507855/profile) might have been slightly off their 2011 pace, but they are franchise cornerstones to build around (Paul-Pierre became a fierce run stopper). Despite the two Super Bowl (http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/47)s, the Giants (http://www.nfl.com/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG)still are consistently just better than average. The franchise wins 8-10 games a year and this season was no different." Read more...

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Raiders Were Looking To Knock Cam Newton Out of Sunday's Game


Report: Eagles To Make "Heavy Push" For Chip Kelly




Old Giant
12-26-2012, 07:27 AM
Thanks RF!
The question is will they play to win or show us another disaster? What an awful feeling to go into the off-season getting beaten by an Eagle team totally on the ropes.
Just win the last game please.

12-26-2012, 07:31 AM
Thanks RF!
The question is will they play to win or show us another disaster? What an awful feeling to go into the off-season getting beaten by an Eagle team totally on the ropes.
Just win the last game please.

TC will want the win, but he may be the Lone Ranger

12-26-2012, 07:40 AM
TC will want the win, but he may be the Lone RangerWe'll get a measure of the team's pride on Sunday. I'll be there as a witness. Go Blue!!

12-26-2012, 08:31 AM
We'll get a measure of the team's pride on Sunday. I'll be there as a witness. Go Blue!!

We will indeed and I will be there to cheer them on

12-26-2012, 02:15 PM
Bah Humbug....
thanks anyway Kid.....

12-26-2012, 02:44 PM
Thanks Ro.Here's hoping we have a good game Sunday.

12-26-2012, 02:52 PM
Thanks Ro.Here's hoping we have a good game Sunday.

I hope we do to end the season on an up note

12-26-2012, 02:52 PM
Bah Humbug....
thanks anyway Kid.....

One more game to go

Captain Chaos
12-26-2012, 04:33 PM
Thanks Roanoke....Somber week as we have little hope of advancing!

12-26-2012, 04:33 PM
Thanks Roanoke....Somber week as we have little hope of advancing!


12-26-2012, 06:48 PM
One more game to goMake that one more......at a time.

12-26-2012, 06:52 PM
Make that one more......at a time.

I like the sound of that. I was just sitting here musing about "what if"...

G-Men Surg.
12-27-2012, 12:42 AM
Thanks RF !

12-27-2012, 06:16 AM
Thanks RF ! You're welcome