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NEWARK STAR LEDGER

Bondy: Giants Merit Super Praise

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/bondy-giants-merit-super-praise-article-1.1230789


Excerpt: "You walk into the Giants’ locker room on Monday, even after the disappointment a day earlier, and this is still the last bastion of sanity in New York sports. There is no lockout here, no Tim Tebow circus here, no coach du jour, no Alex Rodriguez, no cheapskate owners, none of the pandemics that plague the other clubhouses.

Eli Manning (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Eli+Manning) is holding court at one end, saying nothing much again, very politely, for as long as anyone has questions and can keep his eyes open. Across the room, Justin Tuck is promising better things from the defense. You want to tell them it’s OK, no big deal, thanks for the parade last February.

BAG 'EM: GIANTS CLEAN OUT LOCKERS ON BAGGIE DAY (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/bag-em-giants-clean-lockers-baggie-day-gallery-1.1230626)

Both men underachieved badly this season, they know that. Both might be a bit past their prime in terms of production. But you know what? They get a pass, along with the coach, the general manager, the owners. These are made men, with their two rings. They get a conciliatory pat on the back, because really there is not much more you can ask from a football franchise around here.

The NFL has 32 teams, after all, each demanding a turn. Any of them would be thrilled with one Super Bowl title in the last 11 months, with two title runs in the last five years. Many would take the 9-7 mark this season, too.

Every pro sports team should be as efficient as the Giants with their last three postseason opportunities, batting .667. Here in New York, the Yankees have won but one championship in the same span. The Jets, Knicks, Mets, Nets, Islanders and Rangers haven’t even reached the final round.

So yes, the Giants blew a three-game lead in their division, swooning at the end, a lousy habit. They dropped that 17-16 game in Washington, settling for too many field goals, which still bugs Manning. They were horrible against Atlanta and Baltimore. But even in the era of screaming headlines and talk show hosts, there is such a thing as perspective in East Rutherford. When the late owner, Wellington Mara, was asked once outside the practice field what he reasonably expected from any Giants’ season, he expressed a modest goal.

“Just make the last game mean something,” Mara said." Read more...

Giants' GM Reese: "I Don't Think We're Far Off"

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/giants-gm-reese-don-article-1.1230791


Excerpt: "At the end of the miserable 2006 season, former GM Ernie Accorsi stood in the middle of the Giants locker room and told the players “There’s a championship in this room.”

Two championships and six years later, the Giants are convinced there still is.

So there will be no long rebuilding project for the no-longer-defending Super Bowl champions after a disappointing, playoff-less, 9-7 season. When DM Jerry Reeselooks at his current roster and glances at next season he doesn’t believe a complete overhaul is needed.

The Giants’ window to win another championship may indeed be closing, but Reese insisted it’s not closed yet.

“I don’t think we’re that far off, to be honest with you,” he said Monday. “This team will look different next year, but I think we have a good core of players coming back.”

Though the emotions were still raw one day after the Giants wrapped up their regular season with a 42-7 win over the Eagles and were eliminated from playoff contention anyway, that summed up the feeling throughout the organization on Monday. The Giants have issues – particularly on defense – and a long list of free agents to deal with.

But they have a franchise quarterback in Eli Manning, a top coach in Tom Coughlin, and many talented young players. They have not given up hope of becoming a dynasty and feel they’ll quickly be able to gear up for another Super Bowl run.

“Obviously this whole offseason everybody’s going to try to knock you down and tell you that you’re in the same boat as teams that won two games,” said defensive end Justin Tuck. “We’re not. We still have a very quality football team, a team that I feel very confident in the fact that if we would’ve gotten into the playoffs we would’ve made a run.”

That, of course, will be their great lament during the offseason as they ponder their missed opportunities. One win would’ve made the difference for the Giants, and Coughlin said some of the losses – particularly the recent blowouts in Atlanta and Baltimore – “will probably drive me insane.” Read more...

Giants' Front Office Has Plenty Of Decisions To Make This Offseason

http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/12/giants_pending_free_agents.html

Excerpt: "An early conclusion to the Giants season means more time for the front office and coaching staff to evaluate personnel and make decisions with free agency fast approaching in March.

And the Giants, in addition to the 19th overall pick in the NFL Draft, have a lot of decisions to make: The team has at least 18 unrestricted free agents, three restricted free agents and three exclusive rights free agents to sort through on the roster.

"It’s a pretty big number, but nothing we can’t handle," general manager Jerry Reese said with a smile today.

-- Martellus Bennett is among the Giants' unrestricted free agents and said he's seeking a combination of three things: a multi-year deal, a return to the Giants and the chance to play with his older brother Michael, a defensive end with the Buccaneers who is also now a free agent.

The older Bennett recorded a career-high nine sacks this season.

“I could car pool with him and save gas money," said Bennett, who said his No. 1 offseason priority is getting "abs of steel."

"We could probably buy one car. … we’ll take turns. He could drive on like Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and I could do my day Wednesdays and Fridays.”

The tight end set career highs with 55 receptions for 626 yards and five touchdowns after four seasons with the Cowboys. He joined the Giants last offseason when he signed a one-year deal." Read more...

Eli Manning Upset Giants Let Championship Opportunity Slip Away

http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/12/eli_manning_upset_giants_let_c.html

Excerpt: "Eli Manning has two Super Bowl rings from his nine years in the NFL. But at age 31, he has a keener understanding that championship opportunities are not unlimited.

For that reason, perhaps even more than others, the Giants quarterback called missing the playoffs this year “upsetting.”

“It’s that we felt, or I felt, that we had great talent on this team,” Manning said. “When you have talent, and you have the guys who are committed, focused, and want to be good, and it’s important to them, you hate to waste those opportunities. Because you just don’t know how many times you are ready to win a championship and you have everything in place.”

The Giants finished with the same 9-7 record that last season won the NFC East and earned them a bid to the postseason, which they rode to a Super Bowl XLVI title.

But all season, Manning knew what turned out to be true: “Winning nine games is a little too close,” he admitted. And as Giants general manager Jerry Reese said bluntly, “We don’t get paid here for the Giants to go 9-7.”

Unlike last year, the Giants face a long offseason. They don’t report for the offseason program until April. Yesterday morning after the season-ending Eagles win, coach Tom Coughlin met with his players for a final exit meeting -- a very different feeling than last year, when after their exit meeting, the Giants boarded buses for their parade up the Canyon of Heroes.

Coughlin dislikes goodbyes and the “unfulfilled.” And he admitted the sting is worse the year after winning a Super Bowl.

“It’s a different category for sure,” Coughlin said.

“It’s not pleasant. It’s not pleasant at all. Because, why? Because you expect so much more, and rightfully so.” Read more...

Giants Director Of College Scouting Marc Ross to Interview for Jets' and Panthers' GM Jobs

http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...ege_sco_1.html (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/12/giants_director_of_college_sco_1.html)

Excerpt: "Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross will interview for the Jets and Panthers general manager openings, a person with knowledge of the teams' interest in Ross confirmed. That person requested anonymity because the teams have not announced their GM candidates.

Both teams asked for and were granted permission to speak with Ross about their openings. The Jets let Mike Tannenbaum go this morning (http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2012/12/mike_tannenbaum_fired_as_jets.html), and the Panthers fired Marty Hurney in October, replacing him with interim GM Brandon Beane.? Read more...

Giants' Hakeem Nicks Does Not Regret Playing Through Injury

http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...oesnt_reg.html (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/12/giants_hakeem_nicks_doesnt_reg.html)

Excerpt: "When Hakeem Nicks limped off the field after taking a hit late in the Giants' Week 2 win over the Buccaneers, he and the team's only concern was his surgically-repaired right foot. Nicks felt something wrong with his left knee, but the focus was on the foot, which he fractured in late May, and he missed just one play.

It wasn't until 10 days later when Nicks and the team realized the knee injury was worse than initially thought. That was when Nicks woke up with a swollen knee the day after returning to practice. He was then ruled doubtful for the Giants' Week 4 game against the Eagles and the Nicks' season took an unexpected turn.

"When the knee happened, it was just like, 'Wow, another little setback,'" Nicks said. "But it's football. You can't control what's going to happen on any play and it happened to be me."

Nicks was first given a timetable for recovery ranging from two to eight weeks and missed just the next three games. But the pain persisted when he returned and all season. He bounced in and out of practice, and on and off the injury report, never able to get back to 100 percent.

"I was never quite myself, but I was getting better each week," Nicks said. "I could tell that running-wise, but I had to change up my whole running style on the fly with the right foot and the left knee and I feel like I handled it pretty well. I just tried to give my best effort at all times." Read more...

Giants' Justin Tuck Says He Has "Six, Seven Years" Left In The Tank

http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...ys_he_has.html (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/12/giants_justin_tuck_says_he_has.html)

Excerpt: "Justin Tuck admitted to considering retirement during the 2011 season as he battled through personal turmoil and a series of injuries before he and his teammates turned it on down the stretch.

But he isn't thinking about it now, not even after his worst statistical season since 2006.
"Ask me that question in six, seven years," the 29-year-old Tuck said. "That’s just to let you know how much I think I still have in the tank."

This season, Tuck recorded just four sacks, including one against the Eagles in Sunday's season finale, and has only nine over the last two regular seasons. But unlike last season, he didn't attribute the dropoff to injuries -- he didn't face a significant injury until the end of the season when a shoulder ailment forced him to miss the Giants' Week 16 loss to the Ravens.

"I’m never the type of guy that lacks confidence in myself," Tuck, the team's defensive captain said. "I’ll be the first to tell you that my performance this year was nowhere near what I envisioned for myself after coming into training camp. And for whatever reason that was it didn’t happen for me this year. You still go out there and try your best to help this football team win games, but I am disappointed in my play this year." Read more...

Jerry Reese Says Contract Extension For Victor Cruz Didn't Work Out In-Season, But Still Possible

http://www.nj.com/giants/team/135698...extension.html (http://www.nj.com/giants/team/1356983522-54-668/jerry-reese-says-contract-extension.html)

"Victor Cruz, the Giants' leading receiver two years in a row, was open about ongoing contract talks with the team during the season for an extension. That didn't get done. Today, GM Jerry Reese said Cruz's future is "part of the evaluation process" they'll do now that the season has ended.

"We obviously talked a little bit during the season about an extension with him, but it obviously didn’t work out, so we’ll see what happens during this offseason," Reese said. Reese added that "everything is on the table." Cruz is looking for a multi-year deal, but he will be a restricted free agent, so a tender could also be an option."


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NY DAILY NEWS

Phillips Heads Into Free Agency With Uncertainty

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/12/phillips-heads-into-free-agency-with-uncertainty

Excerpt: "Kenny Phillips is certain that he’ll be playing football next season. He’s not as certain that he’ll be doing it with the Giants.

The fifth-year safety, who fought through what he’s said is a blend of MCL and PCL injuries in a chronically bothersome knee, said Monday that he is heading into free agency with an open mind.

“I have kind of a blank slate,” he said, “and whatever happens, happens. At the end of the day, I know I’ll be playing somewhere, whether it be here or somewhere else. I know I’ll be playing football.

”The Giants have plenty of options at safety, which wound up being one of the team’s steadiest positions on defense, even though Phillips, barely contributed down the stretch. The player who safeties coach Dave Merritt considers his finest deep centerfielder injured his knee early in the season and never recovered. He played in just seven games and was a shell of his former self by season’s end.In preseason, he talked of making interceptions and being a ballhawk, but Phillips spent most of 2012 watching as Stevie Brown, originally signed to be a special teams contributor, emerged with a team-high eight interceptions and nearly made the Pro Bowl.

“It was frustrating,” Phillips said. “Some days better than others, but it’s just all part of the game, and you have to deal with it.”And the Giants now have to deal with Phillips. He met with GM Jerry Reese Monday, he said, and spent most of the meeting listening, not talking. Phillips said he “didn’t have much to say, to be honest”. Read more...


Bennett Hoping To Lure Brother To Big Blue

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/bennett-hoping-lure-brother-big-blue-article-1.1230705


Excerpt: "To Martellus Bennett (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Martellus+Bennett), nothing matters more than family, and his close family ties just may help the Giants rebuild their invisible pass rush in 2013.

On Monday, one day after the season ended, Big Blue’s boisterous TE indicated that he’d love to lure his older brother, Bucs DE Michael Bennett, to New York next season. Michael Bennett racked up nine sacks in Tampa Bay this past season and is set to become a free agent.

“I think a guy like that . . . my brother is a tenacious guy,” said Martellus Bennett. “I think adding somebody like that to the defensive line will only make everybody else better. With him and (Jason Pierre-Paul) coming off the edge, it could be something dangerous.” Read more...


2013 Schedule Only Features Five Playoff Teams

http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/giants_schedule_only_features_five_RzVht7OV0XhVzF0 xfQ8sTP#axzz2Gb2yDmR4


Excerpt: "It is always dangerous to scan a schedule and project its difficulty but there is no doubt the Giants in 2012 could not overcome what was, on paper, the toughest schedule in the NFL. Based on the way things look, it appears the Giants in 2013 will not have to endure such a difficult grind.

The 2013 schedule is set for the Giants as far as their opponents and they will play only five teams currently in the playoffs. One of those teams, the Broncos, sets up another Manning Bowl featuring Eli and Peyton. That game will be at MetLife Stadium." Read more...

Fewell's Contract Quietly Extended Through 2013 Season

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/gia...d-through-2013 (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/12/fewells-contract-quietly-extended-through-2013)

Excerpt: "Tom Coughlin made it clear on Monday that Perry Fewell will remain the Giants’ defensive coordinator, and it turns out they won’t even have to re-sign him. Fewell was quietly given contract extension last winter, according to two league sources, as a reward for helping the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI.

This is the second contract extension for the 50-year-old Fewell, who was first given an extension in the winter of 2011 after he interviewed for several head coaching vacancies following his successful first season with the Giants. That extension would’ve taken him through the end of the 2012 season. The one he signed after the Giants won the Super Bowl last February will take him through 2013.

It's believed all the other assistants on the Giants staff were giving contract extensions after the Super Bowl, too." Read more...


Despite Subpar 2012, Tuck Still In Giants' Plans

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/gia...in-tucks-tires (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/12/giants-see-tread-left-on-justin-tucks-tires)

Excerpt: "Justin Tuck admitted this hasn’t been his finest season, and he got no argument on that from GM Jerry Reese. But that doesn’t mean his eight-year career with the Giants is over.

Both men expect Tuck will be back again and maybe better than ever next year.

“Listen, I’ll be very frank and honest in saying this,” Tuck said. “I plan on being here for a long time. That’s pretty much all I have to say about it.”

“He’s not getting any younger, but I think he’s got a lot of tread left on his tires,” Reese added. “And we expect him to come back be the Justin Tuck we know.”

That should end any speculation about the Giants possibly cutting the 29-year-old Tuck anytime soon due to his age, dip in production and the $4.5 million he’s owed next season in the final year of his current contract. Tuck, who had once hoped to have a long-term extension in place by now, had only four sacks this season after getting just five the year before.

But he believes he’s got another 6-7 NFL seasons left in him, and he “absolutely” feels he’ll return to his previous level of play." Read more...


Out With the Old, In With The New

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/12/out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/12/out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new)

Excerpt: "The Giants' championship run is officially over.

That became official on Sunday, not when the Giants beat the Philadelphia Eagles 42-7 (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/giant-win-blue-misses-playoffs-article-1.1229897), but when the Bears beat the Lions in Detroit. That officially eliminated the Giants (9-7) from playoff contention this year.For full coverage of Sunday's game, make sure you check the Daily News Giants page (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants).

And check back there and here all day as the Giants hold their traditional season-ending "Baggie Day" -- where they arrive to meet with coaches and pack up their belongings (in "baggies") before heading off into the offseason.And while you're waiting from that, here's some good news. The Giants' 2013 schedule doesn't look so hard. It includes 10 games against teams that didn't make the playoffs in 2012 and five games against teams that won four games or fewer. It also includes a road slate that only has one playoff team on it -- the NFC East champion Washington Redskins." Read more...

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THE NEW YORK POST

2012 Giants Haunted By Lost Opportunity

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/blue_crushed_ZKccwb2PwYYaiNmlsUDMCN

Excerpt: "Jerry Reese is a man of few words, and thus it came as no surprise when he succinctly crystallized what went down with the Giants in 2012:

“Bar set very high here and we didn’t get the job done,’’ the Giants general manager said yesterday as his club packed up and headed on out, far earlier than expected, with no more games to play as the NFL playoffs arrive.

Coach Tom Coughlin noted his distaste for exit interviews, but couldn’t help but recall last year’s were conducted just before he and his players boarded buses taking them to the Canyon of Heroes victory parade after winning Super Bowl XLVI. This year’s meetings were completed in somber fashion, the day after a 42-7 season-ending trouncing of the Eagles served as nothing more than a reminder of what might have been.

“We don’t get paid here for the Giants to go 9-7,’’ Reese said. “We got away with that last year, things worked out for us, but we don’t go into our season saying ‘Man, let’s go 9-7.’ Our goal is to win the championship every year and when you don’t it’s an opportunity lost, as far as I’m concerned.’’

There were several familiar and troubling themes for the Giants to reflect upon as they didn’t even qualify for the postseason tournament one year after capturing the fourth Lombardi Trophy in franchise history.Close, wasteful losses in Philadelphia and Washington, Coughlin admitted, had him walking off the field wondering “Boy, I hope this one doesn’t come back to haunt me and bite us in the butt.’’ The inability to hold on to the NFC East lead after building a three-game cushion continues to cause Reese to shake his head.

The back-to-back losses by a combined 67-14 in Atlanta and Baltimore left all concerned baffled, two games Coughlin said “will probably drive me insane.

’’Eli Manning, for what seemed like the first time in his career, confronted his football mortality when assessing the wasted opportunity, knowing he likely has more behind him than he does out in front of him.

“Just because you know as you get older, your seasons are becoming more limited,’’ Manning said. “In my nine years here, I’ve seen talented teams and have been on teams that weren’t as talented. We were able to get by with some things and win games, but we felt that we have talent, we have playmakers, we’ve got guys who get it, who understand what it takes to win, and play at a high level. To waste that opportunity is disappointing.’’And painful.

“You kind of feel like you got punched in the stomach a little bit,’’ Justin Tuck said, “just because we know we have a high-quality football team that could make a lot of noise in the playoffs if that would have happened, but it didn’t.’’ Read more...

TE Martellus Bennett Eager To Re-Up With Big Bue

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/bennett_is_eager_to_re_up_with_big_Fw8cS71WqzdJL5Z UGFWm5I

Excerpt: "Martellus Bennett wants to be a Giant.

But as the tight end approaches free agency after his one-year deal with the Giants, Bennett drove home a couple points on breakup day yesterday. He also is a businessman and a family man. And it’s a big family.

First, the businessman part. With all the financial opportunities New York affords, Bennett would take less to stay with the Giants but it can’t be “a significant difference.” Plus, he wants a little security.

“I think I played well enough to get a multi-year deal anywhere,” he said after establishing career bests with 55 receptions, 626 yards and five touchdowns.

“He did do a good job for us,” said general manager Jerry Reese, noting the difficulty of the Giants’ system and how players shop themselves on the free-agent market.

Now the family thing.“I’m at the point in my life where we’re ready to start having a family. We really want to be stable in one place so we’re looking for a long-term deal,” the 6-foot-6, 265-pound former Cowboy said. “The wife and I both feel we’re going to be Giants no matter what. But if not, you never know. If I’m not a Giant, my No. 1 priority would be playing with my brother [Tampa Bay defensive end Michael Bennett]. He’ll be a free agent this year, too.” Read more...

Easier Sked Lies Ahead

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/easier_sked_lies_ahead_tEiRBAInNZYV0OobobfAPN

"It is always dangerous to scan a schedule and project its difficulty, but there is no doubt the 2012 Giants could not overcome what was, on paper, the toughest schedule in the NFL. Based on the way things look, it appears the Giants will not have to endure such a difficult grind in 2013.

The Giants’ schedule for next season includes only five playoff teams. A matchup with one of those teams, the Broncos, sets up another Manning Bowl featuring Eli and Peyton. That game will be at MetLife Stadium.
The Giants were the only team in the NFL to finish with a record of 9-7 and have the No. 19 pick in the draft. In addition to home and away games with their NFC East rivals, the Giants face the NFC North and AFC West next season."

Giants' Hakeem Putting Nicks Behind Him

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/hakeem_putting_nicks_behind_him_18Gcm5GCSRCPKazHuF j7II

Hakeem Nicks was returning from offseason right foot surgery and was a wide receiver presence in the Giants’ season opener. In the second game, he was more than a presence. He was dominant: 10 catches, 1 touchdown, 199 yards.But someone stepped on his foot in that game. And he felt this ache in his left knee.

“I was thinking that the knee wasn’t a big deal. We were just more worried about the foot. And the knee was like, ‘Wow, another little setback,’ ” Nicks said yesterday during the Giants’ breakup day.

“Initially we were still worried about the foot,” explained Nicks, who said doctors still are evaluating his situation, discussing whether another offseason surgery is needed. “I thought the knee was just something minor and would go away.

”It didn’t.Nicks sat out three games, returned for the final 10 but never was himself, never was the guy who hauled in 79 and 76 receptions the two previous seasons.

On your list of “What screwed up the Giants,” not having Nicks healthy is one high entry

.“Hakeem had a great toughness and wanted to be out there but since Week 3, not having him able to practice and being at full speed and work on things, (was) tough,” said Eli Manning. “He’ll tell you he wanted to be out there and he was hurt, playing hurt. He wasn’t quite the same playmaker that we’ve become used to ... It obviously can affect an offense when one of your No. 1 receivers is not playing to the level we know he can because of injury.”Not that Nicks didn’t try. He said he re-invented his running style because of the right foot, left knee thing. He admitted he never was himself. The season culminated with him not having a single reception — for the first time in his career — two weeks ago and then getting in for just one play Sunday in the wrap-up against Philadelphia.

“Dealing with injuries in the past, I always had a knack for coming back fast. I felt like I tried. It got better ... but I never quite got back to myself,” said Nicks, who admitted the knee was the more troubling ailment. “I don’t have any regrets. It happened. I played through it.”Or tried. Nicks believed “I didn’t make it worse” but found himself “just gutting it out” rather than sitting and being “miserable.”Coach Tom Coughlin said he appreciated what Nicks did for the team.“In the first place, you love Hakeem,’’ Coughlin said. “He is an incredible competitor. When you do have an injury, you’ve got to play through it. Well, he’s a tremendous example of a guy that wants to play through it.’’ Read more...

Giants' GM Reese: We Don't Get Paid to Go 9 - 7

http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/jerry_reese_we_don_get_paid_for_T20MjFiDgrYVVTCyHB WvJP


Excerpt: "Not good enough.

That’s the message general manager Jerry Reese said the day after the Giants’ season came to an end, as they trounced the Eagles 42-7 but failed to make the playoffs, finishing with a 9-7 record – the same as they did a year ago, when they won the NFC East and eventually won another Super Bowl.

“We don’t get paid here for the Giants to go 9-7,’’ Reese said on Monday, “We got away with that last year, things worked out for us, but we don’t go into our season saying, ‘Man, let’s go 9-7.’

“We don’t go into the season saying, ‘Wow, let’s go 9-7.’ Again, we set the bar very high here and we didn’t get the job done. Like I said, I wish I could say something clever to make it sound good, but we didn’t get the job done.’’

The inconsistency of his team, Reese said, was “a head-scratcher’’ and he bemoaned the fact the Giants had a three-game lead in the NFC East and could not take full control of the division when they had the chance.“Our goal is to win a championship every year and when you don’t win it, it’s an opportunity lost as far as I’m concerned,’’ Reese said. “We felt like there were some talented players on the roster, but it really doesn’t matter because we didn’t come together as a team at the right team." Read more...


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THE BERGEN RECORD

Giants' Notes: Cruz Control

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/niners_dump_jacobs_xodsqtZ1l3yQCJ8RZ42wIO


Excerpt: "Paterson native Victor Cruz expressed his desire to sign a long-term contract with the Giants after Sunday’s regular-season finale and general manager Jerry Reese said determining Cruz’s future is "part of the evaluation process" going forward.

"We obviously talked a little bit during the season about an extension with him, but it obviously didn’t work out, so we’ll see what happens during this off-season," said Reese, who added "everything’s on the table."

Cruz is seeking a multi-year deal, but he will be a restricted free agent, which means a tender that would likely pay him $2.879 million for next season could also be an option.

He finished his third season with 86 catches for 1,098 yards, 10 touchdowns and a trip to the Pro Bowl.

"I feel good about my season. I’m happy I got to get those one-year wonder questions out of my system," Cruz said Sunday. "Nobody can say that about me now." Read more...

Five Giants' Questions

http://www.northjersey.com/sports/185350962_Five_Giants_questions.html


Excerpt: "1. Can the pass rush get revved up again?

There will be some new faces, but the pressure will remain for the key members of this group — Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck — to step their games up. Osi Umenyiora is a free agent and likely to take a deal elsewhere. Mathias Kiwanuka could make the full-time transition back to defensive end and young players like Adewale Ojomo may get a shot.

2. What will the offensive line look like next season?

The left side, tackle Will Beatty and guard Kevin Boothe, might not be back. Each are free agents and, with solid campaigns as starters this year, likely will draw interest on the market.

Center David Baas played considerably better in his second season, but was limited by hip and shoulder issues. He and Pro Bowl RG Chris Snee (hip) likely will undergo off-season surgery, and veteran RT David Diehl could be a cap casualty.

3. Is David Wilson capable of taking over for Ahmad Bradshaw as the starter?

The Giants drafted David Wilson in the first round this spring with the expectation that he would one day become their every-down back. He showed flashes of brilliance, but Bradshaw is only 26 and has proven invaluable in pass protection. His toughness also is unmatched.

Bradshaw’s numerous injuries may lead the Giants to look to move on from his contract, which has two years remaining and a sizeable cap hit." Read more...

Playoffs And Answers Elude Giants This Year

http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/football/Playoffs_and_answers_elude_Giants_this_year.html?p age=all


Excerpt: 'Finally they did their part, battering an opponent decisively and defiantly, reclaiming the football dignity they’d squandered across two ugly, lopsided weeks. But even in victory, the Giants trudged off their home field for the final time this season cloaked in melancholy, the sting of lost opportunity battering them in alternating waves of victory and defeat.

A resounding 42-7 win over the division rival Eagles salvaged some of the pride these Giants had surrendered in Atlanta and Baltimore, but ultimately it was not enough to salvage the season. For a team that only one year ago sprinted off this same home field on the wings of a decisive win over a different division foe, this year’s 9-7 record is no match for last year’s identical mark, because this one wasn’t enough to earn a playoff berth. And without an invite to the post-season party, last season’s Super Bowl champions will not have the chance to defend their title.

The team that had all the answers last year, the one that staged stirring fourth-quarter comebacks and heroic late-season charges, the one that took an NFC East-clinching win over Dallas all the way to Manhattan’s ticker-tape cascade, never reemerged as this season reached its most critical points. Instead, a team that once owned its playoff fate ceded control to the out-of-town scoreboard, needing help from three other teams in addition to a win of its own.

Ultimately, it was the scoreboard that delivered the final dagger, shutting down the hopeful glances cast its way. Only minutes after the Giants exited the field, the Bears knelt away their win in Detroit, officially eliminating the Giants from the only football tournament that matters now, officially opening the post-mortem on a most confounding season.

“I’ll talk to the team [today], and what I really want to discuss with some of the players is: ‘What in the world was the last two weeks all about?’Ÿ” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said, channeling the voice of a fan base still reeling from the Baltimore/Atlanta losses by a combined score of 67-14. “Quite frankly, I’m anxious to find out if anybody has an opinion or an answer.”

The team that had all the answers last year has none this time around. The Giants never could duplicate the formula that gave us last season’s memorable championship run, never could unleash the confident fury that made them such a dangerous foe a year ago. They finished with the same record, but they were never the same team.

“It hurts,” quarterback Eli Manning said, filling the lead role in this ecstasy/agony play after throwing a career-best five touchdown passes — three in the first quarter alone. The gaudy statistics were little consolation for a two-time Super Bowl MVP who wanted nothing more than a shot at No. 3, who will clean out his locker today instead of preparing for practice, who will root instead for his brother, Peyton, to take the Broncos where the Giants can no longer go." Read more...


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While Carrying A Cloak Of Optimism, The Giants Are Trying On Remorse

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/01/sports/football/giants-insist-theyre-better-than-finish.html?ref=football&_r=0

Giants' Coach Tom Coughlin
challenged his players Sunday night to gather explanations for what happened to the team down the stretch this season, although by Monday morning, the concrete answers still had not come. They probably never will.


The Christmas decorations were down, the shiny gray garbage bags were out, and a new, unspoken feeling permeated the locker room, one that had not been felt in more than a year: regret.“You feel like you’ve been punched in the stomach a little bit,” defensive end Justin Tuck said Monday, the day after the team’s season ended. “You know we have a high-quality football team that could make a lot of noise in the playoffs if that would’ve happened, but it didn’t.”Wild swings of inconsistency haunted the Giants, the defending Super Bowl (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/s/super_bowl/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier) champions who missed the playoffs for a second time in three seasons. Personnel changes are inevitable in the coming days.General Manager Jerry Reese said an evaluation process was only just being started, and Coughlin indicated he wanted the entire coaching staff, including the defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, to return for 2013. But with nearly two dozen restricted and unrestricted free agents on the roster, there will certainly be tweaks.“I don’t think we’re that far off, to be honest,” Reese said. “This team will look different, but I think we have a good core coming back.”The defense will be examined most sharply. It dropped off significantly in almost every statistical category from the previous season. The Giants finished 31st in the league in total defense, 25th against the rush, 30th in third-down defense and 32nd in sacks, all with largely the same players that buoyed their championship run.Fewell, in his third year as the coordinator, took criticism, but Coughlin did not pin the blame solely on his work and system.“Based on what was said by Perry Fewell, the thing that was not happening was plays were not being made,” Coughlin said. “I don’t think the defense would disagree with you at all on that one.”Reese’s only real pointed comments Monday were directed at a defense that struggled down the stretch without forcing a turnover against Atlanta or Baltimore.“We expect our defense to play better than that,” Reese said. “We think we had some good players defensively. There were some plays that needed to be made that didn’t get made.”Linebacker Chase Blackburn and safeties Kenny Phillips and Stevie Brown are free agents, and there may be other changes in store. Defensive end Osi Umenyiora has already said he does not expect to be back; the same might be said for defensive back Corey Webster. Tuck said his four sacks this season were unacceptable." Read more...
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Giants Reflect On 2012; Begin 2013 Plan

http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Giants-reflect-on-2012-begin-2013-plan/f32cee15-6b29-4f12-95d7-34e97c5d3506

Coach Tom Coughlin and GM Jerry Reese begin 2013 planning for 2013

"One day after one of their biggest victories in years, the Giants today spoke only of loss.

And the biggest hurt of all was a lost opportunity – to win the NFC East, make the playoffs and defend the championship they won a year ago. They held a 2-game lead at one point in the division, but lost some key second-half games and did not qualify for the playoffs, despite their 42-7 thrashing of the Philadelphia Eagles in their season finale yesterday.

“The bar is set very high here and we didn’t get the job done,” general manager Jerry Reese said.

Coach Tom Coughlin held a final meeting with the 2012 Giants and it was not a particularly happy one.

“We are disappointed that our season is over, we are not happy that we’re not continuing to play. As I told the players, I don’t like the exit meeting. I don’t like it at all,” Coughlin said. “I don’t like saying goodbye. I don’t like the unfulfilled. A year ago, we walk from the last exit meeting to get on a bus to go to the Canyon of Heroes parade. That’s kind of where we are emotionally. It’s not an easy day, under any circumstances. To not be in the playoffs, is not, certainly not as the season began, what we would’ve expected.”

The Giants finished 9-7, the same regular-season record they had when they went on to win Super Bowl XLVI last year. But this season, that mark reduced them to postseason spectators.

“Our goal is to win a championship every year and when you don’t win it, it’s an opportunity lost as far as I’m concerned,” Reese said. “We felt like there were some talented players on the roster, but it really doesn’t matter because we didn’t come together as a team at the right time. We could’ve closed the division out a couple times and we didn’t get the job done. That’s really disappointing, because we had plenty of chances. You want to go into the season saying, ‘We have a nice roster. We’re going to be relevant.’ We were relevant up until yesterday and still had a slim shot to make it in Week 17, but we should’ve closed the division out a couple weeks before we even got to yesterday. We didn’t do it. That’s disappointing for us.”

“To be 9-7, yes, is much better than 8-8, no question about it,” said Coughlin. “(It’s) not good enough and I think all of our players are very much aware of that, that our goal was obviously to get into the tournament, we didn’t get to the tournament. So we’re disappointed in that. We did play some of the finest games that we’ve ever played here throughout the course of this season against very, very good football teams. But we weren’t able to sustain that week-in and week-out.”

Quarterback Eli Manning , who turns 32 on Thursday and will be in his 10th NFL season in 2013, admits these missed opportunities frustrate him more than they did five years ago.

“Definitely - just because you know as you get older, your seasons are becoming more limited,” Manning said. “In my nine years here, I’ve seen talented teams and have been on teams that weren’t as talented. We were able to get by with some things and win games, but we felt that we have talent, we have playmakers, we’ve got guys who get it, who understand what it takes to win, and play at a high level. To waste that opportunity is disappointing.”

Both Reese and Coughlin held season-ending news conferences today. They bared their disappointment, said they will evaluate the season and every player on the team and reminded everyone that teams always make changes in the offseason.

Neither man offered anything in the way of details. But Reese sounds as if the Giants can contend next season by tweaking the roster and not blowing it up.

“I don’t think we’re that far off, to be honest with you,” Reese said. “This team will look different next year, but I think we’ll have a good core of players coming back and I think we can see what we can do in free agency in the offseason. Of course, we always have the draft (the Giants own the 19th selection in the first round). We’ll start rebuilding a team and the evaluation process has started already. We put our heads together and we let our emotions die down a little bit and really step back and see what happened. Why are we not playing right now? There are 20 other teams having this same conversation right now. It’s not unique to us. Everybody goes into the season hoping that they’ll have a chance to make the playoffs and have a chance to play in the Super Bowl.”

Coughlin also said he sees the core of a championship team when he looks at the roster. But that doesn’t preclude the possibility of substantial changes being made.

“Nothing stays the same,” Coughlin said. “You’re going to have, you change. Some of your younger players have to develop, quite frankly, in more ways than just one. One of the things that you find a lot of times with young players is they struggle to get their arms around what the National Football League is all about. For some, it happens quick. For others, it doesn’t. There will be some people in that category that will be major surprises, and probably some that will be disappointments.”

Those young players might think they’ll see largely the same team when they report to training camp in the summer. But the veterans who have been around for a while know differently. They are aware players such as Chase Blackburn, Will Beatty, Lawrence Tynes, Kenny Phillips and Martellus Bennett are free agents.

“Each season, there are going to be changes,” Manning said. “That’s part of football. “There’s going to be new players coming in, teammates that you’ve been with for a number of years that aren’t going to be on the team anymore. So, it’s always something that you deal with as it comes up. I think that’s what’s upsetting. I think, mostly, it’s that we felt, I felt, that we had great talent on this team. We had a team that was very capable of making the playoffs, making a run, and a chance at winning a championship. When you have talent, and you have the guys that are committed, focused, and want to be good, and it’s important to them, you hate to waste those opportunities, because you just don’t know how many times you are ready to win a championship and you have everything in place.”

Defensive end and captain Justin Tucj said the Giants have the key elements in place to contend for a championship next season.

“When you talk about championship teams it always starts with the quarterback position,” Tuck said. “I think we have a great one and then you go to just the sum of the parts. Our offensive line is intact. Yes, everyone says they’re getting old, but they kept Eli clean for a lot of games this year and they played well. We have a 1,000-yard runner (in Ahmad Bradshaw). We’ve got young wide receivers that are up-and-coming and continuing to seem to get better. We have some holes in our defense as far as stopping the run and it will be something that we’ll definitely evaluate strongly this offseason scheme-wise and personnel, but I still feel very confident in our scheme. I still feel very confident in the talent that we have on defense. That’s the same defense that in those last six games last year shut people down and for whatever reason that didn’t happen for us this year, but I have no reason to doubt we’ll have the opportunity to turn that around next year.”

*Reese was asked whether he expects to reach a long-term contract agreement with wide receiver Victor Cruz.

“All that is part of the evaluation process,” Reese said. “Obviously, we talked a little during the season about an extension with him, but obviously it didn’t work out. We’ll see what happens during this offseason.”

*Defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who just completed his 10th season with the Giants, said last week that he understands the common thought that he will play somewhere else next season. Reese sidestepped a question about whether that might be true.

“The evaluation process will take care of itself,” Reese said. “Osi has been a terrific player for us. I tell you guys this all the time, he’s one of my all-time favorite players in the National Football League. Not just Giant, all-time favorite players. I was happy to see him stay healthy this season and when he’s a healthy guy, he’s another guy that has some tread left on his tires. He’s still got a lot of football left in him.”

*Coughlin was asked whether, after a season with so many peaks and valleys, he ever feels like he doesn’t want to coach anymore.

“No, but I’ll say this to you, the losing part is hard,” Coughlin said. “It’s very hard. It gets harder and harder, I think, the older that you get. The competition and the winning is what fire you, what gives you the true, true desire to seek more. But the losing part is very difficult to get over.”


GIANTS 101

Giants' Impending Free Agents: Early Look At Who's Likely To Go and Who's Likely To Stay

http://www.giants101.com/2012/12/31/...-likely-to-go/ (http://www.giants101.com/2012/12/31/new-york-giants-impending-free-agents-early-look-at-who-is-likely-to-stay-and-who-is-likely-to-go/)

Excerpt: "As we mentioned in our New York Giants 2012 eulogy (http://www.giants101.com/2012/12/31/new-york-giants-final-monday-morning-hangover-a-quick-eulogy-and-eventful-offseason-ahead/) after the very bitter and teensy-bit-sweet 42-7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles (http://www.giants101.com/2012/12/30/new-york-giants-dismantle-philadelphia-eagles-42-7-but-are-eliminated-from-playoffs/), one of the biggest challenges facing Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin (http://www.giants101.com/tag/tom-coughlin/) are the expiring contracts of familiar faces.

There'll be a lot more to say about the guys under high-salary contracts who might be asked to renegotiate or given the axe altogether, but let's start here and take a look at the Giants facing unrestricted free agency. To be sure, there are some key names on this list.

Osi Umenyiora (http://www.giants101.com/tag/osi-umenyiora/)

Umenyiora is all but gone and has said himself it is highly unlikely he returns to the team. All signs point to his long-contentious but productive career with the Giants coming to an end.

It's not out of the question that Umenyiora sees a much weaker than anticipated market for his services. He says he wants to be a starter, but if reality ends up forcing him to accept a pass-rush specialist role it's possible he decides to stay in Blue to do it.

At the end of the day, Osi likely departs and goes down in history as another cog in the Giants legacy of fierce pass rushers.

Kenny Phillips (http://www.giants101.com/tag/kenny-phillips/)

Kenny has long been one of this writer's favorite Giants, so it's hard for me to think about 21 in another uniform. His talent as an above average starting-caliber NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) safety shouldn't be in doubt, but the chronic knee issues become paramount.

It really comes down to whether another team wants to make a big-money investment given Phillips' medical sheet. The Giants would presumably have the edge in deciding whether or not to compete with offers made to Phillips since they should know the player better than anyone, but personally we'd love to see the two parties work out a deal.

The Giants do have an expensive safety on the roster in Antrel Rolle and some good young talent in Will Hill and Stevie Brown (who is also a free agent), so it will be interesting to see how this one plays out." Read more...






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"Kudos And Wet Willies" Review Of Giants Vs. Eagles

http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/12/31/3820046/giants-42-eagles-7-kudos-wet-willies-review

Excerpt: "The New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) ended their 2012 season with a 42-7 throttling of the Philadelphia Eagles (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/philadelphia-eagles). We end 2012 with our final regular season 'Kudos & Wet Willies.' There might eventually be an overall 'K&WW' for the season, but this one will strictly deal with Sunday's performance.

Kudos to ...

Ahmad Bradshaw (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/16768/ahmad-bradshaw) -- Reached the 1,000-yard milestone for the second time in his career with a 16-carry, 107-yard performance. Also caught a 41-yard pass. Bradshaw remains productive (4.4 yards per carry in 2012), but it will be interesting to see if the Giants want to rely on his troublesome feet going forward.Reuben Randle -- Four catches, two touchdowns on Sunday. Randle caught 19 passes as a rookie and should have a bright future.

David Wilson (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/152687/david-wilson) -- Fifteen carries Sunday for 75 yards. I would have to ask him to be sure, but I think Wilson comes out of his rookie season knowing that the NFL is not all fun and games, and that you have to earn whatever you get. It says here that Wilson has to be the primary back in 2013.

Eli Manning (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2235/eli-manning) -- Five touchdown passes Sunday, a career-best for Manning. At least he has a good performance to take into the off-season after what was a sub-par season for the two-time Super Bowl MVP.

Henry Hynoski (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/130890/henry-hynoski) -- Who really cares about the rest of it, we got to see a Hynoski touchdown on Sunday. And it gave birth to this:" Read more...


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Antrel Rolle: Defense Needs To Get On The Same Page Moving Forward

http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/5794


Excerpt: "Giants safety Antrel Rolle didn’t do a very good job of hiding his disappointment when it was pointed out to him that for the second year in a row, the Giants defense finished near the bottom of the league.

“I take a lot of pride in our defenses and what we bring to the table to present, and a lot of times you can get caught up with numbers in the NFL as far as ranking and things like that,” he said.

But then he allowed the obvious, that at times this year the Giants defense was either very good or very bad, a trend that drove head coach Tom Coughlin crazy and one which Rolle said needs to be corrected.Rolle, who said he planned to speak with Coughlin to share some feedback on how to fix what has hurt the defense, initially didn’t want to go into specifics.

But then he began to open up into what he viewed as some of the problems the unit has faced this season.

“The main focus point is trying to find that focus area where you’re playing on a more consistent basis, doing the things you’re taught to do and making the plays when the opportunities present themselves and just being a better defense all the way around,” he said.

“Having more fight, have a lot more attitude in our play – I think that’s going to play a huge part.“

And more importantly, understanding the defense and all the ins and outs – not just your assignment per say just understanding the entire defense. I think that played a huge role in a lot of big plays that happened against us this year also.”

Rolle, who said that he believes the Giants have enough quality players in the locker room to turn things around, said he doesn’t think that players were doing more gambling within the schemes this year, but strongly hinted that there might have been instances where all 11 guys maybe didn’t understand the entire concept of a scheme and that led to some freelancing that in turn backfired on them.

“In football, everything is X’s and O’s. If you play within those X’s and O’s, more times than not, you’ll be ok,” he said.

“Sometimes you’re required to play outside of the box. If you see something, go get it, but it all has to be within the defense. You never want to go out there and leave another person hanging because you might see something.

“You have to play within the defense and more importantly, just understand what’s being asked of you on a specific play.” Read more...



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Jets Granted Permission To Interview Marc Ross

http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/21448/jets-granted-permission-to-interview-ross

Excerpt: "The New York Giants (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants) have granted the New York Jets (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyj/new-york-jets) permission to talk to Marc Ross.

Ross, the team's director of college scouting, is a hot name for potential general manager openings around the league. ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported last week that Ross will be a leading candidate for Carolina's GM opening.

The Jets fired Mike Tannenbaum (http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/8795617/new-york-jets-fire-mike-tannenbaum-rex-ryan-keep-job) on Monday morning and a source confirmed that the Jets reached out to the Giants for permission to talk to Ross, which was first reported by NFL Network." Read more...

Nicks Might Have Needed Up To Two Months Off

http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/21468/nicks-mightve-needed-up-to-two-months-off

Excerpt: "Haleem Nicks hopes to avoid surgery on a balky knee that probably could have used up to eight weeks of rest this season according to the receiver.

“We’re still talking right now about the details of the injuries,” Nicks said.

Nicks played through pain in his knee after injuring it in the second game of the season against Tampa Bay. Already playing with pain in his surgically repaired foot, Nicks missed the next three games and revealed that the medical staff told him initially the knee injury could require up to two months of rest.

“It was kind of up in the air,” Nicks said. “I think initially they were talking six-to-eight weeks and then they told me as soon as two weeks and the longest eight weeks. Dealing with injuries in the past, I always had a knack for coming back fast.

“I felt like I tried,” said Nicks, who experienced swelling in his knee throughout parts of the season. “It got better and lightened up as the year went on, but I never quite got back to myself.”

Nicks, who visibly was hobbled throughout the season, finished his fourth season with a career-low 692 yards receiving and three touchdowns in 13 games. He had 53 receptions but none in the final two games. He played just one snap during Sunday’s season-finale victory over Philadelphia while Rueben Randle (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14911/rueben-randle) was featured in his place.

Nicks said he did not risk further damage to his knee by playing on it.

“I didn’t make it worse,” Nicks said. “It was just a situation where I was just gutting it out and I wanted to play for the team and for myself. It was a situation where I felt like if I was sitting I would have been miserable, so I felt like if I was just out there trying to give it whatever I had, everything would work out.” Read more...

Osi: "Now Is Probably The Time To Move ON"

http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/21486/osi-now-is-probably-time-to-move-on

Excerpt: "Osi Umenyiora's ready to move on.

The defensive end said during his weekly spot on ESPN New York 98.7 that “now is probably time to move on.”

“I feel fortunate to be able to play 10 years in New York,” he said on The Michael Kay Show. “It was a great run. I think now is probably time to move on.”

Umenyiora is seeking a new lucrative contract and a starting position -- both of which will likely take place elsewhere.

“There’s really not much left for me to accomplish here in New York,” Umenyiora said of the timing of moving on to another team. “Look at things that have been done here, what is there that is to be done that I haven’t done?

“We won a championship twice,” he continued. “I think I’ve been a Pro Bowl player. Everything has pretty much gone better than I could have imagined in New York. So if there is a time to leave, it probably would be now but there is no telling what would happen.” Read more...

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PFF ReFo: Eagles @ Giants, Week 17

https://www.profootballfocus.com/blo...iants-week-17/ (https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2013/01/01/refo-eagles-giants-week-17/)

Excerpt: "The New York Giants took care of business in their Week 17 encounter, ending the year on a hot note, like they have done more than once in recent times. However, this time they didn’t get the help they needed to make the postseason and have a shot at retaining their Championship.

The poor run of form earlier in the season had left them needing help from elsewhere that never came and, consequently, hammering Philadelphia by 35 points and finally consigning the Andy Reid-era to the history books will have to be enough as the Giants slink off into the offseason wondering where it went wrong.

The Eagles finally looked like a team that had simply given up on 2012 and were waiting on the sweeping changes to come. They scored once all game, and, in truth, seemed inevitably marching to an ugly end, which is a sad way for a fantastic coaching tenure to finish — though perhaps it fits their 2012 season perfectly.

New York – Three Performances of Note

Justin Tuck Starts His Playoff Form

For the past few seasons Justin Tuck has been AWOL for much of the regular season only to turn it on late in the season and impress himself upon the postseason as the Giants make their run to the title. This season he seemed to stick to the same plan, showing up in 34 snaps this week for his best game of the year, but unfortunately for him the Giants won’t be in the postseason for him to continue it.Tuck rushed the passer 26 times in the game, used largely as a sub-package player in that regard, and notched a sack, hit and two more hurries, which was better than any other Giant managed.

Jason Pierre-Paul, the player Tuck has essentially been replaced by as the stud in that defense, was rather curiously blanked in the game, notching no pressure at all from 36 rushes, though he did make a couple of nice plays in the run game.

Dominant Interior

The middle three of the Giants’ offensive line came to work in this game, as you might have been able to guess if you’d seen the running backs for New York charging upfield for huge gains time after time. David Baas has the best day of the three, with none of them surrendering any pressure, but Baas in particular was dominant in the run game. Whether it was sealing defensive tackles away from the point of attack or working through to the second level and swallowing up linebackers, Baas just recorded a constant stream of positive grades in this game, and the Giants’ runners can consider him a big part of their day.

Eli Bounces Back

Whatever happened to Eli Manning for a time this season it was gone in this game, though I suppose it’s fair to say playing the Eagles might do that. Manning attempted just 20 passes, and scored five touchdowns, meaning that one in every four balls he threw went for a score. Any way you slice it that is a pretty efficient day at the office. He was aided by a ground game that looked capable of knocking out a first down any time they wanted to, as well as eating up the yardage if they needed to move the chains and improve field position. The line was also keeping him clean, surrendering pressure on just six drop-backs and leading to one of his better graded games of the season.

Game Notes– FB Henry Hynoski scored a touchown and then broke out the ‘Hynocerous dance’, something that would earn him a fortune should he turn it into a poster anytime soon.– Eagles WRs combined for just 101 yards receiving from 23 targets.– LeSean McCoy accounted for 105 yards from 15 touches.

PFF Game Ball

Tough to look past anybody that throws as efficiently as Eli Manning did, but David Baas earns the Game Ball with a fantastic display in the middle." Read more...



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MISCELLANEOUS

Public Perception Of Tony Romo, Wrapped Up In One Play

http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/01/public-perception-of-tony-romo-wrapped-up-in-one-play/?ref=football


Excerpt: "The knock on Tony Romo is that he can’t win in clutch situations, particularly late in the season.

The truth is that, before 2012, Romo posted the exact same 97.1 passer rating in December and January as he did in prior months.

That included a 2011 season in which he quietly recorded a remarkable 115.9 passer rating in the season’s final month. In 2012, Romo actually continued his late-season success; even including Sunday night’s horrific showing, Romo’s passer rating this past December was 101.2.

None of that matters much in regard to how Romo will continue to be perceived. With everything on the line against the Redskins — a playoff berth and the N.F.C. East crown — Romo laid an egg. I tracked 8 of Romo’s 37 passes as being off-target — about twice his normal rate — and all three of his interceptions were mostly his fault.

Despite playing at a near-elite level over much of the second half of the season, Romo will have to suffer through another off-season of torment for failing to perform against the Redskins in a prime-time game in the national spotlight. More specifically, he’s going to have to relive one particular play again and again." Read more...

Niners Dump Jacobs

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/niners_dump_jacobs_xodsqtZ1l3yQCJ8RZ42wIO


NFL Black Monday: Five Coaches, Three GMs Fired, More firings Expected

http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/201...e_coaches.html (http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2012/12/nfl_black_monday_five_coaches.html)

Excerpt: "It's "Black Monday'' in the NFL.

Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum (http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2012/12/mike_tannenbaum_fired_as_jets.html#incart_flyout_s ports) wasn't the only NFL executive to get fired today. In all, six coaches and four GMs have been fired today, the day after the end of the 2012 season.

So far, Andy Reid (http://www.nj.com/eagles/index.ssf/2012/12/andy_reid_fired_as_coach_of_th.html#incart_river)o f the Eagles, Romeo Crennel (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8795543/kansas-city-chiefs-dump-coach-romeo-crennel-keep-gm-scott-pioli-now) of the Kansas City Chiefs, Chan Gailey of the Buffalo Bills and Pat Shurmur of the Cleveland Browns have been fired. Browns GM Tom Heckert (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8795601/pat-shurmur-gm-tom-heckert-fired-cleveland-browns) and Jacksonville GM Gene Smith (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8795520/gene-smith-jacksonville-jaguars-fired) have been fired, and even Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, whose team finished 10-6 this season, has been fired (http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/8795815/chicago-bears-fire-lovie-smith-missing-playoffs-report).

The San Diego Chargers, as expected, let go of both head coach Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith (http://www.chargers.com/news/article-1/Smith-Turner-Will-Not-Return-in-13/b68adc3e-71e6-4a12-9882-1dcd989af733), after the Chargers went 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the third consecutive year, and the Arizona Cardinals have reportedly likewise fired coach Ken Whisenhunt and GM Rod Graves (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000120412/article/cardinals-fire-gm-rod-graves-coach-ken-whisenhunt)." Read more...

Old Giant
01-01-2013, 09:03 AM
It is a long time till April. Somehow, and I don't know how, they have got to figure out what goes wrong every season under TC by the ninth game. Why are we not consistant competitors like the Pack and NE. Same people that won the SB, but not the same team.

Thanks RF!

RoanokeFan
01-01-2013, 09:13 AM
It is a long time till April. Somehow, and I don't know how, they have got to figure out what goes wrong every season under TC by the ninth game. Why are we not consistant competitors like the Pack and NE. Same people that won the SB, but not the same team.

Thanks RF!

That process has already started, hopefully they will make the moved necessary to get us back into contention.

EnragedYouth85
01-01-2013, 10:41 AM
Thanks Roanoke!

GameTime
01-01-2013, 10:44 AM
Thanks Ro...
another year older and another year wiser.......
well deffinitely older....

BigBlue1971
01-01-2013, 10:57 AM
happy New Year to all Giants' fans and their families!

thanks Roanoke!

BeatYale
01-01-2013, 02:37 PM
Thanks bro. Happy New Year.

Captain Chaos
01-01-2013, 04:33 PM
Happy New Year Roanoke! Thanks for posting, look forward to another year!

ashleymarie
01-01-2013, 05:06 PM
Tks.

RoanokeFan
01-01-2013, 11:02 PM
Thanks Roanoke!

You're welcome

RoanokeFan
01-01-2013, 11:02 PM
Tks.

You're welcome

RoanokeFan
01-01-2013, 11:03 PM
Happy New Year Roanoke! Thanks for posting, look forward to another year!

Happt New Year to you and yours. It all starts now

G-Men Surg.
01-02-2013, 12:12 AM
HAPPY NEW YEAR RF, God Bless !

RoanokeFan
01-02-2013, 07:52 AM
HAPPY NEW YEAR RF, God Bless !

And the same to you