DALLAS COWBOYS' JASON WITTEN HINTS ELI MANNING IS A BETTER QB THAN TONY ROMO
"On the heels of Amani
Toomer calling Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo
the premiere quarterback in the NFC East, tight end Jason
Witten was quick to accept the compliment on behalf of his teammate, but
stopped short of agreeing with the retired wide receiver. Although he
acknowledged his belief that Romo is an elite athlete, he wouldn't go as far as
to say he's more talented or valuable than Eli Manning.
"I think he's an elite league quarterback," Witten said of Romo. "Many people have said that. I think
that's great that Amani said that, but at the end of the day, Eli is a Super
Bowl champ. He's won two out of the last five years. They're doing a lot of good
things right up there. They're the poster boys of how you do it and not let
adversity get in the way because of where they're at."
It's an interesting stance for Witten to take, but being complimentary of Big
Blue is nothing new for him. Back in early April, he praised both Martellus Bennet and tight end coach Mike Pope,
saying he expects big things from his former teammate in 2012.
More to the point, the support for Toomer's argument has been greatly
lacking. Even Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in late January that the biggest difference between the two teams is Eli Manning. Needless to
say, the endorsements for Romo, either before or after Toomer's comments, have
not been ringing.
In seven years in the NFL, Romo has one playoff win, while Manning has earned
himself two Super Bowl MVP awards. If you want to win football
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HISTORICAL NY GIANTS' CLIPS: 2004 VS, DALLAS COWBOYS
"Historical New York Giants clips is a weekly Giants 101 feature that
takes a look back at vintage video of Big Blue, both in color and black and
white, over the course of their illustrious history. Whether it's a win or a
loss, the purpose of this feature is to help educate newer generations of Giants
fans and to bring older generations of Giants fans back in time. Enjoy.
2004 was a transition year for the New York Giants. Quarterback Kerry Collins left via free
agency and signed with the Oakland Raiders, while Big Blue brought in veteran
Kurt Warner to help tutor rookie first-round pick (acquired in a trade with San
Manning. And despite a surprising 5-3 start to the season, the team opted to
with Manning in place of a struggling Warner in week 10. Unfortunately, the move
backfired and the Manning-led Giants would lose seven straight games (eight
total in the streak), dropping their record to 5-10 entering the final week of
Following an embarrassing loss to the Baltimore Ravens in week 14, pressure
was beginning to mount on the rookie. And despite quality performances in both
week 15 and 16, there stood a realistic possibility that the youngest Manning
would go winless in his first (partial) NFL season.
Trailing the Dallas
Cowboys 16-7 at the start of the 4th quarter, Manning had only 15 minutes left
to turn things around and earn himself, and his team, a victory.
They say hindsight is 20/20, so what would happen next has become common
place in Giants land. At the time however, fans had not yet seen the 4th quarter
magic that defines their now famous and respected leader.
On the very first play of the quarter, Manning would hit David
Tyree -someone he will forever be tied to in history- for a 15-yard
touchdown to bring the game within two points. Three minutes later, Eli would
hit running back Tiki
Barber for his third touchdown pass of the game, giving Big Blue a 21-16
lead with 11:51 remaining.
Vinny Testaverde and Julius Jones promptly led America's Team back down the
field for a score and two-point conversion, regaining a 24-21 lead with little
time left on the clock. But as we've learned over the years, no lead is safe
when Manning has the ball in his hands on that final drive.
As we've all become accustomed, Eli would lead Big Blue right down the field
and give them an opportunity to win. And on the final play of the game, when
noticing that the safeties had dropped back, he audibled into a run, handed the
ball off to Barber who took it in for the game-winning score.
It marked Manning's first win as a member of the Giants, the first of many
late-game comebacks, and was also the game in which Barber became the Giants'
all-time leading rusher."GIANTS' TERRELL THOMAS CLEARED FOR TRAINING CAMP WITH "NO LIMITATIONS"
"With two weeks remaining before the first training camp practice in Albany,
Giants cornerback Terrell
Thomas has been cleared by his doctor to take part in all practices with
absolutely no limitations. T2 made the announcement via his blog on Saturday afternoon, and expressed
his anxiety to take the next step toward his long awaited return.
"I just left the doctor’s office; I am all cleared for camp," Thomas wrote.
"I have no limitations entering camp; obviously they will be monitoring me
throughout camp. It will be in the hands of Ronnie Barnes who has been
protecting me thus far. I just want to thank the Giants organization, Dr. Arthur
Ting, John Meyer, my agent, my family and everyone who got me to this
After tearing his ACL last August during a preseason game against the Chicago
Bears, it has been a long, tumultuous road back for Thomas. Earlier in the
offseason, he seemed, at times, uncertain of his future with the team as free
agency loomed. However, in early March, Big Blue re-signed him to a four-year
deal that could potentially be worth up to $28 million.
"The road just started; I have a lot of work to do. I just want to let you
know that I have been working real hard," he wrote. "I am determined to get to
the same form as last year and to be a great addition to our secondary. I am
looking forward to making the playoffs and hope for a shot to
Thomas also revealed that he will share a token of his appreciation with the
fans for their continued support by giving away 2,400 "T2" t-shirts on Saturday,
July 28th – the first day of training camp.
T2 will compete with Prince Amukamara, Justin Tryon, Michael Coe, rookie
Jayron Hosley and others in camp, but should he return to form, is the clear-cut
favorite to win back his starting job."BIG BLUE VIEW PRESEASON ALL-NFC EAST TEAM - QUARTERBACK
"I'm sure you guys have been waiting for this one. We come to the quarterback
position today as we vote for the Big Blue View Preseason All-NFC East Team.
We already know how this one is going to turn out, despite what Amani Toomer
says. Eli Manning of
the New York Giants is
going to be the overwhelming choice. If he isn't an investigation will need to
be launched. Along with that will come plenty of Tony Romo trashing
in the commentary, and maybe a few voices defending him. There will be some Michael Vick
hatred spewed, which is really totally unnecessary. There will be some
discussion of how good or bad Robert
Griffin III might be one day.
I am not going to give you guys a statistical breakdown or anything else. You
don't need it. Just play nice when the arguments start or when the fans of the
other NFC East teams drop by.
GIANTS' ANN MARA: LAST OF A DYING BREED
"The history of a thirty-eight year-old Tim Mara purchasing a New York football
team for five-hundred dollars (some debate it was two-thousand five hundred) in
October of 1925 is well-known to the educated Giants fan. So is the fact that a
thirteen year-old Wellington Mara (along with brother, Jack) was given
ownership four years later in 1929.
The history of the franchise and the Mara's is rich, but one person
that deserves mention and recognition is the ever-present matriarch and
protector: Ann (Mumm) Mara. Mrs. Mara remains a very visible fixture with her
boys in blue.
Many give the credit to Mara for having the Giants sideline on the
sunny side, when in actuality that dates back to Tim Mara’s wife Elizabeth in
1925 at the Polo Grounds—as recalled by Wellington himself:
“We were sitting on the Giants side of the field, and it was chilly.
My mother complained to my father that we were sitting in the shade. 'Why
couldn’t we sit where we’d be nice and warm?’ So, the next game, and from then
on, the Giants were in the sun.”
Tradition is huge with Big Blue as is maintaining a certain level of
continuity with the team as well as with the family; the Mara's never changed
this line of thinking. There’s no way Mrs. Mara didn’t remind Wellington of this
“sunny side” during the building and eventual opening of Giants Stadium in 1976
and again to John Mara
regarding the New Meadowlands Stadium/MetLife in 2010.
very first time on the field wasn’t until 2001, believe it or not, and it was at
home at Giants Stadium—after the 41-0 drubbing of the Minnesota Vikings en route
to Super Bowl XXXV. From then on, she never looked back. She got a taste of
that bonding and continued getting to know her “children”—eventually celebrating
again with them.
"Let me tell you about Green
Bay," she said. "This is before we even got to the stadium on Lombardi Ave.,
before it was Lombardi this and Lombardi that. This was at the hotel the night
before [in Appleton, Wis.]. They even had a Lombardi Steakhouse, with a letter
from my husband framed on the wall. All this Lombardi around you, no matter
where you turned, and all I could think was, 'Vinny used to sleep on our
couch!’… 1040 Park Ave. We didn't know at the time we had an immortal sleeping
on the hideaway."
Gotta love mama Mara! She doesn’t back down and she shows that she,
too, has the heart of a Giant. She was even hyped up a week prior post-NFC
Divisional win versus the Dallas Cowboys.
"What do I know?" she said, before she goes to Arizona for Super Bowl
Week. "I was happy enough after we beat the Cowboys. I thought that was our
championship game…All those Sundays, all the way back to the Polo Grounds. Who
could have known there could still be a few more like this?"
A few more, indeed. The 2011 Giants season gave her more to
celebrate—and more to show her loyal side over. This past January, Mrs. Mara got
on the field after the NFC Championship win versus the San Francisco 49ers and
poked at former NFL quarterback
(now FOX broadcast analyst) Terry
Bradshaw and shouted:
“Hey! Excuse me!” she said during an interview with Giants wide
receiver, Victor Cruz. “You never pick the Giants!” while waving her finger at
him—forcing the HOF QB to apologize and recover: “I’m sorry,” Bradshaw said then
(turning to the cameras), “I'm getting hammered for not picking the
Mrs. Wellington Mara is very much like her team and head coach
Tom Coughlin has confessed such.
“I know that in many ways, many times Mrs. Mara’s attitude is
reflective of the way that we would hope our team plays. She has great energy
and tremendous interest and she is so interested in the team playing well and
Much like the head coach, Ann Mara doesn’t let injury stop her either. She had a
fall and she broke her right shoulder after receiving Communion at Mass hours
after the Giants win in Candlestick Park.
“…But other than this,” she said, looking at her right shoulder in a
sling, “I’m fine now. I’m just sore, and black and blue.”
That didn’t stop her from flying to Indianapolis and watching her New Yorkhttp://www.giants101.com/
Giants win and hoist another Lombardi Trophy. She was right there, too,
BIG BLUE VIEW
GIANTS' 2012 TRAINING CAMP PREVIEW: RECEIVERS
"Part 3 of our 2012 training camp preview examines the receivers.
The Players: Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Domenik Hixon,
Rueben Randle (R), Jerrel Jernigan, Ramses Barden, Dan DePalma, Isaiah Stanback,
Brandon Collins (R), David Douglas (R), Julian Talley (R)
The Storylines: The biggest story line is the injury to
starter Nicks, whose 12-week recovery period from surgery to insert a screw into
his broken foot will cause him to miss all of training camp, barring a
With Nicks sidelined, that means more reps from the younger receivers who are
competing for the third wide out spot. Those candidates include Hixon, Jerrel
Jernigan, Barden, and Randle.
Hixon, who will likely start camp in Nicks’ spot, is coming off his second
consecutive knee surgery. A reliable receiver who rarely makes mental errors,
the team is hoping that Hixon’s knee holds up throughout the summer and that he
has the same pre-injury explosiveness he once had.
Randle, this year’s second-round draft pick, has been touted as “NFL Ready”
by the front office, but the coaching staff, which showing optimism, isn’t quite
ready to slap that label on the rookie. While Randle did look semi polished with
his route running and in catching the ball, a reason often overlooked by many
yet which is so important in the Giants offense is that the outside receivers
need to be able to block down field.
Nicks has never been afraid to mix it up when he’s had to, and in fact, last
year, he was instrumental in throwing several key down field blocks that helped
spring teammates for more yardage. If Randle can show that same tenacity, run
good routes, and show he’s reliable with the ball in his hands at this level,
that will help his chances.
Jernigan, at 5-8, 189 lbs., is the smallest of all the receivers. His size
could be a concern with putting him in a role requiring being physical against
the bigger NFL cornerbacks. In all likelihood, Jernigan will earn his living on
Barden will look to rebound from last year when, after spending the first six
weeks of the season on PUP, he was inactive for the regular season finale
against Dallas and the entire post season. His lack of special teams play likely
caused him to fall behind Jernigan, then a rookie, on the team’s depth chart and
could be a concern this summer if he doesn’t step up on offense..
Keep an Eye On: Barden was one of the players praised by
head coach Tom Coughlin for having had a strong showing this past spring. The
problem, though, with Barden, is he has traditionally looked great in practice,
but has been unable to transfer that to the game-day field.
From what I can gather, the team still likes what Barden has to offer in
terms of his size, strength, and speed where he can create mismatches against
smaller defensive backs. However, Barden, in the last year of his rookie
contact, needs to transfer the level of production he generates in practice over
to the field, plain and simple, especially considering that the doesn’t play
One other note about Barden. I wrote in my observations from the spring
practices that he seemed to make just about every reception more difficult than
it needed to be. In looking back over my notes, I made note of the times when
Barden left his feet to make a catch that, if he had stayed on the ground, he
would have ensured a decent distance between himself and the defender.
The pressure is on Barden to show he was worth the third-round pick the
Giants spent on him back in 2009. But the way to prove his value is to focus on
making plays and not trying to make every opportunity worthy of the evening
Predictions: Nicks should be ready for opening day, but how
effective he’ll be is another story. Regardless, I think that, assuming there
are no unexpected injuries, Nicks, Cruz, Hixon, Randle, Jernigan and Barden will
be the six. I also think if Brandon Collins continues to impress, he could find
a spot on the practice squad.
I wasn’t wowed by Talley, the young receiver out of UMass, who some are
hoping is the next Cruz. During the spring workouts, I didn’t see him separate
from defenders, so unless that’s something he show this preseason, I think he’s
going to have a tough time find sticking around. I also wasn’t blown away by
what I saw from DePalma, thoughi’m giving him a pass considering he was coming
back from hip surgery this past spring and that might have played into what I
thought was a lack of overall quickness ."http://www.insidefootball.com/
THE RED ZONE
JUSTIN TUCK'S FACEMASK MAKE IT TO "MADDEN 13"
"Last month, Justin Tuck ignited the internet — and likely
induced nightmares — by introducing the new facemask he’ll be donning this upcoming
While the apparatus was much-discussed, its popularity steadily grew, and now
has made its way to the virtual world.
EA Sports, makers of the popular ‘Madden’ video game franchise, recently released a photo of Tuck in “Madden NFL 13.” As you can tell,
they have the Giants’ defensive captain equipped with the new grill as he stares
deep into your soul.
Though, despite his intimidating, almost-villainous appearance, Tuck called
upon Schutt Sports to re-design the mask in order to prevent further aggravation
of his neck, which many opponents have accessibly targeted over the years.
Tuck apparently grew tired of dealing with the nagging injuries, so now he
gets to rush passers looking like Hannibal Lecter. Awesome."
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