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NEWARK STAR LEDGER
TOM COUGHLIN DISAPPOINTED WITH GIANTS' PREPARATION
Excerpt: "The day after the Giants' 24-17 season-opening loss to the Cowboys, coach Tom Coughlin was just as displeased with his team's performance as he was last night."Still disappointed," Coughlin said today. "That hasn’t changed."
Part of his disappointment stemmed from his belief that the team did not practice and prepare well enough for a game they felt they should have had a better shot of winning. Bluntly, Coughlin said, "two of the three practices last week, quite frankly, weren’t good enough."
He presented a message along those lines to his team today, hoping they return Monday -- after a weekend off -- determined to get to work." Read more...
"There will be a renewed conviction about preparation and practice," Coughlin said. "We do know that we have a lot of work to do. The players, their eyes are open to the fact that we lost a football game we certainly felt we had a great chance to win. Had our level of play been a little bit better, we may have been able to do something about the outcome."
GIANTS' PRINCE AMUKAMARA "HOPPING" ALONG IN IS RECOVERY FROM A HIGH ANKLE SPRAIN
Excerpt: "Though he can’t run yet, Prince Amukamara can hop. That’s a good sign.
“Yeah, it feels a lot better. I’ve been hopping on it a little bit,” the Giants’ cornerback, who is working his way back from a high-ankle-sprain suffered in the preseason, said today. “You know when you have an injury, you try to hop on it and just to do stuff to see if you can do stuff. You can today (more) than you could the other day. That’s how I know I’m progressing.”
The Giants, having lost Terrell Thomas for the season, are banged up at corner right now and suffered another injury in the loss to the Cowboys with Michael Coe’s tweaked hamstring. Amukamara missed the game but is hoping he’ll be back for the matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2.
“Of course, I really want to be back out there but this type of injury, the trainers are telling me it takes time, so I’m still taking it day by day,” Amukamara said. “If there was a magic pill that could make it feel better right now, I’d definitely be up to taking it. I’m just doing everything I can in the training room. When I can get out there, I’ll get out there.” Read more...
GIANTS' HAKEEM NICKS HOPES TO BE HIMSELF IN ONE OR TWO WEEKS
Excerpt: "Hakeem Nicks was "a little sore" today, understandable after the receiver played a full game just three months after fracturing the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot.
The next step? Feeling like himself."Once I get into the swing of things, I can do a little more," Nicks said.
"Right now it’s been a short training camp for me. I limited myself on the field, not being able to practice as much as I want to, but it’s a matter of maintaining and not prolonging this foot injury so I’m all for that. I’m sure I’ll be myself here in about another game or two. It’s just a matter of me playing and getting through it." Read more...
TOM COUGHLIN EXPLAINS HIS DECISION TO BENCH DAVID WILSON
Excerpt: "Tom Coughlin rattled the statistic off with conviction. The Giants are 46-9, good for an .840 winning percentage, during his tenure when they win the turnover battle, Coughlin highlighted. So when rookie running back David Wilson lost a fumble on his second career carry to terminate a promising drive in Cowboys' territory last night, Coughlin made a resolute decision: he kept his backup running back off the field.
"It's more, 'Let the veteran play and let's hope we don't have another occasion to shoot ourselves in the foot,'" Coughlin said today to reporters, a day after his Giants' tied the Cowboys in the turnover tally but lost 24-17." Read more...
GIANTS VS. COWBOYS GAME REVIEW: DAVID WILSON AND CRYING IN FOOTBALL
Excerpt: "There was moisture under David Wilson’s left eyeball on Wednesday night after the rookie fumbled. That much I can confirm.
Whether it was sweat or a tear, I have no idea. But this much I’ll tell you: If the Giants’ rookie was crying, I’m plenty okay with that.
With lots of hot topics coming out of the Giants’ season-opening loss to the Dallas Cowboys -- from the questionable officiating, to the issues on offense for the Giants and so forth -- Wilson’s moment on the sideline was the most intriguing one to me because of the split in opinions on the matter." Read more...
GIANTS' VICTOR CRUZ HAS THREE DROPS, TWO PENALTIES, AND ONE BAD NIGHT
Excerpt: "Last season, Victor Cruz had a drop on a third down in the Giants’ first drive of the season-opening loss to the Washington Redskins.
Tonight, it was same thing. Cruz dropped a pass from Eli Manning on an in cut on the first third down of the season. It was the first of three drops for last year’s breakout star in the 24-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.“Victor has on occasion had some concentration drops where he tries to run before he catches the ball,” Tom Coughlin said afterward. “That’s something he has to continually work on and he’ll work on it again.”Cruz had six receptions for 58 yards tonight. He would’ve had much more had he held onto a few passes. He also had a drop on a first down before halftime and one in the fourth quarter." Read more...
GIANTS' ROOKIE DAVID WILSON BENCHED AFTER FUMBLE ON SECOND CAREER CARRY
Excerpt: "Rookie running back David Wilson stood on the sideline expecting the opportunity to rectify the costly mishap just over eight minutes and two carries into his NFL career.
He waited for coaches to badger him to get ready for another offensive play, to tell him to take the field for another shot to exhibit — on the national stage — why he harbored self-confidence to create a lengthy list of lofty goals for his rookie season.By halftime, Wilson realized he wouldn’t get his chance.On his second career carry, in the Giants' 24-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys tonight, the first-round pick took a toss to the left side from Eli Manning. Wilson went two yards up field before linebacker Sean Lee, full-speed in pursuit, leveled the rookie." Read more...
POLITI: TONY ROMO, COWBOYS DOMINATE GIANTS AS PASS LAUDED RUSH FAILS TO SHOW UP
Excerpt: "At least, as he dressed after this lousy24-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboysstarted the Giants’ title defense with a big thud tonight, linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka managed to hold onto his sense of humor.
Get it?Hold on."I haven’t been held this much since I was a baby," Kiwanuka said, and he wasn’t able to hold back a smile, because in so many ways, the refereeing from the replacement officials was downright silly.The Giants were held, clawed and mugged. There were times when it appeared the entire Cowboys offensive line had hugged Jason Pierre-Paul so often it felt like they were on the receiving line at his wedding." Read more...
GIANTS INJURY-DECONMATED SECONDARY TORCHED BY COWBOYS
Excerpt: "Tom Coughlin did not mask his displeasure at the end of the third quarter, when senior vice president of medical services Ronnie Barnes appeared to deliver some bad news.
An announcement came soon after: Michael Coe was out with a hamstring injury.Already depleted by injury, the Giants’ cornerback position was down another man.In the Giants’ 24-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys tonight, a shaky, banged-up secondary played a key role. It was a converse of the Giants’ wins against the Cowboys last season, when their receivers torched the Dallas defensive backs." Read more...
GIANTS FALL TO COWBOYS, 24 - 17, IN SEASON OPENER RAISING QUESTIONS ON OFFENSE
Excerpt: "Looks like there’s a heavy backup on that bridge to this season.
And like the Giants’ offense, traffic is moving slowly.The defending Super Bowl champs, attempting to heed Tom Coughlin’s plea to "build the bridge" from the success they found down the stretch late last season, instead hit a road block tonight by losing to the division rival Dallas Cowboys, 24-17, in a game that looked more like the preseason than the preseason did.Not to mention it looked nothing like the postseason that’s now officially a distant memory." Read more...
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.
COUGLIN SENDS MESSAGE BY BENCHING WILSON
Excerpt: “Ball security is a huge issue,” Coughlin said. “It was an issue when he first came here. He’s trying hard to make sure that it’s not an issue. We’ve got a little work to do, that’s all.”
Wilson, the Giants’ first-round draft choice who was known for his fumbling issues at Virginia Tech, seemed to completely understand.
“I don’t think they totally gave up on me,” he said. “I think it was in that moment in the first opening game and me having a critical moment like that in the beginning. They wanted to show me how important it was to hold onto the ball.” Read more...
DALLAS COWBOYS TONY ROMO OUTPLAYS TWO TIME SUPER BOWL MVP ELI MANNING ON HIS OWN TURF IN SEASON OPENER
Excerpt; "On a night of pomp and pageantry, when the Giants expected quarterback Eli Manning to play like a two-time Super Bowl MVP, he got upstaged at his own house and at his own party by his NFC East foil, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo.
All those magnificent weapons that Manning had at his disposal during that fantastic six-game run to the Super Bowl championship last year failed him Wednesday on a night that started as part celebration and part bridge-building to a repeat. In the end, the Giants ran out of chances and time as Dallas handed them a bitter 24-17 loss at MetLife Stadium." Read more...
BOYS BASH BIG BLUE, 24 - 17, IN SEASON OPENER
Excerpt: "The Giants had the NFL’s worst rushing attack last season and they weren’t much better against the Cowboys, gaining a mere 82 yards. And the Giants’ secondary struggled too." Read more...
MEYERS: BIG BLUE LOOKS LOST IN LOSS
Excerpt: "Coughlin’s message was pretty clear: It’s time for his players to stop listening to everybody telling them how great they are. The book writing is over." Read more...
VICTOR CRUZ RECEIVES "HUMBLE CHECK" AFTER DROPPING THREE PASSES IN LOSS TO COWBOYS
GIANTS' ROOKIE RUNNING BACK DAVID WILSON FAILS TO TO ADHERE TO HIS OWN GOLDEN RULE, WHICH IS "DON'T FUMBLE."
Excerpt: "This time, there was no salsa. There was no megawatt smile. And there was nothing to be happy about.
When Victor Cruz reflected on his performance after his Giants’ 24-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, he saw only one thing. He had dropped three critical passes. And he had gotten one serious “humble check,” a strong reminder that he can’t let thoughts of last year’s success float through his head this season.
“I guess it’s kind of just a humble check,” he told the Daily News Wednesday night. “Kind of just get yourself back in check. You just gotta do the little things for a win. I felt like this was one of those games.” Read more...
NY GIANTS SECONDARY ROASTED BY TONY ROMO, COWBOYS OFFENSE
Excerpt: "Every season David Wilson makes a goal list. At the top of that list is one key rule: Don’t fumble.
“I’ve been doing that forever,” the rookie said.
Wilson made the statement quietly as he paged through his iPhone messages, long after the media had finished questioning him after the Giants’ season-opening 24-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on Wednesday night.
He had blown his top goal on the second carry of his pro career. With 6:43 left in the first quarter and the Giants driving, he took a handoff at the Dallas 27 and dashed to the left. He was met by Cowboys LB Sean Lee who slammed him, and the ball trickled out.
“I seen him,” Wilson said. “It just happened. Fumble.” Read more...
Excerpt: "The Giants secondary went into Wednesday night’s season opener hurting, but it also was humbled when the game was over. Big Blue's defensive backs were sliced apart by Tony Romo in the Cowboys’ 24-17 win at MetLife Stadium.
“They played ball, they played ball and made more plays than we did,” Giants’ safety Antrel Rolle said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. We have to get back to the basics, get back to the fundamentals. We have to make sure we are communicating, make sure we are on the same page.”
Tony Romo completed 22 of 29 attempts for 307 yards and three touchdowns." Read more...
THE NEW YORK POST.
GIANTS FALL TO COWBOYS IN SEASON OPENER
Excerpt: "The plan was to drink up everything the night had to offer, to bask in the afterglow of a Super Bowl won and carry that momentum into a new season. Instead of drinking anything in, the Giants had to take a bite out of something they never saw coming.
GIANTS' CORNERS STRUGGLE AGAINST COWBOYS
“Take a bite out of humble pie is basically what it is,’’ Tom Coughlin said after watching his team play unevenly on both sides of the ball in a 24-17 opening-night loss to the Cowboys. “There won’t be any more blowing smoke up their rear ends. Last year is last year.’’
It’s not a taste the Giants expected as they headed into a new season determined to adhere to Coughlin’s marching orders to Build The Bridge from their stunning 2011 closing run and carry it over into a new season. The Giants, though, got all botched up at the toll booths." Read more...
Excerpt: "As the summer days of training camp bled into last night’s season opener against the Cowboys, there was much hand-wringing about the Giants’ lack of depth at cornerback.
RIVAL COWBOYS STEAL ELI & GIANTS' SUPER BOWL THUNDER
With each day, it seemed the Giants suffered another injury setback at cornerback.
At least they could count on veteran incumbent Corey Webster, the team’s best, most dependable cornerback the past few years. So they thought.
Last night Webster became the weak link in the secondary, giving up several big plays to the Cowboys receivers in the Giants’ season-opening 24-17 loss.
First, Webster was beaten badly by Dallas receiver Dez Bryant on a 38-yard pass play that nearly went for a touchdown before safety Antrel Rolle made a saving tackle." Read more...
GIANTS' WILSON HAS COSTLY FUMBLE IN DEBUT
Excerpt: "Well, that wasn’t the debut David Wilson was hoping for.
The rookie running back, the Giants’ first-round draft pick this April, had a big fumble in last night’s season-opening 24-17 loss to the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.
The miscue killed a drive in the first quarter, and Wilson never got another carry the rest of the game.
Asked if the fumble prompted the Giants to stay away from Wilson, Tom Coughlin replied, “Probably a little bit, sure.”
Wilson now has to show he can be reliable handling the ball.
“Most definitely,” Wilson said when asked if he had to re-earn trust. “Show that I’m conscious about the ball in practice and fortunately get back on the field again and start making plays.” Read more...
FILL-IN REFEREES "HOLD" BACK GIANTS IN OPENER
Excerpt: "If you were on the losing end of last night’s 24-17 Cowboys win over the Giants, there was surely much to nitpick when it came to the controversial replacement referees.
The Giants, to their credit, did not bellyache about blown calls, although there were plenty of hints about calls that could or should have been made.
The most egregious play took place in the second quarter when it appeared Eli Manning had Victor Cruz open at the goal line, but Cruz was clearly being held by Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick before the release of the pass.
There was no call by the officials and the Giants were forced to settle for a field goal." Read more...
VICTOR CRUZ PLAGUED BY DROPS
Excerpt: "Victor Cruz couldn’t make a catch and couldn’t get a call.
In the first game of the follow-up season to his brilliant 2011 campaign, Cruz suffered through an uneven game. He dropped three passes in the Giants’ season-opening 24-17 loss to the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium, one of the reasons why the team’s offense never got into a sustained rhythm.
“There’s no excuses for me,” Cruz said. “I have to catch those footballs.”
Cruz also didn’t get the benefit of the doubt on a key third-and-goal play in the second quarter when Cowboys corner Orlando Scandrick appeared to push him. Instead, there was no call, Eli Manning’s pass fell incomplete and the Giants had to kick a field goal." Read more...
Excerpt: "When last we left Eli Manning, he was first holding the Lombardi Trophy and then his little girl Ava in his arms, celebrating an 88-yard drive to another Super Bowl MVP.
GIANTS' GROUND GAME SPUTTERS
Fast forward to last night, when Tony Romo was the elite quarterback, when the fourth quarter for a change belonged to Romo, and not Elite Eli.
And when your elite quarterback is outplayed by Jerry Jones’ quarterback, you find yourself answering too many questions about a Super Bowl hangover at the end of a 24-17 loss when fans exiting MetLife Stadium were more ticked off about the Replacement Giants than the replacement refs." Read more...
Excerpt: "The final numbers did not look too bad. Ahmad Bradshaw in 17 rushing attempts gained 78 yards and scored on a 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. But looks can be deceiving and the Giants struggled mightily to gain yards on the ground in Wednesday night’s 24-17 loss to the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.
Bradshaw in the first half managed just 19 yards on 10 runs, an average of 1.9 yards per carry. On back-to-back plays, he lost two and one yard respectively, after the Giants had first-and-goal at the Dallas 1-yard line.
“We just have to stay strong up front and just attack the holes as running backs and take what’s given to us,’’ Bradshaw said." Read more...
GIANTS GET THE MESSAGE
THE BERGEN RECORD
SULLIVAN: LOSS PROVES TO GIANTS THAT LAST YEAR IS OVER
Excerpt: "The Giants were supposed to build a bridge from the end of last season directly into this one, to recreate the dominant form of their final six victories rather than the .500 mediocrity that came before. From the first day of training camp, Tom Coughlin’s challenge to his players was to bring the best version of themselves to the football field, to be prepared for the onslaught of aggression from opponents motivated to knock off the defending Super Bowl champs." Read more...
Shortly after the Giants arrived at training camp July 26, Cruz presented teammates with "Champ Camp 2012" T-shirts – the slogan "Business as Usual" across the front – and that carried the reigning Super Bowl champions through their time at the University at Albany.
Excerpt: "On the day the Giants were packing up for North Jersey, Coughlin offered up his new mantra, "Build a Bridge," but felt as if this one needed an explanation.
"What it means is to carry over all the good things that happened at the end of the season last year over into the new season, the qualities that allowed us to go forward and win the world championship," Coughlin said. "And some of those would be, during the course of the last six games, we gave up 14 points. We only had one turnover. Our special teams made a strong contribution. We rushed the ball better. Those types of things."
The Giants may have slapped "Build a Bridge" on shirts and handed them out, but the point made by Coughlin is one his players believe goes well beyond the slogan.
"I took [the T-shirt] home so I can wear it around the house, be reminded of it," Cruz said. "Not only here, but more so when I'm home and off the clock, if you will. So I can wear it and be reminded, every time I see it and put it on, that we want to extend our game play from last year's playoffs into the regular season." Read more...
NEW YORK TIMES
WALL STREET JOURNAL
GIANTS' TOM COUGHLIN'S TO HIS PLAYERS: "TAKE A BITE OUT OF HUMBLE PIE"
Excerpt: "The New York Giants went from winning six games in a row on their road to a Super Bowl Championship, to opening the new season with a loss at home to the division rival Dallas Cowboys. Such a loss is certain to kill the high the players were feeling from last season and bring them to the reality of a new season. Coach Coughlin let his players hear it in the locker room after the game. His message? "Take a bite of humble pie, it brings you right back to Earth." Read more...
GIANTS' MICHAEL COE SUFFERED HAMSTRING INJURY IN LOSS TO COWBOYS
Excerpt: "Adding injury to insult, the New York Giants not only lost their season opener to the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday night, but they may have lost cornerback Michael Coe for an extended period of time as well.
After breaking up a potential touchdown pass to wide receiver Kevin Ogletree in the third quarter, Coe took himself out of the game after experiencing some pain and weakness in his hamstring. Shortly after being tended to by senior vice president of medical services Ronnie Barnes, head coach Tom Coughlin received the bad news: Coe is done for the game.“I didn’t feel like I could run after that last play in the end zone,” Coe said. “I felt like I could have picked it off but couldn’t really push off my legs like I wanted to, so I just came out.” Read more...GIANTS FALL TO COEBOYS 24 - 17 IN SEASON OPENER
Excerpt: "The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants' season got off to a rough start. They would lose their season opener against the division rival Dallas Cowboys 24-17. The lack of depth at the corner back position, due to a rash of injuries, was apparent tonight as Tony Romo was able to find his targets fairly easily. The additions made to the Cowboys' secondary forced Manning to hold the ball longer than he wanted, which helped the Cowboys' defensive line get into the backfield before Eli could release the ball." Read more...
BIG BLUE VIEW
GIANTS' ROOKIE DAVID WILSON MISSES OUT OF SEASON GOALS AFTER ONLY TWO CARRIES
Excerpt: "New York Giants rookie running back David Wilson set some pretty lofty goalsfor himself in his first NFL season. In addition to rushing for over 100 yards in at least six games, the 2012 first-round pick was determined to have at least one play go for more than 20 yards in each game this year, and more importantly, to not lose a single fumble all season.
It took only eight minutes and two carries for Wilson's personal list of goals to crumble down around him." Read more...
GIANTS VS. COWBOYS: POST GAME QUOTE BOOK
Excerpt: "Here is some of the reaction from the New York Giants following Wednesday's 24-17 season-opening loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Tom Coughlin on his post-game message to the team:"Take a bite out of humble pie is basically what it is. It brings you right back to earth. There won’t be any blowing smoke up their rear ends as far as that. Last year is last year and this year is this year. Every team is a new team, every year is a new year, we have our work cut out for us, it’s a great challenge for us now." [Full Coughlin Transcript]" Read more...
GIANTS VS. COWBOYS: FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED
Excerpt: "In many ways, the New York Giants never change. The issues are the same every year, it seems. Short-yardage and red zone. Covering the slant. Playing from behind. Inability to run the ball. On the flip side, Eli Manningalways gives them a chance.
New York Giants
I will get to the 'Kudos & Wet Willies' a bit later, but for now here is a quick 'Five Things We Learned' from Wednesday's 24-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. In truth, there are more than five -- but that's enough for now." Read more...
NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: DISAPPOINTING MORNING
Excerpt: "Good morning,
' fans! To say the least, an uninspiring effort by the New York Giants Wednesday night in a season-opening 24-17 loss to theDallas Cowboys
. We will have tons of reactions and news throughout the day, but let's get your day started with a quick look around the Inter-Google." Read more...
COWBOYS 24, GIANTS 17: DALLAS HANDS GIANTS SEASON OPENING LOSS
If the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants needed a reminder that their run to Super Bowl glory is over and a new season has begun, the Dallas Cowboys gave it to them Wednesday night. The Cowboys handed the Giants a 24-17 loss at MetLife Stadium on opening night of the 2012 NFL season.
Excerpt: "The Giants (0-1), who specialized in fourth-quarter comebacks a season ago, appeared to have the Cowboys (1-0) lined up for another one on Wednesday, entering the fourth quarter trailing, 17-10. The comeback didn't materialize, however, and the Cowboys emerged with the victory." Read more...
COUGHLIN: GIANTS SERVED UP HUMBLE PIE IN 24 - 17 LOSS TO COWBOYS
Excerpt: "Giants head coach Tom Coughlin didn’t mince any words with his team following its disappointing and lackluster 24-17 showing against the Dallas Cowboys.
“Take a bite out of humble pie,” he said when asked what his message was to his team. “It brings you right back down to earth. There won’t be any more blowing smoke up their rear ends as far as last year. Last year is last year; this year is this year.”
DAVID WILSON VOWS TO LEARN FROM MISTAKE
Excerpt: "Giants running back David Wilson swore earlier this week that any pre-game butterflies he might have had during the preseason were gone now that he had recorded a couple of starts in the preseason.
It turns out that Wilson might have spoken too soon, as the rookie out of Virginia Tech coughed up the ball as his team was driving toward a potential score in the first quarter that might very well have changed the outcome of the 24-17 Cowboys win.
“Ball came out,” said Wilson, who said he saw Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee coming at him. “Can’t let it happen no more though.”
THE RED ZONE
INJURY REPORT: NICKS A LITTLE SORE
Excerpt: "Hakeem Nicks said he came out of Wednesday's opener feeling good and, as expected, just a little sore.
"The main thing is I finished the game, played tough," Nicks said. "I felt it at times in certain routes, but it wasn’t nothing that held me from playing in the game or coming out the game. It was maintainable. It wasn’t excruciating pain or it wasn’t extremely bad, but I maintained it and fought through it and finished the game." Read more...
FIVE PLAYS THAT SHAPED THE GAME: WEEK 1
Excerpt: "Each week this season, we'll take a look back at the five key plays in each and every Giants game.
So, without further ado, here are the five from the Giants' 24-17 loss to the Cowboys in the regular season opener Wednesday night: " Read more...
PARCELLS: GIANTS FACED "TOUGH TASK" IN WEEK
Excerpt: "Former Giants head coach and current ESPN analyst Bill Parcells was a guest on "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN New York 98.7 FM on Thursday.
(Click here to listen to the podcast.)" Read more...