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NEWARK STAR LEDGER
Tom Coughlin's makeover as a coach detailed on "A Football Life"
Excerpt: "Tom Coughlin laughed when asked Friday if there were any "startling revelations" in his episode of NFL Network's "A Football Life," which will air Wednesday at 8 p.m.
The Giants coach said he didn't think so, although he hadn't yet seen the episode. He's right, but it is a warm, nostalgic and well-rounded look at the two-time Super Bowl winning head coach. Detailed in the episode is his endeavor to recast himself as a coach before the Giants' 2007 championship season.
Coughlin recalls a turning point after the 2006 season. He was on the hot seat after the Giants lost in the first round of the playoffs, and his wife, Judy, and two of his children staged an intervention in his living room. They told him what Judy Coughlin said she wished they had told him in Jacksonville, before he was fired as the Jaguars head coach -- that the media did not like him, and did not have reason to." Read more...
A look back at the 36 - 7 win over the Panthers
Excerpt: "There are many reasons why the short-handed Giants blew out the Panthers on a short week on the road. The biggest? They are a good team with a great quarterback.
Tom Coughlin made a point of telling the media about Eli Manning’s “We have playmakers” speech to the offense, delivered at the team hotel before the game. The coach credited Manning with “providing the confidence” for younger players to take advantage of opportunities when they come -- which Ramses Barden and Andre Brown no doubt did in Thursday’s 36-7 win.
Even down Ahmad Bradshaw, Hakeem Nicks and David Diehl, the Giants looked like a team with more answers -- on running the ball, starting fast, pressuring the opposing quarterback. There’s a far different vibe than during their last weekend off following the season-opening loss to the Cowboys, which players and coaches said kept them up at night.
“It’s a little easier to regroup,” a relaxed Coughlin said Friday. “What we have coming, we’re excited about that.”
Giants' Tom Coughlin says there is a role for everyone after Ramses Barden and Andre Brown star
Excerpt: "After the starters were done for the night in Thursday’s lopsided win against Carolina, Ramses Barden sought out his quarterback on the sideline.
The receiver couldn’t contain his happiness after a surreal nine-catch, 138-yard performance in the 36-7 victory. His target was Eli Manning, who was caught off guard when Barden came up behind him and engulfed him in a very sweet bear hug.
“I was very appreciative,” Barden said today, “of his trust and faith in my ability.”" Read more...
Tom Couglin says there's a role for everybody after Andre Brown and Ramses Barden star
Excerpt: "After the starters were done for the night in Thursday’s lopsided win against Carolina, Ramses Barden sought out his quarterback on the sideline.The receiver couldn’t contain his happiness after a surreal nine-catch, 138-yard performance in the 36-7 victory. His target was Eli Manning, who was caught off guard when Barden came up behind him and engulfed him in a very sweet bear hug.
“I was very appreciative,” Barden said today, “of his trust and faith in my ability.” Read more...
Prince Amukamara shows Giants' teammates "fire" after unnecessary roughness penalty
Excerpt: "When Prince Amukamara was flagged for unnecessary roughness in the second half of last night's 36-7 win against Carolina, it was good news-bad news for the young Giants cornerback.
The 15-yard penalty, a highly questionable call after Amukamara returned a late shove from receiver Louis Murphy, did not affect the outcome of the game. His coaches, he said, told him to be smarter next time.
"But the players were all happy for me," Amukamara said with a big grin. "Just happy that I just don’t take anything on the field and stuff like that." Read more...
Panthers' postgame reaction: Cam Newton doesn't give the Giants much credit in loss
Excerpt: "Cam Newton didn't exactly give the Giants defense much credit for its dominant performance Thursday night. Newton went just 16-of-30 with three interceptions. He was able to rush for a score, but he only had six carries for six yards a week after rushing for a career-high 71 yards against the Saints. Yet, he believes it was more to do with the Panthers inability to execute than the Giants.
Newton: "It was nothing they did; it was all on us. Of course, they have elite defensive linemen and elite players on their defense, but it wasn’t so much what they did as what we didn’t do.” Read more...
Giants' Antrel Rolle OK after knee hits camera; Tom Coughlin not happy with how it happened
Excerpt: "As Tom Coughlin walked back to the Giants sideline, leaving an injured Antrel Rolle writhing in pain after his knee struck a camera on the sideline, he came across Ray Anderson.
In passing, an upset Coughlin let the NFL's executive vice president of football operations know he wasn't happy with what happened to his starting safety during the fourth quarter of the Giants' 36-7 win over the Panthers.
"I said, 'We're so concerned about player safety, can't we do something about this?' Coughlin recalled today with reporters. "'Can't we get people away from the sideline enough to that a guy going as fast as he was going and flying through the air doesn't put his knee into a camera?'" Read more...
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.
Vacchiano: Giants' Reese wins with patience
Excerpt: "The angry mob is never far from Jerry Reese’s door, no matter how many Super Bowl trophies are out in his lobby. If there’s one thing he’s learned in his 5½ years as general manager of the Giants it’s that fans, by nature, are impatient. The last thing they ever want to have to do is wait.
So he understood the angst they felt on Thursday when injuries forced the Giants to start receiver Ramses Barden. Six months earlier, Reese could’ve kept Mario Manningham for the low, low price of $7.3 million over two seasons. Now the Giants were lining up a former third-round pick who had been a great disappointment — maybe even a bust.
Some fans would’ve preferred if Barden had been cut at the end of training camp in August. Others wanted him out last season when he was slow to recover from ankle surgery and missed the first eight games of the year." Read more...
Giants' WR Ramses Barden maintains level head following none catch 138 yard performance
Excerpt: "It was one game and just a glimpse of Ramses Barden’s potential, and no one with the Giants was about to compare Big Blue’s wide receiver crop to the elite corps in the league. (See: Green Bay Packers.)
Or were they?
Barden, subbing for the injured Hakeem Nicks, turned in a huge performance with nine catches for 138 yards in his first career start during Thursday night’s 36-7 win at Carolina. It was an outing that could turn the Giants into a matchup nightmare in a pass-happy league once Nicks (foot) and Domenik Hixon (concussion) rejoin Victor Cruz and Barden.
Among the elite in the league? Tom Coughlin doesn’t think it’s a reach." Read more...
Boothe, Baas fined for knee-jerk reaction to Bucs
Excerpt: "The Giants were furious at the Buccaneers’ actions at the end of their game last Sunday. But it was the Giants’ reaction that drew the ire of the NFL
Two Giants offensive linemen – center David Baas and guard Kevin Boothe – drew fines from the league this week for their reactions to what the Bucs’ did on the final play of the Giants’ 41-34 win. After the Bucs’ defensive linemen dove into the Giants’ offensive line and knocked over quarterback Eli Manning as he was trying to take a knee, both Baas and Boothe retaliated with what the league deemed “unnecessary roughness.”
Both players were fined $7,875, a league spokesmen confirmed." Read more...
THE NEW YORK POST.
Amukamara finally makes presence felt for Giants
Excerpt: "His teammates, ignoring the calendar and setting their own restrictions, instructed Prince Amukamara he would be viewed and treated like a rookie until the third game this season because he missed so much time last year.
Late Thursday night, as the Giants basked in the afterglow of a thorough 36-7 demolition of the Panthers, Amukamara was informed his probation period had ended.
“We all made note, they said because I didn’t play a lot of games last year, I still have more but I think they understand that was the third game so I’m clear,’’ Amukamara said yesterday." Read more...
Confidence builds fast since downbeat opener
Excerpt: "Tom Coughlin, whose general demeanor is rather buttoned up and intense, looked so relaxed chatting with reporters on the terrace overlooking the practice fields at the Timex Performance Center yesterday, you got the feeling the Giants coach was about to break out some chaise lounges for everyone and order up a few pitchers of margaritas.
What was loosely scheduled to be a five-minute briefing turned into well more than double that and it ended with Coughlin talking Bruce Springsteen with one reporter who was headed across the parking lots to MetLife Stadium to see him in concert later on." Read more...
Giants' Tom Coughlin irked about camera position in collision
Excerpt: "When Antrel Rolle went crashing into a camera positioned close to the left corner of the end zone at Bank of America Stadium is looked for an instant the Giants safety was badly hurt. It was the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s 36-7 Giants victory over the Panthers and Rolle had to be helped off the field.
As it turns out, Rolle’s left knee smacked directly into the camera and he came away from the accident with a laceration that did not require stitches and a fairly significant bruise.
“A lot better than I did yesterday,’’ Rolle said Friday when asked how he felt. “Right now it’s just a bruise on top of my knee and a couple of lacerations but I’ll be fine.’’ Read more...
THE BERGEN RECORD
Critics give Giants game film thumbs up
Excerpt: "There aren't many times during a season when reviewing game film will be as enjoyable as it was for the Giants on Friday.
There was a lot for the players and coaches to like in their dominating 36-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night at Bank of America Stadium."I got a chance to watch some more of the film and see how much of a team win it was," said wide receiver Ramses Barden, who filled in admirably for the injured Hakeem Nicks with nine catches for 138 yards." Read more...
Giantrs' report card
Excerpt: "Running game: A
Andre Brown showed remarkable patience, a surprising burst and even some power in rushing for a career-best 113 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. It was his first career start and the 25-year-old made the most of the chance to step in for injured starter Ahmad Bradshaw (neck). No play was more indicative of Brown's effort than his 31-yard scamper on the game's opening series. Great blocks up the field by TE Martellus Bennett and on the right side by WR Victor Cruz sprung Brown for a big gain. The offensive line showed improvement as well, taking advantage of opportunities that were there against a weak Carolina defense. They held their blocks a lot longer and were more solid technique-wise than in previous weeks, allowing for Brown to work his way up the field." Read more...
NEW YORK TIMES
WALL STREET JOURNAL
Giants' Keith Rivers unsure if he will play against Eagles
Excerpt: "After missing the second game of the season with a lingering hamstring injury, New York Giants linebacker Keith Rivers was anxious to return to the field against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night. The return would be short-lived however, as Rivers re-aggravated his injury while covering a kickoff.The fifth-year linebacker was immediately pulled from the game and would not return. On Friday, he was sent to the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York to have additional tests done to determine the extent of his injury, and he was not overly optimistic about his chances of playing against thePhiladelphia Eagles next Sunday night."It's been very frustrating," Rivers said. "Frustrating is putting it mildly. You work really hard to show off what you did in the offseason and to have a little nagging injury hamper everything is really frustrating." Read more...
BIG BLUE VIEW
Giants vs. Panthers analysis: Pro Football Focus, Snap Count data
Excerpt: "In looking back at the New York Giants' victory over the Carolina PanthersThursday night, perhaps the most important development of all was the outstanding play of the Giants' offensive line.
In this week's Pro Football Focus grades, the best and worst of which are after the jump, every Giants' offensive lineman has a positive score. PFF particularly highlights the play of offensive tackles Will Beatty and Sean Locklear." Read more...
Farley's football fodder
Excerpt: "Good morning Giuants' fans. I'm gonna come right out and say it--it sure is nice heading into Sunday's action knowing our team has already won its Week 3 game. Not only that, they opened a can of Whoop *** on thePanthers , despite what Cam Newton might think. Well now, Steve Smith has opened up about
about how he opened his own can of Whoop *** on his QB during the game when Cam was sulking after being lifted for Derek Anderson.
We know Steve is a hot head (and a chippy player), but I commend him for reacting that way to young Cam. That's surely not going to foster a winning attitude on a team that has Next written all over it." Read more...
Giants vs. Panthers: "Kudos, and wet willies" review
Excerpt: "It is time for the traditional post-game 'Kudos & Wet Willies' review. As you can guess, lots of 'Kudos' and very few 'Wet Willies' following the New York Giants impressive 36 - 7 dismantling of the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night." Read more...
Giants vs. Panthers: number worth celebrating
Excerpt: "We have done our 'Kudos & Wet Willies' review.Now, here are some 'Reasons to Celebrate' following Thursday's impressive 36-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
I thought I would just give you some of the impressive stats from the Thursday game, provided by the Giants PR Department, and let you celebrate those.Celebratory numbers after the jump." Read more...
NY Giants' news and notes: Saturday morning edition
Excerpt: "Linebacker Michael Boley says the Giants are "starting to find our identity." So,who are the 2012 New York Giants?
"We're a tough, physical team that'll never quit. We play every game from start to finish and that's who we are." [Full transcript]" Read more...
THE RED ZONE
Marvin Austin" "I'm an NFL player now"
Excerpt: "Marvin Austin can finally say it.
"I'm an NFL player now," the defensive tackle said Friday with a laugh.
The second-year defensive tackle played in his first NFL game, getting 17 snaps in the Giants' 36-7 win over the Panthers on Thursday night.
"It was a great experience. Dream come true," Austin said. "Just to go out there and run around with the guys and show my brand of football."
Austin was active against Tampa Bay on Sept. 16 but didn't get in. He did not register a tackle Thursday in his first non-preseason game since his junior year of college.
Austin had last played a meaningful game in 2009, in the Meineke Car Bowl with North Carolina in 2009. He was suspended for his senior season in 2010. After being drafted by the Giants in 2011, he missed his rookie season with a torn pectoral muscle he suffered in the preseason." Read more...
Rolle on Prince: No more cold tub
Excerpt: "Prince Amukamara won't have to worry about any dips into a bucket of ice water in the future.
The second-year cornerback's teammates were thrilled to see him play with the aggressiveness, or swagger, that they had been clamoring for in Thursday night's win over Carolina. They were especially pleased about the personal foul for unnecessary roughness that he drew in what was his season debut.
Along the way, Amukamara, the focal point in the ice tub controversy, also earned his stripes as the Giants played their third game of his sophomore year, marking the end of his status among the team's veterans as a rookie.
"No more cold tub," Giants safety Antrel Rolle laughed." Read more...
ReFo: Giants @ Panthers
There isn’t any other word to describe last night’s game between the Carolina Panthers and the New York Giants. A game which was anticipated with some excitement, after the Panthers impressive home win over New Orleans. However things quickly descended into a damp squib as the Giants got their foot on the Panthers’ throat early and simply never let them up off the ground.
The Panthers had an air of danger around them–with players likeCam Newton, Steve Smith and DeAngelo Williams it’s difficult not to–but they were only able to finish one drive, as the Giants made key plays to halt them on seemingly every attempt. Combined with a defense that was porous, to be generous, Carolina was simply never in the running. They are now faced with the challenge of bouncing back from a disappointing loss for the second time already this season." Read more...
Patience with NFLRA lockout has run thin: Players' safety n owe chief concern
Schiano considered a bully, hypocrite, by NFL front office officials, coaches report says
Excerpt: "When Tom Coughlin, the Giants coach and one of the more respected head coaches in the NFL, rebuked Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano on Sunday for instructing the Buccaneers defensive line to attack the Giants offense lined up in the "victory" formation, many in the NFL were pleased,Yahoo Sports' Michael Silver wrote.
The reason was not solely that Schiano broke what is considered in the NFL to be an unwritten rule: Don't attack an offense lined up in that formation. But that the opinion of Schiano around the NFL is that the former Rutgers coach is a bully and hypocrite. Schiano, Silver writes, offended and alienated many NFL front office officials during scouting visits to Piscataway -- one official, quoted anonymously by Silver, called those trips "pure misery." Read more...
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