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GIANTS-JETS GAME REVIEW: EMOTIONS RUN HIGH IN GIANTS' VICTORY
"Have you ever seen a season in which there have been so many replays in the
gray area as this one for the Giants?
It used to be the red challenge flag would be tossed, a few angles would be
shown and everyone with at least a loose grasp of the rules would know what was
coming. The only people on edge would be those in the stadium who didn’t get an
Not this year. Between Jeremy Kerley’s elbow being ruled on
the turf instead of on top of Antrel Rolle’s cleat, the “tuck
rule” reversal of Mark Sanchez’s first fumble, the reversal of
the second one because his arm was ruled to have come forward before
Linval Joseph contacted the ball and what possibly could've
been a fumble on Santonio Holmes that wasn't reviewable, it was
a microcosm of this season for the Giants.
"Not in my time," Tom Coughlin said today when asked if he's
seen a season like this. "I can't tell you how many of these things are
inconclusive. It's incredible. Really. And I guess someone else would argue from
the other side, 'What do you mean it's inconclusive? The information is there
for us and we make the call.'
"But to me, standing on the field, getting information from above, 'Is it or
isn't it? I can't see it all.'"
Yeah, I know it feels to many of you every replay challenge has gone against
Ballard supposedly being out of bounds, Greg Jennings’ not having his
touchdown taken away by the Calvin Johnson rule and a few others I’m surely
forgetting), but that’s not the point I’m making.
I guess what I’m trying to say is why has it been so close this season? Why
haven’t the replays been so clear cut? I posed that question on Twitter during
Saturday’s game and somebody asked if my belief was it’s a result of sloppy
play. No, I don’t think so. Maybe the game is getting faster and therefore the
margin of error is smaller? That’s all I have for you on that one.
I do know there’s some gray area in the rules, though, and wouldn’t be
surprised at all if these things are addressed in the offseason, considering a
key member of the competition committee is Giants president and CEO John
* * * *
Coughlin. The guy is 65. Sixty-five. Yet, he took
shot like that to the knee, stayed upright, went back to the sideline and
hasn’t complained a bit about it.
WR Victor Cruz. Leaping over guys, eluding tacklers, running
away from players ... I'll ask one more time: how in the heck does this guy go
undrafted? How does all of that athletic ability go practically unnoticed by 32
Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. Somewhat lost in the
shuffle in all of the talk about his “simple”
game plan was what that strategy says about Sanchez and the Jets' passing
game. To me, it’s an indication the Giants aren’t that impressed with either.
I’ve said before the way you beat the Giants’ defense is with multiple vertical
threats. The Jets don’t have that and rely upon far too many two-receiver routes
that don’t force defenders in zones to make tough choices. Plus, Sanchez makes
enough questionable decisions that you don’t often have to force the issue. To
me, and again this is me making an educated guess here, Fewell understands all
of the above and wanted to make sure his players were comfortable more so than
trying too hard to make Sanchez uncomfortable. If so, I love his line of
thinking and thought the game plan was perfect.
DE Justin Tuck. He wasn’t about to say it was Antrel Rolle
who sparked him by saying players
need to practice. Whoever it was got through. Tuck was motivated, eager to
play and was back to his old hustling self. He had a sack and two batted balls
at the line while also factoring into a few plays by generating pressure. He
drew a holding penalty, got Sanchez to move his feet on DE Dave Tollefson’s key
sack and got Sanchez to move again on the biggest play of the game – DT Chris
Canty’s sack for a safety.
Canty. It was clear from his answers after the game he felt
he had the advantage when matched up 1-on-1 with Jets LG Matt Slauson. He
certainly did when it mattered on the safety.
S Deon Grant. You could see him peek back to Jets TE Dustin
Keller on a pass he broke up and probably could’ve picked off on the first play
of the second half. He had excellent awareness in zones on Saturday. The only
negative for him was a 27-yard pass-interference penalty in the fourth quarter
when he didn’t have to grab Keller at all.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul. That’s why,
as I said on Friday, you don’t move him from the spot he’s done the most
damage, regardless of the matchup. When he locks his arms out, there’s no such
thing as a franchise left tackle on the other end.
CBs Corey Webster and Aaron Ross. Had we
guessed ahead of time which would be on Plaxico Burress and which would cover
Santonio Holmes, we all would’ve been wrong. Webster was on the smaller, quicker
Holmes and Ross was on the bigger Burress. Both did very, very well.
Pierre-Paul, Webster and
Rolle. These were the guys Coughlin said played 100 snaps. And they
were effective until the end. That’s incredible, especially since Fewell was
hoping to limit
Pierre-Paul to 40, 45 per game.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw. As I tweeted during the game, I haven’t
seen a Giants running back make somebody road kill the way he ran over Jets S
Brodney Pool since Brandon Jacobs plowed the Redskins’ LaRon Landry in 2008.
Jacobs. His fire and passion is back to being a good thing.
That’s what winning does.
LB Jacquian Williams. His stop on Jets RB LaDainian
Tomlinson 1 yard short of the stick in the second quarter was a play long
forgotten by game’s end but one that should be recalled and highlighted a few
times now. The Jets were trying to run him on a quick underneath two receivers,
which was a great call against man coverage, especially since Williams was the
guy in coverage because he’s been struggling at times this year. On this play,
he did an outstanding job of working through traffic to get to Tomlinson and
make the hit without allowing any more forward movement. It was a great play by
a guy who’s made mistakes but hasn’t given up trying to be aggressive. “As a
nickel linebacker, that’s my job. That’s me understanding whatever it takes to
not let you get any plays on my time,” said Williams, who also made a stop a
yard short of a first down to force a punt in the first quarter. “That’s all
that was. That’s just something I have to understand. It’s one of those things
you have to learn.” Williams also had a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter
and was even used out wide to help jam Burress. Great game for him.
RT Kareem McKenzie. Yeah, he gave up a sack. But if you get
a chance to see the game again, watch him closely on the 17-yard run by D.J.
Ware (the one on which Ware took out Coughlin) and see the hole he creates by
plowing Jets LB Calvin Pace. (Also take a look at WR Hakeem Nicks blocking CB
Antonio Cromartie downfield there.) McKenzie, who moved Jets S Eric Smith out of
the hole on Bradshaw’s second TD run, hasn’t had the best of seasons but he was
excellent on Saturday.
RG Chris Snee and LT David Diehl. Two other
guys who had very good games up front. Snee had a nice block on DE Mike DeVito
on Bradshaw’s second touchdown.
S Kenny Phillips. He's really played well the last few
Jets CB Darrelle Revis. I know some of you thought he
should’ve been called for pass interference on his the ball he broke up for WR
Hakeem Nicks in the end zone on a quick slant in the second quarter. I strongly
disagree. That’s just tremendous coverage, anticipation and awareness by one of
the great ones. QB Eli Manning looked right before the snap and saw what he
believed was Revis in press coverage. That means, as long as Nicks can get some
forward momentum, he has the advantage on a quick slant. But what did Revis do
as Manning was checking to the slant? He backed up a few steps. When Nicks got
into his route, Revis was able to work toward him and get his hands in there.
That and many other instances on Saturday show why he’s more than just
Jets DL Muhammad Wilkerson. Very impressive rookie.
Jets DL Sione Pouha. Tough dude right there.
Star-Ledger photographers Andrew Mills and William
Perlman. As you've seen on the site in recent days, these guys got
great action shots. They also gathered information and quotes from field level
to make my job that much easier.
* * * *
Nicks. The drops are baffling. But again, I'd say don't
OT Tony Ugoh. He got blown back a few times as the jumbo
tight end to result in runs for a loss of yardage.
Jets TE Dustin Keller. I had him down for three drops. The
one that doinked off the side of his head when he didn't turn for the ball had
to be the worst.
Jets OGs Brandon Moore and RT Wayne Hunter,
LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson, C Nick Mangold and
Slauson. Sacks, pressures, penalties, botched snaps and missed
blocks for these guys.
Jets LB Aaron Maybin. Hitting Ware out of bounds gave the
Giants 15 yards, which allowed P Steve Weatherford to get that much closer for a
punt to the 8-yard line. Next play: the game-changing safety.
* * * *
Let’s change it up a bit this week to talk about a few guys who helped on a
play that wasn’t by any stretch under the radar.
Cruz did most of the work on his 99-yard TD. But don’t discount the work of
Snee and McKenzie, who gave Manning plenty of time and room to deliver that
ball. The Jets tried bringing pressure over Snee but it never came close to
getting home. In fact, Bradshaw didn’t even have to touch anybody in pass
protection to that right side.
Jets DL Marcus Dixon tried a spin to the outside and
McKenzie just rode him further away from the pocket. Meanwhile, Snee ate up LB
David Harris on the blitz.
Side note: I can’t wait until the coaches’ tape becomes available so I can
see how Bradshaw was the first to get to Cruz in the end zone. Did you notice
that? He was only about 10 yards behind Cruz when he crossed the goal line. As I
mentioned, he was in the backfield helping to protect, so he must’ve been
bustin’ it the whole way. That’s impressive effort.
* * * *
Two days later, I still can’t believe they overturned the call on the Kerley
fumble. They didn’t have enough evidence to overturn it based on everything we
all saw. Was his elbow down? Maybe. But we don’t know that for sure. Like
Mike Pereira said, stick with the call on the field.
As for the near-fumble by Holmes, that looked like a catch to me. Perhaps it
could've been overturned on replay, though that would've only been possible if
it was ruled a catch on the field, which it wasn't.
The biggest head-scratching offensive call by the Giants was, obviously, the
pass that was picked one play after the Jets fumbled at the 1-yard line with
8:43 to play in the game and the Giants leading by 13. How in the world they
threw there I’ll never know. From the way Manning was under center and then
backed into the shotgun, it was clear he’s the one that changed the play.
However, after gaining 9 yards on a run in the third quarter, the Giants came
out in four wides on third-and-1, which was a call that came from the sideline.
They tried to hit Cruz on the deep wheel route instead of pounding it or running
a shorter route. Now, the one thing I’ll say about that play is they knew they
had something there and that the only reason it didn’t work is Cruz broke off
the route. Two series later, they went back to it on second-and-7, got the same
matchup of Cruz vs. Wilson and hit it for 36 yards to help set up Bradshaw’s
At first glance, I didn’t understand why the Jets got away from the run so
much after their first drive. In re-watching the game, though, it was clear they
had a decent mix going. Before running the 2-minute drill in the second quarter,
they had 19 designed passes to 12 runs. That’s not their usual way of doing
things, but they were moving the ball well enough that I wouldn’t question the
Where they started to lose me was on the three-and-out (three straight
passes) to start the second half. They came back on the next drive to run on
three straight plays for a total of 17 yards but then threw on second-and-6,
which resulted in a 6-yard sack by Tuck. On their next drive, they opened with
runs of 7 and 6 yards but a false-start penalty on Burress and a holding penalty
on Hunter helped put them in passing situations. But then, they picked up 13 on
a toss play to start the next drive and then threw three straight times (the
first of which might’ve been an audible from a run) before punting.
From the files of rules everyone should know by now, LB Chase
Blackburn actually made a smart play by going after the ball on the
punt after Jets CB Ellis Lankster “illegally” touched it at the
1-yard line. He can advance it if he picks it up and begins to return it. Even
if he fumbles, the Giants have the option of taking the ball where it was first
touched. In other words, there’s no downside to going after the ball. Smart play
by Blackburn and terrible analysis by Daryl Johnston on Fox,
who said “there should not be any discussion” about why a Giants player was
around the ball.
* * * *
ODDS AND (TIGHT) ENDS
Many were questioning me when I blogged the
Giants appeared energetic and focused in practice on Wednesday. Coughlin and
the players were talking about that after the game and continue to talk about
it, so trust me when I tell you it was noticeable.
I had a feeling, from
the way the Giants’ defensive backs were talking last week, we wouldn’t see
much of rookie CB Prince Amukamara. That’s exactly what
happened, though he did make a brief appearance in the second half. (Great call
by the officials on the push-off on Burress to get separation from Amukamara.)
The Giants have to make sure they keep his confidence up. Remember how much
Webster meant to them during the ’07 playoff run after he got benched.
Speaking of rookies who didn’t see much playing time, did you notice LB
Greg Jones in there for a few plays? He came up to help fill
the hole on a run midway through the second quarter.
The way the game was shaking out, the Giants’ settling for a field goal after
Cruz got them to the 2-yard line with a 29-yard reception (15 yards after the
catch there) seemed to be a big victory for the Jets. The play that had the best
shot in that sequence was the play-action pass on first-and-goal TE
Travis Beckum dropped. The Jets simply bullied Beckum and TE
Bear Pascoe on that play. Pascoe was flattened by Harris as he
came off the ball. That seemed to be where Manning was looking initially. Then,
Beckum appeared to have trouble adjusting and finding the ball after LB
Bart Scott jammed him in the middle of his crossing route.
Without TE Jake Ballard, the Giants were forced to put Beckum
on the line there so he (and not OL Ugoh) could run the route. That also meant
WR Ramses Barden as the “move” tight end. That’s about as
undersized as you can get in a jumbo formation. The next play was a run wide
right Jacobs had to cut back a bit because Pascoe lost ground on his block. I’m
a bit surprised the Giants felt they could use that formation without
The replay reversal of Kerley’s fumble cost Ross his third defensive
touchdown of his career. One of his previous two was the pick six against the
Jets in ’07, so he would’ve had two in two games against the Jets.
What the heck was Jets LB Jamaal Westerman thinking when he
got off the ground to hit Manning late in the third quarter? A lot of these
roughing-the-passer penalties are close. That, uh, was not one of them. It
didn’t matter much because it resulted in a punt by the Giants but the former
Scarlet Knight has to know better.
That onside free kick after the safety was awfully dangerous for the Giants.
FB Henry Hynoski was part of the wall trying to clear room for
Nicks to recover the ball. But Hynoski didn’t see until late the ball was coming
for him and tried to leap out of the way. It ricocheted off him and, luckily for
the Giants, squirted out of bounds.
I had somebody ask me if I saw much twisting from the Giants' D-line after
saying in my game preview the Eagles had done it successfully. I saw a little
and even noticed they stood up their rushers like Philly did. Could they have
done more? Yeah. But I think they also wanted to work on batting balls down at
the line and closing those throwing windows. They were certainly effective doing
all of that.
And finally, to bring it all back to the replay theme, if you’re wondering
why the safety wasn’t replayed, it’s because it was ruled Sanchez’s forward
progress had been stopped. Forward progress is not reviewable. Of course, in the
end, it was the right call anyway so worry about it no more."
GIANTS' TOM COUGHLIN MOVING SLOWLY AFTER SUFFERING LEG INJURY VS. JETS, BUT SAYS "NEVER BETTER"
Excerpt: "Tom Coughlin climbed the stairs one by one on his way up to the podium for
his press conference today. He's clearly stiff and sore after D.J. Ware was
shoved into him by Aaron Maybin on the sideline late in Saturday's victory over
"Never better," the Giants' coach
said, repeating what
he said after the game. "I may not be able to run for a while."
Coughlin said he didn't go for any tests on his leg and doesn't plan to do so
in the near future. He's not making this about him but he had some fun with
media asking about the subject.
"I'm not going to disclose injuries," he said slowly and sarcastically when
asked what part of his leg is hurting.
Asked if he showed up for treatment on Sunday, Coughlin deadpanned, "I did -
to check on the players that were there."
When asked if he'll be coaching from the box anytime, Coughlin laughed and
said, "No, I'll move a little quicker."
And when asked how much Ware was fined for running into him, without missing
a beat, Coughlin shot back, "Uh, he's no longer with the team."
Seriously, though, he blamed himself for the incident.
"The problem I had is I relaxed because he was out of bounds. The only thing
that happened was, 10 yards later, he got hit out of bounds," Coughlin said. "As
John Mara said, 'Too bad you got hurt (but) we got the 15 yards.'"
Coughlin indicated he should've kept his eye on Ware.
"Watch the game. Keep your eye on the field," Coughlin said. "Sometimes
someone will come to you and you'll visit that way but if there's a normal
situation, for example a punt, you'd better not fall asleep on a punt. It's my
fault. It should've never happened. But it could've been worse."
* * * *
Here's a rundown of the injured players:
--DE Osi Umenyiora (ankle/knee) "is still..." That was the extent of
Coughlin's answer and, frankly, the extent of the question I asked. He cut me
off and then the next question cut him off. Translation: Umenyiora is still in a
holding pattern and doesn't sound to be on the good side of questionable for
Sunday's game against the Cowboys.
--"Questionable to start the week" is how Coughlin described WR Mario
Manningham (knee), whom he said started to feel better late last week. He's
hopeful Manningham will be ready to play.
--TE Jake Ballard (knee) said he's improving but isn't yet where he needs to
be. Ballard said he hasn't run yet and, as of this point, isn't ready to play.
But he has six days to get there so stay tuned.
--There are plenty of sore players, plus the entire roster is drained
physically and mentally after Saturday's game. In fact, DE Justin Tuck believes
his 88 snaps were the most he's played at the NFL level. Coughlin said three
players (DE Jason Pierre-Paul, CB Corey Webster and S Antrel Rolle) played over
100 snaps, which is an astronomical number. They can than the offense's
inability to sustain drives as part of the issue there. But the team does have
an extra day to get back to full strength, which makes Coughlin, Tuck and others
happy." Read more...
REX RYAN DOESN'T REGRET OUTSPOKEN APPROACH BEFORE GAME
Excerpt: "Rex Ryan's Jets were humbled by the cross-town Giants in a 29-14 loss on
Christmas Eve. But after a week of saying he doesn't want to be the "little
brother" or "second fiddle" in the area rivalry, and that his team is the better
team, the Jets coach doesn't regret his message.
"The day I walked in here ... I felt that I didn’t want to be the little
brother or whatever," Ryan said. "That’s who I am, and so do I regret it? No.
Did it work out? Nope, it never worked out. But I'm never going to say I regret
anything that I believe in my heart. I've always said from Day One I am going to
be true to myself, and when I leave this job 10 or 15 years from now, I'm going
to be true to myself." Read more...
GIANTS WILL FACE COWBOYS IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE, BUT THEIR PLAYOFFS HAVE ALREADY STARTED
Excerpt: "The official NFL schedule says next weekend is the 17th and final week of the
Ask the Giants and they’ll tell you
it will be their second week of the playoffs.
The elimination stage of the Giants’ season began with an emotional 29-14
Christmas Eve victory over the Jets in
what was billed as the Battle for New York.
The emotion and intensity will continue when they battle another rival, the
Dallas Cowboys, Sunday night at the Meadowlands with everything at stake.
It’s simple. Both 8-7 teams — if you believe in such a thing — control their
own destiny. Win and you earn a postseason berth as the NFC East champions and
the conference’s No. 4 seed.
Lose and the entire franchise from the front office on down will face a long
offseason of scrutiny.
“It started last week,” coach Tom Coughlin said of the week of practice
leading up to Saturday’s victory over their fellow MetLife Stadium tenants. “We
knew that if we won two that we would be the winner of the NFC East and be in
the playoffs, so we have two games and now one under our belt.
“To be honest with you, we need to put this one aside as fast as we can and
go to work on Dallas with the same attitude we had last week.”
The attitude Coughlin refers to is a boost of energy and focus at practice
that he and his players highlighted during a week in which their backs were up
against the proverbial wall. Whether it will continue and translate to another
imperative victory on Sunday is not a foregone conclusion given their recent
It was two weeks ago today that the Giants were riding another high after a
miraculous fourth-quarter comeback victory over the Cowboys in Dallas. But the
next Sunday at home they inexplicably laid an egg against an inferior Redskins
team to put themselves in this do-or-die situation.
“Playoff game. That’s it,” linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka said of the looming
matchup with Dallas on New Year’s night. “It’s a playoff game and we need this
one to accomplish our goal. We’re just going to keep the pedal on the gas and go
Sunday’s matchup will be the second time the teams face each other in less
than a month, and having such a high-stakes divisional game for the last weekend
of the season is exactly what the NFL was aiming for when it decided to group
divisional games at the end of the regular season. The game was originally
scheduled for 1 p.m., but the league used its flexible scheduling to move the
showdown to prime time.
The first time around, on Dec. 11, the Giants overcame a 34-22 lead with 5:41
remaining to overtake the Cowboys. Now the Giants will look to duplicate the
result 21 days later.
“That’s a little different,” Kiwanuka said of playing the Cowboys twice in
such a short span. “When I looked at the schedule, it looked a little odd, but
given the situation, this is a beautiful situation to be in.”
Last season, the Giants were in a better situation record-wise when they
headed into the final weekend one game better at 9-6. They took care of
business, beating the Redskins, 17-14. But unlike this year they needed help
from other teams to earn a berth in the postseason and didn’t get it.
This time it’s all on them to avoid missing the playoffs for the third
consecutive season." Read more...
NFL WILL NOT LOOK INTO PRIVATE CONVERSATION BETWEEN BRANDON JACOBS AND REX RYAN
"The NFL will not look into the tense post-game exchange between Jets coach Rex Ryan and Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, an NFL
Giants' 29-14 Christmas Eve win, Jacobs yelled at Ryan, “Time to shut up,
Ryan then tried to come after him “the way his old man went after (Kevin)
“You’re talking to the wrong Giant,” Jacobs said he yelled, “because I will
kick your (butt)!”
Ryan called the exchange with Jacobs a "private conversation" — perhaps a
reference to the league's reason for not looking into New England coach Bill
Belichick's reportedly vulgar remark about the Jets to his son after the
Patriots' Week 10 win.
"He doesn't like me," Ryan said of Jacobs. "I respect him, but I couldn't
care less about him."
Ryan has been fined twice by the league in his three-year tenure, both for
interactions with fans."NY DAILY NEWS
GIANTS' DEFENSE BASKS IN WIN OVER JETS, COMES ALIVE AT THE PERFECT TIME
Excerpt: "Every defensive player who was asked last week responded with a roll of the
eyes or a disgusted shake of the head. None of them could think of one game
where the Giants’ defense actually played like a Giants defense.
“You got it,” linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka
said after the Giants’ season-saving, 29-14 win over the Jets on Christmas Eve.
“You got it right there.”
“I think this was definitely it,” added safety Antrel Rolle. “We came
out and played relentless.”
That’s the perfect way to describe the five-sack, three-turnover-caused
performance of the Giants’ beleaguered defense in what was their best and most
relentless performance of the season. The Jets entered the game clearly thinking
they could withstand the Giants’ rush and pick apart their vulnerable secondary.
Mark Sanchez even
threw the ball 59 times.
But he completed just 30 for only 258 yards and if it weren’t for a couple of
close-but-fortunate replay reviews he might have turned the ball over two more
times. Especially in the second half, the Giants’ defense never let the Jets’
attack pick up steam.
It was a welcome change from their recent performances, which had been marked
by confused looks on players’ faces, botched assignments and quarterbacks being
mostly untouched. And considering what’s at stake on Sunday night, when the
Giants face the Dallas Cowboys in a winner-take-all NFC East showdown at the
Meadowlands, the revival couldn’t have come at a better time.
“I don’t think we necessarily needed it. I think we always knew that it was
going to come and it would be there,” Kiwanuka said. “But timing is everything.
We’re clicking on all cylinders right now.”
“What better time to be playing your best football than this time?” said
defensive tackle Chris Canty. “December,
January in the National Football League is when you want to be at your
There were plenty of players at their best. Cornerback Corey
Webster and safety Kenny
Phillips each had an interception. Canty had a sack for a game-sealing
safety. Justin Tuck had a sack
and two batted passes in his finest game of the season. And Jason Pierre-Paul
added two more sacks to give him 151/2 for the season. The players credited
defensive coordinator Perry Fewell for his
game plan, too, not only for simplifying some of the coverages, but for sticking
with it when things weren’t necessarily going right." Read more...
ELI MANNING, TOM COUGHLIN GIVE GIANTS UPPER HAND AGAINST COWBOYS
"The Giants are the champions of New York after their knockout victory over
the Jets and by Sunday night, they should be the champions of the NFC East. NY POST
GIANTS LIKELY WITHOUT OSI, JAKE, AND MARIO
"The Giants appear increasingly likely to be without two key pieces on offense
and Osi Umenyiora again Sunday when they square off with the Cowboys for the NFC
East title and a spot in the playoffs.
GIANTS' FOCUS NOW TURNS TO COWBOYS
"It was only moments after the Giants came up big in a game that tested their
emotional restraint, their physical resolve and their mental toughness that a
subtle mood shift enveloped a victorious locker room. Beating the Jets felt like
an intramural scuffle with a mouthy bully compared with the more familiar
showdown still looming.
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GIANTS' JUSTIN TUCK SUDDEN;Y MORE TALKATIVE
"For the first 14/15ths of the NFL season, the New York Giants sported a downtrodden, introverted Justin
Tuck, if he was even present at all.
The most recent public display his his frustration came when he refused to
talk to the media, but sported a shirt saying "My Pain, Your Entertainment".
Then that all came to a screeching halt this past week when Antrel Rolle
along with former New York Giant Antonio Pierce got vocal about leadership
within the locker room and intensity during the practice week.
After Saturday's game against the Jets, it was revealed that Tom Coughlin sat
down with defensive end Justin
Tuck and discussed his status. Whatever got said, Tuck emerged a new
Or rather, the old Tuck at least.
Tuck played his best game of the season against the Jets with several passes
defended to go along with a sack and several key hurries of Mark Sanchez.
Today Tuck reiterated the fact that he "hates" the Dallas
Cowboys and that he will be getting after