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NFC EAST DIVISION CHAMPIONS
NEWARK STAR LEDGER
GIANTS' DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR, PERRY FEWELL, SIGNED THROUGH 2012
Excerpt: "Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is signed with the team through
next season, according to someone informed of Fewell's contract status.
The person, who requested anonymity because the team doesn't usually divulge
the deals for their coaches, said Fewell received an extension last offseason
after his round of head-coaching interviews with the Broncos, Panthers, Browns
and Titans. Fewell
was the runner-up to Ron Rivera in Carolina.
Fewell initially signed a two-year deal with the Giants after the team fired
Bill Sheridan following the 2009 season." Read more...
GIANTS' JASON PIERRE-PAUL NAMED NFC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE MONTH
"Over the past month, DE Jason Pierre-Paul has established himself as one of
the NFL's elite defensive linemen, garnering the NFC Defensive Player of the
Week award twice and earning a spot in the Pro Bowl in the process.
It only makes sense that he was named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Month
for December/January today.
In the season’s final five games over the month-plus stretch, Pierre-Paul had
37 tackles (28 solo), including six sacks for 46 yards in losses. He twice had
two sacks in a game, both of which were followed with the weekly award.
Yet, Pierre-Paul -- along with his coaches and teammates -- believes there's
still some untapped potential considering he's only in his second pro season and
began playing football his senior year of high school.
“I knew that I was going to have a great year this year,” Pierre-Paul said.
“I came in and last year (as a rookie) I had an alright season and I wanted to
do better than what I did last year. Next year, or next season in 2012, I should
be better than this year.”
It was in the Giants' 37-34 win over the Cowboys on Dec. 11 that Pierre-Paul
burst onto the national spotlight. The second-year defensive end led the Giants
with eight tackles, including two sacks of Tony Romo, the first of which
resulted in a safety. He also forced a fumble that led to a Giants field goal
and secured the victory by blocking Dan Bailey’s 47-yard field goal attempt with
one second left.
He followed that up by registering a career-high 16 tackles and a sack
against Washington, and five tackles and two sacks against the Jets.
Pierre-Paul finished the season with 16.5 sacks and became the only Giants
player in history other than Lawrence Taylor and Michael Strahan with at least
16 sacks in a season."GIANTS' INJURY REPORT DWINDLING AS JAKE BALLARD AND MARK HERZLICH MAKE PROGRESS
"The Giants’ injury report is finally dwindling, as players return to the
field and the team continues to get healthier at the right time. There were just
five names on today’s injury report and two – RB Da’Rel Scott (knee) and DE Osi
Umenyiora (ankle/knee) – practiced fully.
But two others are still battling injuries that could keep them on the
sideline Sunday against the Falcons.
TE Jake Ballard was limited in today’s practice and said tomorrow’s session
will be the major test for him and his chances of playing on Sunday. Tomorrow
he’ll get more reps and a chance to run and cut to test his partially torn
“It’s all about running,” Ballard said. “I can block -- it’s all about
whether I can run routes and be effective doing that or not.”
Since Ballard sustained the injury the Giants have turned to a combination of
Bear Pascoe and Travis Beckum. Pascoe had four catches for 40 yards since
Ballard sustained the injury against Washington in Week 15.
Ballard said it was difficult watching the team the last two weeks and not
being able to play in such important games, but his outlook is a lot more
optimistic this week.
“From last to this week, I definitely feel a lot more confident in my knee,”
Ballard said. “I’ll be taking a lot more reps tomorrow and I’ll have more of an
idea of what’s going to happen.”
LB Mark Herzlich’s chances of suiting up Sunday are also higher than last
week, but it remains a long shot. Herzlich has been out since suffering an ankle
injury against the Saints on Nov. 28 and said the ankle still isn’t pain-free.
He said he went to the hospital yesterday and imaging showed that “the
healing is coming along.” Today, he made it out to the practice field today,
participating in the jog through and stretching before he worked with the
training staff on the side.
It’s not much, but it’s improvement.
“I got out there and did a little bit at least, so it’s progress,” the rookie
As expected, RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) was held out and won’t likely practice
until Friday."FALCONS' WR RODDY WHITE SYAD VICTOR CRUZ IS IN FOR A "RUDE AWAKENING" AND "GOOD PAY DAY" NEXT YEAR
"The hardest part of having a breakout year, Roddy White said, is the way
defenses start to game plan against you.FALCONS' OFFENSIVE LINEMEN SAY THEY AREN'T A GROUP OF "DIRTBAGS"
And for that, he feels like Giants wideout Victor Cruz – who leads
the team with 82 receptions for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns – may be
surprised by what he sees next season.
"Next year, he may be in for a rude awakening," White said.
In spite of that, White said he's a fan of Cruz's and thinks that he's
definitely in for a big pay day. White held out for his back in 2009 after two
straight 1,200-plus yard seasons and ended up with a six-year deal with $48
"Any time you put out those kinds of numbers, he’s going to be in for a
really good pay day, but he deserves it," White said. "Any guy that goes out
there and puts up 1,500 yards, that’s remarkable. That’s one of the nicest
seasons you can have so I think the Giants should pay him."
After saying that, White began to laugh at the notion of suggesting another
player should get a bigger deal. "I’m a Victor Cruz fan," he said. "I think they
should pay him."
White said he's seen Cruz on television and film a few times. On his
touchdown salsa dance, which seems to be emulated around the league, White
"I’ve seen it a couple times, it’s pretty nice, a pretty nice dance. It’s
elegant, very nice."
Excerpt: "Justin Tuck told reporters on Monday that "most people" would refer to the Falcons'
offensive line as "dirtbags." And by today, Atlanta's starting left tackle,
Will Svitek, was considering some marketing opportunities that may come along
with such a nickname.
"I have to find out the Wikipedia definition of dirtbag, I don't know there.
I was joking maybe we should make T-shirts and start branding this, you know?"
he said. "We could make a profit in the New York market, it's an
Svitek said that he's been receiving e-mails and text messages from friends
all week, joking about the comment.
But in all seriousness, he echoed the same sentiment as most of the offensive
linemen wearing red and black, saying that the Falcons "play to the whistle" and
that it may be misinterpreted sometimes.
He rephrased it, and said that they may be "pests."
"I know we definitely don't do things after the whistle because it's illegal,
you'll get a 15-yard penalty, A, and you'll get a fine from the league office,
B," he said. "We don't want either of those, like I said, I think we play to the
whistle. We're going to be pests, we're going to always be hovering around, but
if (Tuck) thinks that's being dirty or being cheap, we can't control that, we
don't think it is. We have our style, we've always done it and that's the kind
of way we do things here." Read more...\
GIANTS' JAKE BALLARD TO PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE AFTER MISSING TWO WEEKS WITH KNEE INJURY
Excerpt: "Jake Ballard is back to work - well, sort of.
The Giants' starting tight end, out
since suffering a knee injury against the Redskins on Dec. 18, will participate
in individual drills at practice today, coach Tom Coughlin said during his
morning press conference. That doesn't necessarily mean later on he'll be listed
as having practiced today because it's unclear at this point if he'll do any
work in team drills.
Coughlin said whether Ballard participates in the team portion of practice
will depend on how he feels after individuals." Read more...
UNHERALDED MATHIAS KIWANUKA PICKING UP STEAM AS A RUN-STOPPER FOR GIANTS
Excerpt: "Mathias Kiwanuka was one of the first players on the field Sunday, warming up
in a steady rain at MetLife Stadium. He was going through his run “fits,”
imagining himself coming downhill and meeting a lead blocker and/or the ball
About three hours later, on the first play from scrimmage in the Giants’ game against the Cowboys,
Kiwanuka flew into the backfield where he wrapped up Felix Jones and brought him
down for a loss of 1 yard.
It was a tone-setting play and he’d add another in the second quarter, when
he ran through fullback Tony Fiammetta to tackle Jones for a loss of 2.
Though these kinds of plays don’t come with the glory (and bargaining power)
of sacks, Kiwanuka has learned to accept them as a part of his new life at
“You’ve got to thrive off it, start to enjoy it. And once you’re given a role
in the defense, you just kind of have to go out there and do it,” Kiwanuka said
Monday as he headed for his day-plus of rest before preparation for the playoff
game against the Falcons begins today.
“I told myself, ‘(defensive tackle) Linval Joseph is kind of in a similar
situation. You’re a run-stopper. I’m the run-stopper for the linebackers.’ It’s
tough because sometimes, the better you play, the less you play.
“But at the same time, you’re making that team one-dimensional and you’re
giving your team a better chance. If they’re not talking about the other team
running the ball that means I’m doing my job.”
Kiwanuka’s job has been an important one for the Giants this season, even if
he’s not being talked about as much as the pass-rushers in front of him.
While Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora have gotten to the quarterback a
combined 25½ times, Kiwanuka has recorded just 3½ sacks. That’s a half-sack
short of last season’s total in 13 more games played. The reason is he’s been
mostly limited to being a run-stopper who occasionally drops into coverage and
sometimes puts his hand down as a pass-rusher.
Often, Kiwanuka’s contributions can’t even be measured in tackles, such as in
the season opener when he did a terrific job of taking on lead blocks to keep
the Redskins’ running game contained. As the Giants prepare for the Falcons’
rushing attack, which struggled late in the season but erupted for 251 yards
against the Buccaneers on Sunday, they’ll need such physical play from
“That was really an outstanding game for Kiwi,” coach Tom Coughlin said of
his play against Dallas, adding: “We put a lot of time and emphasis into
stopping the run. One of the packages was what you saw right away early in the
game with Kiwi. He certainly did respond and play well.”
It’s been well-documented how Kiwanuka’s neck injury last season allowed him
to accept and appreciate a role at linebacker he once resisted. Just being on
the field again after a herniated disc threatened his career is enough to make
Toss in another shot to experience his first playoff victory as an active
player (he was on injured reserve with a broken leg during the run to Super Bowl
XLII), plus 16 games played, and you have a guy who’s thankful for a lot right
“Just dealing with family issues, from my brother’s motorcycle accident (in
May 2010) to myself being injured and not being able to complete a season, being
on IR for the second time in five years, it becomes tough,” he said. “So having
completed an entire regular season, it was an emotional moment.”
Especially since he made it through this season despite a lot of pounding on
his neck as a run-stopper.
“It’s definitely more of a physical toll because you’ve got a running start
against a guy who might be shorter but a lot of those fullbacks, they pack some
weight,” he said. “It’s a physical game, but that’s my style of football. I like
to come downhill, I like to hit. I like when a team has a big fullback they have
confidence in because that means I’m going to be out there a lot and get a
chance to get to the ball.” Read more...
RAMSES BARDEN LEFT WATCHING GIANTS FROM THE SIDELINES IN WIN OVER COWBOYS
Excerpt: "Sunday night’s battle for the NFC East title between the Giants and Cowboys was the type of game
every football player dreams of playing in: a high-stakes affair under the
spotlight on national television.
Ramses Barden expected to be a part of it. The 6-foot-6 wide receiver had
been active in each of the eight games since he was activated off the physically
unable to perform (PUP) list before Week 9. But he was one of the seven players
ruled inactive by the team against the Cowboys.
“You always expect to go out and contribute and to be a part of your team’s
success or lack of success,” Barden said at the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s
2012 Muscle Team Gala & Benefit Auction in Manhattan on Tuesday night. I
would have liked that opportunity, but I don’t have any regrets. What’s done is
done. Decisions were made. My goal this week is to have an outstanding week of
practice and make sure I’m on the field come Sunday.”
In the eight contests he did suit up for, he had nine receptions for 94 yards
-- his best game coming against the Saints in Week 12 when he had three catches
for 38 yards. But after tight end Jake Ballard went down with a partially torn
PCL against Washington in Week 14 -- leaving the Giants with two inexperienced
backup tight ends -- and Mario Manningham was also unable to suit up against the
Jets the following week, Barden didn’t step up like he had hoped he would have.
He admitted as much on his Twitter account after recording just one catch for
four yards on Christmas Eve.
“Really happy for the great team win,” the third-year receiver tweeted after
the game. “But I played my worst game of my young career. I'll fix it [though].
Next week can't come fast enough.”
Unfortunately for him, he wasn’t able to rectify it against the Cowboys. Now
Barden is looking forward to getting back on the field Sunday against Atlanta in
the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
“Being the competitor that I am, it’s hard to watch them win and it’s hard to
watch them lose,” Barden said Tuesday. “But at the same time, I’m happy we got
that we got the win because I am a part of the team. I’ll be back out there
hopefully this weekend and have an opportunity to contribute.” Read more...
GIANTS ONLY ONE OF SEVEN PLAYOFF TEAMS SINCE 2002 OUTSCORED IN REGULAR SEASON
Excerpt: "The Giants are one of seven teams
since 2002 that have made the playoffs despite being outscored in the regular
season. This, according to the
weekly stat review released by the team today.
Naturally, I wanted to see how those teams fared in the postseason. Just
thinking about the stat and the fact 113 teams who made the postseason in that
time frame weren't outscored, I figured the rate of those teams getting bounced
out had to be high, right?
Wrong. Three of the previous five (this year's Broncos are on the list, so
obviously we don't know what they'll do yet) won their wild-card playoff game.
And one of the two that lost (the '04 Seahawks) lost to another team on the list
(the '04 Rams). So obviously somebody had to lose that one.
That leaves the 2006 Giants as the only team that we can point to as one that
lost. And if you recall correctly, they played the Eagles pretty tough in that
game. They tied the game late, only to lose on a last-second field goal by David
So I guess what I'm saying is that's the good news. Now, here's the bad news:
Of the three teams that won their first-round game, none won in the divisional
round. So that means none of the teams that advanced made it to the conference
None of this means the Giants can't get that far. It's just some historical
Here's the list of teams I'm talking about:
2004 Seahawks: 371 points for, 373 points against
(Lost to Rams 27-20 in
2004 Rams: 319 for, 392 against
(Lost to Falcons 47-17 in divisional
2006 Giants: 355 for, 362 against
(Lost to Eagles 23-20 in wild-card
2006 Seahawks: 335 for, 341 against
(Lost to Bears 27-24 in divisional
2010 Seahawks: 310 for, 407 against
(Lost to Bears 35-24 in divisional
2011 Giants: 394 for, 400 against
2011 Broncos: 309 for, 390 against" Read more...VIDEO: FALCONS PREPARE FOR GIANTS
NY DAILY NEWS
FOUR YEARS AFTER GIANTS TRIUMPH IN SUPER BOWL XLII, NFL PLAYOFFS LOOKING MIGHTY FAMILIAR TO BIG BLUE
"The uniforms and helmets are the same, deja Blue. So is the gifted ad-libber
at quarterback, Eli Manning, and the
grumpy coach, Tom Coughlin. So are
the running backs, Brandon Jacobs and
There are still fearsome pass rushers to worry opponents, plus another local
North Jersey wide receiver poised to make circus catches.GIANTS' JUSTIN CONFIDENT FOR PLAYOFFS AFTER CLOSE CALLS AGAINST PACKERS, 49ERS
"They were a fingertip away from beating the 49ers and they took the
then-undefeated Packers all the way down to the final seconds. Those are the top
two seeds in the NFC playoffs.Quarterbacks: Manning has proven he is ‘elite,’ but Rodgers was the MVP this
No wonder the Giants will open in the postseason Sunday thinking: Why not
“When we play like we played in those games? Yeah,” said Giants defensive end
Justin Tuck. “It’s
encouraging to know we did take the top two seeds to the wire and had great
opportunities to beat them. It didn’t happen for us, but if history tells you
anything about that, maybe we get another shot at them.”
Of course, as Tuck pointed out, the Giants “also got routed by the No. 3
seed” — a 49-24 hammering in New Orleans on Nov. 28 — but even that hasn’t
dampened the confidence of a team that feels “battle-tested” after a difficult
final nine games. Along the way they lost to the 49ers in San Francisco, 27-20,
on Nov. 13, when defensive tackle Justin Smith batted
down a possible game-tying touchdown pass in the final seconds. They then lost
to the Packers, 38-35, on Dec. 4, on a field goal with no time left on the
Pushing those two teams down to the wire made the Giants feel like they did
after their infamous regular-season finale in 2007 when they nearly beat the
15-0 New England Patriots and left feeling they were as good as any team in the
NFL. If the Packers and 49ers are the best the NFC has to offer, the Giants
won’t be afraid of a rematch with either one.
“I feel like we have played the best of the best opponents throughout this
season,” said safety Antrel Rolle. “We
haven’t always played up to our standards in most of those games and we had a
lot of ups and downs. I think we all know that if we focus on what we need to
do, the sky is the limit for us.”
Tuck feels that way, too. It’s why after the Giants wrapped up the NFC East
title with a 31-14 win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night, he said “We’re
capable of winning the Super Bowl.” His confidence comes from the fact that “you
have played the best teams and you know how you stack up against them. You have
taken guys’ best shots.”
Those shots included a 24-20 win in New England over the top-seeded team in
the AFC. In all, the Giants have faced four of the top six seeds in the playoffs
over the last nine weeks — the Packers, Patriots, 49ers and Saints — and gone
toe-to-toe with three of them.
So when the playoffs open this weekend, the Giants won’t fear anyone in the
NO. 1 GREEN BAY PACKERS (15-1)
The Giants pushed the
then-unbeaten Pack as far as a team could be pushed on Dec. 4, when they lost,
38-35, on a last-second field goal. Eli Manning (347 yards,
4 TDs) nearly matched Aaron Rodgers’
performance (369 yards, 4 TDs).
season. His passer rating of 122.5 was a record, and he threw for 4,643 yards
and 45 TDs despite sitting out the season finale.
GIANTS' BALLARD PRACTICES, DESPERATE TO PLAY VS. FALCONS
Excerpt: "Giants tight end Jake Ballard said “sitting out the last two weeks killed
me’’ and he is determined not to miss out on the fun for a third consecutive
week. FALCONS' LENEMEN FIRE BACK AT GIANTS' TUCK
Excerpt: "Justin Tuck might think they're "dirtbags" for their style of play, but the
Falcons' offensive line are offering no apologies.GIANTS FROM BOSTON COLLEGE RATE FALCONS' QB
"Even as a redshirt freshman running the scout team at Boston College, Matt Ryan stood out to his teammates.
GIANTS CAN MAKE SUPER RUN, BUT IT WON'T BE SAME AS '07
Excerpt: "Sometimes you simply have to ride out a groundswell, and linking these
Giants, on the eve of the playoffs, to the 2007 team that forged a special place
in NFL history is a natural gusher.
GIANTS' REPORT CARD
"Running game: D
The Giants finished last in the NFL in rushing, averaging 89.2 yards per game
and 3.5 per carry. They ran for a league-low 1,427 yards, becoming the third
team since 1990 to make the playoffs with the fewest rushing yards. Ahmad
Bradshaw (659 yards, 3.9) and Brandon Jacobs (571 yards, 3.8) struggled, at
times. But all the blame cannot be placed on them. The offense line often failed
to open holes and consistently was pushed off the ball, especially in
short-yardage situations. However, the unit improved as the season went on,
producing 100-plus yards in four of their final five games.
Passing game: A
Justin Tuck called Eli Manning and Victor Cruz "co-MVPs" on Sunday night.
Manning had a career season, completing 61 percent of his passes for a
Giants-record 4,933 yards to go with 29 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and a
quarterback rating of 92.9. Cruz, a Paterson native,
shattered the team record for receiving yards (1,536), and had 82 catches and
nine touchdowns. Hakeem Nicks again battled injuries, but caught 76 passes for
1,192 yards and seven touchdowns. TE Jake Ballard (38 catches, 604 yards)
developed into a threat, and Mario Manningham was a solid target (39, 523).
Run defense: C
It's difficult to grade a defense that lost so many key contributors to
injury. The maddeningly inconsistent run defense was a weakness at times, but
finished strong. It ranked 19th in the NFL (121.2 yards per game), but limited
the Cowboys to a season-low 49 yards when the season was on the line.
Pass defense: C
Another unit ravaged by injuries. Another unit that was woefully
inconsistent, ranking 29th in the NFL (255.1 yards per game). But another unit
that made strides when the season was at stake. The pass defense is solid when
the front four applies pressure (a combined 11 sacks against the Jets and
Cowboys) and sieve-like when it doesn't, yielding 1,053 passing yards and 12
touchdowns in one three-game stretch against the Saints, Packers and Cowboys.
But the Giants finished tied for third with 48 sacks, despite the absence of Osi
Umenyiora (nine sacks in nine games) and Justin Tuck for a combined 11 games.
Jason Pierre-Paul (16 1/2 sacks) carried the pass rush at times. Corey Webster
maybe had his best season at corner. Aaron Ross was targeted by opposing
Special teams: B
Punter Steve Weatherford brought consistency to the punting unit (45.7 yard
average, 25 boots inside the 20), and kicker Lawrence Tynes had a solid season
(19-of-24 field goal attempts, 50 long), especially on kickoffs (34 touchbacks).
The coverage units were markedly improved, despite some blips. The Giants
averaged a solid 23.3 yards per kick return, but the punt return squad struggled
all year, averaging an abysmal 6.1 yards per return (18 long).
A series of ravaging injuries. Inexperienced rookies thrust into key
positions. A number of distractions, including the loss of key veterans (Rich
Seubert, Shaun O'Hara, Steve Smith), Umenyiora's contract situation and a brutal
schedule. Yet the Giants won the NFC East. Who in August thought that would
— Jeff Roberts
FALCONS AT GIANTS
"Falcons (10-6) at Giants (9-7)
At MetLife Stadium
Sunday, 1 p.m.
TV: Ch. 5
Radio: WFAN-AM 660
Early line: Giants by 3
The Giants are playing their best at the right time, having won three of
their past four with their proverbial backs against the wall. The pass rush tied
a season high Sunday night with six sacks against the Cowboys. Eli Manning threw
for 346 yards and three TDs. Victor Cruz completed a breakout regular season
with another enormous game (six catches, 178 yards). But they will be tested by
Atlanta’s many weapons — RB Michael Turner (1,340 yards, 11 TDs). QB Matt Ryan
(61.3 completion percentage, 4,177 yards, 29 TDs, 12 INTs). TE Tony Gonzalez (80
catches 875 yards). WRs Roddy White (100, 1,296) and Julio Jones (54, 959). DE
John Abraham (9 1/2 sacks) could keep Manning on the run. But the Falcons will
be playing outdoors for just the fifth time this season.
On the hot seat
The secondary. The Giants’ pass defense has played well. But the Falcons pose
maybe its toughest test since the Packers. Atlanta ranks 10th in total offense
(376.6) and eighth in passing (262) against a secondary that ranks 29th
The pass rush must make Ryan uncomfortable and prevent him from finding his
many weapons. And the Giants will have to shut down Turner, or else they may not
get the chance to go after Ryan. On offense, Manning needs to continue his elite
play and find Cruz and Hakeem Nicks against the Falcons’ vulnerable pass
defense. Oh, and the Giants need to pray for inclement weather against an
often-sheltered Atlanta team."
— Jeff Roberts
GIANTS' PASS RUSH AMONG BEST IN TEAM HISTORY
"A fistful of jersey was all Justin Tuck could grab before Tony Romo broke
free of him.
So many other quarterbacks had escaped his clutches this injury-ravaged
season. So many other chances had slipped just out of reach.
But this time, Tuck would not let Romo escape.
He chased down the Cowboys’ quarterback from behind and stripped him Sunday
night to seal the Giants’ 31-14 victory and the NFC East crown.
Tuck finally looks healthy. Osi Umenyiora finally has returned. And Jason
Pierre-Paul continues to be a monster.
The Giants’ intimidating pass rush is whole again, tying a season high with
six sacks against Dallas. And it’s as talented as any in team history, according
to some of the franchise’s best at getting after the quarterback.
Retired Giants great Michael Strahan called them the “Trifecta.”
“Teams can adapt to one great pass rusher. Sometimes they can adapt to two,”
said Strahan (1993-2007), the Giants’ all-time sack leader (141½), who also
holds the NFL record for most in a season (22½). “But to have as many as the
Giants have, that’s tough to block.
“The sky’s the limit.”
The foundation of the Giants’ defense historically has been its pass rush,
the backbone of their Super Bowl teams in 1986, 1990 and 2007. Strahan called it
the Giants’ “formula.”
Lawrence Taylor. Strahan. George Martin. Leonard Marshall. Keith
Now they have Tuck. Umenyiora. Pierre-Paul.
They are among of the biggest reasons why the Giants (9-7) battled their way
to the playoffs — where Sunday they host the Atlanta Falcons (10-6) in the
The pass rush compares to the great ones of the
mid-1980s and the 2007 unit.
“I think talent-wise they are probably better,” said George Martin
(1975-1988), who ranks fourth in franchise history in sacks (96). “Those are
rare occasions when you have a cadre of great players across the board.”
Keith Hamilton agreed.
“I think when they’re on and they’re clicking, they’re right up there,” said
Hamilton (1992-2003), who ranks“Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1
- 01-04-2012, 11:20 AM #2
Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012 - 9:20 A.M.Thanks RF!! 4 days till Showtime!
- 01-04-2012, 11:52 AM #3All-Pro
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Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012 - 9:20 A.M.
getting stoked for Sunday!!!!!!!!!!
ALL IN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"Measure Twice......Cut Once"
You couldn't be more full of **** if you were break dancing in a Port-a-Potty.......Kruunch
- 01-04-2012, 12:11 PM #4
Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012 - 9:20 A.M.Anybody hear anymore on Barden being a healthy scratch? Special teams thing? Or motivational tool?my beer drinking team has a football problem
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Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012 - 9:20 A.M.Thanks RF. The team will be ready for Sunday.80
- 01-04-2012, 01:22 PM #6
Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012 - 9:20 A.M.[quote user="lttaylor56"]Thanks RF!! 4 days till Showtime![/quote]
Can't wait!! I will be prepared for the weather, unlike the Falcons [:S]
- 01-04-2012, 01:23 PM #7
Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012 - 9:20 A.M.[quote user="ashleymarie"]Thanks RF. The team will be ready for Sunday.[/quote]
I believe they will. There is this undercurrent in a lot of their interviews that just makes me believe they will get it done.
- 01-04-2012, 01:24 PM #8
Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012 - 9:20 A.M.[quote user="poppa smurph"]Anybody hear anymore on Barden being a healthy scratch? Special teams thing? Or motivational tool?[/quote]
This isn't popular, but I think he's just not that good.
- 01-04-2012, 01:24 PM #9
Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012 - 9:20 A.M.[quote user="GameTime"]
getting stoked for Sunday!!!!!!!!!!
ALL IN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![/quote]
It all starts in the Meadowlands.
- 01-04-2012, 02:08 PM #10
Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012 - 9:20 A.M.
[quote user="RoanokeFan"][quote user="poppa smurph"]Anybody hear anymore on Barden being a healthy scratch? Special teams thing? Or motivational tool?[/quote]
This isn't popular, but I think he's just not that good.
[/quote]Popular doesn't get you wins.
I was trying to figure out if Thomas got the start because of ST play.my beer drinking team has a football problem