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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2011 - 11:21 A.M.

    HERE NOW THE NEWS

    THE DATA WILL UPDATE THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND SHOW THE UPDATE TIME IN THE HEADER.

    NEWARK STAR LEDGER

    GIANTS-PACKERS GAME PREVIEW: A LOOK AHEAD TO SUNDAY'S GUT CHECK FOR THE GIANTS

    "A bit of a different format this week because I wrote a box for the paper in
    which I broke down five big passes Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers had
    against the Giants last year and what
    could be done to fix them. It was supposed to run on Thursday along with a story
    on the secondary.


    But then, Michael
    Strahan showed up
    . So we moved it to Friday.




    And then, Perry
    Fewell got "(angry)."
    So we bumped it to the weekend.




    Now, I have something else I'm working on for Sunday's paper, so needless to
    say I did the breakdown and can't find a spot for it. So I'm dumping it here.
    It'll serve as my defensive matchups to watch.




    In addition to the ones you should be watching up front, of course.




    "Yeah, we’re going to get after (Rodgers)," end Jason Pierre-Paul said today,
    joining Fewell in saying this defense is coming for Rodgers. "We’re tired of
    losing. It’s frustrating so we have to go out and play as one."




    So look to see if the pass rush can get home. And also watch the back end to
    see if mistakes from last year (which are outlined below) can be cleaned up.




    * * * *




    SUNDAY'S GAME: vs. Packers, 4:15 p.m., Fox




    PLAYERS TO WATCH




    Offense: It sounds like the Giants might be planning some
    double moves and other things to bait the Packers' DBs. All week long, I got the
    impression they're seeing an opportunity to hit some big plays.




    Read between the lines on this quote from QB Eli
    Manning
    .




    "They’ll disguise a few things, but it’s more of their defensive backs and
    safeties like to play aggressive. It’s a lot of man-technique where they’re just
    playing the guys," Manning said. "They see something, they’re jumping. Their
    outside guys will squat a little bit, trying to break up some of the routes.




    "Charles Woodson is very aggressive. He’ll leave his zone
    and go into another one when he sees something. And obviously if you can see
    that and predict that, they’ll leave guys open. They leave areas open to hit
    completions. It’s just a matter of having the time to see that and recognizing
    it."




    Same question, WR Victor Cruz.




    "You just have to stay kind of disciplined to your route," Cruz said. "and
    understand we have certain things in place to take advantage of that and
    understand they want to be ball hawks, be hungry and attack the ball."




    Asked about Woodson being particularly aggressive and leaving zones, Cruz
    said, "There are things on film where he would just leave a man by himself when
    he sees another guy open the quarterback's going to potentially throw the ball
    to. He'll just leave and attack that. Sometimes, he comes up with big plays,
    interceptions and big hits. Other times, he gets beat. It's a gamble he likes to
    take. Hopefully we can see that and react to it."




    Defense: See above ... and below.




    THE LINE: Packers by 7. Over-under 52. (You
    know where I'm going
    on this one. Down with the ship, maybe? Hey, I'll stand
    by that pick and actually have come to believe this team is confident and will
    be ready to play. Will it be enough, though?

    ONE MORE THING: I know a lot of people have been asking
    about when Fewell rushes only three. He was asked about that on Thursday and
    basically said you can't bring the house on every down.


    "I change based on down and distance. I change based on some tendencies," he
    said. "We try to give different looks. Basically, I think we didn’t play very
    good technique on Monday and that lead to some of the problems that we had. But
    we try to concentrate on all phases of that so that we’re not just vanilla in
    certain areas and we’re not only pressuring certain areas. We try to give the
    quarterback different looks as we prepare for different quarterbacks."




    * * * *




    And now those defensive plays I promised. Enjoy.




    On Dec. 26 last year, the Giants were hammered by the Packers 45-17 in a game
    they badly needed get into the postseason.




    "We just executed really well," Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who threw
    for 404 yards and four touchdowns, said yesterday. "We had tight windows and we
    came up with the catches and throws we needed to make."




    Considering only a few things have changed on both sides of the ball, the
    Giants must fix the issues that led to six passes of 20 or more yards that day,
    especially since they gave up five against the Saints on Monday. Here’s a look
    at what went wrong on five long completions in Lambeau last year and how it can
    be corrected:




    THE PLAY: An 80-yard touchdown from Rodgers to WR Jordy Nelson. A little over 7 minutes into the game, it was
    7-0 Packers.



    WHY IT HAPPENED: For starters, Matt Dodge’s first punt since
    DeSean Jackson’s game-winning return the week prior went off the side of his
    foot for only 25 yards to the 20. Then, S Antrel Rolle tried showing blitz to
    confuse Rodgers. "I’d like to think he kind of bit on the play-action a little
    bit," Rodgers said Wednesday. The combination of the poorly-timed fake, the fake
    handoff and S Deon Grant’s cheating to the right gave Nelson a free run from the
    line of scrimmage to the end zone.




    HOW TO FIX IT: Stay disciplined. Rolle cheated forward.
    Grant, who had the deep half, favored the outside receiver. Rodgers is good
    enough; he doesn’t need help making it easy.




    THE PLAY: A 26-yarder from Rodgers to WR Greg Jennings to
    set up a touchdown run that made it 21-14 Packers after the Giants had fought
    back from 14-0 down.




    WHY IT HAPPENED: The Giants were in a Cover-3 defense, which
    means both corners bailed at the snap. Grant had the short side of the field
    underneath CB Corey Webster but was late getting into his drop. It seemed he was
    waiting for the running back to emerge. After Jennings made the catch, he eluded
    a slipping Webster to pick up the final 16 yards.




    HOW TO FIX IT: Whether it was designed or worked out between
    Grant and LB Michael Boley at the line, as they often do, covering the backs
    shouldn’t be the main concern. The downfield threats are the ones that will kill
    the Giants. And like on Saints
    WR Marques Colston’s 50-yard catch-and-run
    on Monday, Webster has to tackle
    or at least slow down the receiver after the catch.




    THE PLAY: A 21-yard pass from Rodgers to TE Tom Crabtree to
    put the Packers in field-goal range. Mason Crosby then hit a 31-yarder to make
    it 24-14 Pack early in the third quarter.




    WHY IT HAPPENED: The Giants appeared to be in a Cover-2 zone
    and played good coverage here. But a possible mixup on the left side of the
    D-line allowed Rodgers to escape to his right. Rolle had to choose whether to
    cover Crabtree, come down on the running back or respect Rodgers’ ability to
    run. While he was deciding, Rodgers hit Crabtree, who ran for an additional 15
    yards.




    HOW TO FIX IT: Don’t let Rodgers escape. Easier said than
    done, we know. But when a guy who can throw like that also has a chance to
    scramble and run, well, it’s just not fair to Rolle or anybody covering.



    THE PLAY: A 33-yard completion from Rodgers to WR Donald
    Driver on the first play after the Giants had trimmed the lead back to a
    touchdown.




    WHY IT HAPPENED: CB Terrell Thomas was to Driver’s outside
    as he broke his pattern inside. Rodgers delivered inside and Driver made a
    diving catch.




    HOW TO FIX IT: This was good design and execution by the
    Packers. Nelson ran a deep cross over the middle, drawing Grant forward. That
    gave Driver and Rodgers the inside hole. Grant probably has to stay deep there,
    but that’s easy to say while watching from afar. Like the Saints, the Packers
    have multiple threats, so it’s often a matter of picking your poison.




    THE PLAY: One play after Driver’s catch, Jennings got deep
    for a 36-yarder to the 1-yard line. Two plays later, it was 31-17.




    WHY IT HAPPENED: Jennings dipped his shoulder to get a clean
    release outside of Webster. Still, it wasn’t bad coverage, Webster was even
    (illegally) grabbing Jennings’ hand and the blitz almost got to Rodgers.




    HOW TO FIX IT: Tip your cap to Rodgers for a fine, quick
    throw and to Jennings for an outstanding grab. Then, line back up and try to
    make a play the next time."

    GIANTS' MARIO MANNINGHAM LIKELY TO MISS GAME VS. PACKERS

    Excerpt: "Wide receiver Mario Manningham will likely be out Sunday after missing
    another practice today and is listed as doubtful on the Giants' injury report.


    Manningham, who on Thursday said there are “things
    floating” around in his knee
    but gave himself a 50-50 chance of playing,
    tried to give it a go today, stretching with teammates and doing some light
    jogging. But ultimately “it’s uncomfortable to run” for him, and he decided to
    sit out the remainder of the session.




    “I’m not at full speed, and that’s my strength,” he said.




    Manningham said he isn’t nervous about the injury, and the best treatment for
    the knee at this point is rest. He also acknowledged for the second time this
    week that surgery is a possibility, though for after the season.




    “We have to see after the season,” he said. “Whatever I need to do, that’s
    what I need to do.”




    Last week Manningham said he was going to play against the Saints, but after
    a short warm-up routine a couple hours before the game, he was ruled out.




    Manningham said there isn’t “a lot” of pain in his knee, but he’s not at 100
    percent.




    In the aftermath of a dismal showing against the New Orleans
    Saints on Monday night, there wasn’t much good to take from the
    49-24 blowout loss.
    One good thing, however, was Jason Pierre-Paul’s play —
    particularly his intensity and effort. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and
    coach Tom Coughlin noticed and spoke highly of the second-year defensive end —
    going as far as to show a clip of a Pierre-Paul hustle play to the entire
    team.




    Pierre-Paul, who leads the Giants with 10½ sacks this season, was happy with
    the praise and thinks he was deserving.




    “Yeah, it’s nice to hear it,” he said. “He gave me props when props were due,
    so that’s good to hear.”




    Earlier in the week, safety Kenny Phillips said he expected
    to see a fine from the NFL for his hit on Saints TE Jimmy Graham, but it appears
    the league won’t punish him for the hit, which drew a 15-yard unnecessary
    roughness penalty.




    “Christmas is coming, so maybe they’re taking it easy on me,” Phillips
    joked." Read more...

    NY DAILY NEWS

    GIANTS, ANTREL ROLLE LOOK TO TAKE OUT FRUSTRATIONS ON GREEN BAY PACKERS

    Excerpt: "The Giants’ defense may not have liked Perry Fewell’s
    heavy-handed criticisms of its lackluster performance against New Orleans. But
    on Friday, players certainly weren’t arguing with their defensive
    coordinator.

    One day after Fewell publicly blasted Giants defenders for
    quitting in the fourth quarter and showing little “will” and fire and intensity,
    safety Antrel Rolle refused
    to comment — on multiple occasions — when asked if players did indeed lose their
    aggression late in Monday’s blowout.


    “I know what he (Fewell) said, but I’m not going to comment,”
    Rolle said. “If he’s frustrated, I’m frustrated. We’re all frustrated. We’re
    going to take that frustration and come into Sunday.”


    Linebacker Michael
    Boley
    seconded Rolle’s thoughts. He said the team was going through “a rough
    patch,” and all defensive players were searching for answers.


    “Everybody, we’re being very critical of ourselves right now,”
    said Boley, who has watched the last two games from the sidelines as he nursed a
    hamstring injury. “That’s all the way across the board.”


    It won’t be easy to find answers against Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, whom
    Rolle called a “****y” QB.


    “He’s a very gifted quarterback,” Rolle said. “With all that
    being said, Sunday, we’re coming to play some (bleeping) ball. Handshakes can
    come after the game.”


    CRUZ ‘THE REAL DEAL’
    When the 2011 season
    began, Victor Cruz said he was
    just trying to find his “niche.” Now, according to Green Bay Packers CBs coach
    Joe
    Whitt
    , the second-year wideout is the Giants’ top receiver.


    “There’s no question,” Whitt said, according to the Milwaukee
    Journal-Sentinel. “Pro Bowl player. I mean, he’s the real deal.”


    Cruz leads the Giants with 957 receiving
    yards." Read more...

    BRADSHAW THINKS HE "SATISFIED" COUGHLIN'S PLAYING REQUIREMENTS

    Excerpt: "Ahmad Bradshaw would do just about anything to play on Sunday against the Packers, even break his already broken right foot.


    “Just cut it off,” he said on Friday.




    Luckily, it doesn’t look like the Giants will have to take such
    extreme measures, because Bradshaw is finally showing progress. He
    practiced for the first time in a month on Friday, fulfilling one of
    coach Tom Coughlin’s requirements for returning to action. Coughlin has
    said multiple times over the last few weeks that Bradshaw would need to
    practice before he played, and now the tailback has done that.




    “I think I satisfied him, and I satisfied myself,” Bradshaw said.




    Bradshaw did individual drills during the portion of practice
    that was open to the media, and he said he felt little soreness. That
    was good news, especially since he removed most of the extra padding
    that had been protecting his foot in previous weeks just minutes before
    warming up.




    He said that the multiple layers of tape, padding and special
    sneakers were “just squeezing on the bone,” which protected the injury
    but also hurt.




    “I took all of it off,” he said, “and it felt perfect.”




    Bradshaw is officially questionable on the Giants injury
    report, so there remains a chance he may not play. Coughlin indicated
    that the team would watch how Bradshaw recovered from his first practice
    time in nearly a month before making a decision




    “He did OK,” Coughlin said. “He went out and worked. He’s
    telling me all the things I want to hear, but he did OK. He did all
    right. We’ll see how he is in the morning




    “I saw what I saw, and that’s what I’ll go on. And what the
    trainers and doctors tell me in the morning. We’ll listen to that and
    then we’ll make a decision.” Read more...

    NY POST

    GIANTS' LINEBACKER MICHAEL BOLEY LIKELY TO PLAY VS. PACKERS

    Excerpt: "Michael Boley might not be a household name, but the veteran middle
    linebacker’s importance to the Giants can’t be overstated — especially this
    weekend.



    Boley appears likely to return tomorrow after missing the past two-plus games
    with a hamstring injury he suffered in the first half of the Giants’ loss to the
    49ers in Week 10. And his anticipated comeback won’t happen a moment too soon
    with Big Blue girding itself for the unbeaten Packers and Aaron Rodgers’ Flying
    Circus.




    As well as essentially serving as the quarterback of the defense by wearing
    the signal headset, Boley also would strengthen what has been the bane of the
    Giants’ linebackers lately — pass coverage, especially against tight ends. With
    the Saints’ Jimmy Graham the most
    recent example, tight ends have dominated the Giants much of the season.

    In the last four games (three of them losses), opposing tight ends have
    caught 33 passes for 395 yards and five touchdowns.



    Tomorrow offers no respite, either, with the Giants facing the unenviable
    task of trying to contain 6-foot-4, 260-pound Jermichael Finley. The huge target
    has been a favorite Rodgers outlet this season, hauling in 36 passes for 513
    yards and five touchdowns amid the Packers’ 11-0 start.




    Mathias Kiwanuka is the Giants’ strong-side linebacker, a position usually
    tasked with covering the tight end, but Kiwanuka’s strength is as a pass rusher.
    Boley played the strong side while a member of the Falcons and has been a
    playmaker in coverage, breaking up three passes and forcing a career-high tying
    three fumbles.




    So watching rookies Greg Jones, Mark Herzlich, Jacquian Williams and Spencer
    Paysinger struggle mightily in coverage during his absence was almost as painful
    as the hamstring injury for Boley.




    “It was tough watching the team in general not do well while I was
    [sidelined],” Boley said. “You don’t want to be on the sideline having to look
    at that. You want to be out there." Read more...

    COUGHLIN IN RUSH TO RIGHT GIANTS' SHIP

    Excerpt: "Giants coach Tom Coughlin knows
    what is at stake so yesterday he broke down into his best pass-blocking
    technique to get his point across to his defensive line.



    As each member of the line made his way down the field to go to the unit
    drills at the Timex Performance Center, Coughlin stood on about the 20-yard line
    to greet them. And as each of the locomotive-size men passed, there was the
    65-year-old coach; churning his feet, dropping into pass-blocking mode,
    signaling with his arms for his linemen to get around him in a classic contain
    the quarterback attack.

    Football is as much psychological as much as it is physical and as each
    defensive lineman passed, Coughlin offered a hearty pat on the back.



    UPDATES FROM
    OUR GIANTS BLOG




    Coughlin isn’t giving up. He can’t afford to and he knows that without a
    monster pass rush tomorrow at MetLife Stadium, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers will destroy the Giants, essentially
    ending their season and most likely Coughlin’s Big Blue coaching career.




    Of Coughlin’s coaching energy, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said: “He’s always
    going.’’




    If the Giants don’t make the playoffs, Coughlin is going out the door.




    When asked what he expects to see from his defensive line in this game,
    Coughlin bluntly said: “We’ve got to get to the quarterback. We’ve had a run
    here of a few games without a lot of pressure and that’s where it all starts for
    us — up front. Regardless how they come in and protect, etc., we’ve got to do
    something to get the quarterback.’’




    Or as one Giants official whispered after Coughlin made those remarks: “We’ve
    got to get his [butt].’’ Read more...

    PACKERS WITHOUT HAWK, BISHOP VS. GIANTS

    Excerpt: "When the Green Bay Packers lost both starting inside linebackers by halftime
    of their Thanksgiving game at Detroit, the defense was forced to improvise with
    its version of the silent count.



    The Packers didn’t have the benefit of relaying calls from the sideline to
    the defense on the field using a radio device because A.J. Hawk and Desmond
    Bishop were out of the game with calf injuries. They were the two players the
    team designated to wear helmets with speakers to carry alignment calls from
    coach Winston Moss before each play.

    “It was the first time in my career that I had both of them go out. So that
    was a new experience,” defensive coordinator Dom Capers said Friday.



    Since the Packers by league rule couldn’t have another player wear the
    special helmet, the coaches resorted to using hand signals with the defense in
    the second half of their win over the Lions. Hawk and Bishop won’t play Sunday
    when the unbeaten Packers meet the Giants on the road, but the line of
    communication will be open again for the Green Bay defense.




    “It’ll be much better than it was last week,” coach Mike McCarthy said.




    Rookie D.J. Smith and second-year player Robert Francois are preparing to
    start for the first time this season. They replaced Bishop and Hawk in the last
    game and made significant contributions as the Packers improved to 11-0." Read more...

    GIANTS' AHMAD BRADSHAW "READY TO GO"

    Excerpt: "Ahmad Bradshaw sat on the practice field at the Giants headquarters and had a
    trainer peel layers of protective padding off his right foot before getting up
    and bouncing around on his feet.



    Next came the shoes. Equipment manager Joe Skiba brought out three pairs for
    the fifth-year running back to test, before he decided on the right one.




    When the Giants (6-5) lined up to practice Friday for Sunday’s home game
    against the Super Bowl champion
    Packers (11-0), Bradshaw was in the backfield ready to work out for the first
    time since breaking a bone in his right foot on Oct. 30 against the Miami
    Dolphins.

    Bradshaw expects to be in the lineup when the Giants attempt to snap a
    three-game losing streak and end the Packers’ run at perfection.



    “I feel good,” Bradshaw said after practice. “How are you feeling?”




    Coach Tom Coughlin was a little
    more cautious discussing whether Bradshaw will be ready Sunday. While saying his
    starter looked good and said all the right things, Coughlin said the deciding
    factors on whether Bradshaw plays will be how his foot feels on Saturday and
    whether doctors will clear him to play.




    “I’m happy to be out there, man,” Bradshaw said, who was listed as
    questionable for the game. “I felt great. I plan on doing whatever I have been
    doing, like the last weeks I did play. Hopefully, I can handle everything.”




    The Giants have struggled rushing this season even with Bradshaw. He had a
    team-high 440 yards rushing before his injury and the only 100-yard rushing game
    the Giants have posted this season, a 104-yard game against Buffalo, the week
    before he was hurt.




    The Giants have 195 yards rushing in the three games Bradshaw missed, with Brandon Jacobs carrying much of
    the load.




    Bradshaw believes he showed Coughlin enough to get him into the game on
    Sunday.




    “I am ready to go, man,” he said." Read more...

    SERBY AND HALE PREVIEW GIANTS VS. PACKERS GAME - VIDEO

    THE BERGEN RECORD

    GIANTS' AHMAD BRADSHAW SAYS HE'S READY TO PLAY ON SUNDAY

    Excerpt: "Ahmad Bradshaw tried on the first pair of cleats.




    Then the second. Then the third, removing tape and extra padding along the
    way.




    Finally, the Giants’ running back found the right fit for his broken right
    foot. And finally – it appears – he will rejoin the team after missing the past
    four games with a stress fracture.




    He expects to play Sunday, when the Giants (6-5) host the Packers (11-0) in a
    game that could define their season.




    “I’m ready to go, man,” said Bradshaw, who played the second half of the 2009
    season with stress fractures in both feet.




    He practiced Friday for the first time since suffering the injury in an Oct.
    30 victory over the Dolphins.




    “If I’m out there, you’re going to see everything. Put it all on the field,”
    he said. “If I have to break this foot, I will and cut it off.”




    However, coach Tom Coughlin was reserving judgment on the back, who is listed
    as questionable.




    “He’s telling me all of the things that I want to hear, but he did OK,” he
    said. “We’ll see how he is in the morning.”




    The Giants also expect to have linebacker Michael Boley back from a hamstring
    injury that sidelined him the past two weeks." Read more...

    NY TIMES

    GIANTS' TOUGH SCHEDULE A PASS FOR COUGHLIN?

    Excerpt: "Six points from around the Web, with an extra point from the Fifth
    Down:



    1) Erik
    Matuszewski of Bloomberg News has the numbers,
    and they’re not pretty for
    the Giants: “The New York Giants have the most difficult path to the National
    Football League playoffs of the 18 teams within two games of a postseason
    berth.”




    If they fail to make the playoffs, should Giants ownership take that into
    account when deciding if Tom Coughlin should remain as coach?




    Aditi Kinkhabwala of The Wall Street Journal took a closer look at recent
    seasons when the Giants were
    said to have “collapsed”
    and determined that the label fit only for 2010 and
    2006. Challenging second-half schedules have been the norm." Read more...

    GIANTS 101

    GIANTS' DEFENSE: PERRY FEWELL VS. INJURIES

    "We’ve all seen, if not heard, the Perry
    Fewell
    rant” this week. Was it done out of true passion or
    embarrassment? I still believe the former…


    Undoubtedly, this is not the New York Giants defensive football we all live for. So what’s the problem?




    Most fans tend to lean towards one quick answer, blaming one person:
    Defensive Coordinator Perry
    Fewell
    and his infamous zone-based schemes. The arguments supporting this
    flood in daily (sometimes hourly), some valid…but how about a different
    point-of-view?




    Since the NFL Lockout
    ended, the New York Football
    Giants have lost (via Injured Reserve) a total of nine defensive players. This
    doesn’t include ten other players that are still playing with injuries or are
    currently side-lined with one. For those keeping count, that leaves ten without
    a disclosed injury plus six others signed off the street/waivers/off the
    practice squad.




    I won’t digress just yet as many will mention 2010 injuries (although not as
    ridiculous in number) and depth. Last year, Fewell’s same zone defense-based
    schemes ranked his D top ten in just about every category. They were the “QB
    Killas”, remember? 2011, so far, has them ranked a dismal and extremely
    disappointing mid to late 20’s in almost every category—except sacks.




    Same D-Coordinator; same base defense. Difference? Players. CB, Terrell
    Thomas
    (last year’s top tackler and backfield play-caller, as nickel) and
    run-stopping MLB, Jonathan
    Goff
    -two huge losses- were gone early and almost every experienced player
    left is injured. Of the ten “non-injured”, four have less than one-year
    experience.




    No excuses are being made for Fewell here (I grew up on heavy doses of the
    Big Blue Wrecking Crew—I hope for them reincarnated every year), but much like
    the injury debacle on the offensive side of the ball in 2010, some risks are
    being taken to “force” plays.




    Side note: Ha. Someone will try to blame Easy E for this!




    Anyway, everyone seems to also have the answer too…


      [*]Blitz More! (Best risk option, in this fan’s opinion)[*]Play More Man-Coverage (is failing)[*]All-Out Blitz/Send The House Theory (Self-explanatory as to why =
      fail)[*]“Just Bring Spags Back” (Realistic much?)[/list]

      It still comes down to players: Err in communication and assignments is a
      self discipline and an execution issue. My gut also tells me that besides many
      of the veterans dealing with being hurt (and playing that way), there’s even
      more frustration in having to over-compensate on-field for the lack of
      experience…who calls which “Cover” in the back 7?…Once it’s called is it the
      right one for the personnel on field?…Who’s communicating the “Cover” from the
      sidelines?…Is it a far out idea to get someone up in the booth?




      There’s many variables to factor in for a perfect answer to “why?”, but the
      fact remains: injuries have and are affecting this D.




      No wonder Fewell exploded. It took long enough."

      GIANTS' HAKEEM NICKS TO SIGN AUTOGRAPHS AT POUGHKEEPSIE GALLERIA ON DECEMBER 19TH

      Excerpt: "For the first time in his young career, New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem
      Nicks
      will be making an appearance in upstate New York on December 19th at the Poughkeepsie Galleria
      (2001 South Road).


      Nicks will be meeting with fans and signing
      autographs
      from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST, but tickets are limited. With only
      400 available to start, they are running out quickly.




      Tickets can be purchased on the DreamTeam
      Promotions website
      and fans can choose from a number of items they'd like to
      have autographed, including a Giants football, a mini-helmet or a Nicks home jersey." Read more...

      JASON PIERRE-PAUL KNOWS WHAT THE DEFENSIVE LINE HAS TO DO

      "Over the course of the last three weeks (all losses) the New York
      Giants have racked up just three sacks, and their ranking dropped from tops in
      the NFL in sacks to
      6th.


      On Sunday, the Giants will face the Green Bay Packers and prototype
      quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who employ all different types of protection schemes
      and Rodgers has one of the quickest releases in the NFL.




      Wednesday, Michael
      Strahan
      dropped by the New York Giants facility and decided to give the
      defensive line a good talking to. While he insists that the speech was not a big
      deal, it was for a number of the New York Giants' younger players.





      “Can’t be falling apart. Even if the defensive backfield, or whatever, is
      falling apart, we have to stay strong. It’s on us,” said JPP.




      Jason
      Pierre-Paul
      , who leads the team with 9 1/2 sacks, agreed the linemen need to
      bail out this team and this defense right now. So did Kiwanuka, who noted
      Rodgers, or any quarterback, “can’t throw the ball if you’re on your back.”





      “You can put it on our backs,” Pierre-Paul said. “The D-line is the front,
      the strong part of the defense, so we just have to get it
      right.”




      The line will be without the services of OsiUmenyiora, who is sidelined with
      an ankle injury. Justin
      Tuck
      has been a walking zombie on the field the past several weeks and he
      will need to get past his fear of re-injuring himself and leave it all on the
      field this Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.




      Tuck and Pierre Paul will have to shine Sunday if the defensive line is to
      have a strong game and pressure Rodgers.




      Whether or not Michael Boleyplays will make a big difference in terms of how
      the back 7 handles their coverage responsibilities, but there is no secondary in
      the NFL who can
      cover the Packers receivers when the quarterback has time.




      This week, and perhaps the season rests on whether or not the Giants can get
      back to their ways of pressuring the quarterback."

      GIANTS' AHMAD BRADSHAW, MICHAEL BOLEY INCHING CLOSER TO RETURNING

      "Believe it or not, there is some good news on the injury front for the New York
      Giants today. Numerous beat writers are reporting running back, Ahmad
      Bradshaw
      , returned to practice today for the first time since he
      sustained an injury on October 30.


      Since Bradshaw's injury, the Giants running game, and offense overall, has
      been quite limited. This has also put nearly all of the burden on quarterback,
      Eli
      Manning
      , to get the ball down the field and in the end zone.
      Additionally, alternate running back, Brandon
      Jacobs
      , has been less than stellar in Bradshaw's absence, averaging
      as low as 1.8 yards per carry and with only two touchdowns since Bradshaw was
      sidelined.




      The hope is that Bradshaw can live up to his comments yesterday about being
      ready to play.




      The other encouraging news is that linebacker, Michael
      Boley
      , practiced for the second straight day. Having Boley back
      against a pass-heavy offense like the Green
      Bay Packers
      showcase will be a big help for the Giants.




      The big test will come tomorrow, and barring any setbacks, both players
      should see action this Sunday."

      BIG BLUE VIEW

      GIANTS VS. PACKERS: FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

      "The New York Giants
      meet the Green Bay Packers
      Sunday. It is a game that isn't make or break for the Giants in terms of whether
      or not they can make the playoffs. A victory would, obviously, be a huge help.
      If the Giants are going to have any chance to steal the NFC East from the Dallas Cowboys,
      though, they absolutely need to come out of this game feeling good about the way
      they played.



      Here are my 'Five Things To Watch' this week as we wait to see if what will
      happen.





      1. The Defensive Effort: After seeing defensive coordinator Perry
      Fewell say things like he was "pissed" and "baffled" by the team's lack of will and emotion Monday, and then having
      Inside Football's Pat Traina tell us that at least one player privately questioned how well prepared the Giants
      were
      for the Saints ypu have
      to wonder. Is there a disconnect between the players and the coordinator? Will
      we see Giants flying to the football, running hard and chasing down every play?
      Or, will we see what we saw Monday -- too many players not hustling, and a
      church-like quiet on a defeated sideline? For me, the answer to this question
      might be more interesting than the outcome of the game itself.




      2. Can The Giants Pressure Aaron
      Rodgers
      ?
      They could not pressure Drew Brees. In
      fact, they haven't pressured anyone in about a month. Fewell says "We're going
      to get to the quarterback. Period." Giants fans would like to believe that. I'm
      guessing, though, that you guys will reserve judgment on that.




      3. Can The Giants Be Turnover-Free? The Packers have a league-best 22
      interceptions and a gaudy +15 turnover ratio. If the Giants are going to have a
      chance to win this game they need to be nearly flawless on offense.




      4. Can The Giants Get A Big Special Teams Play? We have focused
      forever on the Giants ability to cover punts and kickoffs, and Green Bay's Randall Cobb
      is a dangerous returner. Really, though, what the Giants need desperately is big
      return or two that gets them easy points, or at least sets them up already in
      scoring territory. They haven't had that all year, and this would be a good time
      for that to happen.




      5. Can The Giants Cover Anybody? Let's forget the pass rush for a
      second. Between the young linebackers and the too-slow safeties the Giants have
      had issues in pass coverage. They aren't going to get to Rodgers every time no
      matter what they do, so they had better be flawless in terms of coverage
      assignments."

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      http://www.nfl.com/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG


      YAHOOSPORTS

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      http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/p...ew-york-giants

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      http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/foo...ts/?eref=sinav



      ESPN.COM

      JERNIGAN THINKS OPPORTUNITIES

      Excerpt: "Through 11 weeks of the season, rookie receiver Jerrel
      Jernigan
      's lone contribution to the Giants has been one kickoff return
      for 19 yards. The wide receiver and return specialist admits that he thought he
      would have had more of an effect with the team by now.

      "I expected it
      and now we are deep into the season and I should have learned the majority of
      the playbook if not all the playbook," Jernigan said. "I expect to be in there."


      Jernigan, a third-round draft pick, said he thinks his opportunities
      will increase over the final five weeks of the season. The receiver has been
      getting more reps at practice with injuries at the wide receiver position.


      "I prepare every week like I'm going to be involved," Jernigan said.
      "Right now, we have (Mario) Manningham with an injury problem
      and we're kind of thin at receiver spot. I've been learning the whole year and I
      feel more comfortable with the offense."

      He added about the team being
      down some receivers: "It's time for me to step up and make some plays."


      Known as an excellent return man, Jernigan had some fumbling problems
      during the preseason. The Giants instead chose to go with other players on their
      roster to field returns and the receiver didn't play in the team's first four
      games.

      He finally played on Oct. 9 against Seattle on special teams and
      played as a receiver on Oct. 16 against Buffalo. His first kickoff return came
      on Nov. 16 against New England and he has not played since.

      Offensive
      coordinator Kevin Gilbride said Jernigan not being used in the
      offense is a result of a numbers game, with talented receivers like
      Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Manningham all ahead of him on
      the depth chart. That limited the amount of reps he would get with the starting
      offense.

      "Not being in there, new player," Gilbride said. "He's fallen
      behind again but he's trying to get caught up as best as he can." Read more...


      http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants

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      MISCELLANEOUS
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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2011 - 11:21 A.M.

    Thanks Roanoke

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    [quote user="fourth&forever"]Thanks Roanoke[/quote]

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    Thanks for the news Roa

    Really getting pumped for tommorows game now...this season is far from over and im getting pretty fed up with all this fire Coughlin talk. Yeah there are better head coaches out there, but it is what it is and we need to roll our sleeves up as coaches, players and fans of the MIGHTY NY GIANTS...and fight for every feckin inch !!!

    Bring on the Packers...its time to throw everything including the kitchen sink at them...leave nothing and i mean NOTHING on the field tommorow and they will have my respect !!!

    LETS GO GIANTS....LETS GO !!

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    [quote user="britishblue2"]Thanks for the news Roa

    Really getting pumped for tommorows game now...this season is far from over and im getting pretty fed up with all this fire Coughlin talk. Yeah there are better head coaches out there, but it is what it is and we need to roll our sleeves up as coaches, players and fans of the MIGHTY NY GIANTS...and fight for every feckin inch !!!

    Bring on the Packers...its time to throw everything including the kitchen sink at them...leave nothing and i mean NOTHING on the field tommorow and they will have my respect !!!

    LETS GO GIANTS....LETS GO !![/quote]

    We fans are really fickle. We get on the players when they "give up, collapse or whatever it is we're saying at any particular time." Yet many of our brethren here are so quick to write the team off.
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    thanks Roanoke! [B]

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    [quote user="BigBlue1971"]thanks Roanoke! [B][/quote]

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