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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012 - 10:58 A.M.

    HERE NOW THE NEWS

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

    NFC EAST DIVISION CHAMPIONS
    NFC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
    WORLD CHAMPIONS - SUPER BOWL XLVI

    PLAYOFFS 4 - 0: ON TO THE PARADE!!

    NEWARK STAR LEDGER

    GIANTS' ASSISTANT JACK BICKNELL INTERVIEWING FOR CHIEFS' OFFENSIVE-LINE COACHING SPOT

    "The Giants won the Super Bowl. Now, a
    lot of players will want more money and a lot of teams will want their
    coaches.



    With
    Mike Sullivan interviewing with the Buccaneers
    , now comes word another
    assistant coach is in talks with a team.




    Jack Bicknell Jr., the Giants' assistant offensive line coach behind Pat
    Flaherty, has spoken with the Chiefs about being their next offensive-line
    coach, according to someone informed of Bicknell's interview. The person, who
    requested anonymity, said Bicknell met with Kansas City earlier this week.




    It's unclear where the Chiefs, who must replace the recently
    retired Bill Muir
    , are in the interview process and where Bicknell stands
    among the list of candidates.




    Bicknell Jr., the son of former Boston College head coach Jack Bicknell Sr.
    and the brother of Bills tight ends coach Bob Bicknell, has been with the Giants
    for the past three seasons after serving as an assistant coach with three
    college programs."

    GIANTS' QB COACH MIKE SULLIVAN INTERVIEWING FOR BUCANEERS' OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR SLOT

    "Giants quarterbacks coach Mike
    Sullivan could soon be joining Greg Schiano in Tampa, Fla.



    Sullivan is interviewing for the Bucs' offensive coordinator job, according
    to Rachel Nichols of ESPN, who tweeted
    the news earlier
    .




    Sullivan was the Giants' wide receivers coach from 2004-09. After Chris
    Palmer left for the UFL, he stepped in as Eli Manning's position coach. When
    Manning threw 25 interceptions, many on the outside figured Sullivan might be
    the reason, though Manning supported his coach the whole time.




    This past season, Manning set a franchise record with 4,933 passing yards,
    threw nine fewer interceptions, completed 61 percent of his passes and had a
    career-best 8.4 yards per attempt.




    Manning also threw much better while moving in the pocket and on the run,
    which backup quarterback David Carr attributed to Sullivan's
    unconventional drills
    .




    Sullivan might not be the only assistant coach interviewing in the coming
    days. Stay tuned to see if rumblings of another team taking aim at another
    offensive coach are accurate."


    ##

    GIANTS' VICTOR CRUZ MAKES THE ROUNDS AFTER SUPER BOWL, DRAWS ATTENTION AFTER MONEY COMMENTS

    "Here’s the essence of Victor Cruz and a big part of why he’s become a
    phenomenon: He’s signing helmets at the end of a daylong schedule of interviews,
    one day after cutting the ribbon to open Fashion Week, four days after scoring a
    touchdown in the Super Bowl, and only a few days from flying to Los Angeles to
    present an award at the Grammys.


    And yet, he still has that I-can’t-believe-what’s-happening-to-me look about
    him.




    “I mean, I don’t know what makes me so cool they want me to do all this
    stuff. It’s just a lot of fun,” the Giants' breakout wide receiver said
    Thursday evening while signing his name to memorabilia at Steiner Sports, with
    whom he just signed an exclusive agreement. “Anytime you win a Super Bowl,
    there’s going to be a lot of stuff that comes with it. I’m just happy, man.”




    There’s been plenty of stuff that came with this Super Bowl and this
    record-setting season for Cruz. He hasn’t gotten much sleep the past few days as
    he’s tried to capitalize on his newfound fame by making appearance after
    appearance.




    Cruz has also learned, once again, about the power of his words, particularly
    in light of this national spotlight that’s shining brighter than ever on
    him.




    Thursday, during an appearance on ProFootballTalk.com’s “PFT Live,” Cruz was
    asked about whether winning the Vizio Top Value Award means he’s underpaid. He
    responded by saying his $450,000 base salary this past season was “relative to
    where I came in this year” but “after my performance this year, you know, I feel
    like I deserve to be paid more money at this point.”




    Cruz, who is scheduled to make $490,000 next season, then added he’d “let my
    agents and those people take care of it and I’ll just go out there and play the
    game.”




    Too late. The firestorm had begun.




    “I like how you just took out that part,” Cruz said with a smile during the
    interview at Steiner, when asked about wanting to be paid more. “Did you get the
    next part of what I said? That was the only part you’d like to hear to
    repeat.”




    The “next part” would be the part where he talked about allowing his agents
    to handle business and he’d focus on football. Still, the former undrafted
    player, who is scheduled to be a restricted free agent at the end of next
    season, understands his value.

    “I just feel like, yeah, with what I did this year statistically, the records
    and everything like that,” said Cruz, who set a Giants single-season mark with
    1,536 receiving yards and had a team-record 99-yard touchdown. “Obviously, just
    looking at the top players in the league and looking at what I did this year, I
    feel naturally there should be an increase in pay.”


    One of Cruz’s agents, Jack Huntington, declined comment when asked about his
    plans for handling his client’s contract.




    During an appearance on SNY’s “The Wheelhouse” on Thursday, Cruz was asked
    who’s the best slot receiver in the league. He said it’s a tie right now between
    him and the Patriots’ Wes Welker.




    Hey, even Bill Belichick might agree with that one.




    The Pats’ coach was caught by NFL Films’ microphones telling his defense
    before the Giants’ winning drive last Sunday not to let No. 80 and his
    counterpart beat them.




    “This is still a Cruz and (Hakeem) Nicks game,” Belichick said. “I mean, I
    know we’re right on them. It’s tight, but those are still the guys. Make them go
    to (Mario) Manningham, make them go to (Bear) Pascoe, but let’s make sure we get
    Cruz and Nicks.”




    Cruz has seen that clip and grinned when asked about it.




    “That was flattering,” he said. “It was crazy just to hear him say it on the
    sideline like that in the Super Bowl. I guess he’d rather have Mario catch a
    38-yarder up the sideline as opposed to me do it or Hakeem.”

    With that kind of attention on the field comes even more off it. And with
    that, plus the talk of contracts and other business, comes the pressure to
    remain true to his personality.


    So far, the young man from Paterson who still acts like a kid when he’s out
    on the field promises not to change.




    “You just kind of understand it’s going to be a whirlwind in the beginning,
    all of the appearances and stuff like that,” he said of the media blitz. “But
    after that, it’s about coming back, being the same old you, taking the same
    garbage out at my mother’s house and doing the same old things.




    “As long as I keep that in the back of my head and understand that, no matter
    what, I still have to be myself and remember where I came from.”




    And if not, Blanca Cruz will remind him.




    “It’s safe to say that, yes,” he said with a laugh. “I will not be spoiled by
    success, especially when I have the type of mother that I have who won’t allow
    that.”

    GIANTS' JAKE BALLARD PROMISES DILIGENCE, CAUTION IN RETURNING FROM TORN ACL

    Excerpt: "The trainers and doctors were telling Jake Ballard on Sunday they thought he had
    a torn meniscus. That's a tough injury but not nearly as bad as could be.


    "And then (after) the MRI, the doc came in with a look on his face and I just
    knew it wasn't my meniscus," Ballard said today while signing helmets along with
    some teammates for Steiner Sports. "So it was pretty frustrating."




    The doctor's look was indicative of the true diagnosis: a torn anterior
    cruciate ligament. Ballard
    suffered one
    of the worst injuries at one of the worst times.




    The Giants' second-year tight end
    said he's hoping for an eight-month recovery, which would make him a candidate
    to be activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list. But there's a chance
    he could miss the entire 2012 season as well.




    "I definitely don't want to go out there too early and hurt it again," he
    said, "so if I get eight, nine months to prepare, I'm fine with that. ... Clint
    Sintim came back
    too early and he might not have been ready and he hurt it
    again. So we're going to play it by ear and I'm going to bust my butt to try and
    make it by the beginning of the season." Read more...

    GIANTS' VICTOR CRUZ BELIEVES HE SHOULD BE PAID MORE

    "With every offseason come difficult decisions for an organization and
    possible standoffs between the team and players. They go both ways; sometimes
    the franchise believes the individual should take less money, other times it’s
    the player asking for a raise.


    Enter: Victor Cruz.




    The Giants' breakout wide receiver
    earned $450,000 this season as part of his three-year contract — a standard
    salary for an undrafted player who hadn’t proven anything coming into the
    season. He’s set to receive a $40,000 raise and earn $490,000 next season.




    But 1536 receiving yards and nine touchdowns during the regular season, and
    impressive production in the playoffs means he outplayed his contract, and he
    now believes he should be paid more, according to ProFootballTalk.com.




    “I think I was paid, you know, relative to where I came in this year and, you
    know, I came in as a free agent so that’s the salary I was on, so I don’t feel
    like I was underpaid,” Cruz
    told Pro Football Talk Live today.
    “I mean, I feel like after my performance
    this year, you know, I feel like I deserve to be paid more money at this point.
    But that’s something I’ll let my agents and those people take care of and I’ll
    just go out there and play the game.”



    Giants general manager told reporters today that players asking for raises
    comes with the territory of Full Star-Ledger coverage of Super Bowl XLVI">winning
    a Super Bowl and wouldn’t divulge whether Cruz — or any other player’s —
    contract will be restructured. In addition to Cruz's situation, Mario Manningham
    is an unrestricted free agent.




    "We’re in the early stages of our evaluating the team as a whole,
    individually. We have not yet discussed anything with respect to salaries," he
    said.




    “It’s a good problem to have. You win a Super Bowl and everybody thinks
    they’re the reason we win. That’s a good problem to have. That means you won it.
    It’s just part of the offseason. There are always contract issues in the
    offseason and that’s what the offseason is. You have to deal with contracts with
    your roster — who’s going to stay, who’s going to go."




    Another player Reese and the front office will likely also have to deal with
    during the offseason is defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who briefly held out of
    training camp this past season over a contract dispute. Umenyiora accused Reese
    of lying to him; he claims Reese promised to restructure his contract if he
    outplayed it.




    The Giants didn’t budge and the 30-year-old Umenyiora played under the
    contract — he had signed a six-year contract extension for $41 million with $15
    million guaranteed in December 2005 — and was a key cog in the Giants’
    devastating pass rush.




    On Wednesday, fellow defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said the Giants should
    “give him what he wants,” whether that will happen is anyone’s guess.




    "Osi is under contract, but we’ll discuss everything as a staff and we’ll
    discuss all issues that could possibly come up for us," Reese said. "We’ll come
    up with a game plan and we’ll move on day-to-day and see how things work out for
    us."



    GIANTS' JERRY REESE BELIEVES TRAVIS BECKUM AND JAKE BALLARD WILL START THE 2012 SEASON ON PUP



    Excerpt: "Bear Pascoe was the final tight end standing for the Giants in Full Star-Ledger coverage of Super Bowl
    XLVI
    ">Super Bowl XLVI and it appears as though he’s the only tight
    end on the current active roster that will be in uniform for the team’s 2012
    opener.




    With news that tight ends Travis Beckum and Jake Ballard — Ballard’s
    news came
    two days later — both suffered torn ACLs against the New England
    Patriots, general manager Jerry Reese anticipates both will be inactive for the
    start of the 2012 season.




    “I’m not a doctor, but from my perspective right now they’ll probably both be
    guys that’ll end up on PUP [physically unable to perform list] at the beginning
    of the season and see how healthy they are and how quickly they can recover from
    these injuries that they have,” Reese told reporters on a conference call
    today.




    If placed on PUP, they will both be inactive for at least the first six games
    of the season. After sitting out the six games, the team has three weeks to
    activate him. If he is not activated in that three-week window, he is placed on
    PUP for the remainder of the season.




    Last season, the Giants started with wide receiver Ramses Barden and center
    Adam Koets on PUP. Barden was activated against the Patriots in Week 9 — the
    Giants’ eighth game — and Koets was released after Week 9.




    It’s a difficult blow for two players that, along with Bear Pascoe, helped
    alleviate the loss of Kevin Boss — and then some. Ballard finished with 604
    receiving yards this season — better than any of Boss’ four seasons with the
    Giants despite missing two games.




    Beckum’s role increased later in the season and into the playoffs — partly in
    due to Ballard’s PCL injury and Beckum himself recovering from nagging injuries
    — and his highlight was a 67-yard touchdown against the Packers on Dec. 4.




    With Ballard and Beckum out, Pascoe stepped in and caught four balls for 33
    yards in the Super Bowl after recording his first career touchdown against the
    49ers in the NFC Championship game.




    Reese gave Pascoe high praise today and said the restricted free agent will
    be back.




    “He’s kind of a joker on offense for us,” Reese said. “We’re talking about
    Kiwi being a joker on defense — Bear plays tight end, he plays h-back, he can
    play fullback. He can do a little bit of everything.”




    Earlier in the conference call, Reese said he wouldn’t go into specific names
    in regards to who on his team he believes is lying under shadows and can make an
    impact. But when the subject of dealing with the tight end injuries came up, he
    offered a name voluntarily.




    “[Practice squad player] Christian Hopkins is a big kid that we like,” Reese
    said. “He practices hard everyday. Our coaches like [that] and think that he has
    the potential to come in and compete for a job as well. He’s a big kid. At least
    6-5, about 275 pounds and he works hard everyday at practice so he’s endeared
    himself to our coaches with how hard he works. He has soft hands, he catches the
    ball nice. So he’ll be a guy we’ll look at.”




    Hopkins, 26, has never appeared in a regular season game. Reese also said the
    Giants will look into free agency and the draft for possible solutions.




    The top tight ends in free agents this offseason will be Jermichael Finley,
    Fred Davis and John Carlson, but given how Reese decided to replace Boss it’ll
    be a surprise if he goes in that direction." Read more...

    http://www.nj.com/giants/

    NY DAILY NEWS

    GIANTS' JACOBS: SORRY, GISELE, BUT YOU'RE STILL CUTE

    "



    Rob Carr/Getty Images



    Gisele Bundchen consoles husband Tom Brady after the Patriots lost to the NY
    Giants 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI.



    Ron Antonelli/New York Daily News



    Brandon Jacobs





    Brandon Jacobs
    issued an apology to Tom Brady's wife for
    telling her to "shut up." But he won't apologize for thinking the supermodel is
    "cute".




    Jacobs, speaking on ESPN Radio's The Doug Gottlieb show,
    said he's sorry that he said Gisele Bundchen
    should "stay cute and shut up" after she was video taped confronting a harassing
    fan after Super Bowl XLVI. However, he does still think that the wife of the
    Patriots' quarterback was out of line.




    "Given the fact that it's a colleague of mine's wife, I do apologize for
    saying that, because I shouldn't have said that," Jacobs said during his
    appearance on the show on Wednesday. "It's his wife and I should respect that
    just as much as anyone else. She is very cute. But (there are) some things that
    just shouldn't be said by your wife."




    WHO'S
    GOT THE HOTTER WAGS? THE GIANTS OR THE
    PATS?




    Asked if he thought it was OK that he referred to Brady's
    wife as "cute," Jacobs said "No question. He should take that as a compliment.
    If he finds something wrong with that, then that's his problem."




    Bundchen was caught on video in an angry rant after the Patriots' 21-17 loss
    to the Giants on Sunday night, after a fan confronted her about her husband's
    play in the game. She was video taped screaming "My husband cannot f------ throw
    the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can't believe they dropped the
    ball so many times."




    Then, at the Giants' victory party at the Meadowlands on Tuesday, Jacobs said
    she should "stay cute and shut up," and defensive end Osi Umenyiora added
    "She is supposed to stay out of things like that."




    Jacobs was likely going to be asked about his comments again on Thursday on
    The Dan Patrick Show,
    hosted by Bonnie Bernstein,
    but he failed to show up for a scheduled appearance. He also blew off a
    scheduled interview on Mad Dog Radio earlier Thursday."

    CRUZ WANTS CASE, WON'T BE THE ONLY ONE

    "Victor Cruz became the
    first player to line up outside the Giants' bank vault looking for more money
    after the Super Bowl championship.



    But Giants GM Jerry Reese knows he
    won't be the last.




    That's the way it goes when you're the Super Bowl champions. Every player on
    the roster suddenly thinks they deserve a raise. Cruz, one of the biggest
    bargains in the NFL, made his case for more money in an interview on
    ProFootballTalk.com on Thursday. And Reese knows he'll be hearing from a lot of
    players and agents in the coming days.




    "That's a good problem to have," Reese said in a conference call with
    reporters on Thursday. "You win the Super Bowl, if everybody thinks they're the
    reason you won, that's a good problem to have. It means you won it. It's just
    part of the offseason. There's always contract issues in the offseason. That's
    what the offseason is. You have to deal with contracts, who's going to stay,
    who's going to go."




    The 25-year-old Cruz figured to be one of the first in line, given his
    remarkable situation. An undrafted free agent, he made $450,000 in 2011, but
    emerged as one of the top receivers in the NFL with 82 catches for a
    franchise-record 1,536 yards. He's become a celebrity, too, thanks to his salsa
    touchdown dance which even earned him an invitation to compete on ABC's Dancing
    With the Stars.




    Cruz is under contract next season, but is only due a salary of $490,000.
    He's still two more seasons away from being an unrestricted free agent, too.




    "I think I was paid relative to where I came in this year, and I came in as a
    free agent so I don't feel like I was underpaid," Cruz said on PFT Live. "After
    my performance this year, I feel like I deserve to be paid more money at this
    point."




    He's probably right, but Reese's problem is that many players have a case for
    a raise, and some of them – like defensive end Osi Umenyiora who had
    12 1/2 sacks in 13 games this season – have been waiting for quite a while.
    Reese also has to figure out what to do with 21 unrestricted players on his
    current roster, and some others – receiver Hakeem Nicks,
    linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka,
    defensive end Justin Tuck and cornerback Corey
    Webster
    – who might be in line for significant new contracts soon, too.




    Meanwhile, the Giants don't figure to have much wiggle room under the salary
    cap. Reese said he expects the NFL's cap to remain "flat" at around $120
    million, possibly even a little less than where it was last season. The Giants
    had little room to maneuver under the cap last summer, and it likely will be
    that way again when free agency opens on March 13.




    So they're going to have to think long and hard before they start giving out
    raises, especially to players like Cruz, who have no leverage at all.




    "There's a lot of discussion on guys and on salaries and where we go and
    where we can't go," Reese said. "But we'll be ready."


    NY POST

    GIANTS' WR VICTOR CRUZ WANTS BIGGER CONTRACT

    "Judged strictly on production based on dollars earned, it is hard to imagine
    another player in the NFL who provided a bigger bang for the buck than Victor
    Cruz. His 2011 salary was $450,000 and for that money he broke the Giants’
    franchise record for receiving yards, put together one of the greatest
    pass-catching seasons in team history, and electrified fans with his big plays
    and end zone salsa dances.



    Well, nothing lasts forever, and it sounds as if Cruz is anxious to shed the
    “underpaid’’ label attached to his name.

    “I think I was paid, you know, relative to where I came in this year and, you
    know, I came in as a free agent so that’s the salary I was on, so I don’t feel
    like I was underpaid,” Cruz said on Pro Football Talk Live. “I mean, I feel like
    after my performance this year, you know, I feel like I deserve to be paid more
    money at this point. But that’s something I’ll let my agents and those people
    take care of and I’ll just go out there and play the game.”



    Cruz is scheduled to make $490,000 next season. After catching a team-high 82
    passes for a franchise-record 1,536 yards and a team-high nine touchdowns, Cruz
    was named winner of the Vizio Top Value Performer Award, given to the player who
    accomplishes the most while making the least money.




    “It’s a good problem to have,’’ general manager Jerry Reese said yesterday.
    “You win a Super Bowl and everybody thinks they’re the reason we win. That means
    you won it. It’s just part of the offseason. There are always contract issues in
    the offseason.’’




    Another contract issue belongs to Osi Umenyiora, who prior to last season
    sought a trade if he wasn’t signed to an extension. Umenyiora has one year
    remaining on his deal for $3.975 million. He wants to remain but also wants to
    get paid.




    “We’re in the early stages of the evaluation,’’ Reese said. “Osi’s under
    contract, we’ll discuss everything as a staff and discuss all issues that can
    possibly come up for us and we’ll come up with a game-plan and see how things
    work out for us.’’

    TO THE VICTOR, GO THE SPOILS

    "Show him the money.



    Victor Cruz was the NFL’s rags-to-riches story in 2011 and to the victor
    belongs the riches.




    One breakout season doesn’t mean the Giants are obligated to tear up the
    final year of the three-year, $1.2 million deal Cruz signed as a free agent —
    see Osi Umenyiora — but no one can deny that he outplayed his contract by leaps
    and bounds. The Giants offered Umenyiora incentives, which he declined.




    The message to Big Blue now: Do something!




    “I deserve to be paid more money,” Cruz told Pro Football Talk yesterday.




    Of course he does. How many more end zone salsas would you like him to do to
    convince you?

    You break the club’s single-season receiving mark, you catch the 99-yard
    touchdown against the Jets that alters the course of the season, you make Bill
    Belichick obsessed with you in the Super Bowl and you come home with a Lombardi
    Trophy — show him more money than the 490G he is scheduled to make in 2012.



    “My agents and guys like that will work out all that stuff,” Cruz said last
    night at a Steiner Sports signing in New Rochelle. “I’ll just take care of the
    football aspect, and those guys’ll take care of the contract, so we’ll see.”




    Cruz, who did not intend to make any headlines yesterday that would make him
    appear greedy in any way, prefaced his remarks by volunteering that he did not
    feel underpaid as a free agent in 2011. But when pressed last night on his PFT
    remarks, he said: “Honestly, with what I did this year statistically and the
    records and everything like that, obviously I feel like just looking at the top
    players in the league, and looking at what I did this year, I feel like
    naturally there should be an increase in pay.”




    They asked him on SNY’s Wheelhouse last night whether he considers himself
    the best slot receiver in the NFL, and Cruz said: “It’s a tie with myself and
    Wes Welker.”




    Then Cruz was asked who is the bigger toast of the town in New York — Victor
    Cruz or Jeremy Lin?




    “I gotta say Victor Cruz, ’cause we won a Super Bowl,” Cruz said. “But if
    they make the playoffs and he starts beating some teams in the playoffs, then
    the ball gets turned over to his court, but I got to say Victor Cruz right
    now.”

    Cruz will be flying to the West Coast, where he and Mario Manningham will
    present a Grammy for best hip hop duet.



    “I don’t know what makes me so cool that they want me to do all this stuff,”
    Cruz said and smiled. “You just kinda understand it’s gonna be a whirlwind in
    the beginning ... but after that, man, it’s just coming back, being the same old
    you, taking the same old garbage out at my mother’s house and doing the same old
    things. So as long as I keep that in the back of my head and understand that no
    matter what, I still have to be myself and remember where I came from.”




    NFL Films aired a clip where Belichick implored his secondary to take away
    Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.




    “That was flattering, man. That was definitely a crazy moment just to hear
    him say that,” Cruz said. “I guess he’d rather have Mario [Manningham] catch a
    38-yarder up the sideline, as opposed to me do it, or Hakeem (chuckle).”




    Cruz, even though he commanded double teams at the end of the season,
    understands that he won’t be sneaking up on anybody next season.




    “You want to go in and do all those good things and keep up the same
    consistency, but at the same time we understand that teams are going to be
    knowing about me now and not really be naïve to, ‘Oh he’s just good this game,
    that game,’ so we’ll see how it goes, I’ll take it game by game and take it week
    by week.”




    He chuckled when asked if it was safe to say that success won’t spoil Victor
    Cruz.




    “It’s safe to say that, yes,” Cruz said. “I will not be spoiled by success,
    especially when I have the type of mother that I have that won’t allow
    that.”




    And Cruz can imagine more Super success ahead.




    “I think if the core of the team remains, and we’re able to keep the majority
    of the core guys on offense and defense and even special teams,” Cruz said, “I
    think we have a very good chance of winning it again, of course.”




    The Giants don’t have to back up the truck. Cruz, after all, is a one-hit
    wonder right now. But there is no Super Bowl championship without him.




    He deserves to salsa to the nearest Big Blue bank."

    BELICHICK TO PATRIOTS ON FINAL DRIVE: MAKE THEM TO MANNINGHAM

    "The Patriots defense followed Bill Belichick’s orders right into defeat.



    NFL Films captured sounds from the Giants’ game-winning drive from
    Super Bowl XLVI
    , and before it started the Patriots coach is shown giving
    his defense instructions.




    “This is still a (Victor) Cruz and (Hakeem) Nicks game,” Belichick said. “I
    mean I know we are right on them, it's tight but those are still the guys. Make
    them go to (Mario) Manningham, make them go to (Bear) Pascoe, alright. Let's
    make sure we get Cruz and Nicks.”




    The Giants got the ball at their own 12-yard line with 3:56 left in the game
    and trailing New England 17-15. Manningham opened the drive with a brilliant
    38-yard catch on a perfect throw from quarterback Eli Manning. Manningham
    somehow kept his two feet in bounds along the sideline. Replays sent Cruz and
    Manningham into fist pumps, while Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had to face
    reality.







    “He caught it,” Brady told a Patriots staffer.




    Manningham would make the next two catches on the drive to move the Giants
    into field-goal range at the Patriots’ 32-yard line. Nicks followed with a
    14-yard reception, and after the Giants moved to the Patriots’ 7, New England
    was content to allow the go-ahead points in order to leave Brady and the offense
    more time to retaliate.




    “Let them score,” Vince Wilfork tells the defense.




    After Ahmad Bradshaw scored with 57 seconds left to put the Giants ahead
    21-17, the Patriots advanced to their own 49 but a Hail Mary fell incomplete on
    the game’s final play."

    TUCK SAYS IT'S "UNFORTUNATE" JETS COACH ISN'T WITH GIANTS

    "Super Bowl euphoria may have gone to Justin Tuck’s head.



    The Giants defensive end was actually complimenting coach Rex Ryan and the
    Jets when
    he co-hosted “Good Day New York” on Thursday
    . The FOX show played footage of
    Tuck saying, “one thing you can be sure of is whose house it is” at MetLife
    Stadium during the Giants’ Super Bowl celebration.




    “That’s not me taking a poke at the Jets, that’s just how we feel,” Tuck
    said. “We feel as though that’s our stadium . . . And the Jets have every right
    to feel the same way. We’re very confident in the fact that we are a team to be
    reckoned with, and will be a team to be reckoned with for a long time.”




    That has been confirmed over the last month with the Giants winning their
    second Super Bowl in four years over the Patriots. But the Jets have been a
    disaster since their 8-8 season ended with Ryan coming under fire for losing
    control of the locker room, and not doing more to heal the contentious
    relationship between quarterback Mark Sanchez and receiver Santonio Holmes.




    But Ryan got a compliment from an unlikely source in Tuck. And if things do
    not work out for Ryan, maybe there is a spot for him on the Giants staff.




    “I actually give Rex Ryan a lot of credit,” Tuck said of the Jets, who went
    to back-to-back AFC Championship games before this season.




    “Before he got there, people around here, this state, this area, looked at us
    as big brothers of Jets. And he’s kind of revitalized the Jets organization and
    it’s just unfortunate he’s not a Giant. But he’s done a great job of bringing
    the Jets back to the forefront.”




    Tuck could not help himself from taking at least one shot at the Giants’
    in-state rivals.




    “But we have done a great job of winning Super Bowls, and that’s what
    counts,” Tuck said."

    GIANTS' TUCK CONSIDERING SHOULDER SURGERY

    "The final injury that Justin Tuck dealt with this season may be the one that
    requires offseason surgery.



    The Giants defensive end suffered injuries to his toe, neck, ankle and groin
    during the regular season that limited his ability. On the Friday before the
    wild-card game with the Falcons, Tuck missed practice with a mystery shoulder
    ailment. Tuck did not miss any time in the win over Atlanta or the three that
    followed on the way to another Giants championship.




    Tuck would not give details about the shoulder injury then and was still
    quiet on the specifics on Thursday, but did say it could require surgery.




    "We are still debating that," Tuck
    said while co-hosting "Good Day New York."




    "I might have to have surgery on my shoulder, maybe. But we don’t know yet.
    Honestly, you don’t want to have surgery so we are doing everything we can in
    our power not to have surgery."

    GIANTS' CRUZ SAYS HE DESERVES A RAISE

    "Judged strictly on production based on dollars earned, it is hard to imagine
    another player in the NFL who provided a bigger bang for the buck than Victor
    Cruz.



    His 2011 salary was $450,000 and for that money he broke the Giants franchise
    record for receiving yards, put together one of the greatest pass-catching
    seasons in team history and electrified fans with his big plays and end zone
    salsa dances.




    Well, nothing lasts forever and it sounds as if Cruz is anxious to shed the
    “underpaid’’ label attached to his name.




    “I think I was paid, you know, relative to where I came in this year and, you
    know, I came in as a free agent so that’s the salary I was on, so I don’t feel
    like I was underpaid,” Cruz said on PFT Live. “I mean, I feel like after my
    performance this year, you know, I feel like I deserve to be paid more money at
    this point. But that’s something I’ll let my agents and those people take care
    of and I’ll just go out there and play the game.”




    Cruz is scheduled to make $490,000 next season.




    After catching a team-high 82 passes for a franchise-record 1,536 yards and a
    team-high nine touchdowns, Cruz was named winner of the Vizio Top Value
    Performer Award, given to the player who accomplishes the most while making the
    least money."


    http://www.nypost.com/sports/giants

    THE BERGEN RECORD

    VICTOR CRUZ, OSI UMENYIORA CONTRACTS AMONG ISSUES FOR GM JERRY REESE

    "Giants general manager Jerry Reese spent 19 minutes on a conference call with
    reporters Thursday afternoon discussing a wide range of topics, from Victor
    Cruz’s statement today that he deserves more money, to the offensive line
    possibly looking different next year to Osi Umenyiora’s contract status.




    Here are some of the issues Reese addressed:




    On Cruz thinking he deserves a raise: “We’re in the early stages of
    evaluating the team as a whole. We have not discussed anything with respect to
    salaries.”




    On the makeup of the 2012 roster: “There will definitely be some changes.”
    But he said he expects a ‘strong core’ will return.




    Injured tight ends Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum, both of whom tore ACLs in
    the Super Bowl: He expects both will start the 2012 season on the Physically
    Unable to Perform list, missing they will miss at least the first six games.




    On Osi Umenyuora’s contract situation: “We’re in the early stages of
    evaluation. Osi’s under contract.” In other words, No comment.




    On the offensive line: “I thought our offensive line did a good job as a
    whole. ... I think they played well in the Super Bowl.” But Reese said he
    doesn’t know who the starting five will be next season on the line. He hinted
    young players—maybe Petrus and even rookie James Brewer—could become
    factors.




    The 2012 salary cap number: It likely will remain flat or even be a little
    less than 2011.




    On players like Cruz looking for raises after winning the Super Bowl: “That’s
    a good problem to have.”




    What’s left at tight end if Ballard and Beckum miss all of next season: He
    spoke highly of practice squad TE Christian Hopkins, saying he could compete for
    significant playing time. he also praised “jack of all trades” TE/FB Bear
    Pascoe.




    Last year’s draft: Reese said he sees first and second round picks Prince
    Amukamara and Marvin Austin as bonuses entering 2012 given the injuries that
    cost them several games and the whole season respectively.




    Rookies Jerrel Jernigan and Brewer: Reese praised them, especially Jernigan
    for for his development over the course of the season. He also said Brewer has a
    bright future."

    http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/football/

    THE NEW YORK TIMES

    VICTOR CRUZ WANTS A RAISE, JERRY REESE SPEAKS

    "


    Giants tight ends Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum are expected to start next
    season on the physically unable to perform list after tearing knee ligaments in
    the Super Bowl. Finding a replacement or two will be one task for Giants General
    Manager Jerry Reese in the off-season.




    Victor Cruz kindly suggested
    another assignment
    for Reese in an interview with PFT Live: giving him
    a raise
    (Cruz made $450,000 this season). In a conference call with
    reporters on Thursday, Reese called that a nice problem to have. Here are a few
    excerpts from that discussion, in which Reese took a humble approach in
    acknowledging the need for lucky bounces to win the title. The
    transcript in full
    can be found at Giants.com.




    Q: Have you started any extension negotiations with Victor
    Cruz, and how is that going to play out?
    A: We’re in the
    early stages of our evaluating the team as a whole, individually. We have not
    yet discussed anything with respect to salaries.




    Q: Is that the biggest challenge you face during the
    offseason? Are you expecting a line to form at the door for people looking for
    more money?
    A: That’s a good problem to have. You win the
    Super Bowl and if everybody thinks they’re the reason we won – that’s a good
    problem to have. That means you won it. It’s just part of the offseason. There
    are always contract issues in the offseason.




    Q: Was there anything during the season that said to
    yourself, ‘We’re doing things the right way’?
    A: We always
    try to do what’s right for the New York Giants. We try to make good football
    decisions. It would be great to look like you’re really smart in the offseason
    and go out and make a lot of splashy moves so you guys can write nice-going
    things about our personnel staff, but our goal is to make good football
    decisions and that’s what we try to do every year. We don’t just think about our
    personnel for the current year. We think a couple of years down the line and
    that’s important. I think fans think about the here and now, what our team looks
    like now. We think about that as well, obviously, because you want to win every
    year, but we definitely think a couple of years down the road a little bit in
    respect to personnel.




    Q: Do you see guys on the roster now that haven’t
    contributed but will be able to next year?
    A: There are
    always guys. That’s what’s important in personnel. When you look at personnel
    and look into the future, you always want to look on your roster first in our
    opinion. Look at your roster first – is the guy that you need already on your
    roster – before you go out and look for someone somewhere else. More times than
    not the guy is already on your squad. So there are some young practice squad
    guys that we like. We had a terrific practice squad. They did a lot in helping
    us in preparation – mimicking the other teams’ offenses and defenses for us.
    There are some kids on the practice squad that we really like. Hopefully some of
    those guys will step out of the shadows and heal some voids for us as we move
    along. They’re on the practice squad for a reason. We don’t have guys on our
    practice squad just to be dummy defense. We have guys out there who we think can
    have some redeeming qualities that might develop into some players. We try to
    develop them, as we go through the year, on the practice squad.




    Q: Is Victor Cruz lightning in a bottle or can there be
    another great discovery like that next year?
    A: Every year
    there’s a guy that comes out of the shadows on different teams. That’s the
    beauty of the personnel in scouting. You go out and some guys like that fall
    through the cracks. You only have seven rounds. Those kinds of guys would
    probably get drafted [in] the old days. I think Rosie Brown got picked in the
    27th round. If you had 27 rounds those kinds of guys would definitely get
    drafted, but you only have seven rounds now. So some players like Victor, with a
    couple redeeming qualities that some of our scouts like, would probably get
    drafted at some point in a draft in you had that many rounds. But it’s only
    seven rounds. So it’s not an exact science. Every year there’s a guy like that
    and there are plenty of guys who are in the Hall of Fame, but they didn’t get
    drafted.




    Q: How does losing two of your tight ends in a single game
    throw a monkey wrench in everything? How do you recover from that from a
    personnel standpoint?
    A: Obviously we think both of those
    guys flashed and were showing talent to fill the void at tight end, but we’ll
    just see how they are health-wise after the surgeries and see how quickly they
    can get back. I’m not a doctor, but from perspective, right now they’re both
    probably guys that will end up on PUP at the beginning of the season and see how
    healthy they are and how quickly they can recover from these injuries that they
    have. Obviously Bear Pascoe is kind of like a joker on offense for us too. We
    talk about Kiwi being a joker on defense, Bear plays tight end, he plays H-back,
    he can play fullback. He can do a little bit of everything. So he’ll be back
    along with one of the practice squad guys that I said I wasn’t going to name.
    But Christian Hopkins is a big kid that we like – practices hard every day –
    that our coaches like and think he has some potential to come in and compete for
    a job as well. He’s a big kid. He’s at least 6-5, about 275 pounds and he works
    hard every day at practice. He’s endeared himself to our coaches with how hard
    he works and he has soft hands, catches the ball nice. He’ll be a guy. And
    obviously we’ll look in free agency and we’ll look in the draft for positions
    that we think we may have some holes right now.




    Q: Is it hard for you to assess your first four draft picks
    from the 2011 Draft because of the injuries and not playing and
    circumstances?
    A: I think if you go into the season, you’re
    counting on all of your rookies. You love for those guys and you really want at
    least your first three picks to contribute, but a lot of times they don’t. I use
    this as an example, Randy Moss. It’s hard for guys to come in and do a Randy
    Moss as a rookie because the league is so different from the college level. Most
    guys you draft are developmental players, even the guys you draft in the first
    round because the game is so different. But you do want your first three picks
    to come in and contribute. And they did to a degree. Marvin Austin didn’t
    because he got hurt and was out for the season, but Jernigan did a couple of
    things for us. He came on a little bit late and helped us in the return game
    some. We do think he’s going to be a good receiver for us as well. And Prince,
    he’s a first round pick. We expect him to play and play a lot and play well.
    Obviously he was set back with the foot injury. And Brewer, he’s a big athlete.
    It takes offensive linemen, sometimes, a little longer than others, but we have
    high hopes for him that he can come in next year after he’s been through a whole
    season. Our guys are really like a bonus to us because we feel like we’re going
    to get a first and second round pick that really didn’t play and contribute a
    lot. So that’s going to be like a bonus for us because we’re picking low. We
    have a couple of high draft picks that really didn’t play for us.




    Q: Is there any way you can avoid what happened last
    offseason with Osi? Is there a peaceful solution on the
    horizon?
    A: Again, we’re in the early stages of the
    evaluation. Osi is under contract, but we’ll discuss everything as a staff and
    we’ll discuss all issues that could possibly come up for us. We’ll come up with
    a game plan and we’ll move on day-to-day and see how things work out for us.




    Q: What was your favorite part of this
    run?
    A: We won 10 games last year so we felt good about the
    nucleus of players coming back. So we thought if we could improve in some areas
    – we talked about we gave up to many explosive plays, we talked about we put the
    ball in harm’s way offensively. We cleaned up some of those things and we were
    fortunate enough to win enough games to qualify for the tournament. We got in
    and got hot and were able to finish the season on top. That’s what you try to do
    every year. I said this to several guys after the season and throughout the
    playoffs, the margin of error between winning and losing or making the playoffs
    is really small. The ball could bounce one way or another and you’re in or it
    could bounce another way and you’re out. All of the teams are pretty evenly
    matched and you have to have a little bit of luck to make it and you have to
    have some good players and you have to have some good coaches. It’s a
    combination of the three things that help us through this playoff run and to win
    the Super Bowl.




    Q: Do you look at the team more as 9-7 or as a 6-0, Super
    Bowl team?
    A: It doesn’t matter how you look at it. The
    result at the end is really what matters the most. We were able to get hot at
    the right time. At times we didn’t play very well, but we played well at the
    right times. It’s not like we played against Jefferson Township High School. We
    played against some good players in the tournament. We earned the right to be
    World Champs. I look at it like that way.




    Q: How do you feel about offensive line and you still
    envision Will Beatty being your starting left tackle? Kareem McKenzie at right
    tackle is going to be a free agent.
    A: I thought our
    offensive line did a good job as a whole. The one game everybody, all of a
    sudden, made it sound like they were terrible [was] against one of the best
    fronts in the National Football League, in the Championship Game against San
    Francisco – those guys are pretty good up front. But the week before Eli had
    tons and tons of time to throw the ball. I think they played well in the Super
    Bowl. Who’s going to be in – that’s part of the evaluation process. We don’t
    know who’s going to be the five who will walk on the field as the starters for
    us next year, but we do have some good players, we think, in our offensive line.
    We have some young players that we like as well. We’ll see how that goes, but I
    do think we’ll have a good core of those players coming back to put in
    there.




    Extra pointMany TV viewers were impressed with the courage
    of Ballard as he tried to test his injured knee by running on the sideline. Stefan
    Fatsis of Slate saw something else:
    the need for independent team doctors.
    He called Ballard’s collapse on his test run “one of the saddest things I’ve
    ever witnessed during an NFL game.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html

    GIANTS 101

    GIANTS' JUSTIN TUCK CONSIDERING SHOULDER SURGERY

    "New York
    Giants
    defensive end Justin
    Tuck
    suffered through a season of brutal injuries, which at one point had
    him considering a request to be placed on season-ending Injured Reserve
    (IR).



    "At the end of the day" he managed to power through personal turmoil and
    injuries to his neck, toe, groin, ankle and most recently his shoulder. It was
    the last one however, that caused the most amount of damage and once again has
    him pondering the next steps.



    "I might have to have surgery on my shoulder, maybe. But we don’t know yet,"
    Tuck said. "Honestly, you don’t want to have surgery so we are doing everything
    we can in our power not to have surgery."




    The only mention of Tuck's mysterious shoulder injury came on the Friday
    prior to the wildcard game against the Atlanta Falcons when he missed practice.
    It didn't appear to hamper in that game or any of the subsequent games as he was
    effective throughout the postseason and especially during Super Bowl XLVI in
    which he recorded two sacks and a QB pressure that led to a safety.




    Tuck didn't detail the extent of his injury or what surgery might entail."



    GIANTS' VICTOR CRUZ: "I FEEL LIKE i DESERVE TO BE PAID MORE"



    "New York
    Giants wide receiver Victor
    Cruz
    earned only $450,000 in 2011. He's slated to earn only $490,000 in
    2012. And after an 82-catch, 1,536 yard, nine touchdown season, he believes he's worth much more.





    New York Giants wide receiver Victor
    Cruz
    celebrates his two-yard touchdown pass reception against the New
    England Patriots in the first quarter at Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on
    February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis. The NFC champion New York
    Giants play the AFC champion New England Patriots. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
















    “I think I was paid, you know, relative to where I came in this year and, you
    know, I came in as a free agent so that’s the salary I was on, so I don’t feel
    like I was underpaid,” Cruz said. “I mean, I feel like after my performance this
    year, you know, I feel like I deserve to be paid more money at this
    point."




    Cruz is absolutely correct. He does deserve a raise … and he deserves one
    soon. Luckily, it's not his chief concern and something he's willing to let his
    agents handle as he continues to focus on football.





    "That’s something I’ll let my agents and those people take care of and I’ll
    just go out there and play the game,” he added.




    Cruz's miniscule salary and inflated stats earned him a lot of attention this
    past season, and even won him VIZIO's 2011 Top Value Performer Award.




    It's safe to assume this hasn't been lost on Giants brass, and Cruz will soon
    be rewarded with a hefty pay raise. It's also safe to assume that acting like a
    diva is not in his future, as the young wide receiver continues to express his
    appreciation to the organization for giving him a chance. He realizes how far
    he's come and how unlikely a story it truly is, and that his maturity and skill
    will ultimately garner him everything and anything he desires.




    Jerry Reese & Co. will undoubtedly do what's right for Cruz, and ensure
    that he remains a member of Big Blue for quite some time."

    http://www.giants101.com/

    BIG BLUE VIEW

    GIANTS' GM JERRY REESE: "THERE ARE ALWAYS CONTRACT ISSUES"

    "Victor Cruz
    has already made it known he feels like he deserves a big payday after having a
    record-setting season while the New York Giants won
    the 2012 Super Bowl. During a conference call on Thursday Giants general manager
    Jerry Reese said he understands that Cruz, and others, will be looking to cash
    in on the team's success.


    "That's a good problem to have. You win the Super Bowl and if everybody
    thinks they're the reason we won - that's a good problem to have. That means you
    won it," Reese said. "It's just part of the offseason. There are always contract
    issues in the offseason. That's what the offseason is. You have to deal with
    contracts and things with your roster - who's going to stay, who's going to
    go."





    Reese said that tight ends Jake Ballard
    and Travis
    Beckum
    , who both tore ACLs during the Super Bowl, are "probably guys that
    will end up on PUP at the beginning of the season."




    Reese added that "obviously we'll look in free agency and we'll look in the
    draft," but also said that
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1






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    thanks Roanoke!




    i hope Cruz gets the right advice going forward!




    hes still a young smart guy.


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    thanks Roanoke!




    i hope Cruz gets the right advice going forward!




    hes still a young smart guy.

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    Thanks for all of the great reads. It helps get over the football season is over blues.

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    Christian Hopkins is a big kid that we like – practices hard every day –
    that our coaches like and think he has some potential to come in and compete for
    a job as well. He’s a big kid. He’s at least 6-5, about 275 pounds and he works
    hard every day at practice. He’s endeared himself to our coaches with how hard
    he works and he has soft hands, catches the ball nice. He’ll be a guy.


    *says a prayer for this kid []

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