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coach Tom Coughlin put his stamp of approval on the coach that was hired to
fix the "broken" offense this season. The Giants are ranked 14th in total offense
after finishing 28th in 2013. "[McAdoo's] done a good job," Coughlin said as his
team prepared for a Week 16 game in St. Louis. "He's a solid football coach. He
knows exactly what he's doing."
Perry Fewell is no fool. You can sense from the way that he answers questions and his subdued demeanor over the last several weeks that he is keenly aware of his tenuous position. Speculation is high that Fewell is all but guaranteed to be shown the door on Black Monday after the Giants play their final game of the season against the Philadelphia Eagles.
It's been an up-and-down season for Rashad Jennings because of injuries. He will miss his fifth game on Sunday. Jennings sprained his MCL in a win against the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 5 and was sidelined the next four games, all losses. He then sprained his right ankle in a one-point loss to the Jaguars on Nov. 30. Jennings has tried to give it a go but has been severely limited in his last two games, with just three carries combined.
Defensive tackles in the NFL are primarily considered run-stopping, space clogging behemoths - the grunts that do the dirty work while the more athletic defensive ends rack up the superficial stats and glory. The Giants' second-year defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins is rewriting that script this season.
Holding the clipboard as the backup quarterback behind Eli Manning is akin to being the emergency option for the Brett Favre all those years. You wait and wait and wait, but the opportunity to play never seems to arrive. Doug Peterson spent seven years behind Favre with the Packers. He never started a game there. Ryan Nassib is stuck in a similar spot.
Pierre-Paul is suddenly among the top 20 players in sacks in the NFL with
9.5, and has a chance to crack double digits for only the second time in his career
-- in a contract year, no less. Yet when asked Thursday if that numerical milestone
would mean anything to him, Pierre-Paul's response was a tad surprising. "Nope!"
he said. "I'm just playing football, and I think I'm doing a great job of it."
Rookie linebacker Devon Kennard has made noticeable strides this season, and is now firmly in the conversation as a building block for the defense. There is one big question that the Giants will have to answer next season: What is Kennard's best position? Kennard played all three linebacker positions, as well as defensive end, at USC and his versatility is part of what made him an interesting late-round draft choice.
Dec 18 Tom Coughlin and Jeff Fisher have a lot in common. They've been coaching against each other for a long time -- Sunday will be their 19th head-to-head meeting -- and are ranked 13th and 14th, respectively, on the all-time list of regular-season wins by a coach. One win separates them. But the real number that shows the vast difference between the two is 28. That's how many times Fisher has called a fake punt in his career. Coughlin? He's never called one. Ever.
the spring of 2010, safety Antrel Rolle signed a five-year, $37.1 million
free-agent contract with the New York Giants. This is the NFL, where contracts
are by definition not guaranteed and very few players see the end of theirs. Rolle
is an exception.
says it may not end well for Tom Coughlin and the Giants. No matter how much
success you've achieved, no matter how many times you've reached the mountaintop,
there is an end to every NFL coaching career.
two games left in the 2014 season, the Giants have decided to shut down two
of their injured players for good. Linebacker Jacquian Williams and offensive
lineman James Brewer, both of whom have been slow to recover from concussions,
were placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.
Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz to appear on Rachael Ray show. Victor Cruz and Odell
Beckham Jr. have spent minimal time together on the field, just one full game
in which they were both healthy enough to play. It's led to a lot of fun projecting
what the Giants' offense will look like next year when they are both available
targets for Eli Manning. But on Wednesday, you can see the Giants' sure-to-be
dynamic duo spending time together in one of the least likely settings you could
performing solidly but not spectacularly for the bulk of the season, Jason
Pierre-Paul is putting on a mad dash for the finish line, just in time to increase
his worth as the Giants close out a bad year and he heads into free agency.
on the outside may still be fretting over Tom Coughlin's future, but the Giants'
two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach isn't thinking about that one bit. "I'm
sure that will be dealt with at the right time," Coughlin said.
ESPN - Manning hits Beckham on 3 TD passes as Giants win, 24-13.
ESPN - Giants bench Rueben Randle, again.
ESPN - Odell Beckham lets Giants dream of better days to come.
ESPN - JPP, Giants' pass rush suddenly dominant.
ESPN - Coughlin deserves one more year.
ESPN - Odell Beckham Jr. 'the fire of the offense'.
ESPN - Rapid Reaction: Giants 24, Redskins 13.
Giants.com - Instant Analysis: Giants 24, Washington 13
Giants.com - Giants defeat Washington 24-13; Odell Beckham Jr. shines again.
NYDailyNews - Odell Beckham Jr. catches three touchdown passes, Giants beat Washington 24-13.
NYDailyNews - Giants beat Washington, 24-13: Instant analysis.
NYPost - Giants report card: Odell Beckham makes every grade.
NYPost - Controversial call, Beckham greatness carry Giants in win.
StarLedger - Redskins disagree with call, Giants thought it was TD | What was said about Robert Griffin's fumble.
StarLedger - Rashad Jennings re-injures his ankle vs. Washington Redskins.
StarLedger - Tom Coughlin tight-lipped on Rueben Randle's first quarter benching.
StarLedger - Redskins cornerbacks in denial after Odell Beckham Jr. torches them.
StarLedger - Odell Beckham Jr. will have 'trouble sleeping' despite three-touchdown game.
StarLedger - Redskins receiver Santana Moss on ejection: "I let my team down".
StarLedger - Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz together? Giants' Tom Coughlin would like to see it.
StarLedger - Odell Beckham Jr.'s 3 touchdowns lead Giants to victory vs. Redskins | Rapid reaction.
StarLedger - Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul making himself some money.
TheRecord - Giants' future in good hands with Odell Beckham.
Newsday - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's hustle play, Odell Beckham Jr.'s 3 TDs lift Giants.
Newsday - Grading the Giants.
Newsday - Giants Q&A: How about Odell Beckham Jr.!
Newsday - Tom Coughlin's heart-to-heart with Odell Beckham Jr. helped.
NYTimes - Odell Beckham Jr. Puts On a Show, Leaving Defenders and Fans Stupefied.
WashingtonPost - Robert Griffin III plays three quarters, but Redskins let lead slip.
WashingtonPost - Robert Griffin III recaptures a bit of magic, if not the approval of teammates.
(4-9) vs Redkins (3-10)
Dec 14 A tough season for the Giants has been just as trying for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Nowhere near 100 percent because of a hamstring/back injury that has limited him since Week 5, Rodgers-Cromartie has watched as players have gone down by the bunches alongside him and the season went into the dumps.
When Ryan Nassib trotted out to Giants practice on Wednesday, the first question he had for the coaches was about the depth chart. He wanted to know who would be starting at quarterback because that would affect his role throughout the week. Not starting at quarterback for the Giants. For Washington.
expect to rely on both Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams at running back
the first three games of the season, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and defensive
coordinator Perry Fewell had seen enough strikeouts from Stevie Brown, who was
getting beaten out of position, and they sat him. Brown lost his starting job
to Quintin Demps for the next nine games before returning to the starting lineup
If it wasn't bad enough for Damontre Moore that his shove of Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger cost the Giants a touchdown, now it also cost him $10,000. Moore was fined this week by the NFL for his block of Mettenberger.
Dec 12 Rookie
Odell Beckham, who made his Giants debut the week after the win over Washington,
is drawing attention as a top threat, and Larry Donnell is attempting to rediscover
the form he has yet to repeat since the previous win.
is an emerging superstar. The other, it's fair to say, has been disappointing
this season. Odell Beckham Jr. has only played in nine NFL games, and his jersey
is already in the Hall of Fame. Rueben Randle is now in his third NFL season,
but the former second-round pick has failed to make the leap to the next level
in his first year as a starter, replacing the departed Hakeem Nicks.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the jobs of Tom Coughlin and most of his coaching staff are in jeopardy with three games left in the season. A bigger mystery is what Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch plan to do with general manager Jerry Reese, who has presided over the team's football operations since 2007 and has been with the organization since 1994.
2010 first-round pick is eligible for free agency after this season and so
far has not had any talks with the team about a long-term contract. He insists
he's not thinking about it.
Giants players came up to Devon Kennard during practice Wednesday and congratulated
him. Kennard said he didn't know why, so he just said: "Thanks." Later he learned
that he had been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week, the first Giants
rookie to accomplish the feat.
Manning will make his 165th consecutive regular-season start Sunday, barring
something totally unforeseen happening the rest of the week. But, for a brief
moment, Giants fans and followers were left with the thought of seeing Ryan Nassib
at quarterback against the Washington Redskins.
Rolle defended his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the Tennessee Titans.
After cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie picked off Titans quarterback Zach
Mettenberger and high-stepped his way to a touchdown, Rolle mimicked snapping
pictures of a posing Rodgers-Cromartie in the end zone, drawing a flag. The touchdown
would be negated by a separate unnecessary roughness penalty on defensive end
Touchdowns translate for German fans of Markus Kuhn. It's been difficult for Germans to relate to their very few countrymen who are playing in the NFL. Tackles in American football are good. Tackles in soccer get you kicked out of the game. But scoring points, well, that doesn't get lost in translation.
For Giants tight end Larry Donnell, plan had no backup. Donnell finally agreed to seek part-time employment and applied to be a driver for Pizza Hut. He never delivered a single pie. At professional scout Jeremiah Davis urging, the Giants signed Donnell on March 13, 2012. He spent his first season on the practice squad.
Coughlin praises his young players: 'They're starting to get it'. Indeed,
the Giants 36-7 win over the Titans was filled with highlights from their young
players. Williams broke the 100-yard mark for the first time this season and added
a 50-yard touchdown run and a season-high 5.5 yards per carry.
Coughlin to speak privately with some players and coach after sideline behavior.
After Rodgers-Cromartie high-stepped down the left sideline and danced in the
end zone, he posed for pretend pictures with Antrel Rolle as the cameraman. It
earned them a trip to the principal's office.
Eli Manning was kept relatively clean on Sunday against the Titans. He wasn't sacked for just the second time this season and only took three quarterback hits, according to Pro Football Focus. It may have been the best he's been protected by his offensive line this season. Of all games, it was kind of curious for him to be in the trainer's room longest after Sunday's. a
(3-9) vs Titans (2-10)
it's karma, or just irony, or simply life in the NFL, but if there's one thing
Tom Coughlin has learned in his 11 seasons running the Giants, it's that even
he's not powerful enough to control his players' health. NFL players get hurt,
and that seems to happen frequently to the Giants, who are once again among the
most injured teams in the league.
Giants could be without several key players Sunday at Tennessee, with Rashad
Jennings likely among them. Big Blue's starting running back missed a second straight
day of practice Thursday with a sprained ankle suffered in last week's upset loss
to Jacksonville, and is looking more and more likely to have to sit out Sunday's
game against the Titans.
Tight end Larry Donnell knows he has to stop fumbling the ball. But in a case like last Sunday's, when he fumbled as he fell to the ground and tried to break his fall with his free hand, he also knows it's not that simple. Donnell "I know I'm not supposed to land on my neck," Donnell said earlier this week.
If Jason Pierre-Paul has any chance of scoring a big-money contract that once seemed like a lock, he's going to have to add to his sack total. He knows it, too. Asked Friday if it felt good to finally get back in the sack column last Sunday, Pierre-Paul rocked his head back and laughed out loud. Then the Giants' fifth-year defensive end rolled his eyes in a deliberately playful way as if to say, "Well, duuuuhhhhh!"
injuries befalling defensive ends Robert Ayers and Mathias Kiwanuka, the time
has come for Damontre Moore to prove that he was worth the third round pick the
Giants spent on him in 2013.
back Rashad Jennings missed a second straight day of practice Thursday with
a sprained ankle, and the team appears to be preparing to play Sunday's game in
Tennessee without him.
The latest Larry Donnell fumble is playing over and over in his head on an endless loop. Donnell and the Giants are trying to fix their problem. But that's not even their biggest concern right now. They're worried about his health first.
Odell Beckham Jr. is proving he's more than just "The Catch." The Giants' first-round draft choice has been named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for November as he led the league with 118.6 receiving yards per game and became the first rookie with at least 90 receiving yards in five games in a single month. .
Justin Pugh watched helplessly as Geoff Schwartz was helped onto the cart and taken off the field Sunday afternoon. The Giants will start Will Beatty at LT, Weston Richburg at LG, J.D. Walton at C, Jerry at RG and Pugh at RT. That unit started the season's first 10 games, including the Giants' three wins.
Special Report -
It is interesting to remember that on Jan. 6, 2004, when the Giants hired Tom
Coughlin as their head coach, he delivered a rousing, jump-to-your-feet acceptance
speech. Among the most stirring statements concerned injuries. He promised to
eliminate them, calling injuries "a cancer in the locker room," and since the
"pre-Tom" Giants were uncommonly beset by them, it was a sore point with the fans
Tom Coughlin was hired by the Giants in 2004, he stated clearly that he thought
injuries were "a cancer" and "a mental thing." That was because the previous season
under Jim Fassel the Giants had 12 players on injured reserve. This year's Giants
almost double that.
Giants did overhaul their conditioning program this year, incorporating GPS
monitoring and scheduled rest days throughout training camp and monitoring things
differently during the season than they have in years past. But as Coughlin points
out, the issues this year have generally not been muscle pulls or lingering strains.
Dec 3 One
day after Tom Coughlin put the blame for the Giants' performance this season
squarely on his shoulders, the team's co-owner Steve Tisch absolved him of that
blame on Tuesday.
The Giants placed an astounding five more players on injured reserve, including guard Geoff Schwartz and longtime defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, who's out for the year with a knee injury and could now be finished as a Giant after nine seasons..
Rolle was as fired up as he's been all year on Tuesday, using his weekly paid
radio spot on WFAN to defend Tom Coughlin and Perry Fewell, place blame for the
entire season on players, and even blasting two reporters for taking his postgame
comments Sunday out of context.
Coughlin snapped when asked if he'd take another year on his contract right
now. "Don't start with that stuff," he said. "I'm not interested in discussing
my circumstance." His circumstance is going to dominate the discussion for the
next four weeks, however.
Coughlin chalked up the critical comments some players have made in recent
weeks in regard to play-calling as an expression of frustration and not, as he
called it, "being disrespectful." Most recently, Antrel Rolle questioned the decisions
on the Jaguars' final drive of the game, particularly when it came to allowing
quarterback Blake Bortles to run for 31 yards. And wide receiver Odell Beckham
Jr. said he thought the offense needed to keep "the pedal on the metal" and stay
aggressive in the second half after taking a 21-0 lead.
ESPN - Two Giants fumbles turned game in Jacksonville.
ESPN - The Giants have hit bottom, and no one's job should be safe.
ESPN - Tom Coughlin on Giants' squandered lead: 'It just doesn't make any sense'.
ESPN - Rapid Reaction: Jaguars 25 Giants 24.
Giants.com - Instant Analysis: Jaguars 25, Giants 24.
Giants.com - Postgame Quotes (11/28): Giants vs. Jaguars.
NYDailyNews - Giants fumble one away against Jaguars.
NYDailyNews - Where does Jaguars loss rank among worst of Tom Coughlin era.
NYDailyNews - Broadcast booth Carl Banks and Bob Papa have no more faith in Big Blue.
NYDailyNews - Who could possibly replace Tom Coughlin as NY Giants head coach?
NYPost - Giants hit rock bottom, blow huge lead to miserable Jaguars.
NYPost - Beckham, Giants lament easing up on Jaguars.
NYPost - Why Rashad Jennings is the unlikely Giants goat.
NYPost - Coughlin vows not to leave Giants - but is he wanted?
NYPost - Eli Manning's Giants future is now in question.
NYPost - Rueben Randle benched for quarter after meeting lateness.
NYPost - Giants report card: That one 'F' may spell a firing.
StarLedger - Giants vs. Jaguars studs and duds include Jason Pierre-Paul and Ben McAdoo.
StarLedger - Tony Dungy calls for Giants coach Tom Coughlin to step down.
StarLedger - Giants tight end Larry Donnell not sure what he can do to avoid costly fumbles.
StarLedger - Frustrated Odell Beckham Jr. says Giants stopped 'attacking' on offense in second half of loss to Jacksonville.
StarLedger - Rueben Randle was benched by Giants because he was late to meeting.
StarLedger - Tom Coughlin: Giants 'could have knelt on the ball in the second half and had a better chance to win'.
StarLedger - Here are the six Giants who didn't make it through Sunday's loss to the Jaguars.
StarLedger - Giants defense embarrassed again in 25-24 loss to Jaguars | Rapid reaction.
TheRecord - Giants squander three-TD lead, stunned by Jaguars, 25-24.
Newsday - Giants blow 21-point lead, fall to lowly Jaguars.
Newsday - Giants Q&A: Hold on! What happened on Blake Bortles' run?
NYTimes - Giants Squander 21-Point Lead Against Jaguars.
Jacksonville.com - Jaguars-Giants Instant Analysis.
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