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Nov 287 Deadpan Tom Coughlin swore Wednesday he didn't know Sunday's game in Jacksonville will be his 300th as an NFL head coach. "Really? Thank you very much. I didn't realize that," the New York Giants' coach said. "For a young guy, that's hard to believe, 300 games. I must have started when I was 15."
When the Lions beat the Bears Thursday, it officially eliminated the Giants from contention for a playoff spot. It had been a few weeks since they had any realistic hope of making the postseason, and Sunday's loss to the Cowboys that extended their skid to six games eliminated them from NFC East contention."
In his 11 years, Eli Manning has seen them all come and go, the new flavor of the week creating a stir and then melting away. But nothing quite like this. Odell Beckham Jr. already had turned heads with his immediate contributions in his first six NFL games.
On Sunday, Denard Robinson and Jason Pierre-Paul will catch up when the Giants face the Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla. "Oh, yeah, I still talk to him,'' Robinson said. "We are going to have a lot of people come to the game this weekend. Some of his family is friends with me and we have mutual friends. We used to hang out in high school."
To blitz or not to blitz isn't even the question. All season, embattled defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has been under heat for his play-calling, as if he's the problem with the "D." But without even naming names, Coughlin clearly pointed blame at the stunning decline of Jason Pierre-Paul, the rapid aging of Mathias Kiwanuka and the general inability of all the other defenders to make things happen even when the team does blitz.'
already made the play of the year. Could Odell Beckham be the NFL's Offensive
Rookie of the Year, too? With five games left in this lost season for the Giants,
the receiver who owned social media on Sunday suddenly finds himself in that hunt,
and really, it's the only reason worth paying attention to this team in December.
blitz or not to blitz isn't even the question. All season, embattled defensive
coordinator Perry Fewell has been under heat for his play-calling, as if he's
the problem with the "D." But without even naming names, Coughlin clearly
pointed blame at the stunning decline of Jason Pierre-Paul, the rapid aging of
Mathias Kiwanuka and the general inability of all the other defenders to make
things happen even when the team does blitz.
Ayers leads the team with five sacks and is also tops in quarterback hits
(12) and quarterback hurries (24), according to Pro Football Focus. This despite
the fact that he has played only 350 snaps. In comparison, Pierre-Paul has played
651 and Kiwanuka 558. Ayers was not on the field for Dallas' game-winning drive.
safety Antrel Rolle has a message for anyone who might think the team's lack
of pressure on Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was on defensive coordinator Perry
Fewell: It's the fault of the Giants' blitzes.
Mathematics and common logic have thrown in the towel on this Giants season. Even if there is one crazy far-fetched scenario where they could make the playoffs (you know, like every other team forfeiting the season), it's over. The Giants must start looking towards 2015.
coach Tom Coughlin tried to explain why there was a lack of pressure and aggressive
defensive play-calling on the final drive, it sure sounded like this was an old
story with defensive coordinator Perry Fewell making the calls. It was the same
thing that we've seen on multiple occasions throughout this lost Giants season.
everyone thought I missed the photo of Odell Beckham Jr.'s amazing touchdown
catch ... but I didn't. You've probably seen the photos of Giants wide receiver
Odell Beckham making his ridiculous, one-handed touchdown catch against the Dallas
Cowboys. I'm the photographer in the background marveling at the catch ... and
apparently not shooting.
about the day after Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made the
greatest catch most of us had ever seen was routine. His phone was still blowing
up. Text after text, call after call kept rolling in from all sorts of people,
from all over the map. Everyone was still talking about his catch. Even at the
team's practice facility, Beckham's teammates were telling him it was the greatest
grab they'd ever seen.
ESPN - Giants' shake up offensive line, with mixed results.
ESPN - Giants' D can't get stop when it counts.
ESPN - Eli Manning returns to early-season form.
ESPN - Kiwanuka compares Beckham's catch to David Tyree's.
ESPN - Rapid Reaction: Cowboys 31 Giants 28.
ESPN - Odell Beckham Jr. makes incredible one-handed touchdown catch.
Giants.com - Instant Analysis: Cowboys 31 Giants 28.
Giants.com - Social media reactions to Odell Beckham's amazing catch.
NYDailyNews - Unlike Odell Beckham Jr., Giants defense can't hang on against Cowboys.
NYDailyNews - Impossible now routine for NY Giants WR Odell Beckham.
NYDailyNews - Beckham's great catch can't spark Giants to win over Cowboys.
NYDailyNews - Odell Beckham Jr. makes one of the most ridiculous touchdown catches ever.
NYDailyNews - Family of Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. used to seeing great catches.
NYPost - Odell Beckham's miracle grab can't save the putrid Giants.
NYPost - Odell Beckham made the best catch you'll ever see.
NYPost - Possibly the greatest catch in NFL history -- wasted.
NYPost - Odell's 'a monster': Catch even freaks out Cowboys.
NYPost - How Ben McAdoo shook up the Giants' play-calling.
NYPost - The disgraceful final 3 minutes, when Tony Romo laughed last.
StarLedger - Tom Coughlin and Giants teammates rank Odell Beckham Jr.'s catch among best they've ever seen.
StarLedger - Disappearing Giants pass rush will spell the end for defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.
StarLedger - Giants officially eliminated from NFC East contention with five games remaining.
StarLedger - Odell Beckham's masterful performance wasted in Giants loss to Cowboys | Rapid reaction.
StarLedger - Odell Beckham Jr.'s family marvels at his amazing touchdown catch against the Cowboys.
StarLedger - The Catch is just the beginning of Odell Beckham Jr.'s rise to stardom.
TheRecord - Giants' skid reaches six in 31-28 loss to Cowboys.
Newsday - Odell Beckham Jr. makes amazing play, but Giants lose.
Newsday - Odell Beckham Jr.'s catch has makings of a rising star.
NYTimes - A Great Catch, but a Victory Is Just Out of Reach.
DallasNews - The Giants might be heroes, but Cowboys are winners.
DallasNews - Romo set stage for Cowboys' most riveting game, win of season.
(3-7) vs Cowboys (7-3)
Donnell remembers the game. He remembers the fumble. He remembers the tears
he cried after both of them. The Giants' young tight end is having a breakout
season, on pace to break the franchise record for touchdown receptions at his
position and getting closer to the team mark for most catches in a season by a
tight end. It's been a year of incredible highs for him. And the low. In Dallas,
just over a month ago.
night's meeting with the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium is the final prime-time
appearance for the Giants - you think any network wants to flex the kickoff time
for this team in the coming weeks? - and it is, mercifully, the last time a national
audience has to be subjected to what this franchise has become.
you written off the Giants' chances of making the playoffs this season? Jason
Pierre-Paul hasn't. "I think we can run the table," the fifth-year defensive end
said after practice Friday. "I promise you, I honestly do. I think we can run
the table. We did it before -- with a whole group of guys that was different.
We got a different group of guys now, and I'm pretty sure we can do it, you know
what I mean?
Say what you want about the Giants' new offensive boss. McAdoo's a confident fella. "I'm not going to stand up here and apologize for the play calling," McAdoo said. "I think that I will take those matchups any day of the week. I'd take them last week and I'll take them again this week," he added. I like it. McAdoo's comments were bold, firm, filled with conviction.
The Raiders won on Thursday night, holding off the Chiefs for the first Oakland victory of the season. It was also the Raiders' first win since last November, ending what had become the NFL's longest active streak without having tasted success. So who holds that dishonor now? Do you really have to ask? Actually, the Giants are one of two teams currently on a five-game losing streak, the longest active one in the NFL right now. The Panthers have lost five in a row, too.
Nov 21 Ben
McAdoo has no regrets when it comes to the three fade passes the Giants threw
Sunday after reaching the 49ers' 4-yard line and having first-and-goal.
one is pulling the plug on the union of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and the
Giants. But what not long ago was considered a free-agent coup is now almost an
afterthought amid a season gone awry.
a tense, tenuous time when our flagship franchise is nearing a crossroads,
the franchise quarterback stands taller than ever as the most indispensable Giant.
Whether Tom Coughlin is their coach or not in 2015 and beyond, the Giants need
Eli Manning to be their franchise quarterback in 2015 and beyond.
Nov 20 Strangely,
the Giants have yet to play at home against an NFC East opponent, making this
the first game this season at MetLife Stadium for the Cowboys, Redskins or Eagles
- the teams that always bring out the most fevered passion, in victory and defeat.
wasn't a exactly a stinging rebuke, but given Eli Manning's history of keeping
his interviews as vanilla as possible, it was still a shot across the bow. When
asked if he heard that his old teammate Tiki Barber had said on the radio that
the Giants are "not listening to Tom Coughlin any more." Manning gave the perfect
Coughlin laments missed 76-yard touchdown to Odell Beckham Jr. in Giants loss.
Rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham could've had an even bigger impact on Sunday's
the offensive meltdown that led to the latest loss, Antrel Rolle sounded moderately
upbeat Tuesday when asked if he believes the Giants can run the table and win
their remaining six games. "Absolutely, I think it's a possibility."
constant for the Giants as they confront their third consecutive season without
a playoff berth has been their inability to generate an effective running game
behind a poor, if not woeful, offensive line.
Coughlin, Eli Manning say Giants should have scored, beaten 49ers. Some fans
wanted to see the Giants try to run the ball, and/or show more creativity in terms
of the passing plays. But head coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning
defended the play-calling sequence Monday.
Giants rewind: How Jerry Reese is failing Eli Manning. Here's another prize delivered to the Giants this holiday season from general manager Jerry Reese: Charles Brown, now playing right tackle. Or, more accurately, not playing right tackle. This is the depth Reese provided for his $100 million franchise quarterback. He's 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, only 27 years old, originally a second-round pick out of USC. Problem is, he can't play. "
Offensive lineman Charles Brown was not pleased with his performance on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. The backup offensive lineman entered the game in the second quarter, replacing right tackle Justin Pugh, who left the game with a strained quadriceps muscle and didn't return. The Niners game was Brown's first extensive action all season.
Given the Giants' rushing woes, perhaps we shouldn't have been shocked that running back Rashad Jennings stayed on the field for nearly every snap against the San Francisco 49ers. But with Jennings clearly still rusty after a six-week layoff, it was certainly surprising that his backup, rookie Andre Williams barely saw any action.
We've speculated what the Giants should do with Coughlin, if they should fire him or nudge him into retirement or demand that he make massive changes, but the premise should be reversed. The Giants shouldn't get rid of Coughlin. He should get rid of them. Honestly, why would he want to coach them beyond 2014? This is a team that needs a major overhaul, one that already lacked depth and talent thanks to GM Jerry Reese's decisions before it was devastated with injuries. .
ESPN - Rapid Reaction: San Francisco 16, Giants 10.
ESPN - Tom Coughlin comparing fiascoes.
ESPN - Giants' last-ranked defense stands up.
ESPN - As boring as it sounds, it's still all about the offensive line for Giants.
ESPN - Justin Pugh (quad) the latest injured Giant.
Giants.com - Instant Analysis: San Francisco 16, Giants 10.
Giants.com - Turnovers and missed chances cost Giants vs. 49ers.
NYDailyNews - Eli Manning throws five picks, dooms Giants in loss to 49ers.
NYDailyNews - Giants Insider: Big Blue defense better but outcome's same.
NYDailyNews - Odell Beckham Jr. furious after loss.
NYDailyNews - 49ers get just enough Colin Kaepernick for win.
NYDailyNews - Giants lose to 49ers, 16-10: Instant analysis.
NYPost - Giants report card: Play calls didn't help Eli's offense.
NYPost - Eli Manning throws five INTs as Giants sink to new low.
NYPost - Eli's picks an ugly return to 2013 debacle.
NYPost - 'We should've run' it: The play-calls that doomed the Giants.
NYPost - Coughlin's gutsy calls end in a Giants blame game.
StarLedger - Odell Beckham Jr. shines again in Giants loss to 49ers | Instant analysis.
StarLedger - Eli Manning is another Giant problem after his awful 5-interception game.
StarLedger - What happened to Jennings and Giants' run game in loss to San Francisco?
StarLedger - What made rookie Odell Beckham throw his helmet after Giants loss?
StarLedger - Tom Coughlin: 'In hindsight, we should have run the ball' on Giants goal-line flop.
StarLedger - Tom Coughlin shocked by Giants 'offensive fiasco' against the San Francisco 49ers.
StarLedger - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie plays with sharp pain in leg, explains game-winning TD
TheRecord - Eli lamenting toughest 4 yards of career.
TheRecord - Eli Manning tosses 5 INTs as Giants fall to Niners, 16-10.
Newsday - Eli Manning throws five interceptions in Giants' fifth loss in row.
Newsday - Eli Manning passes out anniversary gifts to 49ers defenders.
Newsday - Odell Beckham Jr. stars again in losing effort.
NYTimes - Fading Giants Fail To Exploit 49ers' Slips.
MercuryNews - 49ers' win over the New York Giants keeps hope alive.
(3-6) vs San Francisco (5-4)
Nov 16 There's
something about the 49ers that has always brought out the best in the Giants
at the biggest moments going back to the glory days when it was Bill Parcells
vs. Bill Walsh and Phil Simms vs. Joe Montana.
all has gone wrong trying to get things right, as the Giants (3-6) have nearly
fallen off the face of the NFC East. Winning one game will not cure all that ails
this team, but at the moment winning one game almost seems impossible - given
the breakdowns, the injuries, the lack of confidence and, quite frankly, the lack
of talent on the assembled roster.
Josh Brown has made each of his nine field-goal attempts and 24 of 24 extra-point attempts. Sixty percent of his kickoffs have been for touchbacks and none have been returned for more than 31 yards; the average return is 17.5 yards, the league low. Brown, who made 17 of his last 18 field goals in 2013, has even made two solo tackles on kickoffs.
Welcome to the second decade of Eli. It was 10 years ago this weekend that Tom Coughlin made the decision to name rookie Eli Manning the Giants' starting quarterback. Little did he -- or anyone else -- know at the time that it would be the last time he would have to make such a decision.
Nov 15 Tom
Coughlin was reminded of last year, when running back Andre Brown returned
in Week 10 from a broken leg. Brown had 30 carries for 115 yards in his first
game. Starter Rashad Jennings returns this Sunday after missing four games - all
losses - with a sprained MCL in his left knee. And he's ready to carry an Andre
Brown-like workload, if necessary.
Pierre-Paul is third in tackles for the Giants with 47 and tied for second
in sacks with 31/2. But coach Tom Coughlin says he needs more from the fifth-year
Nov 14 In
what has become another lost season for the Giants, who soon will face elimination
from playoff contention unless they go on an unexpected lengthy winning streak,
at least there is Odell Beckham Jr.
Fewell, the Giants defensive coordinator whose unit is ranked dead last in
the NFL and is as much a reason as any for the team floundering at 3-6 and mired
in a current four-game losing streak, was defiant when speaking to reporters.
his lengthy absence, Rashad Jennings (23) still leads the team in rushing
with 396 yards. Coach Tom Coughlin expects Jennings to play Sunday. He has averaged
4.4 yards per carry.
simplifying their defense to remedy league-worst ranking. When a defense gives
up 350 yards rushing to an opponent, there is inevitably a lot of soul-searching
to figure out how to improve the next week.
problem with the Giants is the problem with the Yankees. Too often we see
them for what they were and not what they are. The Giants act as if it was one
interception that cost them the game in Seattle, or the fact that they couldn't
come up with a couple of loose balls in the rain.
Jennings, who spent the first six seasons of his career with the Jaguars and
Raiders and has never been in the playoffs -- never been on a team that finished
with a winning record -- said the Giants have a different attitude than some of
the other losing locker rooms he's been in.
The Giants will have their chance to redeem themselves against another elusive QB, Colin Kaepernick, and the 49ers on Sunday. Coughlin encouraged his team to find motivation in playing for something beyond wins.
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