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Nov 27 He's
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.
NFL players know New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. as well as Miami
Dolphins rookie receiver Jarvis Landry. The longtime friends were college teammates
and roommates at LSU and, according to Landry, the pair talk daily.
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.
Coughlin sounded like a man running out of answers for the team's lackluster
pass rush. One potential solution he noted was to give second-year defensive end
Damontre Moore additional playing time. Moore brings an element of speed coming
off the edge that the Giants have sorely lacked, and played well against the Cowboys.
Coughlin said. "He should have been playing a little bit more."
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.
that series, Coughlin mostly stuck with with defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul
and Mathias Kiwanuka and defensive tackles Johnathan Hankins, Markus Kuhn, and
Mike Patterson, and the latter two are not known at all for their pass rushing
ability. Coughlin said he had "sound" reasons for not playing Ayers more than
one snap on that drive, but declined to go into detail. In Ayers eyes, however,
he wasn't necessarily "benched" because he is a part-time player to begin with.
Hill was suspended for the first six games of the season. It took him only
two more weeks to become the Ravens' starter. Now the Ravens' faith in him is
paying off. On Monday night, Hill added the playmaking dynamic Baltimore's secondary
has sorely lacked, and his 44-yard pick-six turned the tide in the Ravens' 34-27
victory against the Saints.
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.
Rolle said the Giants are playing the next month for "a bigger goal" than
the playoffs, which is something he conceded the team will not accomplish.
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.
in the world wasn't there any signal for reinforcements when it was clear
the Giants' four-man pass rush was getting stonewalled? And why the heck was Robert
Ayers -- the team leader in sacks -- glued to the sideline as Tony Romo spent
so much time standing in his cushy pocket, he needed to move his legs if only
to prevent them from falling asleep?
day after the Giants' bitter 31-28 defeat at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys,
Giants coach Tom Coughlin admitted that he'd do things differently, if given another
chance. The Giants stayed away from the blitz on that final drive, choosing instead
to rush just four linemen and try to beat Romo that way. It backfired.
can't bring back Perry Fewell next year. although Coughlin didn't mention
anyone by name the day after the Giants' latest defeat -- a 31-28 loss to Dallas
in which they gave up the winning touchdown with 1:01 left, capping an 80-yard
drive that took only 1:59 -- it sure sounded as though he was second-guessing
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.
whose leaping, one-handed touchdown grab against the Cowboys was still the
talk of the town one day later, made the case that David Tyree's Super Bowl helmet
haul was the most impressive he watched as a spectator. "That's the craziest
catch I've ever seen still to this day," Beckham said.
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.Nov
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did Beckham make that catch? By the next morning, in the laboratories and
offices of physicists, mechanical engineers and sport scientists, the answer was
being deduced through scrutiny of gyroscopic effects, vectors, linear and angular
momentum, a coefficient of friction, mass, velocity and the material composition
of the specialized glove on Beckham's hand.
The Game: Game
- "The Giants lost this one to the Cowboys, but all they'll be talking about
is Odell Beckham Jr. and his amazing catch and that you'll have to watch out for
these Giants next year when Victor Cruz gets back."
- "So now the Giants have lost six straight games, but the Cowboys really
had to earn this one. You have to give credit where credit is due to both these
teams. The Giants almost nailed it and even though they lost to a team that seems
to be on a mission this year, they showed that they can hang in and still be an
opponent you don't want to go up against."
- Giants' shake up offensive line, with mixed
- Giants' D can't get stop when it counts.
- Eli Manning returns to early-season form.
- Kiwanuka compares Beckham's catch to David Tyree's.
- Rapid Reaction: Cowboys 31 Giants 28.
- Odell Beckham Jr. makes incredible one-handed touchdown catch.
- Instant Analysis: Cowboys 31 Giants 28.
- Social media reactions to Odell Beckham's amazing catch.
- Unlike Odell Beckham Jr., Giants defense can't hang on against Cowboys.
- Impossible now routine for NY Giants WR Odell Beckham.
- Beckham's great catch can't spark Giants to win over Cowboys.
- Odell Beckham Jr. makes one of the most ridiculous touchdown catches ever.
- Family of Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. used to seeing great catches.
- Odell Beckham's miracle grab can't save the putrid Giants.
- Odell Beckham made the best catch you'll ever see.
- Possibly the greatest catch in NFL history -- wasted.
- Odell's 'a monster': Catch even freaks out Cowboys.
- How Ben McAdoo shook up the Giants' play-calling.
- The disgraceful final 3 minutes, when Tony Romo laughed last.
- Tom Coughlin and Giants teammates rank Odell Beckham Jr.'s catch among best
they've ever seen.
- Disappearing Giants pass rush will spell the end for defensive coordinator Perry
- Giants officially eliminated from NFC East contention with five games remaining.
- Odell Beckham's masterful performance wasted in Giants loss to Cowboys | Rapid
- Odell Beckham Jr.'s family marvels at his amazing touchdown catch against the
- The Catch is just the beginning of Odell Beckham Jr.'s rise to stardom.
- Giants' skid reaches six in 31-28 loss to Cowboys.
- Odell Beckham Jr. makes amazing play, but Giants lose.
- Odell Beckham Jr.'s catch has makings of a rising star.
- A Great Catch, but a Victory Is Just Out of Reach.
- The Giants might be heroes, but Cowboys are winners.
- Romo set stage for Cowboys' most riveting game, win of season.
- Huff, McCoy lead Eagles past Titans 43-24. - More.
- Carlos Hyde's fourth-quarter TD lifts Niners over Redskins, 17-13. - More.
(3-7) vs Cowboys (7-3)
Last week the Cowboys were on a bye coming off
a 31-17 win against the Jaguars in London. Tony Romo, sidelined for one week because
of a back injury, played in that game and threw three touchdowns.
Eagles losing, the Giants could have moved up a notch last week in front of all
their home fans. They even scored a rare opening drive touchdown, and could have
beaten the 49ers with just a few more good plays, but instead lost 16-10.
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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.
Donnell is the biggest surprise on the Giants' roster,
and one of the biggest enigmas in the NFL. He's on an up-and-down roller coaster
between acrobatic catches and maddening drops, between good Larry and bad Larry.
Which one will show up Sunday night against archrival Dallas? In his last game,
Donnell caught a touchdown pass, but couldn't hold on to a potential game-winning
score late in the fourth quarter, as the Giants failed to score four straight
times from near the goal line.
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.
it unnerve John Mara that the Giants seem to play their worst at the most
crucial times? In the fourth quarters of their losses, the Giants have been outscored
by 70-28. And what if a bad streak by the Giants becomes a free fall? What if
they struggle to win five games? Outside the Giants' headquarters and practice
complex, the voices calling for Tom Coughlin's firing are mounting. In Las Vegas,
the betting odds give him less than a 50 percent chance of keeping his job.
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?
may have been the final wild statement Pierre-Paul will ever make before a
Cowboys game. And boy, was it wild. Just when you thought the Giants were done
with wild playoff promises for 2014, here's one more from JPP. The underproductive
defensive end said he believes 3-7 Big Blue can win its last six games and find
a way to sneak into the playoffs.
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.
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.
Tuck's quick thinking saved Raiders' first win. The Raiders - more than a
year since their last previous victory - nearly blew their first win of the season
Thursday night over the Kansas City Chiefs, and had it not been for the alertness
of former Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, the misery in Oakland might have continued.
Tuck reminded the world where he came from Thursday night. That he was raised
and schooled in a certain professional culture that remains central to who he
is, even as everyone else around him opts for floppy clown shoes instead of cleats.
Credit Tuck, yes: He's the one who kept his head, who made the T with his hands,
who rescued the Raiders.
Gilbride: Tom Coughlin will resurrect Giants again. He's always been good
at being disciplined and staying focused, and keeping guys plugged in to the things
that matter. We started 0-6 last season and turned that whole thing around at
the end. That was a testament to Tom and his staff, and I expect it to happen
shrug, bundle up and make their way to Detroit. The NFL. considered ease of
travel for Bills fans and tried to preserve some of the team's geographic advantage
before moving the game against the Jets to Detroit on Monday night.
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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.
would never have been questioned had the Giants scored a touchdown. Monday,
Coughlin said, "After looking at the tape, I think two of those balls should
have been caught." He was referring to the passes thrown to Randle and Donnell.
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.
big-ticket free-agent acquisition hasn't played a full game since late September
and has been rotating in and out of the secondary with what the Giants call a
back and hamstring issue.
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.
has one year left on his contract after this year and is scheduled to make
$17 million in salary in 2015. The Giants could sign him to an extension this
coming offseason. Manning said he's not worried about his contract situation and
that he's still enjoying football, in spite of the tough stretch the Giants are
enduring right now.
Jets practiced Thursday without knowing when and where they would play Buffalo.
Finally, hours after they left the field, the NFL announced that Sunday's Jets-Bills
game has been moved to Detroit and will be played Monday night at 7.
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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.
the first 11 weeks of the season, teams coming off the bye have posted a 10-16
record. In case you forgot, the Cowboys are coming off their bye and play the
Giants on Sunday. What the bye week offers up in rest it might take away in game
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
days after Barber went on the radio and said the Giants should fire Tom Coughlin,
Eli Manning told everyone exactly what Big Blue thinks of its big-mouthed former
running back. And they don't think much of him. "That's very nice of him,"
Manning said. "It's good to hear from Ol' Tiki."
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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
deserves one more shot at turning the Giants back into winners, but some changes
- including bringing back Steve Spagnuolo have to occur. Coughlin is very loyal
to his assistants, but he should replace defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.
of the bigger decisions facing the Giants this offseason is the one they must
make about Eli Manning. He has one year left on his contract with a nonguaranteed
base salary of $17 million and a salary-cap charge of $19.75 million for 2015.
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."
record says one thing. But the Giants continue to firmly believe another thing,
which just may be as damning as anything about this lost season. Meet your New
York Giants, that's less mediocre and more painfully underachieving.
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.
Giants are 3-7, their worst record through 10 games since 1998. The season
is pretty much over. And once again, it can be tied back to those five bodies
up front. The Giants thought they had fixed the problem.
Barber picks fight with Gary Myers on ex-NY Giants' CBS Radio morning show.
Bradshaw: Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson should sue Roger Goodell.
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.
now infamous three fades and an interception is playing on loop in Giants
coach Tom Coughlin's head. Over and over and over it never stops. It's football
torture. "Sure, why wouldn't it?" Coughlin said. "The ball is on the 4-yard line.
You have a chance to win the game. Somebody make a play. "Get the ball in the
end zone and you win. Yeah, I'll remember that one."
they are officially eliminated in the coming days or weeks, they will become
just the second team ever to go from the Super Bowl to three straight years without
making the playoffs. From the penthouse to the you-know-what with three flushes.
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. "
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.
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
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. .
lose to San Francisco16-10 |
Barber thinks Tom Coughlin should be fired. "[The Giants players are] not
listening to Tom Coughlin anymore," Barber said. "As much as we want to pass the
buck, 'Oh, it was the offensive coordinator, let's get rid of Kevin Gilbride and
bring in Ben McAdoo. 'Oh, now it's the defensive coordinator, so maybe it's time
to get rid of Perry Fewell. At some point, it trickles uphill and it's got to
be Tom Coughlin's responsibility. I've held off on saying this, but it is time
for them to make a change."
Parcells says he still has 'a lot of faith' in Giants' Tom Coughlin. I think
he's a terrific coach. I think his record is pretty darn good. ... When you do
the things that they've been doing, giving up a lot of points, turning the ball
over ... you know, you are not going to win in the NFL. It doesn't make any difference
then who is coaching ... The team is not very good and everybody is upset and
that's just what happens."
The Game: Game
- "It's hard to believe that the Giants defense gave up only 16 points and
we lost. Then again it's also hard to believe that Eli Manning threw 5 interceptions
and we lost by just 6 points."
Mikefan. - "The
mistakes made all the difference, but the Giants almost overcame them and could
have won this game. Close, as they say (if you're old enough) but no cigar. With
five minutes left the Giants had four chances to go ahead if they could punch
the ball in from the San Francisco 4 yard line, but couldn't make that happen.
Actually there were no rushing attempts to 'punch the anything in'. Manning threw
three incomplete passes and then threw his fifth interception, "
- Rapid Reaction: San Francisco 16, Giants
- Tom Coughlin comparing fiascoes.
- Giants' last-ranked defense stands up.
- As boring as it sounds, it's still all about the offensive line for Giants.
- Justin Pugh (quad) the latest injured Giant.
- Instant Analysis: San Francisco 16, Giants
- Turnovers and missed chances cost Giants vs. 49ers.
- Eli Manning throws five picks, dooms Giants in loss to 49ers.
- Giants Insider: Big Blue defense better but outcome's same.
- Odell Beckham Jr. furious after loss.
- 49ers get just enough Colin Kaepernick for win.
- Giants lose to 49ers, 16-10: Instant analysis.
- Giants report card: Play calls didn't help Eli's offense.
- Eli Manning throws five INTs as Giants sink to new low.
- Eli's picks an ugly return to 2013 debacle.
- 'We should've run' it: The play-calls that doomed the Giants.
- Coughlin's gutsy calls end in a Giants blame game.
- Odell Beckham Jr. shines again in Giants loss to 49ers | Instant analysis.
- Eli Manning is another Giant problem after his awful 5-interception game.
- What happened to Jennings and Giants' run game in loss to San Francisco?
- What made rookie Odell Beckham throw his helmet after Giants loss?
- Tom Coughlin: 'In hindsight, we should have run the ball' on Giants goal-line
- Tom Coughlin shocked by Giants 'offensive fiasco' against the San Francisco
- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie plays with sharp pain in leg, explains game-winning
- Eli lamenting toughest 4 yards of career.
- Eli Manning tosses 5 INTs as Giants fall to Niners, 16-10.
- Eli Manning throws five interceptions in Giants' fifth loss in row.
- Eli Manning passes out anniversary gifts to 49ers defenders.
- Odell Beckham Jr. stars again in losing effort.
- Fading Giants Fail To Exploit 49ers' Slips.
- 49ers' win over the New York Giants keeps hope alive.
get hammered, 53-20, by Green Bay Packers | What it means. - More.
fall to lowly Bucs, 27-7 | Robert Griffin III sacked six times. - More.
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New Orleans had won 11 straight games in
the Superdome, but had to wait last week until the fourth quarter to take the
lead away from the 49ers for the first time in the game. Down by three points,
the 49ers needed to make a fourth-and-10 play on their last drive of the quarter
for a chance to tie things up and get to overtime. They did and went on to win
the game 27-24.
Last Sunday in Seattle the Giants held a 17-14 halftime lead
over the defending Super Bowl Champions. The score was tied going into the fourth
quarter, but the Seahawks kept coming at them with their running game and added
21 more points while holding the Giants to none, dealing them a 38-17 loss.
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at the biggest moments going back to the glory days when it was Bill Parcells
vs. Bill Walsh and Phil Simms vs. Joe Montana.
this one and it could be another December of meaningless games and job security
speculation. But can one win really make that big of a difference? "It's certainly
better than the alternative," coach Tom Coughlin said. "It would be a tremendous
boost for all of us."
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.
last-ranked defense can't stop anybody, and their up-and-down offense doesn't
consistently move the ball. They can't count on their steady veteran running back,
and they can't get consistent production from their supposedly dynamic defensive
end. But Antrel Rolle knows the one thing the Giants can do: Fight.
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.
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.
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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.
a six-week absence, Jennings still leads the team in rushing yards and yards
per carry. Even with the inevitable rust of not playing at game speed for over
a month, Jennings' fresh legs should help give the offense more balance, and provide
a legitimate target in the passing game out of the backfield. In
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
Pierre-Paul has not had the season that many expected of him in a contract
year. So is Pierre-Paul worried that his lack of big plays will affect contract
talks with the Giants in the offseason? Not so much.
Pierre-Paul made it clear Friday he doesn't consider himself a Giant for life
or dream of spending his entire career with Big Blue."If I'm here, I'm here.
If I'm not, I'm not."
Parcells sounded a lot like the team's current coach Tom Coughlin when talking
about the team's problems on defense this season on ESPN Radio with Michael Kay
and Don LaGreca. The Giants defense is currently ranked worst in the league.
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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.
Beckham posted his first two career 100-yard games in back-to-back weeks and
got the better of Seattle's All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman on Sunday, the
attention he receives on game days is likely to increase.
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.
said, "We're going to come and compete and get us a victory on Sunday.'' At
this point, why not make such a boast? If the Giants (3-6) continue to lose, he's
likely to be one of the scapegoats who will lose his job at the end of the season.
is most troubling is that seemingly nobody on the team has any concrete answers
as to how the Giants have reached this nadir. There have been injuries, but that
does not explain away the consistent breakdowns that lead to big plays.
defense finished 27th and 31st in yards allowed in 2011 and 2012 before rising
to No. 8 last year. And if they end up in that bottom-six range again this year,
the track record could become too much to ignore.
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.
presence is critical this week because the Giants backfield has again been
gashed by injuries. The team placed RB Michael Cox (fractured leg) on injured
reserve and veteran backup Peyton Hillis was sent home because of the concussion
he sustained Sunday.
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.
Giants rank dead last in the league in total defense and last in rushing defense,
surrendering an atrocious 144.7 rush yards per game. They haven't been much better
against the pass either, ranked 25th.
last month has been the worst stretch of defense the Giants have played. Worst
as in worse ever. It's the first time in their history they have allowed at least
423 total yards to four straight opponents.
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.
hearing John Mara call last year's offense broken, after watching the team
overhaul its offensive staff and revamp its offensive scheme in the off-season
only to end up with the same record it had at this point last season, you can't
help but wonder how much patience is left in that ownership well.
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.
is all going wrong. Or, at the very least, most of it is going wrong. But
Eli Manning, unlike Jason Pierre-Paul is not questioning the heart of some of
his teammates. Pride is one thing, results another.
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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