Jan 082011

The Perry Fewell Tour Continues: Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell has reportedly agreed to interview with the Cleveland Browns regarding their head coaching vacancy. The meeting is apparently scheduled for next week.

Fewell has already interviewed with the Carolina Panthers.He will also interview with the Denver Broncos this weekend.

The San Francisco 49ers were interested in Fewell, but they hired Jim Harbaugh as their head coach yesterday.

O’Hara Pulls Out of the Pro Bowl: As expected, OC Shaun O’Hara has pulled out of the Pro Bowl due to the Lisfranc injury to his right foot, a bone spur in his left ankle, and a bone chip embedded in one of his Achilles. O’Hara will have surgery soon to remove the spur and bone chip.

Kevin Boss to Have Minor Hip Surgery: TE Kevin Boss will reportedly undergo minor arthroscopic surgery on his hip to correct a problem that has been bothering him for some time.

Article on QB Eli Manning: Evaluating Eli at 30: You’ll Miss Him When He’s Gone by Andy Barall for The New York Times

Article on the Giants Meltdown Against the Eagles: The Giants’ Eight Minutes of Infamy by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com

Notes: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Giants had 80 scrimmage plays of 20 or more yards this season (58 passes, 22 runs), tying them with the Philadelphia Eagles for the highest total in the NFL. Their 14 touchdown passes of 20-plus yards led the league.

The Giants’ offense led the NFL by averaging 6.57 yards on first down.

The Giants and Indianapolis Colts each allowed a league-low 16 sacks this season. That was easily the fewest sacks allowed by the Giants since the 16-game season was instituted in 1978. Their previous low total was 24 sacks allowed in 2002. The overall team record is 10, set during a 14-game season in 1972.

QB Eli Manning is second in Giants history in attempts (3,332), completions (1,932), and yards (22,646), and is third in touchdown passes (156).

WR Mario Manningham was one of just two receivers to score on two receptions of at least 85 yards this season. The other was Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson. Manningham had seven touchdown receptions of 25 or more yards, which placed him second in the league behind Pittsburgh’s Mike Wallace, who had nine.  In the final three games of the season, Manningham caught 16 passes for 346 yards, a 21.6-yard average. Manningham became the first Giants’ receiver with three consecutive 100-yard games since Homer Jones in 1968.

WR Hakeem Nicks led the team with 11 touchdown catches (in 13 games) and Manningham added nine. They are the first pair of Giants with at least nine touchdown catches since 1967, when Jones had a franchise-record 13 and Aaron Thomas had nine.

HB Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 1,235 yards and HB Brandon Jacobs had 823 to give the Giants two 800-yard runners in the same season for only the second time. In 2008, Jacobs rushed for 1,089 yards and Derrick Ward added 1,025. Since 2006, four different Giants backs have rushed for at least 1,000 yards – Tiki Barber, Jacobs, Ward, and Bradshaw. No other team has more than three 1,000-yard rushers in those five seasons. Bradshaw finished ninth in the NFL in rushing yards and 12th in yards from scrimmage with 1,549.

The Giants held their opponents to fewer than 100 rushing yards in nine of 16 games. They were 9-0 in those games. The Giants were 1-6 when the opposition rushed for more than 100 yards.

The Giants led the NFL in takeaways (39) and giveaways (42), the first NFL team to do so since St. Louis in 2003 (46 takeaways, 39 giveaways).

Giants opponents fumbled 42 times this season. The Giants recovered 23 opponents fumbles this season, the highest total in the NFL since Baltimore in 2000 (26).

The Giants joined Houston, Jacksonville and St. Louis as the only teams that did not have a defensive touchdown in 2010.

The Giants, Texans and Rams were the only teams without a return touchdown this season.

DE Osi Umenyiora led the Giants and tied an NFL record with 10 forced fumbles and DE Justin Tuck was first in the league with five recoveries of opponent fumbles.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul finished the season with 4.5 sacks, the most by a Giants rookie since Cornelius Griffin had 5.0 in 2000.

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