Sep 302013
 
Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (September 29, 2013)

Tom Coughlin Remains Upbeat – © USA TODAY Sports Images

September 30, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: DT Cullen Jenkins was wearing a protective boot on his right foot on Monday in the locker room. “I think just a little tendon something, knee and Achilles,” said Jenkins when asked about the injury. “Hopefully like I said, just a couple days, get this thing treated, and get back going.”

LB Mark Herzlich injured a toe in the game against the Kansas City Chiefs and also was in a protective boot.

“(Jenkins and Herzlich are) in a boot for ankle-type, toe-type reasons and hopefully it’s just something to restrict movement and they can come back and work this week,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin.

There was no word on other Giants injured in the game including DE Justin Tuck (neck), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), CB Aaron Ross (back), and CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring).

New York Giants Re-Structure Chris Snee’s Contract Again: According to NFL Player Association (NFLPA) records, the New York Giants and OG Chris Snee appear to have agreed to another contract re-structuring in order to create immediate additional salary cap room in 2013. The move was probably made in order to sign FB John Conner last week.

Snee’s base 2013 base salary was reduced from $4.2 million to $1,164,286. The difference was probably made up in an additional pro-rated signing bonus over the final two years of his current contract.

According to OverTheCap.com, Snee’s cap hit in 2014 is now $11.75 million. If he is cut, the Giants will still lose $4.5 million in cap space due to dead money.

In early September, Snee’s 2013 base salary was reduced from $6.7 million to $4.2 million and his 2014 base salary was increased from $6.95 million to $7.2 million.

S Will Hill Eligible to Return This Week: S Will Hill, who is currently on the Reserve/Suspended List for violating the NFL’s policy on drug use, is eligible to return to the team this week. The Giants will have to make a roster move if they choose to add him to the 53-man roster.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Monday press conference are available at Giants.com.

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Monday’s media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

QB Eli Manning on WFAN: The audio of Monday’s WFAN interview with QB Eli Manning is available CBSNewYork.com

Shaun O’Hara Breaks Down New York Giants-Kansas City Chiefs Game: Shaun O’Hara Reviews Game Film by Giants.com

Article on the 2013 New York Giants: Time for Giants to Start Thinking of Future by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Sep 292013
 
Spencer Paysinger (52), New York Giants (September 29, 2013)

The Defense Played Tough for Three Quarters – © USA TODAY Sports Images

The New York Giants Fall to 0-4: The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the New York Giants 31-7 on Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. With the loss, the Giants fall to 0-4. The last time the Giants started 0-4 was in 1987, with two of those losses being replacement games during the NFL strike.

“Coming into the season, if you told me I was 0-4, I wouldn’t have believed you,” WR Victor Cruz said after the game.

“Right now we’re low as you can get,” said DE Justin Tuck. “We’re going to find a way to right this ship. Or we’re going to die trying.”

The game was closer than the final score would indicate. For the most part, the Giants’ defense performed adequately but received no support from the offense and special teams.

The Chiefs led the Giants 17-7 at the start of the fourth quarter, the difference being a successful 51-yard field goal by the Chiefs, a 44-yard missed field goal by PK Josh Brown, and an 89-yard punt return for a touchdown by the Chiefs late in the third quarter. A 43-yard punt return by WR Rueben Randle was also called back by an unnecessary block-in-the-back penalty on DE Justin Trattou.

The only real significant defensive lapse for three quarters was the 11-play, 98-yard scoring drive on the Chiefs’ third possession of the game. The Giants, however, quickly responded with a 2-play, 74-yard touchdown drive with the touchdown coming on a 69-yard pass from QB Eli Manning to WR Victor Cruz.

The Giants did very little on offense the rest of the game as New York was 1-of-14 on third down (7 percent) while the Chiefs were 9-of-16 on third down (56 percent). The Giants had six first-half possessions. They had the one big scoring play, but also punted three times and turned the football over when Manning was sacked and fumbled the ball away. The Giants had a chance to tie the game at the end of the first half, but Brown missed the field goal.

In the second half, the Giants could not pick up one first down in their first five possessions of the third quarter. In all, in the third and fourth quarters, the Giants punted five times, turned the ball over twice (one interception and one fumble), and turned the ball over on downs late in the game.

Defensively in the second half, the Giants picked off QB Alex Smith twice and forced two punts in the third quarter. But in the fourth quarter, the defense finally broke by giving up a 14-play, 80-yard touchdown drive (which was extended by a special teams penalty) and a 3-play, 35-yard yard touchdown drive after a fumble by RB Da’Rel Scott.

Offensively, Manning finished the game 18-of-37 for 217 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. RB David Wilson had 55 yards on 13 carries. Cruz caught 10 passes for 164 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively, linebackers Mark Herzlich (8) and Spencer Paysinger (7) led the team in tackles. Paysinger was also credited with one sack and recovered a fumble. S Antrel Rolle and CB Prince Amukamara each had interceptions.

“The coach said once we’re fed up with how we’re playing, we’ll do something about it,” Tuck said. “Obviously we’re not fed up yet.”

Video lowlights are available at NFL.com.

Injury Report: LB Mark Herzlich injured his toe in the game. X-rays were negative, but Herzlich was wearing a protective boot in the locker room. DE Jason Pierre-Paul suffered a knee contusion. DE Justin Tuck injured his neck but returned to the game. CB Jayron Hosley strained his hamstring and did not return. CB Aaron Ross injured his back and was replaced by CB Trumaine McBride.

Post-Game Press Conference Highlights from Coughlin and Manning: Video highlights from the post-game press conferences with Head Coach Tom Coughlin and QB Eli Manning are available at NFL.com.

Post-Game Player Media Q&As: Video clips of the post-game media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Post-Game Notes: Inactive for the Giants were QB Ryan Nassib, TE Adrien Robinson (foot), OC David Baas (neck), OG Chris Snee (hip), DT Johnathan Hankins, CB Corey Webster (hip), and S Cooper Taylor (shoulder).

Sep 292013
 
Terrell Thomas, New York Giants (August 24, 2013)

Terrell Thomas – © USA TODAY Sports Images

David Diehl Makes Trip to Kansas City: OT David Diehl, who is recovering from thumb surgery and who was listed as “doubtful” for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, did travel with the team on Saturday.

In addition, the Giants did not sign an offensive lineman from their Practice Squad despite the fact the Giants currently only have six healthy offensive linemen. Both of these facts seem to suggest that Diehl may be active on Sunday, even if he does not start.

OC David Baas (neck) and OG Chris Snee (hip) have already been ruled out of the game.

Articles on the 2013 New York Giants:

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Whenever He Leaves, Coughlin Will Be Tough to Replace by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Article on QB Eli Manning: Manning Starts Game After Game Despite Hit After Hit by Zach Schonbrun of The New York Times

Articles on the New York Giants Offensive Line:

Articles on the New York Giants Defensive Backs:

Giants Online: The video of this week’s edition of Giants Online is available at Giants.com.

Sep 272013
 
Kevin Boothe, New York Giants (October 28, 2012)

Kevin Boothe – © USA TODAY Sports Images

September 27, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report – Baas, Snee, and Webster Out: Not practicing on Friday were OC David Baas (neck), OG Chris Snee (hip), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), and CB Corey Webster (hip). All four players have officially been ruled “out” of Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

OT David Diehl (thumb), DE Justin Trattou (ankle), LB Spencer Paysinger (hip), LB Jacquian Williams (knee), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), and S Cooper Taylor (shoulder) practiced on a limited basis. Diehl is “doubtful”; Williams and Taylor are “questionable”; and Thomas, Paysinger, and Trattou are “probable” for the game on Sunday.

The Giants will head to Kansas City with only six healthy offensive linemen on the current 53-man roster. Head Coach Tom Coughin would not reveal who would start at left guard, center, and right guard. Kevin Boothe could start at left guard or center. James Brewer could start at right or left guard, as could Brandon Mosley. Jim Cordle could start at center.

In addition, in all likelihood, Giants will have to make a roster move on Saturday in order to sign one of the three offensive linemen currently on the Practice Squad: Stephen Goodin, Eric Herman, or Steven Baker.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Friday press conference are available at Giants.com.

Giants.com Q&A With Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Coughlin Corner: Full Speed Ahead by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Friday’s media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on Coordinators Kevin Gilbride and Perry Fewell: Like Their Players, Kevin Gilbride, Perry Fewell Struggling by Bob Glauber of Newsday

Article on the New York Giants Offensive Line: Giants’ Offensive Line on Hot Seat by Jeff Roberts of The Bergen Record

Sep 272013
 

Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?
Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin
Like a house of cards, one blow from caving in?

Do you ever feel already buried deep six feet under?
Scream but no one seems to hear a thing
Do you know that there’s still a chance for you
‘Cause there’s a spark in you?

You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July

‘Cause, baby, you’re a firework
Come on, show ’em what you’re worth
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby, you’re a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh”
You’re gonna leave ’em all in awe, awe, awe

–          Katy Perry, Firework

Approach to the Game – New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs, September 29, 2013:  There are a dozen ways I thought about taking this game preview since there are a lot of things I want to get off my chest, but most of those thoughts will wait for another day.

For now, let’s not address the big picture and the future – the personnel, personnel department, and coaching staff.

It’s still September. The leaves haven’t fallen from the trees yet. There is a lot of football left to played. There is still a chance if the Giants will only ignite

Giants on Offense: It’s time to ignite that light and shoot across the sky. It’s time for Kevin Gilbride to go back to his run-and-shoot days in Houston. Joey in VA talked about it in his game review. Shaun O’Hara alluded to it in his interview with The New York Post.  It’s time to force the defense to react to what you are doing rather than react to what the defense is doing. It’s also time to for the Giants to get their best 11 players on the field.

Eli Manning and Kevin Gilbride, New York Giants (September 8, 2013)

Eli Manning and Kevin Gilbride – © USA TODAY Sports Images

At this point, I don’t play it safe. I am aggressive and I attack. Take the initiative. Go four wide with Nicks, Cruz, Randle, and Murphy. Spread the Kansas City Chiefs out and go no-huddle or hurry-up. Consider letting Eli Manning call the plays. Don’t let the Chiefs collect themselves. Attack!

Is it risky? No doubt. The offensive line will likely be minus Chris Snee and David Baas and therefore green as grass. Even if there is talent in the line (which is questionable), there is little experience and no cohesion. That’s the main reason why I would eschew the run at this point. The line simply hasn’t played together enough to maintain any sort of consistent ground attack. Losing Henry Hynoski at this point may be addition by subtraction. Because he missed so much offseason work, Hynoski was a shadow of his former self. Bear Pascoe is not a threat as a receiver and just a so-so blocker. Having those two guys on the field was almost the equivalent of playing with nine starters as the defense could virtually ignore them. Brandon Myers can’t set the edge in the running game. You can use him as a receiver out of the slot, but I would use Murphy there instead.

The Giants’ are a finesse offense. There is no use trying to make them a physical team right now because they can’t be. They don’t have the horses to be physical. But they can be a damn good finesse team. The Giants can own the night and terrorize the enemy secondary. Attack! This strategy should invigorate the offensive team. It’s fun and will at least make things more interesting.

The huge weakness in this strategy? The bad offensive line has to give Eli at least a couple of seconds. And he is going to take a lot of hits. But you can be aggressive with a quick, short passing game too. Three-step drop or shotgun. Get rid of the ball quickly. Chiefs’ defensive coordinator Bob Sutton comes from the Jets and runs multiple defensive looks. The Chiefs have an NFL-high 15 sacks in three games. For a veteran offensive line, this is a tough scheme. No matter what, the young pups up front will be confused and over-matched. But if the Giants go max-protect, I think they play right into Sutton’s hands. It will take dangerous chess pieces off of the Giants’ chessboard and I’m not sure the Giants will be any less confused or overmatched. Make Sutton react to what the Giants are doing. You want to blitz your defensive backs Bob? Live by the blitz, die by the blitz. The added potential benefit, in the running game, is that by spreading the Chiefs out, the dangerous-in-space David Wilson could have more room to operate.

Play to your strengths New York.  Your strengths offensively are Eli Manning and the wide receiving corps. Attack!

Giants on Defense: The Kansas City offense is not scary. Their biggest strengths are RB Jamaal Charles and the fact that they haven’t turned the football over yet this season. Regarding the latter, that pace is obviously unsustainable and there is no better time than the present for the Giants to finally start winning the turnover battle. Stop Charles and get after the football.

The key with Charles is not only stopping him on running plays, but also focusing on him in coverage in the passing game. He’s their leading receiver. Once again, the Giants’ linebackers will be on the hot seat. Andy Reid will target the Giants’ linebackers in coverage.

A largely unimpressive passer, QB Alex Smith is surprisingly the Chiefs’ second-leading rusher. But you can get to Smith on the pass rush as he will hold onto the football. Wide receivers Dwayne Bowie and Donnie Avery are the main targets outside.

More than anything, the Giants need to bring an enthusiastic, nasty, and physical attitude to the game, “dog” as Antrel Rolle loves to call it. Don’t talk about it, do it. Football is still a violent contact sport. Hit and punish the other team. Get excited. F*ck up your opponent.

Giants on Special Teams: The Giants need a little of that headhunter mentality on special teams too. Let’s go. Make a play. Win the game with forced turnover or big return. Have fun out there.

Sep 262013
 
Aaron Ross, New York Giants (September 22, 2013)

Aaron Ross – © USA TODAY Sports Images

September 26, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report – Terrell Thomas Sits Out: Not practicing on Thursday were OC David Baas (neck), OG Chris Snee (hip), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), DE Justin Trattou (ankle), LB Jacquian Williams (knee), CB Corey Webster (hip), and CB Terrell Thomas (knee).

“(Baas and Snee are) trying like heck to get better and they’ve been kept inside,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin.

“Supposedly (Williams is) going to be able to practice tomorrow,” said Coughlin.

“I did think (Webster) might make it today, but that’s not the case,” said Coughlin.

OT David Diehl (thumb), LB Spencer Paysinger (hip), and S Cooper Taylor (shoulder) practiced on a limited basis.

“(Diehl is) doing well,” said Coughlin. “He’s had two days of practice now. He’s enthusiastic, trying to help as best he can…I don’t know (if he will play on Sunday) just yet.”

“(Practice) went pretty good,” Diehl said. “It’s just great to be back out there. I’ve been working my ass off. I did a little bit more today at practice than I did yesterday. As long as I keep making the progress that I’m making and feeling good and the doctors clear me to go on Sunday, we’ll see what happens. I’m going to go out there tomorrow and give it my best shot to see if I can be out there and help this football team compete.”

New York Giants Coach Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of Thursday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Articles on the New York Giants Offense:

Article on the New York Giants Pass Rush: Pass Rush Struggles May Be Larger Problem by Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com

Sep 252013
 
Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (September 22, 2013)

A Dejected Tom Coughlin – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Carolina Panthers 38 – New York Giants 0

Prologue: If you want an accurate, X’s and O’s analysis of what happened in Charlotte last Sunday go grab a newspaper, an iPad, a Galaxy, or cozy up to some doofus who loves sitting at Starbucks for hours doing nothing but trying to look hip and jump on NFL.com when he abandons his or her laptop to feign interest in the scone selection. You will find no in-depth play-combing search for truth or fundamental errors, you will find here what the Giants gave us, not much to hold on to and plenty to forget. This week’s review will be surly, short, full of bad wisecracks and just plain annoying, think of it as the Sean Avery of game reviews. This week, the Giants should have risen to the challenge of an 0-2 start filled with errors but tinged with promise if those mistakes were eliminated. Unfortunately the 0-3 banes of our existences indeed tossed us down a pit, leaving us wondering what will break first…their spirits, or their bodies.

Game Review: U G L Y you ain’t got no alibi, you’re ugly, hey hey you’re ugly. No BBI faithful, Goldie Hawn isn’t walking through that door and convincing Bubba Gump to play QB while Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson snap each other with towels after another improbable Wildcat win. If only. Ugly simply captures this team’s “performance” last Sunday in Charlotte in a way few other Webster’s entries can.

Ug-ly adjective \ˈə-glē\

1:  frightful, dire, offensive or unpleasant to any sense

2:  a:  likely to cause inconvenience or discomfort <the ugly truth>

b:  surly, quarrelsome <an ugly disposition>

— ug·li·ly  adverb

I will uglily attempt to recap this in a fashion not so offensive or unpleasant to any sense. 38-0. Treinta y Ocho a Cero. Holy sh*t to WTF? It doesn’t matter how you phrase the final score, but that frightful display has the Giants season in dire straits, and now we are all surly and quarrelsome, just waiting for the next shoe to drop. I shan’t waste your time with the bludgeon by bludgeon description of this 3 hour long slap to the face when it can be summed up by glancing really anywhere at the boxscore. Offensive yardage? Panthers 402 Giants 150. First downs? Panthers again, 27 to 10. Sacks? Panthers 7 Giants 1.

At the risk of sounding like an armchair fool because the men I am criticizing have Super Bowl rings and I have a doorbell that barely rings, I am going to weigh in here with what honestly looks to be the issue. The offensive players don’t trust what’s being called and don’t trust the game plan being given to them. Conjecture? Yes. Opinion? Definitely. Do I believe it? 100%. After rushing for a total of 73 yards in two losses, how do the Giants respond? By lining up with two TEs, one of whom can’t block, and a FB who has been brutally bad thus far, and they try slamming it down the Panthers throats.

Kevin Gilbride brings out Bear Pascoe and Henry Hynoski, two players NO ONE has to account for downfield; two players who the Panthers decided to go man against and bring the heat on Eli Manning to the tune of a six-sack first half and seven for the game. This is a QB who went down 20 times last year, already exceeding 1/3 of that in one game! This maddening desire to achieve “Balance” on offense isn’t possible with this group UNTIL you have a lead and can run to lean on the defense. That’s where your balance occurs, NOT by forcing two of your worst offensive players on to the field against a speedy LB corps that easily overmatched Pascoe and Hynoski.

I nearly blew an eye socket yelling at Jason Pierre-Paul to stop reading the dive fake and jumping inside to cover the A gap on three plays in a row that he was just run right past by a Panther player. I have said since the pre-season, our DEs jump inside too quickly, don’t read the QB and we get absolutely gashed on outside runs. Snowshoe Moreno did it twice to break our backs last week and it happened against Cam Newton and DeAngelo Williams to the tune of over 200 yards rushing given up. It was a gutless performance from start to finish.

GET YOUR BEST 11 ON THE FIELD ON OFFENSE!!!! Give Eli the keys to the car, sit down Pascoe and keep Myers in the slot as a big WR option and let’s see who can outscore us. Balance? You want to force balance and David Wilson down our throats while the best players we have block for him and act as very expensive decoys? Have at it folks, and welcome to a top 5 pick if someone doesn’t make that change soon. /rant.

Quarterbacks: It all starts and ends here with QB Eli Manning. As Eli goes, so do the Giants and he went to the ground far too often. Unable to do much, Eli finished 12/23 for 119 yards and 1 interception, and was dumped seven times by Panther pass rushers. (Anyone else hear Art Rooney after about the 3rd or 4th sack?…..niiine times…niiine times). Eli’s best play of the day was a 14 yard run for 10% of the Giants first downs on the day. Eli was harassed all day long, never able to get into a rhythm and not able to rally his troops this time as he was simply running for his life.

Running Backs: RB David Wilson’s first two carries would portend bad things to come, as the Giants tried two poorly thought out plays in a row. First was a two-TE, FB-lead over left tackle that ripped up 2 whole yards. On the next play, the old switcheroo, three WRs and a run up the gut that was snuffed out by the Panthers best player, LB Luke Kuechly. This maddening obsession with testing the defenses best players early on has been nothing short of comic disaster through three games. Wilson finished with 39 yards on 11 carries and again showed plenty of fight when fighting for extra yards but don’t expect much until the FB and extra TE come off the field. Wilson did manage a 17 yard TD run early in the 2nd quarter that was negated by an iffy holding call on LT Will Beatty, just about a perfect nugget of how the day went. An early swing pass to FB Henry Hynoski was the perfect example of what is wrong with this offense right now, you’re reaching for things the opponent may not expect instead of forcing them to stop your best players. Just for funsies, RB Brandon Jacobs declined to block his gap on the Giants first series, opting for an outlet route as Eli ate turf for one of seven times on the day. I think HB Da’Rel Scott tried to block DE Greg Hardy on a 2nd quarter sack, but he may have been looking for a contact lens somewhere near Hardy’s feet.

Wide Receivers: Against a team that lost 3-of-4 starters in the secondary, you may expect a field day. Instead of leaning on our best offensive trio, we go heavy, max-protect and try to hit the long ball against a Cover 2 defense designed to take away just that. With three DBs who are new starters, you have to expect the deep patrol will be fortified. Put the ball in the hands of your best players: Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, and Rueben Randle. Force the depleted secondary to reach down the bench for more DBs to trot out a nickel or dime defense and you’re talking about using the very bottom of the Panther roster to defend your best weapons. Randle, Cruz, and Nicks (bagel for the game) hauled in five catches for 65 yards TOTAL. The trio each had 100 yard receiving games in the opener, which certainly has me convinced that we need to search for “balance” and force a running game that isn’t there. On the plus side, Jerrel Jernigan made a catch to keep on his Sinorice Moss like pace for fewest catches in a career that never was.

Tight Ends: TE Brandon Myers opened the game as the lead blocker on an off-tackle run, after finally shaking off some passing game rust last week and looking like a decent mid-range target. Makes sense to have a tentative blocker start the game out…blocking. Once again, kudos to our offensive staff for completely fooling the Panthers by using yet another player in a role he’s not suited for. NO WAY they saw that coming! TE Bear Pascoe is technically a “move” TE, the same way a clam effortlessly moves along the ocean the floor. Maybe the elder Gilbride read the Tortoise and the Hare to Kevin Jr. the night before the game, and a crazy idea formed in their heads for how to attack the Panthers. It’s really the only explanation that makes ANY sense to me.

Offensive Line: Last week’s 23 yards on the ground look great after the 7 sacks coughed up this week. Just flat out awful all day long by everyone. Most alarmingly, the play of Chris Snee indicated another injury, which, if IR is in his future, would likely be the last game we see #76 play for the Giants. LT Will Beatty’s regression since pre-season has been head-shakingly bad. Beatty was run past on the Giants first possession by the solid but hardly unstoppable DE Greg Hardy, who snuffed out any chance Eli had to convert a manageable 3rd and 5. By the second drive of the Giants day, more of the same: long, slow developing pass plays, zero pass protection and you could almost hear the wheels coming off. Beatty’s pass protection was atrocious, but wait a minute folks, that’s not all. Not only did he get his QB pancaked but Beatty also, in this exclusive offer to the Panthers, held on a David Wilson run that could have knotted the game at 7 early in the 2nd quarter. That’s two, two two big mistakes for one low low price!

Defensive Line: DE Jason Pierre Paul played his worst game as a professional, consistently jumping inside on dive fakes, only to see plays race by his outside shoulder. The only highlight was when JPP clearly heard me yelling me at the TV to attack the mesh point (The QB) when Cam Newton looked to be running the read option. Every other time, he is either being coached incorrectly or simply has head up his ass and doesn’t care to fix it. How’s that for thought provoking analysis?

Early on, the DL was playing fast and playing physically, at least on the first series when DE Mathias Kiwanuka notched an early sack and dropped Cam Newton for a 15-yard loss. The inability to defend the edge showed up on the Panthers second drive, with JPP again jumping the A gap and completely abandoning his edge responsibilities, which is quite frankly the Achilles heel of our run defense going back about a full season and it shows zero signs of being addressed. Teams are running right to JPPs side, knowing he’s going to guess wrong and jump too quickly and leave a huge lane for opposing runners to exploit.

Linebackers: Technically we have them, but when your first four in tackles are a DT, SS, DE and CB, your LBs are not showing up. None of the starting trio made any noise or any impact plays, but then again no one on the roster did either this week.

Defensive Backs: As bad as CB Aaron Ross has been, he redeemed himself a bit with an early interception, jumping and out route to WR Brandon Lafell’s inside shoulder and giving the Giants a first down at the Panther 17. S Ryan Mundy had one of the few bright spots for the team with a picture perfect hit that broke up a Newton pass midway through the 2nd quarter.

Special Teams: Down 7-0, the Giants special teams capitalized on a Giant-like mistake when the Panthers coughed up the ball off the back of backup TE Richie Brockel (that’s a lot of prepositions). Even K Josh Brown got in on the shankfest, badly missing a 38-yarder with the game still technically within reach.

Cram it in your cramhole award: JPP was a popular early choice after being suckered inside on three consecutive runs to his side on the Panthers first scoring drive, but it’s got to go the entire team. You all stunk, stunk for four quarters on offense, defense, special teams, and coaching. The Giants are 0-3 and historically bad so far, looking more like an expansion team than one focused on a Super Bowl in their own backyard.

TWIP Note – Our first TWIP (This week in preview) note is to promise a better review if the Giants decide to shell out some effort against the 3-0 Chiefs in Kansas City. My apologies for the rambling and overly jokey nature, but I simply tuned out after it was 31-0 and re-watching was next to impossible.

(Boxscore – New York Giants at Carolina Panthers, September 22, 2013)
Sep 252013
 
FB John Conner  – © USA TODAY Sports Image

FB John Conner – © USA TODAY Sports Image

New York Giants Place FB Henry Hynoski on Injured Reserve; Sign FB John Conner: The Giants placed FB Henry Hynoski (fractured shoulder) on season-ending Injured Reserve on Wednesday.

To fill Hynoski’s vacant roster spot, the Giants signed FB John Connor, who has played with the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals, to reportedly a 2-year deal.

“We need a fullback, we need a lead blocker,” Head Coach Tom Coughlin said. “He is a physical guy. We think he’ll go up in the hole and clear the hole for the running back and we hope he’ll be a good pass protector and contribute on special teams as well.”

New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Wednesday were OC David Baas (neck), OG Chris Snee (hip), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), LB Jacquian Williams (knee), and CB Corey Webster (hip).

OT David Diehl (thumb), LB Spencer Paysinger (hip), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), and S Cooper Taylor (shoulder) practiced on a limited basis.

“David Baas will not work today,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “Diehl is going to work. We’re going to have him in a limited capacity. We’ll see what he can do. Hynoski…You know about that. He’s going to go on IR. Spencer Paysinger is going to work. He’ll probably take three quarters of the work. Adrien Robinson is not going to work. Chris Snee is not going to work. It’s his hip. It’s not the operated or surgically-repaired hip. Cooper Taylor has a shoulder, but he’s doing better today. He’s a little bit stronger and he will work although he is to stay out of contact. We’re going to put Terrell on the list because he needs to be managed and probably one day a week or at some point in time we’ll have to cut the reps back for him so he has decent recovery time. Corey Webster feels better, but he’s not going to get clearance to go today. We expect Jacquian (Williams) to go tomorrow.”

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday press conference are available at Giants.com.

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Wednesday’s media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the 2013 New York Giants: Giants Leaders’ ‘False Enthusiasm’ Rings True by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Sep 242013
 
Antrel Rolle and Aaron Ross, New York Giants (September 22, 2013)

Antrel Rolle and Aaron Ross – © USA TODAY Sports Images

September 24, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: According to Newsday, the MRI taken on OG Chris Snee’s hip showed no new damage, but if the pain does not subside, other options would have to be considered, including season-ending Injured Reserve.

“The hope is that it calms down and lets him get back to playing to his standard,” an unidentified source told Newsday. “If it doesn’t calm down, we are going to have to do something.”

Snee had offseason surgery on his hip. He decided to delay the surgery until after the Pro Bowl so he could participate in that game and was on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List until August 6.

Meanwhile, The Star-Ledger is reporting that FB Henry Hynoski’s shoulder fracture is serious and may be season-ending.

RB Andre Brown (fractured leg), who is on short-term Injured Reserve, says he’s ahead of schedule on his rehab. Under the short-term IR rules, however, Brown cannot be added to the 53-man roster until after Week 8.

New York Giants Practice Squad Moves: The New York Giants have re-signed OT Steven “Sam” Baker and signed LB Ty Powell to the Practice Squad.

To make room for Baker and Powell, the Giants have terminated the Practice Squad contracts of  DE Matt Broha and WR Marcus Harris.

New York Giants on ESPN Radio: Audio clips of Tuesday’s ESPN Radio interviews with the following players are available at ESPN.com:

  • WR Victor Cruz (Audio)
  • DE Mathias Kiwanuka (Audio)

S Antrel Rolle on WFAN: The audio of Tuesday’s WFAN interview with S Antrel Rolle is available at CBSNewYork.com

Article on General Manager Jerry Reese: It Would Be Nice to Hear from Jerry Reese by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

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Article on S Antrel Rolle: A Frustrated Antrel Rolle Challenges the NY Giants to Show ‘More Fight’ by Ebenezer Samuel of The Daily News

Notes: The 2013 New York Giants have allowed an NFL-high 115 points and are the third team in the last 50 years to allow at least 35 points in each of their first three games.

The Giants have rushed for 133 yards in the first three games. This is the first time in team history that the Giants have had 60 or fewer yards on the ground in three consecutive games.

DT Marvin Austin, who was waived by the Giants in the last round of cuts in early September, has signed with the Miami Dolphins.

Sep 232013
 
Justin Tuck, New York Giants (September 22, 2013)

Where is the Fight? – © USA TODAY Sports Images

September 23, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: There was no word on Monday about the status of FB Henry Hynoski, who fractured his left shoulder in the New York Giants-Carolina Panthers game on Sunday.

According to press reports, OC David Baas (neck) and OG Chris Snee (hip) underwent MRI’s on Monday.

“I think (Snee has) got some issues,” Head Coach Tom Coughlin said. “We’re trying to figure out where that is right now. Also David Baas has some issues.”

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Monday press conference are available at Giants.com.

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Monday’s media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

QB Eli Manning on WFAN: The audio of Monday’s WFAN interview with QB Eli Manning is available CBSNewYork.com

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