Jan 282016
 
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New York Giants at Washington Redskins (September 25, 2014)

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REPORT – GIANTS HIRE AARON WELLMAN FOR STRENGTH COACH…
FootballScoop.com reports that the New York Giants have hired Aaron Wellman as the team’s new strength and conditioning coach. Wellman replaces Jerry Palmieri, who has served in that role with the Giants since 2004. It is hoped that Wellman will help reverse the trend of the New York Giants being one of the most injury-plagued teams in the NFL since 2010.

The 41-year old Wellman has never been employed by an NFL team. He has served as the head strength and conditioning coach at Ball State University (2004-2009), San Diego State University (2009-2011), the University of Michigan (2011-2015), and the University of Notre Dame (2015-2016).

According to a Notre Dame press release, “Wellman is a registered master strength and conditioning coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA), a certified strength and conditioning specialist and personal trainer by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a specialist in performance nutrition by the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA).

“He was responsible for the yearly programming of strength, speed and football-specific conditioning. Wellman performed movement screenings to evaluate mobility and stability deficits along with subsequent programs to mitigate individual injury risk. He implemented athlete-monitoring systems including GPS, psychometric questionnaires, neuromuscular fatigue assessments and salivary testing.”

Jan 282016
 
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Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo, New York Giants (January 15, 2016)

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NEW YORK POST ARTICLE ON GENERAL MANAGER JERRY REESE…
Paul Schwartz of The New York Post caught up with New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese at Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Alabama on Wednesday. The heavily-criticized Reese indicated that the Giants will not be making any immediate personnel department changes. He also defended the team’s poor drafting performance in recent years.

“We’re right in the middle of the process right now, so it’s hard to make a lot of changes,’’ Reese said. “We have guys who’ve watched these guys all year long and know them better than anybody. We always look at the process and see if we can do things differently or better. We’ll continue to do that. Scouting is scouting.”

Reese also repeated what team president and CEO John Mara has said in recent weeks, that is, everyone – including coaches – have had a role in deciding which players were acquired by the team.

“Ever since I’ve been here with the Giants, everybody has been part of the process, we come to a consensus on who we like and ultimately if we don’t pick a guy that works out it’s my fault, it’s the general manager’s fault,” said Reese. “But everybody is part of the process and I’m not going to back off that, it’s the truth.

“One of the favorite guys people like to throw at us is (2011 2nd round draft pick defensive tackle) Marvin Austin, a guy everybody says we spent a high pick on and we missed on him. There’s plenty of Marvin Austins around the National Football League. I can give you an example of how we talked about him. Marvin Austin, we’re kind of like, ‘This guy’s going to be a hit or this guy’s going to be a miss.’ We missed on him. We said ‘It’s probably not going to be anything in-between.’ Take (2008 3rd round draft pick wide receiver) Mario Manningham, we said, ‘This guy is going to be a hit or a miss. Nothing in between.’ We hit on him.

“How can you call a guy a bust when (2012 1st round draft pick David Wilson) breaks his neck? If that sells papers or whatever you guys do, but for you guys to say things like that, it’s not fair. His name gets thrown right into the pot when you guys are trying to say how bullshit the Giants’ personnel is.

“One thing for sure, I’m going to give the New York Giants everything I have. That’s never going to change.”

MCADOO MAY CREATE ANOTHER ASSISTANT COACHING POSITION…
NJ.com is reporting that new Giants’ Head Coach Ben McAdoo may hire an assistant defensive line coach in addition to a defensive line coach. Former Head Coach Tom Coughlin only had one coach for the defensive line, although he did have two coaches each for the offensive line, secondary, and special teams. The current defensive line positions remain vacant although the Giants have reportedly recently interviewed ex-Texans defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni and ex-Chargers defensive line coach Don Johnson.

PRO BOWL TEAMS SET…
Under the guidance of team captain wide receiver Odell Beckham, “Team Rice” selected quarterback Eli Manning with their first pick in the 2016 Pro Bowl draft. As a kicking specialist, place kicker Josh Brown was also assigned to “Team Rice” before the actual draft process. “Team Irvin” selected cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the draft.

Beckham was voted to the Pro Bowl by coaches, players, and fans. Manning, Rodgers-Cromartie, and Brown were selected as alternates when injured players dropped out of the game. The Pro Bowl airs on Sunday on ESPN at 7:00 PM eastern time.

Jan 272016
 
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Don Johnson, San Diego Chargers (October 23, 2014)

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REPORT – GIANTS INTERVIEW DON JOHNSON FOR DEFENSIVE LINE COACH…
NJ.com is reporting that the New York Giants have interviewed Don Johnson for the team’s vacant defensive line coaching position. Johnson is the second known candidate to have interviewed for the position. The other is Paul Pasqualoni, who resigned from the Texans last week.

Johnson served as the defensive line coach of the San Diego Chargers for seven years (2009-2015). He was fired, along with five other assistant coaches, by the Chargers in early January. Johnson also served as the defensive line coach of the Chicago Bears in 2005-2006 and the defensive tackle coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2007-2008.

Robert Nunn had served as the Giants’ defensive line coach since 2010, but the team reportedly was not interested in retaining his services. Nunn was hired by the Cleveland Browns last week as their new defensive line coach.

Jan 272016
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (November 1, 2015)

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ELI MANNING CONFERENCE CALL…
The transcript of Wednesday’s media conference call with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is available in The Corner Forum section of the website.

Manning was asked about his thoughts on Ben McAdoo being selected as the team’s new head coach. “I think Coach McAdoo will do a great job,” responded Manning. “I think he really does a wonderful job of holding court in the offensive meetings and getting his points across. I think he’ll continue to do a great job with the whole team. I’m excited for that. I think he’s ready and he’ll have a great staff of coaches.

“I think we’re close. I think we have some pieces in place that I’m excited about. I know we always need some new people, some areas where we need some help. I think the Giants are always committed to doing whatever it takes to get the right people and to get back to winning games and making playoffs and having that championship caliber squad.”

GIANTS.COM Q&A WITH GEOFF SCHWARTZ…
Geoff Schwartz Q&A: An unlikely journey to the NFL by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

“GIANTS INSIDER” Q&As…
Video clips of Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • OG Geoff Schwartz (Video)
  • LB Devon Kennard (Video)

GIANTS.COM “TOP 5” PLAYS…
The following “top five” lists were compiled by Dan Salomone of Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

Jan 262016
 
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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, New York Giants (October 4, 2015)

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DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE AND JOSH BROWN TO PRO BOWL…
New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and place kicker Josh Brown have been added to the Pro Bowl roster as alternates. They replace cornerback Malcolm Butler and kicker Stephen Gostkowski of the New England Patriots, both of whom cannot participate in the game because of injury.

In 2015, Rodgers-Cromartie missed one game with a concussion but started the other 15 games and finished the season with 58 tackles (career high), 13 pass defenses, 3 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles. Rodgers-Cromartie also scored twice on defense, once on a fumble return and the other on an interception return. Rodgers-Cromartie will be the first Giants cornerback to play in the Pro Bowl since Mark Haynes in 1984. This is his second Pro Bowl honor, the first coming in 2010 with the Arizona Cardinals.

Brown made 30-of-32 field goal attempts in 2015, a franchise-record 93.8 percent success rate. The last Giants kicker to make the Pro Bowl was John Carney in 2008. This is Brown’s first trip to the Pro Bowl.

The other Giants in the Pro Bowl are wide Odell Beckham and quarterback Eli Manning. The Pro Bowl will be played in Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium on Sunday, and televised live on ESPN at 7:00 PM eastern time.

Jan 252016
 
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Paul Pasqualoni, Chicago Bears (November 27, 2014)

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REPORT – GIANTS INTERVIEW PAUL PASQUALONI FOR DEFENSIVE LINE COACH…
FOXSports is reporting that the New York Giants have interviewed Paul Pasqualoni for the team’s vacant defensive line coaching position. Robert Nunn had served as the Giants’ defensive line coach since 2010, but the team reportedly was not interested in retaining his services. Nunn was hired by the Cleveland Browns last week as their new defensive line coach.

The 66-year old Pasqualoni served as the defensive line coach for the Dallas Cowboys in 2010, Chicago Bears in 2014, the Houston Texans in 2015. Pasqualoni resigned from the Texans last week, reportedly so he could be closer to his family on the East Coast. From 2011-2013, he was the head coach at the University of Connecticut. From 2008-2009, Pasqualoni was the defensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins. He is probably best known for his work as head coach at the Syracuse University from 1991-2004.

ELI MANNING FINALIST FOR MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD…
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is one of three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. The award recognizes an NFL player for excellence on and off the field. It was established in 1970, and renamed in 1999 after the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton. If Manning wins, he will be the first Giants player to be selected the NFL Man of the Year in the award’s 46-year history.

Each NFL team nominates one player who has had a significant positive impact in his community. Manning is heavily involved in a number of charities for children. The other two finalists are San Francisco wide receiver Anquan Boldin and New Orleans tight end Benjamin Watson. The winner will be announced on February 6th.

ARTICLES…

Jan 222016
 
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Bill McGovern, Philadelphia Eagles (October 26, 2014)

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REPORT – BILL MCGOVERN NEW LINEBACKERS COACH…
Though not officially confirmed, ESPN is reporting that the New York Giants have hired Bill McGovern as the team’s new linebackers coach. McGovern replaces Jim Herrmann, who the Giants allowed to depart and who is now the linebacker coach for the Indianapolis Colts.

McGovern has served in recent years as Boston College’s linebackers coach (2000-2008), Boston College’s defensive coordinator/linebackers coach (2009-2012), and the outside linebackers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles (2013-2015). McGovern’s full bio is available in the Coaching Staff section of the website.

ELI MANNING NAMED TO THE PRO BOWL…
The NFL announced on Friday that New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will play in the Pro Bowl as an alternate. He replaces Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger due to injury. Manning will join teammate wide receiver Odell Beckham in the game. Beckham has been named one of the Pro Bowl’s four co-captains.

This is Manning’s fourth Pro Bowl. Manning was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2008 and 2011, and played in the game after the 2012 regular season as an alternate. He did not play in the 2011 Pro Bowl because of Super Bowl XLVI.

Manning finished 2015 with 4,436 yards (second-highest total in his career and franchise history), 35 touchdowns (career single-season high and one short of the franchise record), and 14 interceptions (tied for second-lowest in his career since his rookie season). Manning also set franchise marks for passing attempts (618) and completions (387), completing 62.6 percent of his passes (third-best completion rate of his career). Manning’s 93.6 passer rating in 2015 was a career-high.

The Pro Bowl will be played in Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium on Sunday, January 31, and televised live on ESPN at 7:00PM eastern time.

Jan 222016
 
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Mike Singletary, Minnesota Vikings (August 16, 2013)

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REPORT – GIANTS PASS ON MIKE SINGLETARY…
The New York Post is reporting that the New York Giants did not offer Mike Singletary a contract after he interviewed with the team on Thursday for the vacant linebacker coach position. The Post says the Giants will continue to interview other candidates.

Jim Herrmann had been the New York Giants’ linebacker coach since 2009. The team allowed Herrmann to interview with other clubs after the season, and he accepted the linebacker coach position with the Indianapolis Colts last week.

The 57-year old Singletary was a Hall of Fame linebacker for the Chicago Bears (1981-1992), twice NFL Defensive Player of the Year, eight-time first-team All-Pro, and a 10-time Pro Bowler. Singletary was head coach of the San Francisco 49ers in 2009-2010. He served as assistant head coach and linebackers coach of the Minnesota Vikings in 2011-2013. Singletary has not coached for the last two seasons.

49ERS HIRE PAT FLAHERTY…
The San Francisco 49ers have hired Pat Flaherty as their new offensive line coach. Flaherty had served as the offensive line coach of the New York Giants since 2004. According to multiple media reports, the Giants were not interested in retaining him in 2016. Though not officially confirmed, the Giants have hired Mike Solari as the team’s new offensive line coach.

BROWNS HIRE ROBERT NUNN…
The Cleveland Browns have hired Robert Nunn as their new defensive line coach. Nunn had served as the defensive line coach of the New York Giants since 2010. According to multiple media reports, the Giants were not interested in retaining him in 2016. The team’s defensive line coaching position currently remains vacant.

Jan 222016
 
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Mike Solari, San Fransisco 49ers (August 24, 2014)

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REPORT – MIKE SOLARI NEW OFFENSIVE LINE COACH…
Though not officially announced, according to multiple media reports, the New York Giants have hired Mike Solari as the team’s new offensive line coach. As we reported previously, Solari interviewed with the Giants on Wednesday. He replaces Pat Flaherty, who had been with the team since 2004.

The 61-year old Solari was the assistant offensive line coach for the Green Bay Packers in 2015. Considered by some as one of the best offensive line coaches in football, Solari has also served with distinction as the offensive line coach for the Kansas City Chiefs (1997-2005), Seattle Seahawks (2008-2009), and San Francisco 49ers (2010-2014). Solari was the offensive coordinator for the Chiefs in 2006-2007. Solari’s full bio is available in the Coaching Staff section of the website.

NJ.com is reporting that Lunda Wells, who has served the team as offensive quality control coach (2012) and assistant offensive line coach (2013-present), will remain with the team.

Unofficially, the New York Giants offensive staff is currently as follows:

  • Offensive Coordinator: Mike Sullivan (with team 2004-11, 2015)
  • Quarterbacks Coach: Frank Cignetti, Jr. (new)
  • Running Backs Coach: Craig Johnson (with team since 2014)
  • Wide Receivers Coach: Adam Henry (new)
  • Tight Ends Coach: Kevin M. Gilbride (with team since 2010)
  • Offensive Line Coach: Mike Solari (new)
  • Assistant Offensive Line Coach: Lunda Wells (with team since 2012)
  • Offensive Assistant: Ryan Roeder (with team since 2013)

GEOFF SCHWARTZ ON ESPN RADIO
The audio of Thursday’s ESPN Radio interview with offensive guard Geoff Schwartz is available at ESPN.com.

GIANTS.COM Q&A WITH DWAYNE HARRIS…
Behind the Returns: Q&A with Dwayne Harris by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

“GIANTS INSIDER” Q&As…
Video clips of Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • RB Rashad Jennings (Video)
  • RB Orleans Darkwa (Video)
  • PK Josh Brown (Video)

ARTICLES…

Jan 212016
 
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Mike Singletary (January 17, 2015)

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REPORT – FRANK CIGNETTI NEW QUARTERBACKS COACH…
Though not officially announced, according to multiple media reports, Frank Cignetti, Jr. is the new quarterbacks coach of the New York Giants. The 50-year old Cignetti has been with the St. Louis Rams for the last four years, first as quarterbacks coach (2012-2014) and then offensive coordinator (2015). Cignetti was fired by the Rams in December.

Mike Sullivan was the quarterback coach for the Giants in 2015, but there are unofficial reports that he will be the team’s new offensive coordinator.

REPORT – DWAYNE STUKES NEW ASSISTANT SPECIAL TEAMS COACH…
Though not officially announced, FOXSports is reporting that the New York Giants have hired Dwayne Stukes as the team’s new assistant special teams coach. Stukes replaces Larry Izzo, who was hired by the Houston Texans as their new special teams coordinator.

The 38-year old Stukes was the assistant special teams coach for the Chicago Bears in 2013-2014. He was also the Special Teams Coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2011 after serving as their assistant special teams coach in 2009-2010. He was out of football in 2012 and 2015.

REPORT – GIANTS INTERVIEW MIKE SINGLETARY FOR LINEBACKERS COACH…
ESPN is reporting that the New York Giants are interviewing Mike Singletary for the team’s vacant linebacker position on Thursday. The Giants did not retain Linebackers Coach Jim Herrmann, who had been with the team since 2009.

The 57-year old Singletary was a Hall of Fame linebacker for the Chicago Bears (1981-1992), twice NFL Defensive Player of the Year, eight-time first-team All-Pro, and a 10-time Pro Bowler. Singletary was head coach of the San Francisco 49ers in 2009-2010. He served as assistant head coach and linebackers coach of the Minnesota Vikings in 2011-2013. Singletary has not coached for the last two seasons.

REPORT – GIANTS INTERVIEW MIKE SOLARI FOR OFFENSIVE LINE COACH…
FOXSports is reporting that the New York Giants interviewed Mike Solari for the team’s vacant offensive line coach position on Wednesday. The 61-year old Solari was the assistant offensive line coach for the Green Bay Packers in 2015. He has also served as the offensive line coach for the Kansas City Chiefs (1997-2005), Seattle Seahawks (2008-2009), and San Francisco 49ers (2010-2014). Solari was the offensive coordinator for the Chiefs in 2006-2007.