Jul 142014
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Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (February 5, 2012)

Tom Coughlin was ranked the No. 5 coach in the NFL – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Back-to-back playoff-less seasons hasn’t done much to hurt Tom Coughlin’s rank among the upper echelon of NFL coaches.

In a recent ‘Head Coach Power Rankings’ rating by NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison, Coughlin came in at No. 5. The article ranked every NFL coach from 1-32.

In his description, Harrison admitted the difficulty in finding the appropriate ranking for Coughlin. While the 67-year-old does have two Super Bowl Championships and a pair of AFC Championship game appearances under his belt, he also has several seasons where his teams struggled.

Jayron Hosley and Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (September 29, 2013)

Jayron Hosley and Tom Coughlin – © USA TODAY Sports Images

In recent memory, the Giants have failed to qualify for the postseason in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Ranked ahead of Coughlin were John Harbaugh (Ravens) at No. 4, Jim Harbaugh (49ers) at No. 3, Sean Payton (Saints) at No. 2 and Bill Belichick (Patriots) at No. 1. Within the NFC East, the Eagles’ Chip Kelly ranked No.18, Cowboys’ Jason Garrett No. 23 and Redskins Jay Gruden No. 30.

Do you believe Harrison has Coughlin correctly ranked? Agree with his NFC East counterparts? Voice your opinion here.

Jul 142014
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When the New York Giants came to terms on a five-year, $35 million contract with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the team knew the corner was a risk.

Sure, ‘DRC’ had looked about as good as one could last year with the Denver Broncos and for three seasons with the Cardinals. But there were two years in Philadelphia that put everything in question.

Was Rodgers-Cromartie a chance-taking athlete who happened to guess more right than wrong last year? Or a shut-down corner?

According to Bucky Brooks, it’s the latter of the two.

In a recent column on NFL.com, Brooks ranked the 28-year-old Rodgers-Cromartie as the seventh-best cover corner in the NFL. Rodgers-Cromartie ranked one spot ahead of cousin and former Jets’ cornerback Antonio Cromartie. He was the lone corner from the NFC East on the list.

Brooks praised Rodgers-Cromartie for his ballhawking capabilities and ability to lock down any wideout.

‘Possesses the physical tools to be the top cover corner around. He is an athletic ballhawk capable of squatting on routes to produce critical turnovers, yet is also skilled enough to blanket receivers in tight man-to-man.’

Brooks continued to say that when DRC is ‘on,’ he has the potential to be a ‘Top 5′ corner in the league.

What do you think Giants fans? Should Rodgers-Cromartie be ranked higher or lower? Is his rating justified? Voice your opinion on the boards.

Jul 112014
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Video: SI – Top 5 NFL Teams Before Training Camp

Inside Football Q&A with Cornerbacks Coach Peter Giunta: The transcript of a Q&A session with RB Andre Williams is available at InsideFootball.com.

Giants.com Q&A with Safeties Coach David Merritt: The video of a Giants.com Q&A with Safeties Coach David Merritt is available at Giants.com.

Giants.com Player Q&As: Video clips of Giants.com Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • DE Mathias Kiwanuka (Video)
  • LB Devon Kennard (Video)

Article on WR Trindon Holliday: Trindon Holliday film review: Giants return specialist overrated, underrated, as expected? by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on DT Kelcy Quarles: The 10 Giants you’ll know when training camp begins: Kelcy Quarles by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on S Cooper Taylor: 10 Giants you should know when training camp begins: Cooper Taylor by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on the New York Giants Return Game: Fresh legs could bring new life to Giants’ shoddy return game by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Jul 092014
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Osi Umenyiora and Antonio Pierce, New York Giants (August 21, 2010)

Antonio Pierce – © USA TODAY Sports Images

The New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys will be facing off just a bit earlier than the team’s first scheduled regular season match-up Oct. 19.

This Sunday, on July 13, at 3:00 PM, the ‘Doomsday Defenders’ will face the ‘NYG Hoopsters’ at The Pine Belt Arena in Toms River, New Jersey for a basketball game. The matchup will bring together both past and present Giants’ and Cowboys’ players.

Rosters are still presently being put together, but confirmed athletes dressing up for the ‘Doomsday Defenders’ will be Ed ‘Too Tall’ Jones, Kevin Smith, Drew Pearson, Cole Beasley and Dwayne Harris. Suiting up for the ‘NYG Hoopsters’ will be Antonio Pierce, Jessie Armstead, Stephen Baker, Eric Dorsey and Bennett Jackson.

Following the game, which which runs every two years, players will be made available for an autograph signing session.

For complete information on the game and how to purchase tickets, visit Cowboy Hoops online.

Jul 092014
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CineSport Video Update: Strahan – His Life’s Journey to Canton

David Merritt, New York Giants (August 3, 2010)

David Merritt – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Inside Football Q&As with New York Giants Assistant Coaches:

Giants.com Q&A with DE Damontre Moore: The video of a Giants.com Q&A session with DE Damontre Moore is available at Giants.com.

Article on the New York Giants Fullbacks: Giants fullbacks anxiously wait for training camp to see how they’ll be used by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on OC/OG Weston Richburg: Is a starting guard slot realistic for Weston Richburg? by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie film review: Giants CB overrated, underrated, as expected? by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on the 2014 New York Giants: Group chat gives Giants better communication by Peter Cappiello of Newsday

Jul 082014
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Ryan Nassib, New York Giants (June 18, 2014)

The Giants have announced their training camp schedule– © USA TODAY Sports Images

The New York Giants have announced the team’s 2014 training camp schedule. Camp will be held at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center (formerly Timex Performance Center) in East Rutherford. The team’s first practice will be held on July 22 and conclude August 14. As has been the case for all camps held in East Rutherford, most practices that are held outside are open to the public but may be forced inside due to inclimate weather.

The practices scheduled on Aug. 5 and Aug. 7 are closed to the public due to an ongoing event at Metlife Stadium.

Tuesday, July 22; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Wednesday, July 23; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Thursday, July 24; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Friday, July 25; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Saturday, July 26; No Practice – Players’ Day Off
Sunday, July 27; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Monday, July 28; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Tuesday, July 29; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Wednesday, July 30; No Practice – Players’ Day Off
Thursday, July 31; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Friday, August 1; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Saturday, August 2; No Practice
Sunday, August 3; Hall of Fame Game vs. Buffalo, 8:00 p.m. Canton, Ohio
Monday, August 4; No Practice – Players’ Day Off
Tuesday, August 5; Closed Practice due to MetLife Stadium Event
Wednesday, August 6; 5:40- 7:50 p.m. – Practice
Thursday, August 7; Closed Practice due to MetLife Stadium Event
Friday, August 8; No Practice
Saturday, August 9; Steelers vs. Giants, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 10; No Practice – Players’ Day Off
Monday, August 11; 3:20-5:30 p.m. – Practice
Tuesday, August 12; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Wednesday, August 13; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Thursday, August 14; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice (End Camp)

Jul 062014
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New York Giants Super Bowl Trophies (June 14, 2012)

New York Giants Super Bowl Trophies – © USA TODAY Sports Images

It was a good decade for the New York Giants.

Between 2000 and 2009, the team appeared in two Super Bowls with one championship and defeated the unbeatable 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. But according to Charley Casserly, one Super Bowl-less squad was more impressive during the nine years.

The former NFL general manager ranked the Philadelphia Eagles No. 4.

Casserly placed the Indianapolis Colts (No. 3), Pittsburgh Steelers (No.2) and New England Patriots (No.1) ahead of Big Blue. The Baltimore Ravens, who defeated the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV, tied with New York at No. 5.

During the years polled, the Giants finished a combined 88-72. The team had a winning record five times, won the division three times and made the playoffs six times.

In 2000, the Giants finished 12-4 and won both the NFC East Division and NFC Conference championships. In the Super Bowl, the Giants fell, 34-7, to the Baltimore Ravens.

Seven years later, the Giants captured their lone Super Bowl of the decade by defeating the 18-0 New England Patriots, 17-14.

“They won the Game of the Decade beating the 18-0 New England Patriots in the Super Bowl,” Casserly said.

While the team didn’t capture a Super Bowl title, the Eagles were one of more successful regular season teams during the same time period. Philadelphia had a losing record just once in the nine years, made four-straight conference championships and appeared in one Super Bowl. The team also won the NFC East in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2000 and 2006.

The Eagles combined record from 2000-2009 was an impressive 103-56-1.

Do you agree or disagree Giants with the Giants’ ranking? Feel they should be higher or lower? Voice your opinion here.

Jul 042014
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Video: USA Today Sports Giants Team Update

Giants.com Player Q&As: Video clips of Giants.com Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • TE Larry Donnell (Video)
  • TE Daniel Fells (Video)
  • TE Kellen Davis (Video)
Geoff Schwartz, Kansas City Chiefs (August 9, 2013)

Geoff Schwartz – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Inside Football Player Q&As:

Articles on QB Eli Manning:

Jul 022014
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New York Giants Helmets (August 10, 2013)

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Charles Way Leaves Giants for NFL Head Office: Charles Way, the New York Giants Director of Player Development since 2000, is leaving the team to join the NFL office as the head of the league’s Player Engagement Department. Way was a fullback for the Giants from 1995-1999 until a knee injury forced his retirement. In five seasons, the Way rushed for 1,356 yards, caught 118 passes, and scored 14 touchdowns.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to continue to advance the initiatives of the Player Engagement Department,” said Way. “I am thankful to (former Giants General Manager) Ernie Accorsi for envisioning the importance and significance of the role I have had with the Giants and grateful for the support of John Mara, Steve Tisch, Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin in implementing and developing the programs we have instituted. We will continue to build on the foundation of NFL Player Engagement that has been established over the past 25 years.”

With the Giants, Way developed and managed off-field player programs, rookie orientations, and player counseling. He also advised the players regarding career planning, educational opportunities, and team and professional requirements. Way coordinated player activities in support of the public relations and community relations programs. He was instrumental in devising new programs for the Giants,  including leadership training, professional development, and team building. Way even helped coach the team’s running backs and fullbacks.

“We appreciate the contributions Charles has made here with the Giants, and we know he will bring the same commitment and energy and passion to player engagement at the league level,” General Manager Jerry Reese said. “Our players over the years have benefitted from the programs and initiatives Charles has implemented, and Charles’ concern for their well-being and his efforts to prepare them for their lives after football is one of the reasons players feel good about this organization.”

“We wish Charles well,” Head Coach Tom Coughlin said. “He wanted to be included in everything, and I think the opportunity to include him as almost one of the football staff was beneficial. He knew what we were thinking about individual players, and he got to know the players from the time they came out of college into the professional game and as they developed professionally. Because he was able to build relationships with the players, they had great respect for him and what he was trying to achieve, and they knew that everything he did was in their best interest.”

Giants.com Q&A with WR Odell Beckham: The video of a Q&A session with WR Odell Beckham, Jr. is available at Giants.com.

Inside Football Q&A with RB Andre Williams: The transcript of a Q&A session with RB Andre Williams is available at InsideFootball.com.

Articles on the New York Giants Offensive Line:

Articles on the New York Giants Defensive Backs:

Jun 302014
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Victor Cruz, New York Giants (June 18, 2014)

Victor Cruz – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Giants.com Q&A with Running Backs Coach Craig Johnson: The video of a Giants.com Q&A with Running Backs Coach Craig Johnson is available at Giants.com.

Giants.com Player Q&As: Video clips of Giants.com Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • RB Andre Williams (Video)
  • WR Victor Cruz (Video)

Inside Football Player Q&As:

Articles  on the New York Giants Quarterbacks:

Article on DT Johnathan Hankins: Johnathan Hankins: How and when he proved capable to Giants of replacing Linval Joseph by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on Former New York Giants DE Justin Tuck: Justin Tuck: ‘I’m still surprised I’m not a New York Giant’ by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger