Jan 152014
Mike Pope, New York Giants (December 22, 2013)

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New York Giants Fire Mike Pope and Jerald Ingram: The New York Giants announced on Wednesday that they have fired Tight Ends Coach Mike Pope and Running Backs Coach Jerald Ingram. These moves come a day after the Giants announced that they have hired Ben McAdoo as their new offensive coordinator.

The 71-year old Pope served as the tight ends coach on the Giants for 22 seasons. His first stint came was in 1984-1991 under Bill Parcells and Ray Handley. His second stint was in 2000-2013 under Jim Fassel and Tom Coughlin. He also spent one season (1983) as an assistant special teams coach and defensive backs coach. In all, Pope spent 23 seasons with the Giants – longer than any assistant coach in team history. He was on the coaching staff of every Giants team to play in the Super Bowl.

The 53-year old Ingram served as the Giants’ running backs coach under Tom Coughlin for the last 10 seasons (2004-2013). Ingram also worked with Coughlin at Boston College and on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“Both of these men are very good talent evaluators and, in their own way, are very good teachers,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin in the team’s press release. “I decided to make a change in our staff that I believe will be productive going forward. These are very difficult decisions, but I felt they were in the best interests of the Giants moving forward.”

“Mike (Pope) and I coached together on the Giants staff back in the 1980s,” Coughlin said. “When I returned as the head coach, I didn’t intend to keep anyone from the previous staff. I visited with Mike and made a decision that I wanted him as a part of our new staff going forward, and it was certainly the right decision. He has coached many, many outstanding players in the years that we’ve been here, guys that have made great contributions to our success. Mike has four Super Bowl rings from all four championships the New York Giants have won in the modern era.”

“(Jerald Ingram is) an outstanding football coach,” Coughlin said. “He has done a very good job here. I think the record speaks for itself in terms of the guys that have played for him and are very loyal to him. He’s a man of principle and has been a very loyal assistant for a lot of years. Jerald demonstrated again last season what a good teacher he is when we had injures at the running back position and we signed Peyton Hillis. In one week’s time, Peyton started in the third-down nickel package, which, in our system, is a complex job.”

For a complete listing of the New York Giants coaching staff, see the Coaching Staff section of the website.

Articles on Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo:

Oct 292013
Jerry Reese and John Mara, New York Giants (October 6, 2013)

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NFL Trading Deadline Passes: The NFL’s trading deadline passed at 4:00PM on Tuesday. The New York Giants did not make any trades before the deadline this week.

General Manager Jerry Reese Addresses the Media: The transcript and video of Tuesday’s media session with General Manager Jerry Reese are available at Giants.com.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin on WFAN: The audio of Tuesday’s WFAN interview with Head Coach Tom Coughlin is available at CBSNewYork.com

Assistant Coach Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Tuesday’s media sessions with the following assistant coaches are available at Giants.com:

DE Mathias Kiwanuka on ESPN Radio: The audio of Tuesday’s ESPN Radio interview with DE Mathias Kiwanuka is available at ESPN.com.

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

Sights and Sounds from Giants-Eagles Game: A sights and sounds video from the Giants-Eagles game is available at Giants.com.

Article on the 2013 New York Giants: If Not Yet a Winner, the Giants Are a Different Team by Bill Pennington of The New York Times

Article on General Manager Jerry Reese and Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Giants GM would never get rid of Coughlin by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Articles on General Manager Jerry Reese:

Article on the New York Giants Offense: With More Run and Less Pass, the Giants Go Old-School by Jonathan Clegg of The Wall Street Journal

Article on the New York Giants Defense: Giant improvement came when Fewell simplified defense by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on RB Andre Brown: Andre Brown ‘ready’ to start for Giants after bye by Zach Braziller of The New York Post

Article on WR Hakeem Nicks: WRs coach: Nicks ready to break out by Matt Ehalt of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on LB Jon Beason: Giants Spotlight: Middle linebacker Jon Beason lives up to hype vs. Eagles by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Aug 062013
Victor Cruz (80), Brandon Myers (83), New York Giants (August 4, 2013)

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August 6, 2013 New York Giants Training Camp Reports: The Giants held their ninth training camp practice on Tuesday afternoon at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. The next practice is on Wednesday from 1:30-3:45PM. For a complete training camp schedule and Giants.com Q&A guide, see the Training Camp section of the website.

Injury Update – Chris Snee and Terrell Thomas Off of the PUP: Not practicing on Tuesday were OL Justin Pugh (concussion), FB Henry Hynoski (PUP – knee), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (PUP – back), and DT Markus Kuhn (PUP – knee).

“(Pugh is) feeling better,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “He was out today with his helmet on, and he was running on the side. Hopefully, that’s a good sign.”

“JPP’s on schedule,” said General Manager Jerry Resse. “He’s looking good, he’s running around a little bit. He’s going to be out on the field a little more than usual as we move along. We expect him to hopefully be back, ready to go for the (Week 1) Dallas game.”

Pierre-Paul was not quite as optimistic as Reese. “I’m rehabbing, I don’t know when my return will be, but at the end of he day I’m going to go out there when I feel comfortable,” said Pierre-Paul. “I’ve been doing some running lately, and it feels good. Like I said, it’s basically day-by-day.”

“It’s not really the doctor’s decision (on when I return),” said Pierre-Paul. “I say it’s not the doctor’s decision anymore because it’s basically on me. It all depends on my recovery and how my back feels and if I can go out there and practice with the team but I’m going to have to get a couple practices in before, if, I decide to come back before the first game. I already know I’m going to be taking on two guys, double team, triple team maybe so, I’m not in a rush to come back and put myself in that position…And right now I’m still at that stage that I know I can’t go out there and perform. So, I’m not going to try and rush back.”

“At the end of the day, you know that your coaches and general manager and head coach want you out there, to help the team out, but, it’s all on me, like I said,” said Pierre-Paul. “I’m focused on coming back 100%, not being like 85%, you know what I’m saying? And I know I’m going to be a big factor of the defense, so I’d rather come back 100% and that’s it.”

OG Chris Snee (hip) and CB Terrell Thomas (knee/hamstring) were activated off of the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List and practiced on a limited basis. WR Hakeem Nicks (groin) and  CB Corey Webster (groin) also returned to practice.

Snee participated only in individual drills. “It felt good, it felt like I was part of a football team,” Snee said. “It’s a lonely feeling when you’re not even allowed to stretch with your team before practice. So, it was exciting to be out there and I think my teammates like having me out there.”

Most of Thomas’ work also came in individual drills. “It felt great to get out there and be with the guys for the first time and run around,” Thomas said. “Obviously, I’m a little rusty. I’ve still got to get my legs under me. The first day is in the books and we’ll just keep building off that.”

“It wasn’t really reported, but I had a (hamstring) strain,” said Thomas. “I wanted to let that fully heal so it wasn’t an aggravating thing throughout training camp. They wanted me under their supervision and not have me rush things. Last year I came out right away and, unfortunately, I tore my ACL. They wanted me to take it a little bit slower this year.”

Nicks participated in all drills, but saw his number of snaps limited. “I would have liked to have done more, but I’m going to stick to what they want me to do right now,” Nicks said. “I felt good. I have got to keep going up from here. The reps they’ve got me doing right now is really not too much, so I’ve just got to keep on working as more and more gets thrown on me. Take it in stride.”

OL James Brewer (possible concussion), TE Larry Donnell (ankle), S Taylor Cooper (hamstring), and RB Ryan Torain (unknown) left practice early.

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

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

WFAN Interviews at Training Camp: Audio clips of Tuesday’s interviews with the following Giants’ officials and players are available at CBSNewYork.com:

  • General Manager Jerry Reese (Audio)
  • Head Coach Tom Coughlin (Audio)
  • QB Eli Manning (Audio)
  • WR Victor Cruz and DE Justin Tuck (Audio)
  • WR Hakeem Nicks (Audio)
  • S Antrel Rolle (Audio)
  • P Steve Weatherford (Audio)

Article on TE Adrien Robinson: Giants’ Adrien Robinson Anxious to Fulfill His Potential by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on P Steve Weatherford: Family Cheers After Weatherford Brightens Dying Fan’s Final Days by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on the Giants’ Training Facilities: Giants Find All They Need for Training Camp at Home by Bill Pennington of The New York Times