Dec 232013
 
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Will Hill, New York Giants (December 22, 2013)

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December 23, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Monday conference call is available at Giants.com.

December 23, 2013 Player Media Conference Calls: The transcripts of the Monday’s media conference calls with the following players are available at Giants.com:

OT Justin Pugh on ESPN Radio: The audio of Monday’s ESPN Radio interview with OT Justin Pugh is available at ESPN.com.

Articles on the New York Giants-Detroit Lions Game:

Article on the New York Giants Offensive Line: Giants’ Justin Pugh: O-line wanted to prove people wrong by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger

Articles on New York Giants Defensive Backs:

Notes: The Giants are 19-14-2 in regular-season overtime games since they were first played in 1974. They are 11-5-2 on the road and 8-9 at home.

The Giants have won their last five games in Detroit in 1988, 1996, 1997, 2007, and 2013.

The Giants finished 3-1 vs. the NFC North, defeating Minnesota, Green Bay, and Detroit and losing to Chicago.

QB Eli Manning’s interception was his 26th of the season, a new franchise record. He had shared the mark of 25 with Frank Filchock (1946) and Charlie Conerly (1953).

This is the 25th time Manning has led the Giants on a game-winning drive, which the Elias Sports Bureau defines as a victory in which a quarterback rallies his team from a fourth-quarter deficit or tie. Manning ranks fifth among active quarterbacks, behind Peyton Manning (50), Tom Brady (35), Drew Brees (31), and Ben Roethlisberger (29).

Dec 152013
 
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Near Empty MetLife Stadium, New York Giants (December 15, 2013)

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Seattle Seahawks 23 – New York Giants 0: The Seattle Seahawks defeated the New York Giants 23-0 on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. With the loss, the Giants fell to 5-9 on the season, ensuring their first losing season since 2004.

The final score was closer than the actual game. The Seahawks led 13-0 at halftime as the Giants were held to two first downs and 54 total net yards. By the end of the third quarter, the Giants had four first downs. New York did not cross midfield on offense until mid-way through the fourth quarter. By game’s end, Seattle out-gained the Giants in first downs (21 to 12), total net yards (327 to 181), net yards rushing (134 to 25), net yards passing (193 to 156), and time of possession (33:58 to 26:02).

QB Eli Manning threw five interceptions and completed 18 of 31 passes for 156 yards. He also fumbled twice (both fumbles being recovered). Manning now has 25 interceptions on the season. RB Andre Brown was the Giants’ leading rusher with 17 yards on 11 carries. WR Jerrel Jernigan was the leading receiver with seven catches for 67 yards, mostly coming in garbage time.

Given the offensive ineptitude, the defense actually played decently in holding Seattle to only 23 points and 327 yards. Seattle scoring drives were 11 yards (field goal), 62 yards (touchdown), 40 yards (field goal), 39 yards (field goal), and 16 yards (touchdown). S Antrel Rolle intercepted one pass (his sixth of the season) and the Giants sacked QB Russell Wilson four times and hit him seven times. RB Marshawn Lynch was held to 47 yards on 16 carries.

“I expected a great effort today,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin after the game. “I think defensively and with our special teams, we got it. Offensively we did not – there’s no way to sugarcoat it. A pathetic offensive performance – we didn’t block anybody, we didn’t make any plays, we didn’t create any opportunities for ourselves. I told the players who prepared and gave great effort that I appreciated what they did, and I told those that were obvious they had not, that I felt sorry for them because they’re missing the whole point.”

“Coach Coughlin can’t take any of this blame,” said Rolle after the game. “Like I said, personally, I won’t allow that. He can’t take any of this blame. Coaches coach and they did a phenomenal job getting us prepared for this. We had a great week of practice. Everything that we saw out there from their offense, we went over with our coaches, defensive coordinator, assistant coaches, so forth and so on, and they did an exceptional job preparing us for today. Coach Coughlin, he’s a coach, but he can’t coach heart, he can’t make a play or have heart, he can’t make a player have passion about this game, and that’s what we were lacking out there today. Like I said, coach can say what he wants, but personally, I won’t allow him to take that because coaches coach and the players play the game.”

“Obviously sometimes out there today, we looked like we didn’t have a pulse and you can never do that playing a game of this magnitude, playing a game that’s this physical and playing an opponent like the Seattle Seahawks that live and die by pride, swagger, confidence,” said Rolle. “We knew that coming into the game today. They imposed their will on us today.”

Video low-lights are available at at Giants.com.

Post-Game Injury Report: WR Victor Cruz left the game with a concussion and what is believed to be a sprained knee. RB Peyton Hillis also left the game with concussion symptoms. LG James Brewer left the game with an ankle injury.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Post-Game Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s post-game press conference are available at Giants.com.

Player Post-Game Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of post-game media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

New York Giants Post-Game Notes: Inactive for the Giants were QB Ryan Nassib, TE Adrien Robinson, OL Stephen Goodin, DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), LB Allen Bradford, CB Corey Webster (ankle), and S Cooper Taylor (hamstring).

The Giants were shut out for the first time at home in a regular-season game since 1995.

This is the first time the Giants have suffered two shutout defeats in the same season since 1996.

QB Eli Manning’s five interceptions increased his career total to 169, which is a new Giants’ record. Conerly had held the mark with 167.

The Giants have at least one turnover in all 14 games this season.

Dec 132013
 
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Cullen Jenkins (99), Terrell Thomas (24), Prince Amukamara (20), New York Giants (December 8, 2013)

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December 13, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Friday were DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), CB Corey Webster, and S Cooper Taylor (hamstring). All three players have been ruled out of the game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

ESPN is reporting that doctors have advised Pierre-Paul not to play again this season. Head Coach Tom Coughlin would not confirm that report. “Not that I know of,” said Coughlin. “I don’t know who would advise him. He won’t be cleared until the doctors feel there’s one particular part of the injury that is not going to occur.” Coughlin was also pressed on whether or not Pierre-Paul might need surgery. “I’m not a doctor and I only know at this point and time, if they can avoid (surgery), they will and if they can’t, there will be a surgery,” responded Coughlin. “I think they’ll make the decision on that and do the best they can in his best interest. If there is something required, it would be done right away. It would have to be done right away.”

DT Cullen Jenkins (shin/quad) and CB Terrell Thomas (knee) practiced on a limited basis. Both are “probable” for the game.

December 13, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Friday media session are available at Giants.com

Giants.com Q&A With Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Coughlin Corner: Mentality doesn’t change by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

December 13, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Sessions: Video clips of Friday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride: Eli defends Gilbride, who’s confident he won’t be fired by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on RB Brandon Jacobs: Brandon Jacobs’ run could be over for good this time by Tom Rock of Newsday

Article on WR Victor Cruz: Cruz still stands as the tallest Giant by Ian O’Connor of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on OT Justin Pugh: Giants rookie a good fit on the offensive line by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Article on New York Giants Defensive Backs:

Dec 082013
 
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Linval Joseph, New York Giants (December 8, 2013)

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San Diego Chargers Crush New York Giants 37-14; Giants Eliminated from Playoff Contention: The San Diego Chargers mauled the New York Giants 37-14 on Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. With the loss, the Giants fell to 5-8 on the season. The Giants were also officially eliminated from playoff contention with three regular-season games left to play.

The game was basically over at halftime with the Chargers taking a 24-0 lead. The Giants had six possessions before intermission, three ending with punts, two with turnovers, and the final possession of the half ending at the Chargers’ 6-yard line as time expired. Meanwhile, the Chargers scored on four of their five first-half possessions with drives of 50, 76, 67, and 39 yards resulting in three touchdowns and a field goal. At the half, the Chargers had gained 15 first downs, were 7-of-9 on third down (78 percent), and had accrued 250 total net yards.

The Giants did score touchdowns on their first two possessions of the second half. The first was set up when DE Justin Tuck sacked QB Phillip Rivers, forcing a fumble that DT Cullen Jenkins recovered at the San Diego 18-yard line. Seven plays later, RB Peyton Hillis scored from one yard out. On the Giants’ next possession, New York drove 86 yards in 11 plays with QB Eli Manning hitting TE Brandon Myers for a 5-yard touchdown. The Giants’ last two drives of the second half ended with a turnover on downs when Manning was sacked on 4th-and-5 at the Giants’ 42-yard line, and an interception by Manning with less than two minutes to play.

The Chargers kept pouring it on in the second half. After the turnover to start the third quarter, San Diego scored a touchdown and two field goals on their next three drives. They simply knelt on the ball to end the game on their final possession.

Offensively, Manning finished the game 20-of-32 for 259 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. His leading receivers were WR Hakeem Nicks (5 catches for 135 yards), WR Victor Cruz (5 catches for 42 yards), and Myers (4 catches for 26 yards and a touchdown). RB Andre Brown gained 81 yards on 16 carries and Hillis gained 11 yards and a touchdown on four carries. Brown fumbled the ball away once.

Defensively, the Chargers scored on seven of nine possessions (not counting the final knee-down). The Chargers finished the game 10-of-15 on third down (67 percent) and held a 36:56 to 23:04 time of possession advantage. San Diego also gained 144 yards rushing.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Post-Game Press Conference: The transcript of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s post-game press conference is available at Giants.com.

Player Post-Game Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of post-game media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

New York Giants Post-Game Notes: Inactive for the Giants were QB Ryan Nassib, RB Brandon Jacobs (knee), TE Adrien Robinson, OL Stephen Goodin, DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), LB Allen Bradford, and CB Corey Webster (ankle).

Dec 072013
 
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Victor Cruz (80), Louis Murphy, Jr. (18), New York Giants (November 24, 2013)

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RB Brandon Jacobs Makes Trip to San Diego: Although he did not practice on Thursday and Friday, and was officially listed as “doubtful” for the game against the Chargers on Sunday, RB Brandon Jacobs (knee) did travel with the team to San Diego.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) and CB Corey Webster (ankle) were ruled out of the game on Friday and did not make the trip. CB Trumaine McBride (groin) remains “questionable” while TE Brandon Myers (groin) and CB Terrell Thomas (knee) are “probable.”

Article on the New York Giants Offense: Faulty Opening Drives Leave Giants Step Behind by Jonathan Clegg of The Wall Street Journal

Article on RB Andre Brown: Andre sees bright future as RB with Giants by Zach Braziller of The New York Post

Article on OT Justin Pugh: Giants RT Justin Pugh compares favorably so far to Chargers’ D.J. Fluker by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Articles on DE Damontre Moore:

Article on LB Jon Beason: Fiery Beason Is ‘Godsend’ for Giants’ Defense by Tom Pedulla of The New York Times

Article on New York Giants Defensive Backs:

Article on P Steve Weatherford: Giants P Steve Weatherford getting over slump by Tom Canavan of The Associated Press

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

Dec 062013
 
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Corey Webster, New York Giants (October 27, 2013)

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December 6, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Friday were DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) and RB Brandon Jacobs (knee). Pierre-Paul has officially been ruled “out” of the game against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday; Jacobs is “doubtful.”

Head Coach again said he expects Pierre-Paul to play again this season. He also said Webster is making progress.

TE Brandon Myers (groin), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), CB Trumaine McBride (groin), and CB Corey Webster (ankle) practiced on a limited basis. Webster has been ruled “out” of the game against the Chargers. McBride is “questionable” and Myers and Thomas are “probable.”

“(McBride) looks like he’s going to be OK,” said Coughlin.

December 6, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Friday media session are available at Giants.com

Giants.com Q&A With Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Coughlin Corner: Planning for West Coast by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

December 6, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Sessions: Video clips of Friday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on TE Brandon Myers: Giants TE Brandon Myers hoping to improve on the positive by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on OT Justin Pugh: Rookie Justin Pugh on verge of rare feat by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Articles on New York Giants Defensive Ends:

Articles on LB Jon Beason:

Article on CB Terrell Thomas: Free agency a distraction to NY Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas by Ebenezer Samuel of The Daily News

Dec 052013
 
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Brandon Myers, New York Giants (December 1, 2013)

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December 5, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Thursday were TE Brandon Myers (groin), RB Brandon Jacobs (knee), and DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder).

Myers was new addition to the injury report, but Head Coach Tom Coughlin and Myers both said they expect Myers to practice on Friday.

“Yeah, I came back yesterday and I was just a little sore,” said Myers. “Just giving it a little bit of rest and I’ll be back at practice tomorrow.”

On the other hand, it sounds like Pierre-Paul will miss his second game in a row. “I think Brandon Jacobs hopefully can do some things tomorrow,” said Coughlin. “Don’t expect JPP to do anything tomorrow.”

CB Terrell Thomas (knee), CB Trumaine McBride (groin), and CB Corey Webster (ankle) practiced on a limited basis.

“(McBride) worked a little bit today,” said Coughlin. “He worked 50 percent today.”

“I need (to see Webster) to be healthy and can consistently run full speed,” said Coughlin.

December 5, 2013 New York Giants Coach Media Sessions: Transcripts and video clips of Thursday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

December 5, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Parcells believes Coughlin will return to sidelines in 2014 by Bob Glauber of Newsday

Article on the New York Giants Passing Game: Not a lot the Giants’ passing game can do by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Articles on QB Eli Manning:

Article on TE Brandon Myers: TE Brandon Myers showing signs of life by Matt Ehalt of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on OT Justin Pugh: Justin Pugh impressing on O-line by Matt Ehalt of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on LB Jon Beason: Beason could answer long-term LB questions for Giants by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on CB Jayron Hosley: Jayron Hosley gets chance to make impact by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Dec 042013
 
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Linval Joseph, New York Giants (December 1, 2013)

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Justin Tuck Named “NFC Defensive Player of the Week”: DE Justin Tuck has been named the “NFC Defensive Player of the Week” for his performance against the Washington Redskins last Sunday. In the game, Tuck was credited with four sacks and five tackles.

Tuck is the third Giant in five weeks to win the award, the other two being CB Terrell Thomas and DE Jason Pierre-Paul. This is the second time Tuck has won the award, the first time being in Week 1 of the 2009 NFL season, also against the Washington Redskins.

December 4, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Wednesday were DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) and CB Terrell Thomas (knee).

“I’m going to take it day-by-day,” said Pierre-Paul. “I can’t really give you an answer on that right now (on whether I will play on Sunday). The only thing that I can do right now is to take it day-by-day and I’ll continue to come in and get treatment twice daily and rehab it.”

Pierre-Paul was asked if he was hopeful he would play again this season. “Hopefully,” responded Pierre-Paul. “I hope so. Like I said, I’m taking it day-by-day. I’m in the training room 24/7. Even at home I’m doing rehab. I’m doing everything that I possibly can to put me back on the field.”

Pierre-Paul was also asked if his shoulder would eventually need surgery. “I don’t think so,” said Pierre-Paul. “I hope not. That would set me back some more, I hope not. I’m pretty sure it’s nothing that needs surgery on, it just needs rest. I’ve been rehabbing it 24/7, even at home, so hopefully it can get better before the season’s over with.”

CB Trumaine McBride (groin), CB Corey Webster (ankle), and RB Brandon Jacobs (knee) practiced on a limited basis.

December 4, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday press conference are available at Giants.com.

December 4, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of Wednesday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the 2013 New York Giants: NY Giants should go with young blood by Ebenezer Samuel of The Daily News

Article on QB Eli Manning: Manning vs. Rivers evokes trade memories by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on RB Brandon Jacobs: Hurting Brandon Jacobs needs knee surgery, still rather be with Giants than undefeated team by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on the New York Giants Offensive Line:

Article on DE Justin Tuck: Tuck Ruled Redskins, but It’s No Return to Form by Jonathan Clegg of The Wall Street Journal

Dec 032013
 
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Damontre Moore, New York Giants (December 1, 2013)

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

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

Sights and Sounds from New York Giants-Washington Redskins Game: A sights and sounds video from the Giants-Redskins game is available at Giants.com.

Article on QB Eli Manning: Giants’ Eli, Chargers’ Rivers linked by trade by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Articles on the New York Giants Offensive Line:

Articles on DE Justin Tuck:

Article on S Will Hill: Giants Spotlight: Safety Will Hill’s impact on the defense by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Notes: With four games remaining, QB Eli Manning has been sacked a career-high 31 times this season. His previous high was 30 sacks in 2009. Last year, Manning was sacked just 19 times.

The Redskins game was the 24th time in Manning’s career that he rallied his team from a 4th quarter deficit. That places him fifth among active quarterbacks, behind Peyton Manning (50), Tom Brady (34), Drew Brees (31), and Ben Roethlisberger (28).

The Giants have committed an NFL-high 31 turnovers (19 interceptions, 12 lost fumbles). Their opponents have scored 102 points off of those giveaways.

The Giants have had at least one giveaway in each of their 12 games. The last season in which they committed a turnover in every game was 2007.

Dec 022013
 
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Justin Tuck, New York Giants (December 1, 2013)

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December 2, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Monday conference call is available at Giants.com.

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

December 2, 2013 Player Media Conference Calls: The transcripts of the Monday’s media conference calls with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the 2013 New York Giants: Giants show they’ve got some pride by Neil Best of Newsday

Article on the Giants-Redskins Game: Giants vs. Redskins snap counts: Spencer Paysinger returns, Damontre Moore sees some time by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Articles on the New York Giants Offensive Line:

Article on DE Justin Tuck: Tuck rules right on time vs. Redskins by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on DE Damontre Moore and CB Jayron Hosley: Giants youngsters Damontre Moore and Jayron Hosley show something vs. Redskins by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Notes: Against the Washington Redskins, the Giants started their sixth offensive line combination of the season with Kevin Boothe playing center and James Brewer stepping in at left guard.