Jan 032014
 
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Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants (August 2009)

Brandon Jacobs Accepts BBI Giants of the Year Award

RB Brandon Jacobs Retires: RB Brandon Jacobs announced his retirement from football on Twitter on Thursday. Jacobs played eight seasons for the New York Giants (2005-2011, 2013) and one season with the San Francisco 49ers (2012). In 2013, in seven games, Jacobs rushed for 238 yards and four touchdowns. He had cartilage graft surgery to repair osteo-arthritis in his left knee on December 11 and was placed on Injured Reserve the next day. Jacobs leaves the NFL as the Giants’ #4 leading rusher in franchise history with 5,087 yards and #1 rushing touchdown leader with 60. (Both figures are regular-season totals).

“After 9 years in this whirlwind business they call the NFL, I am proud to announce that I am hanging up my cleats,” wrote Jacobs. “I’ve had an amazing run and I appreciate all of the support from the fans through the good and the bad. The New York Giants are a great organization and I am proud to have been a part of it for so long. I love my coaches and my teammates and will miss them as well as the game itself but I am healing well from my surgery and I look forward to running around with my kids for years to come!”

After the 2008 season, Jacobs received the BigBlueInteractive.com “Giant of the Year” trophy. That season, Jacobs rushed for 1,089 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin on WFAN: The audio of Friday’s WFAN interview with Head Coach Tom Coughlin is available at CBS New York. For an overview of the interview, see Giants coach Tom Coughlin insists Kevin Gilbride wasn’t forced out by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger.

Safety Antrel Rolle Named Second-Team All Pro: New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle has been named second-team All Pro by the Associated Press. Rolle finished the 2013 season with 98 tackles, 2 sacks, 12 pass defenses, 6 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery.

Giants.com Q&A with LB Jon Beason: The video of a recent Giants.com Q&A with LB Jon Beason is available at Giants.com.

Articles on New York Giant Offensive Coordinator Candidates:

Best of Sights & Sounds: A best of sights & sounds video is available from Giants.com.

Jan 022014
 
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Kevin Gilbride, New York Giants (August 18, 2013)

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New York Giants Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride Retires: The New York Giants announced on Thursday that Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride is retiring from football. Gilbride has been the Giants’ offensive coordinator since 2007. Before that, he served as the team’s quarterback coach from 2004-2006.

“It’s hard to say, ‘It’s time,’” Gilbride said. “To finally do it, it’s a very unnatural feeling. I’ve been telling my wife (Debbie) for years I was going to do it. She moved back to Rhode Island (where she helps care for a granddaughter when the Gilbrides’ daughter is working), so I’ve been by myself in the hotel for three or four years. I knew this was it and I was going to do it. I finally pulled the trigger. But it’s difficult.”

“I have great respect for Kevin and Debbie and their family, so it’s not an easy thing to part ways,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “Kevin is a professional. He’s been an exceptional football coach for the New York Giants. He helped win two Super Bowl championships. Kevin was the play-caller in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. He has done a great service to the franchise.”

“Kevin is an outstanding coach who made enormous contributions to this franchise,” said team President and CEO John Mara. “He helped us win a lot of games over the past 10 years, including two Super Bowls. He will be remembered as one of the best coaches to ever represent the New York Giants.”

“Since Tom elevated Kevin to the role of offensive coordinator, we have added two more Executive Vice President Steve Tisch said. “For that, and Kevin’s tremendous commitment and dedication to his craft and this organization, we will always be grateful.”

“Kevin has been a special person around here for a long time and a very good football coach,” said General Manager Jerry Reese. “We are grateful for his years of service with us, especially during the two championship seasons. I wish only the best for him and his family moving forward.”

Gilbride has worked with QB Eli Manning since he was drafted in 2004.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Kevin,” Manning said. “I’m really sad to see him retire. He has been with me from day one as my quarterbacks coach and then my coordinator. He really taught me everything I needed to learn to become an NFL quarterback. We’ve had so much success together, obviously winning our two Super Bowls. His offenses have had great success in this league for many, many years. He’s been a great coach and great friend over these 10 years, and I’m definitely going miss him on the field and in the meeting rooms.”

The 2013 season was Gilbride’s 39th in coaching, 24th in the National Football League, and 10th with the Giants.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of coaching,” Gilbride said. “Certainly the last 10 years with the Giants has been a special time, to be part of the bringing the Super Bowls to New York and New Jersey and the Giants organization. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the development of some of the young players that we brought along, certainly starting with Eli. But (also) Steve Smith and Victor Cruz; they hadn’t had a Pro Bowl receiver since 1968 and we brought two back to them. That’s been fun. And I thoroughly enjoyed being part of those exciting last-minute drives that we seem to excel at. That 2011 season, we had six or seven of them, including the Super Bowl.”

Three of the Giants’ top five scoring teams in their history came under Gilbride: 2012 (429 points), 2008 (427), and 2009 (402). In 2011, the Giants gained a franchise-record 6,161 yards, breaking the mark of 6,085 set in 2010. Those are the only 6,000-yard seasons in Giants history.

With the demise of the offensive line and skill position players, the Giants’ offense struggled in 2013, finishing 28th in total yards.

“It is difficult to walk away after a season like that, no question,” Gilbride said. “You made the adjustments and you continue to modify and adapt and do the things you had to do to give your guys a chance. But all of the success we’ve had offensively through the last five or six years, we just weren’t able to get it done this year with all of the things that took place. But the thing we never did, we never used it as an excuse or explanation. We just continued to battle through and to win seven of our last 10 the way we did, I was very proud of our coaches and players.”

“What I’ll miss most of all are the relationships,” Gilbride said, “certainly starting with Tom and all that he means to us, but also the other coaches and the players. When you’re with them in that environment, the crucible of competition, it’s hard not to forge some very, very strong bonds. It will be very difficult to say goodbye to those guys. I will miss them terribly. I’ll miss everybody in the organization.”

Articles on Former Giants’ Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride:

Article on Kevin Gilbride’s Possible Replacement: Kevin Gilbride’s potential replacements as Giants offensive coordinator by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

WR Hakeem Nicks on ESPN Radio: The audio of Thursday’s ESPN Radio interview with WR Hakeem Nicks is available at ESPN.com.

Jan 012014
 
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Jon Beason, New York Giants (December 22, 2013)

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New York Giants Organizational Meetings Begin on Thursday: According to press reports, the New York Giants organizational meetings will begin on Thursday and could last at least a few days. These meetings are expected to determine the fate of members of the coaching staff.

Star-Ledger: Jon Beason Likely to Re-Sign with Giants: According to The Star-Ledger, there are strong indications from multiple sources that soon-to-be unrestricted free agent LB Jon Beason will re-sign with the New York Giants. “I would love to play here next year,” said Beason after the last game on Sunday.

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

P Steve Weatherford on ESPN Radio: The audio of Sunday’s ESPN Radio interview with P Steve Weatherford is available at ESPN.com.

Article on the New York Giants 2014 Offseason: Giants offseason primer: Big decisions for Big Blue by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride: Assessing the Kevin Gilbride situation by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on QB Eli Manning: Eli aims for bounce-back 2014 season by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Articles on the New York Giants Defensive Backs:

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.

BigBlueInteractive.com Website Updates: We have updated the following sections of the website:

Dec 312013
 
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Eli Manning and Kevin Gilbride, New York Giants (September 8, 2013)

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NJ.com Reports That Kevin Gilbride Likely to Be Fired: NJ.com is reporting that “high-ranking officials in the Giants organization” believe that Giants’ offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride will soon be fired. The website is saying that the announcement may not be made official right away as organizational meetings ultimately determining Gilbride’s final fate could run into next week. NJ.com is also reporting that an unidentified source within the organization says that Head Coach Tom Coughlin is unlikely to put his job on the line to keep Gilbride.

Speculation is growing that the Giants might replace Gilbride with Mike Sullivan, Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator who was fired on Monday. Sullivan served as wide receivers (2004-2009) and quarterbacks (2010-2011) coach for the Giants under Tom Coughlin. “We obviously think very highly of him,” said New York Giants’ President/CEO John Mara on Monday.

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

Articles on the New York Giants 2014 Offseason:

Articles on General Manager Jerry Reese:

Article on RB Brandon Jacobs: Giants RB Brandon Jacobs undecided on future, blames 49ers for misdiagnosing knee by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Articles on the New York Giants Wide Receivers:

Articles on the New York Giants Defensive Line:

Article on S Antrel Rolle: Rolle says he’s open to contract extension by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Dec 262013
 
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Michael Cox, New York Giants (December 22, 2013)

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December 26, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Thursday were WR Rueben Randle (knee), WR Victor Cruz (knee/concussion), TE Adrien Robinson (knee), OG Brandon Mosley (hand), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), CB Trumaine McBride (groin), and CB Jayron Hosley (illness).

Cruz and Mosley have already been ruled out of the game against the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Mosley will have surgery on his broken hand on Friday.

“Rueben has a little bit of swelling in his knee, so they want to take a look at it,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “Hopefully it’s not going to be much. Time to time he has some issues…In our work yesterday he kind of limped around a little bit, so they took him in and looked at it and it was a little bit swollen this morning.”

OG David Diehl (knee), DT Cullen Jenkins (shin/quad), and CB Terrell Thomas (knee) were limited in practice.

RB Andre Brown (concussion) and RB Peyton Hillis (concussion) fully practiced. “(Brown and Hillis) did well, both of them,” said Coughlin. “There didn’t seem to be any issues.”

December 26, 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 26, 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 the New York Giants and College Scouting: Giants’ scouts striking out by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Article on the New York Giants 2014 Offseason: NY Giants can be contenders again in 2014 by following this five-point plan by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News

Articles on New York Giants Quarterbacks:

Article on RB Michael Cox: Giants rookie running back Michael Cox in line for more carries by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Articles on the New York Giants Offensive Line:

Dec 192013
 
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Victor Cruz, New York Giants (December 15, 2013)

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December 19, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report – Victor Cruz Undergoes Arthroscopic Knee Surgery: Not practicing on Thursday were RB Peyton Hillis (concussion), WR Victor Cruz (knee/concussion), OG David Diehl (knee), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), CB Trumaine McBride (groin), and S Cooper Taylor (hamstring).

The Giants surprisingly announced that Cruz underwent arthroscopic debridement on his left knee on Thursday afternoon. It is believed that the surgery removed damaged cartilage. The Giants have already officially ruled him out of Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions. His season is most likely over since the normal recovery time from such a procedure is 3-4 weeks.

WR Jerrel Jernigan (knee), OG James Brewer (ankle), DT Cullen Jenkins (shin/quad), and CB Terrell Thomas (knee) were limited in practice.

December 19, 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 19, 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: Tom Coughlin’s future with Giants and the 5 most likely offseason scenarios by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on WR Rueben Randle: Rueben Randle capable of being a starting WR for Giants? Let’s find out by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on DT Linval Joseph: Tuck: Lots of teams will be looking swipe Linval Joseph by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on CB Terrell Thomas: Thomas welcomes ‘normal offseason’ by Matt Ehalt of ESPNNewYork.com

Dec 162013
 
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Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (December 15, 2013)

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December 16, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Monday press conference are 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 16, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Monday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the Giants-Seahawks Game: Giants vs. Seahawks snap counts: In blowout loss, not a lot of new faces by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on New York Giants Team Chemistry: Giants engage in damage control by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: How long will Coughlin want to do this? by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Articles on Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride:

Articles on QB Eli Manning:

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 122013
 
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New York Giants (December 8, 2013)

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December 12, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Thursday were DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), CB Corey Webster, and S Cooper Taylor (hamstring).

DT Cullen Jenkins (shin/quad) and CB Terrell Thomas (knee) practiced on a limited basis.

Brandon Jacobs Has Knee Surgery: RB Brandon Jacobs, who was placed on Injured Reserve earlier this week, underwent a cartilage graft procedure on Wednesday to repair osteoarthritis in his left knee. The 31-year old Jacobs will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the current season.

December 12, 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 or BigBlueInteractive.com:

December 12, 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 the New York Giants and the 2014 Offseason: Will Giants safety Antrel Rolle be a cap casualty in 2014? by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Articles on the 2013 New York Giants:

Article on QB Eli Manning: Eli Manning’s salary cap figure compared to other starting NFL QBs by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on the New York Giants Offensive Line: Left Side of Offensive Line a Problem for Giants by Jonathan Clegg of The Wall Street Journal

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