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Michael Strahan, New York Giants (August 1, 2014)

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Giants to Honor Michael Strahan: The New York Giants will honor former defensive end Michael Strahan at halftime of Monday night’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Giants will welcome back more than 100 former players for “Giants Homecoming Weekend.” At halftime, a special ceremony will honor Strahan, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Former Giants in attendance will include Frank Gifford, Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson, Mark Bavaro, Carl Banks, Amani Toomer, Jason Sehorn, Ottis Anderson, Jessie Armstead, Joe Morris, Brandon Jacobs, and Rodney Hampton.

October 30, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: RB Rashad Jennings (knee) and DT Cullen Jenkins (calf) did not practice on Thursday. Head Coach Tom Coughlin has already ruled Jennings out of the game against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/hamstring) and P Steve Weatherford (left ankle) were limited in practice.

OG Geoff Schwartz (toe) is still on short-term Injured Reserve. “We’ll see throughout the whole process here with the amount of time that he has to get ready,” said Coughlin. “He’s coming off of a significant injury so we’ll see how he practices and then we’ll go from there…He hasn’t practiced yet. He’s going out there, he’s going to go through individual, and then we’ll spoon feed him in there, no doubt on the scout side of the ball first.”

October 30, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video from Thursday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

October 30, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • QB Eli Manning (Video)
  • WR Rueben Randle (Video)
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Video)
  • DE Mathias Kiwanuka (Video)
  • DE Damontre Moore (Video)
  • LB Jameel McClain (Video)
  • S Antrel Rolle (Video)

7 takeaways from Giants Media Hour by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Article on CB Mike Harris: Lions’ practice-squadder Mike Harris worth a nickel to Giants by Tom Rock of Newsday

Giants Online - Giants vs. Colts Preview: The video of this week’s Giants Online is available at Giants.com.

Notes: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Giants’ three passes this season of 30 or more yards are tied with the Jets and Chiefs for fewest in NFL.

The Giants will wear their alternate white pants, as well as white cleats, for their next two homes games.

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Michael Strahan, New York Giants (August 1, 2014)

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This. This was exactly where he was supposed to be.

Standing atop the mightiest of stages, his gap-toothed grin smiling at the thousands that had traveled to Canton, Ohio for him. There were NFL greats to his left and right, family, friends and fans sitting in front of him. This moment was what those 15 years in the NFL had come to. This was the final stop of Michael Strahan’s football career.

He began speaking shortly after Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer presented him. His first words were what he wanted to get across. What he wanted all to know.

“This isn’t TV Michael,” Strahan said. “This is football Michael.”

But he was wrong. This wasn’t either. This was who he was. There was no pretending, no show, no over-the-top antics.

This was Michael Strahan. The same person who had made himself so endearing to fans over the years.

The more he talked, the more the twitterverse fawned. Fans of every team hung on each and every word as Strahan reminisced about his days at Texas Southern – yes, he reminded all it was Texas Southern – and the early days with the Giants. There were, as he described it, three generations. He was apart of them all.

Strahan was with George Young and Dan Reeves, who drafted him in 1993. Then Jim Fassel, Jessie Armstead, and Keith ‘The Hammer’ Hamilton, a group Strahan helped take to the 2000 Super Bowl.

But then Strahan’s tone changed. His eyes lit up as he looked at the row several feet in front of him with two faces he wanted to address more than anyone else. All in all, Strahan thanked 94 people who had helped him along the way – even rivals Erik Williams and Jon Runyan – but these two were different. That gap-toothed grin came out again as he looked directly at an equally smiling Tom Coughlin.

Strahan talked about his early days with the Giants and struggles he and Coughlin went through. Joked about the coach’s strict five-minute early rule saying he, “still doesn’t get it.” The man who now is welcomed into millions of people’s homes on “Live with Kelly and Michael” got the stern-faced Coughlin to beam with a smile.

But then came the quote that was more telling than any. The smile left Strahan’s face for just as second as he spoke directly from the heart.

“You made me a better man,” Strahan said.

The smile grew on Tom’s.

Michael Strahan, New York Giants (August 2, 2014)

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After thanking a few others, including David Tyree’s helmet, Strahan managed to penetrate the impenetrable. The emotionless Eli Manning.

Strahan talked about how on game days, he’d go up to every player on the Giants’ roster and attempt to get them pumped up. When it came to Manning, it was a handshake and ‘Go get em’ comment before exiting the tunnel. He mimicked Mannings stone-cold face, to which Eli flashed one in a joking manner back before even…yes, really…smiling himself.

This was who Michael Strahan was. The man who got Coughlin to beam ear-to-ear, Eli to grin and thousands to laugh right along with them. This wasn’t forced. This wasn’t made up. This was Michael Strahan.

Then came the line that meant more than anything. Not TV Michael, not football Michael.

Father Michael.

‘Dad’ turned to his four children, Michael Jr., Tanita, and twins Sophia and Isabella. Gone again was the grin, replaced with sincerity and love. Telling them how they were the most important motivation for him throughout his career.

“Of all titles,” Strahan told his children, “The title I am most proud of is Michael Strahan, your father.”

And that was it. The final 34 minutes of Michael Strahan’s football career.

Jay Glazer presents Michael Strahan for enshrinement (Video)

Michael Strahan’s Pro Football Hall of Fame speech (Video)

Aug 022014
 
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Will Beatty, New York Giants (November 10, 2013)

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12 New York Giants Don’t Make Trip to Canton: Twelve injured New York Giants did not make the trip to Canton, Ohio on Saturday to play the Buffalo Bills in Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game. The Giants not traveling with the team include:

  • RB David Wilson (neck)
  • WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring)
  • WR Trindon Holliday (hamstring)
  • LT Will Beatty (migraine)
  • TE Xavier Grimble (hamstring)
  • OL Eric Herman (hip)
  • DE Robert Ayers (ankle)
  • DT Mike Patterson (shoulder)
  • LB Jon Beason (foot)
  • LB Spencer Paysinger (concussion)
  • CB Trumaine McBride (hip)
  • CB Bennett Jackson (ankle)

NY Post Q&A with RB Andre Williams: Serby’s Sunday Q&A with Andre Williams by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Article on QB Eli Manning: Does Giants QB Eli Manning belong in the Hall of Fame? by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com and Connor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on QBs Ryan Nassib and Curtis Painter: Nassib, Painter in battle for Giants’ backup quarterback spot by Mark Cannizzaro of The New York Post

Article on QB Ryan Nassib and OT Justin Pugh: Pugh & Nassib to face former ‘Cuse coach Sunday by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on FB Henry Hynoski: Giants’ Hynoski has plenty to prove by Jeff Roberts of The Bergen Record

Article on WR Rueben Randle: Rueben Randle set for leading role in Giants’ offense by Zach Braziller of The New York Post

Article on Place Kickers Josh Brown and Brandon McManus: Strong-Legged Kickers Put Giants in a Quandary, and It’s Good by Bill Pennington of The New York Times

Article on the New York Giants-Buffalo Bills Preseason Game: Things to watch as the Giants kick off the 2014 season in the Hall of Fame Game by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News

Articles on Former Giants DE Michael Strahan:

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Robert Ayers, New York Giants (June 12, 2014)

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BigBlueInteractive.com (BBI) Updates: In case you missed it, original-content articles from BBI today:

August 1, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Friday were RB David Wilson (neck), WR Odell Beckham (hamstring), WR Trindon Holliday (hamstring), TE Xavier Grimble (hamstring), LT Will Beatty (headache), DE Robert Ayers (ankle), DT Mike Patterson (shoulder), LB Jon Beason (PUP – foot), LB Spencer Paysinger (concussion), and CB Bennett Jackson (ankle).

Regarding Jackson, Head Coach Tom Coughlin said, “There’s no fracture, but it’s a significant ankle sprain.”

August 1, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video from Friday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

August 1, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Friday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the New York Giants Running Backs: Injury to Wilson Puts the Giants’ Backfield in Motion by Bill Pennington of The New York Times

Article on WR Rueben Randle: Randle: ‘I’m ready for more opportunities’ by Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on TE Larry Donnell: Giants ‘loving’ what they see from TE Larry Donnell by Zach Braziller of The New York Post

Article on the New York Giants Offensive Line: Giants offensive line irons out West Coast wrinkles by Tom Rock of Newsday

Article on S Antrel Rolle: Giants can’t let indispensable Rolle follow Tuck out the door by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Articles on Former Giants DE Michael Strahan:

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Jay Bromely, New York Giants (June 18, 2014)

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BigBlueInteractive.com (BBI) Updates: In case you missed it, original-content articles from BBI today and yesterday:

July 31, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: On Wednesday, the Giants publicly released an update on RB David Wilson, who suffered a neck burner at practice on Tuesday. Wilson underwent a battery of medical tests Tuesday night at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). The Giants say he will not practice the remainder of the week, nor will he play in the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

Wilson will be examined and evaluated by Dr. Frank Cammisa at HSS on Monday. Cammisa, chief of spine services at HSS, is the specialist who performed the vertebrae fusion surgery on Wilson on January 16, 2014.

However, while Wilson himself tweeted on Wednesday that “everything is fine,” NJ.com and The Star-Ledger are reporting that sources say Wilson’s football career is likely over. ESPN is reporting the same.

“Until we here what the doctors say, I am just praying that the kid is okay,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin after practice on Thursday. “When he was cleared to play he came out and exhibited no fear, no nothing. I was really excited about that coming out. We are obviously concerned, but we will have to wait and see what the doctors say.”

Wilson originally injured the neck in October 2013 in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was cleared to resume football contact on July 21.

In addition to Wilson, not practicing on Thursday were WR Odell Beckham (hamstring), WR Trindon Holliday (hamstring), TE Xavier Grimble (hamstring), OG John Jerry (knee), DT Mike Patterson (shoulder), LB Jon Beason (PUP – foot), LB Spencer Paysinger (concussion), LB Spencer Adkins (groin), and CB Travis Howard (knee).

LT Will Beatty (illness), DE Robert Ayers (ankle), CB Bennett Jackson (ankle), and WR Corey Washington (heel) all left practice early. Bennett will undergo x-rays on his ankle.

July 31, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video from Thursday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

July 31, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

New York Giants on ESPN Radio: Audio clips of Tuesday’s ESPN Radio interviews with the following team officials and players are available at ESPN.com:

  • President/CEO John Mara (Audio)
  • General Manager Jerry Reese (Audio)
  • Head Coach Tom Coughlin (Audio)
  • QB Eli Manning (Audio)
  • WR Victor Cruz (Audio)
  • LB Jon Beason (Audio)
  • CB Prince Amukamara (Audio)
  • S Antrel Rolle (Audio)

NJ.com Q&A with OG/OC Weston Richburg: Weston Richburg rookie check-in: Playing more guard or center for Giants? by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on New York Giants Training Camp: Giants training camp Week 2: Stock Up/Stock Down by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Articles on the New York Giants Offensive Talent:

Article on Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo: 10 observations about Ben McAdoo’s offense by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on QB Ryan Nassib: Four practices with Ryan Nassib: A breakdown of the Giants backup by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Articles on New York Giants Running Backs:

Articles on New York Giants Tight Ends:

Articles on New York Giants Defensive Line:

Articles on New York Giants Defensive Backs:

Articles on Former Giant DE Michael Strahan:

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Jul 292014
 
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David Wilson, New York Giants (August 24, 2013)

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BigBlueInteractive.com (BBI) Updates: In case you missed it, original-content articles from BBI today:

July 29, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: LB Jon Beason (foot – PUP), WR Rueben Randle (hamstring), WR Trindon Holliday (leg), WR Odell Beckham (hamstring), TE Xavier Grimble (hamstring), DT Everett Dawkins (unknown), CB Ross Weaver (unknown), and CB Travis Howard (unknown) did not practice on Tuesday. The Giants said Grimble practiced, but the reporters said he did not.

Most troubling is that RB David Wilson left practice early with what is being called a “burner” to his neck. According to the Giants, the injury occurred when Wilson caught a shovel pass, turned upfield with his head down, and ran into the back of offensive lineman Eric Herman.

Wilson was only cleared for football contact on July 21 after suffering a career-threatening neck injury against the Eagles in October 2013. Wilson had surgery on January 16, 2014 to fuse vertebrae in his neck.

Wilson was sent to the Hospital for Special Surgery for a full battery of tests to determine the severity of the injury he suffered on Tuesday.

After practice, Head Coach Tom Coughlin was visibly concerned.

“He got a burner. So we’ll see,” said Coughlin. “We’ll hear what they have to say first. We were all praying that he wouldn’t have an issue and come back to work. He was cleared, as you know. We’ll see. I’m not going to speculate what it is and see what the doctors say.”

Odell Beckham, who aggravated an offseason hamstring injury at the beginning of camp and has not practiced since, talked about his injury and the tests he underwent on Monday to determine the status of the injury.

“(The tests revealed) just heavy inflammation and blood in the hamstring,” said Beckham. “The trainers are just taking it day-by-day to see. Whatever happens is what happens. It’s up to them right now on the length, however long it’s going to be…they just said it’s still day-by-day.”

“Yeah (I’m frustrated),” said Beckham. “I talked to Coach Coughlin and like he said, it’s frustrating on both ends. He wants me out there as bad as I want to be out there. It’s just kind of like you work so hard to get to where you’re at now and it’s like you can’t go out there and do the one thing that you love to do. It’s hard to just take that all the time and then have your coach, at the same time, be frustrated.”

July 29, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video from Tuesday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

July 29, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Tuesday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

What we found out during media hour by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

New York Giants on WFAN Radio: Audio clips of Tuesday’s WFAN Radio interviews with the following team officials and players are available at CBS New York:

  • President/CEO John Mara (Audio)
  • General Manager Jerry Reese (Audio)
  • Head Coach Tom Coughlin (Audio)
  • QB Eli Manning (Audio)
  • WR Victor Cruz (Audio)
  • S Antrel Rolle (Audio)

New York Giants Practice Reports:

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin and QB Eli Manning: Eli Manning on what makes Tom Coughlin a Hall-worthy coach by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Article on Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo: New Coach Has Giants Huddling in Hurry, or Not at All by Bill Pennington of The New York Times

Article on QB Eli Manning: NY Giants QB Eli Manning wants a career like Yankees’ Derek Jeter, playing with one team into his 40s by Gary Myers of The New York Daily News

Articles on WR Mario Manningham:

Article on TE Daniel Fells: Daniel Fells a most unlikely comeback story by Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on New York Giants Defensive Tackles:

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin and Former Giants DE Michael Strahan: Strahan, Coughlin weren’t always these Hall of Fame allies by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Jul 272014
 
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New York Giants Training Camp (July 27, 2014)

New York Giants Training Camp – Photo by Connor Hughes

BigBlueInteractive.com (BBI) Updates: In case you missed it, original-content articles from BBI today:

July 27, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: LB Jon Beason (foot – PUP), WR Odell Beckham (hamstring), WR Trindon Holliday (leg), and TE Xavier Grimble (hamstring) did not practice.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin was asked if it was a little disappointing that Beckham has not practiced yet at camp. “It’s more than that,” replied Coughlin. “You’re trying to put a team together. We saw too much of that in the spring. It’d be nice to get him back practicing. He actually looks pretty good moving around, catching the ball, not favoring anything. I’m just hoping it’s a real short amount of time.”

“(The trainers are) not going to let him go if he’s in the danger of hurting himself,” said Coughlin. “That’s all there is to it. I can stand there and fight all I want, but it’s not going to happen. When they feel he can go and not risk any recurring injury, they’ll let him go…I think there has been (some improvement).”

Coughlin on Holliday: “He did something catching a punt. Hopefully, it’s not much.”

Coughlin on Grimble: “Minor hamstring strain a couple of days ago.”

July 27, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video from Sunday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

July 27, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of Sunday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

7 things we found out during media hour by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

New York Giants Practice Reports:

Article on New York Giants Training Camp: Giants put on the pads; Linemen talk benefits by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on QB Ryan Nassib: Ryan Nassib expected growing pains, eventual improvement at Giants training camp by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on New York Giants Running Backs:

Articles on the New York Giants and the Fullback Position:

Article on the New York Giants Linebackers: Linebackers becoming a Big Blue strength by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on Former Giants DE Michael Strahan: Move to left end early in his career set Michael Strahan on a path to the Hall of Fame by Bob Glauber of Newsday

Article on the New York Giants Place Kicking Competition: Giants’ kicker battle: ‘No Tonya Hardings’ by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

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Corey Washington and Eli Manning, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

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BigBlueInteractive.com (BBI) Updates: In case you missed it, original-content articles from BBI today:

July 23, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: LB Jon Beason (foot – PUP) and WR Odell Beckham (hamstring) did not practice.

Beckham aggravated the same hamstring that bothered him in OTA’s and the mini-camp on the first day of practice on Tuesday.

“He missed part of spring ball with a hamstring and he tweaked it yesterday,” said General Manager Jerry Reese. “Obviously there is a concern…This guy has that track speed so hopefully he can get back out there pretty quickly because we’re expecting big things from him.”

“He didn’t go and who knows how long (until he returns),” Head Coach Tom Coughlin said. “Don’t ask me. I have no idea.”

Jameel McClain (foot) returned to practice. “He did well,” Coughlin said. “He came out and practiced and went the whole practice, so I think he’s fine. A little sore, but he was able to go.”

July 23, 2014 Jerry Reese Press Conference: The transcript and video from Wednesday’s press conference with General Manager Jerry Reese are available at BigBlueInteractive.com and Giants.com.

Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

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July 23, 2014 New York Giants Coach Media Q&As: The transcripts and video from Wednesday’s press conferences with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

July 23, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of Wednesday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

New York Giants WFAN Interviews: Video and audio of Wednesday’s WFAN interviews with the following New York Giants are available at CBS New York:

New York Giants Training Camp Reports:

Article on the New York Giants Offense: Eli Manning and the Giants are embracing their new direction by Mike Garafolo of FOXSports.com

Article on QB Eli Manning: Eli Manning’s career at a crossroads by Johnette Howard of ESPNNewYork.com

Articles on RB Rashad Jennings:

Article on WR Victor Cruz: NY Giants Victor Cruz studying up on Jerry Rice as Big Blue installs West Coast offense by Gary Myers of The New York Daily News

Article on TE Adrien Robinson: Adrien Robinson the Giants’ version of Julius Thomas? That’s what they’re hoping by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants (June 18,2014)

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Article on DE Jason Pierre-Paul: Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul says sack record a possibility by Lorenzo Reyes of USAToday.com

Article on LB Devon Kennard: Giants may be onto something in rookie Devon Kennard by Howie Kussoy of The New York Post

Article on Former Giant DE Michael Strahan: Michael Strahan ready to join elite company by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Jul 172014
 
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Michael Strahan, New York Giants (January 28, 2014)

Hall of Famer Michael Strahan – © USA TODAY Sports Images

When Michael Strahan is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 2, it’ll be long-time friend and FOXSports reporter Jay Glazer that first welcomes him to the halls of Canton.

When Strahan was initially voted into the Hall of Fame, it was Glazer that broke the news to him. Sitting around friends and family, Glazer casually glanced down at is phone before beginning to talk.

“Last year was tough because I was like, ‘You’re gonna make it,’” Glazer turned to Strahan and said. “Then I thought, maybe it’s just not going to be this year.

“But, it is this year.’”

Following around Strahan during the entire week, LIVE with Michael and Kelly caught it all on film:

Strahan, who considers Glazer one of his closest friends, described the two’s relationship in an article on Deadspin.com

Jay Glazer

Jay Glazer – © USA TODAY Sports Images

“We always argue and fight and scream. We’ve been in cars before, and I open the door and get out as he’s driving 60 miles per hour down the street,” Strahan told Drew Magary. “We do get to that point where it’s like most people, 99.9 percent who doesn’t know us, they would just go, ‘Oh, these guys are gonna fight, I don’t know if I really want to get into the middle of this.’ And I think we end up laughing at everybody else’s reaction.”

Glazer helped Strahan co-write his biography, “Inside the Helmet: My Life as an Afternoon Warrior.”

Feb 272014
 
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Otis Anderson, Michael Strahan, Phil Simms, New York Giants (September 5, 2012)

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New York Giants to Play in 2014 Hall of Fame Game: The NFL announced on Thursday that the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills will play in the 2014 Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, August 3 at 8:00 PM ET. The game will be nationally televised on NBC.

The game will be played one day after former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan (1993-2007) is enshrined into the Hall of Fame as part of the 2014 Hall of Fame class.

Teams that play in the Hall of Fame game play one extra preseason game so the Giants will play five preseason games for the first time since 2002. This will be the fifth time the Giants have played in the Hall of Fame Game, the others being 1962, 1972, 1985, and 2002.

For a listing of the New York Giants 2014 opponents, see the Schedule section of the website.

New York Giants Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo February 27, 2014 Conference Call: The audio for this call is also available at Giants.com.

Q: We talked to Tom last week and he said that you don’t describe yourself as a West Coast offense guy. How do you describe yourself and your offensive philosophies?

A: Well, West Coast… most teams in the league have West Coast principles built into their offense, and we’ll be one of them. We’re going to be an offense that has an identity, first and foremost. We’re going to be sound, smart and tough. We’re going to be committed to discipline and poise, and at the end of the day, we’re going to hang our hat on the fundamentals.

Q: Obviously you come from Green Bay and you worked under Mike McCarthy for a long time. How much do you think you’re going to take from him and how much do you think it’s maybe going to have your own twist on it?

A: Right now, what we’re doing is we’re upstairs, all of the offensive coaches and Coach Coughlin, we are sitting there and going through the nuts and bolts of things. Obviously we want to have a sound foundation. We feel we have that. At this point we’re starting to build what we’re going to look like. Every offensive system is its own living, breathing organism. At the end of the day, you have to make sure you’re flexible enough. It depends on what type of personnel you feed it to see what it’s going to look like. It’s a little early to know what we’re going to look like right now. The roster, we’re just in the beginning phases of what the roster is going to look like.

Q: How difficult is that? You could have any number of players at different positions coming in and out with free agency. Is it hard to wrap your mind around how you envision this offense when you don’t even know who the players are going to be?

A: I don’t think so. The offensive system here with the Giants has been in place for a long time. The offensive system that I’m coming from I’ve been in for 10 years. With those two systems being in place as we merge them together and build towards the future, we’ll be multiple enough to use any type of personnel.

Q: How much, if any, input does Eli have in this? How much do the rules limit that from being the case?

A: We’re going to put in a system, we’re going to install it. At this point in time, we’re going to abide by the letter of the law as far as the rules go. As we get going here on the 21st of April, we’re going to start to put the system in, work through the system. As Eli gets his hands on it and has a chance to get comfortable with it, we’ll make tweaks here and there. Really as the offseason and training camp goes on, every offensive system tailors towards the strength of the starting quarterback, what he does well and he doesn’t do well in the pass game. The runs are directly related to the runners. At the end of the day, your system is built around your personnel, not the other way around.

Q: How important is it to have some stability at quarterback? Do you see any similarities between Eli and Aaron Rodgers?

A: Working with Aaron… I haven’t worked with Eli, so that’s hard to say. But I do know this – they’re both Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks, they’re both highly motivated and highly competitive. I’m excited to be here and excited to work with Eli.

Q: What was your conversation like with Eli? I believe you spoke to him once, maybe twice, during the interview process. What did you come away from that thinking and what was your impression?

A: I met Eli a year or so ago, a year ago at the Pro Bowl. I think it was last year, yeah, we had him in the Pro Bowl out there. We spent a little time together out there. It’s not too rigorous of a routine, but I came away with a great impression of him. In talking to him on the phone and having a chance to sit down with him and just talk to him a little without going into too much detail… I’m very fond of him, obviously, watching him play. There have been some high profile games between the Packers and the Giants over the years. He’s played very well in those games.

Q: Obviously a big focus for Eli this season will be on whether he can improve on a pretty down year, a lot of interceptions. When you look at what he did last year do you see that as something that a new system can fix or did he fall into bad mechanics or bad habits or anything that needs tweaking?

A: First and foremost, we hang our hat on fundamentals. That’s going to be the focal point. That’s the first thing that we’re going to address. The second thing is we want to take care of the football. Taking care of the football is the biggest factor in winning and losing games. Fundamentals can help you there. At the same point in time, everybody on the offensive side of the ball needs to play better. With that being said, everyone comes in with a clean slate. This is going to be a new operation on offense. There are some new coaches in place, there are some coaches who have been here who have been in different spots, but at the end of the day everyone has a clean slate. That’s how we’re going to start and that’s important for the players to know. Also, winning in this league, the quarterback gets a lot of credit and gets too much credit. When you don’t play so well and you lose in this league, the quarterback gets a lot of blame and probably too much blame. But that is the nature of the beast.

Q: John Mara after the season said that this offense was broken. When you look at this offense, when you’re studying it for the last five or six weeks, was it a broken offense?

A: I know that the offense here in the past has had a ton of success. Last year they didn’t play as well as they would have liked. At the same point in time, it’s important for everyone to understand that we’re going to move forward, we’re going to learn from the past, and we’re going to work so that doesn’t happen again.

Q: How important is the screen game for you guys and rebuilding that? I’m sure you had an opportunity to see that here with the Giants, they admittedly had major struggles with that. It seemed to be a really big part of what you guys did when you were in Green Bay. How important is that to you as you rebuild this offense and to have that weapon?

A: We’re definitely going to spend time in the screen game. It’s something that will be a focal point and needs to be installed. We’ll have different types of screens, whether they’re sidewalk screens or half screens, so fourth and so on, just like everybody else in the league. At the end of the day, it comes down to fundamentals and guys getting enough repetitions where they’re productive.

Q: When you look at the roster as it is right now, how much do you think you need a running back that can come out of the backfield as a pass-catcher?

A: First and foremost, the runner needs to be able to protect the quarterback. He also needs to be able to run with the ball in his hands and do that well. You’d like to have a complete back. Obviously, it’s ideal to have a guy who’s functional out of the backfield catching the football, but at the end of the day, if they can’t protect the quarterback, they’re going to have a hard time getting on the field.

Q: How confident are you in all of this? Obviously this is the first time you’re going to be an offensive coordinator, the first time calling plays. That’s a lot to handle for a relatively young guy. What’s your confidence level like?

A: I’m confident. I’ve been groomed for this position. It’s something that we train our coaches and our quarterbacks for. We’ve done it in Green Bay and it’s something that I feel very confident about. I’m excited for the opportunity, but at the end of the day, play calling isn’t just about one guy pulling plays out of a hat. It’s the process that you go through during the week. A lot of it has to do with game planning and has to do with ranking plays in the plan. Everyone’s involved with it, not just coaches, not just the head coach but the players as well.

Q: What did you take from the whole interview process? You had a head coaching interview as well. What do you take from the whole process of the interviewing and your future goals in that regard?

A: Well I’ll say this – I’m very excited to be here. I think that being able to come to an organization that is the class of professional sports, to work in an organization with a future Hall of Fame head coach and a two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback is very rare. You don’t get those types of opportunities. I come from a great place, a great organization with a head coach that I’m very fond of and players that I have a special relationship and a special bond with. To leave that, obviously your opportunity has to be something special. That’s what we’re looking at right now.

Q: You talked about blocking being the number one priority for a running back in your mind. What do you look for when you’re talking tight ends? That’s a position you’ve coached before and you seem to know very well. You don’t really have any guys under contract at that position here. What do you look for and what are the priorities about that position?

A: A tight end, that’s a difficult position, first of all, to evaluate. They’re asked to do a lot of things in this league, whether it’s run blocking from the backfield, run blocking at the line, out in space, a lot of things in pass protection and then running routes, whether they’re an in-line guy or they’re in the slot or in the back. They have a lot on their plate. To me, it was always the best position to coach and in this offense it’s the best position to play because you have to learn how to do everything and you have to learn how to do it well at a high level. At the end of the day, you have to find players who you can plug in and figure out what they do best and make sure on the field that they’re doing what they do best.

Q: I know you said it’s about the system first and then you assess personnel moving forward. From the guys you do have under contract, are there any that you’re really looking forward to getting going in your system and what you think their potential could be in your system?

A: Well, first things first, it’s not my system. It’s our system here and we’re building it right now. I’ve had a chance to meet different guys going through the building. It’ll be exciting. A lot of guys are in and out right now, so I haven’t had a chance to meet all of them. Victor (Cruz), we had over at the Pro Bowl and Eli, it’ll obviously be exciting to get going with those guys. Henry Hynoski, I’m familiar with, he played at Pitt and Southern Columbia High School. I’ve followed him since he was in high school really. A lot of other guys. Rueben Randle, I had a chance to meet yesterday, he’s excited to get going. Just to name a few that I had a chance to talk to. Chris Snee has been in the weight room a ton, I’ve run into him and Boothe and all of those guys, so it’s been great seeing them and I look forward to getting going.

Q: With so many question marks and injuries along the offensive line, is that something that’s a bit of a concern for you or do you see that as a bit of an opportunity to draft or bring in a free agent to help?

A: It definitely is an opportunity. When the door closes for someone, it opens for another. There are going to be plenty of guys lined up at the door to get a spot. We look forward to helping them improve and developing guys and seeing where we could take this thing.

Players Who Met with New York Giants at NFL Combine: According to The Star-Ledger/NJ.com, the following players met with the New York Giants at the recently-concluded 2014 NFL Combine:

  • RB Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona
  • RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
  • RB/KR De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon
  • RB Andre Williams, Boston College
  • WR Marqise Lee, USC
  • WR Paul Richardson, Colorado
  • WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
  • WR Kevin Norwood, Alabama
  • TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina
  • TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
  • OT Cyrus Kouandijo, Alabama
  • OT Joel Bitonio, Nevada
  • OT Jack Mewhort, Ohio State
  • OG David Yankey, Stanford
  • DE Michael Sam, Missouri
  • LB/DE Adrian Hubbard, Alabama
  • CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

JoJo Nicolas Dies in Car Crash: Safety JoJo Nicolas, who was with the New York Giants during the 2012 summer training camp as an  undrafted rookie free agent, passed away on Wednesday due to injuries suffered in a car crash. Nicolas was 24.