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Justin Tuck, New York Giants (November 10, 2013)

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COACHING STAFF STILL NOT FINALIZED…
The New York Giants still have not officially announced their coaching staff other than Head Coach Ben McAdoo. The team will not officially confirm the staff’s make-up until the entire staff is complete. NJ.com reports that the final holdup is filling the “defensive assistant” position that was held by Rob Leonard for the past three seasons. NJ.com says Leonard may be promoted to a new assistant defensive line coach position.

Though not officially announced, the make-up of the new coaching staff is believe to be as follows:

  • Offensive Coordinator: Mike Sullivan (with team 2004-11, 2015)
  • Quarterbacks Coach: Frank Cignetti, Jr. (new)
  • Running Backs Coach: Craig Johnson (with team since 2014)
  • Wide Receivers Coach: Adam Henry (new)
  • Tight Ends Coach: Kevin M. Gilbride (with team since 2010)
  • Offensive Line Coach: Mike Solari (new)
  • Assistant Offensive Line Coach: Lunda Wells (with team since 2012)
  • Offensive Assistant: Ryan Roeder (with team since 2013)
  • Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo (with team 2007-2008, 2015)
  • Defensive Line Coach Patrick Graham (new)
  • Assistant Defensive Line Coach – Possibly Rob Leonard (with team since 2013)
  • Linebackers Coach Bill McGovern (new)
  • Cornerbacks Coach Tim Walton (with team since 2015)
  • Safeties Coach David Merritt (with team since 2004)
  • Defensive Assistant – To be determined.
  • Special Teams Coordinator Tom Quinn (with team since 2006)
  • Assistant Special Teams Coach Dwayne Stukes (new)
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach Aaron Wellman (new)
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Markus Paul (with team since 2007)
  • Performance Manager/Strength and Conditioning Assistant Joe Danos (with team since 2013)

The resumes for these coaches are available in the Coaching Staff section of the website.

JUSTIN TUCK TO RETIRE AS A NEW YORK GIANT…
Former New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, who played for the Giants for nine years (2005-2013) and who recently retired from the NFL after two years with the Oakland Raiders, said he intends to retire as a New York Giant. Tuck said he plans to sign a ceremonial one-day contract once NFL rules and the NFL calendar allow for it.

“GIANTS INSIDER” Q&As…
Video clips of Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • RB Rashad Jennings (Video)
  • S Landon Collins (Video)
Jan 292016
 
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Prince Amukamara, New York Giants (December 20, 2015)

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PRINCE AMUKAMARA SAYS HE MAY BE MOVING ON FROM GIANTS…
New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara indicated on FOXSports Radio on Friday that he may be moving on from the team. Amukamara is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent when free agency starts on March 6th.

Amukamara was asked about Tom Coughlin no longer coaching the team. “I wasn’t as surprised,” said Amukamara. “I really didn’t have (any) feeling, only because I felt like I was playing my last game as a Giant and I probably wasn’t going to be coached by him anyways.”

LIONS HIRE GIANTS DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS…
The Detroit Lions have hired New York Giants Director of Football Operations Matt Harriss. He will serve as Detroit’s Vice President of Football Administration, being the team’s salary cap expert. Harriss had been with the Giants for 10 years. He worked with Assistant General Manager Kevin Abrams on all aspects of the salary cap, Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) compliance, and player contract negotiations.

Former Giants General Manger Ernie Accorsi is currently serving as a consultant for the Lions, and Accorsi hired Harriss with the Giants in 2006.

LAWRENCE TAYLOR NAMED TO “SUPER BOWL 50 GOLDEN TEAM”…
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors have named former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor to the “Super Bowl 50 Golden Team.” The honor was bestowed on 26 players and one head coach in recognition of the best overall career performances in the Super Bowl. Taylor, who played in both Super Bowl XXI and XXV, was the only Giants player to be named to the team.

RASHAD JENNINGS ON ESPN RADIO
The audio of Thursday’s ESPN Radio interview with New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings is available at ESPN.com.

Jan 282016
 
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Patrick Graham, New England Patriots (August 28, 2015)

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REPORT – GIANTS HIRE PATRICK GRAHAM FOR DEFENSIVE LINE COACH…
Though not officially confirmed, ESPN and FOXSports are reporting that the New York Giants have hired Patrick Graham as the team’s new defensive line coach. Graham replaces Robert Nunn, who had coached the team’s defensive line since 2010.

The 37-year old Graham has been with the New England Patriots for the past seven seasons as a coaching assistant (2009), defensive assistant coach (2010), linebackers coach (2011, 2014-2015), and defensive line coach (2012-2013). Graham’s full bio is available in the Coaching Staff section of the website.

As previously reported, the Giants also interviewed ex-Texans defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni and ex-Chargers defensive line coach Don Johnson for the defensive line vacancy.

Thus far, the defensive coaching staff unofficially appears as follows:

  • Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo (with Giants 2007-2008, 2015)
  • Defensive Line Coach Patrick Graham (new)
  • Linebackers Coach Bill McGovern (new)
  • Cornerbacks Coach Tim Walton (with team since 2015)
  • Safeties Coach David Merritt (with team since 2004)

NJ.com has reported that Head Coach Ben McAdoo may hire an assistant defensive line coach in addition to a defensive line coach.

LIONS INTERESTED IN GIANTS DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS…
FOXSports is reporting that the Detroit Lions are interested in hiring New York Giants Director of Football Operations Matt Harriss as their new head of salary cap and contracts. Harriss has been with the Giants for 10 years. He works with Assistant General Manager Kevin Abrams on all aspects of the salary cap, Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) compliance, and player contract negotiations.

QUOTES…

  • Running Back Rashad Jennings on Head Coach Ben McAdoo: “I’m excited for so many reasons to have him. He’s a leader, he’s poised, he effectively knows how to communicate and control attention in a room. He’s blue-collar and you can’t help but respect it, and he’s very smart. The fact that he’s been with us the past two years means a lot because I know we’re close, and this is not something you want to blow up. This is something you want to continue to build on. The blocks are in place. I think we put the best person in place. I get a chance to sit in the meeting rooms with him every single day and hear him more than the head coach, so I know what he’s gonna bring to this team, and it’s all gonna be good stuff.”
Jan 222016
 
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Mike Solari, San Fransisco 49ers (August 24, 2014)

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REPORT – MIKE SOLARI NEW OFFENSIVE LINE COACH…
Though not officially announced, according to multiple media reports, the New York Giants have hired Mike Solari as the team’s new offensive line coach. As we reported previously, Solari interviewed with the Giants on Wednesday. He replaces Pat Flaherty, who had been with the team since 2004.

The 61-year old Solari was the assistant offensive line coach for the Green Bay Packers in 2015. Considered by some as one of the best offensive line coaches in football, Solari has also served with distinction as the offensive line coach for the Kansas City Chiefs (1997-2005), Seattle Seahawks (2008-2009), and San Francisco 49ers (2010-2014). Solari was the offensive coordinator for the Chiefs in 2006-2007. Solari’s full bio is available in the Coaching Staff section of the website.

NJ.com is reporting that Lunda Wells, who has served the team as offensive quality control coach (2012) and assistant offensive line coach (2013-present), will remain with the team.

Unofficially, the New York Giants offensive staff is currently as follows:

  • Offensive Coordinator: Mike Sullivan (with team 2004-11, 2015)
  • Quarterbacks Coach: Frank Cignetti, Jr. (new)
  • Running Backs Coach: Craig Johnson (with team since 2014)
  • Wide Receivers Coach: Adam Henry (new)
  • Tight Ends Coach: Kevin M. Gilbride (with team since 2010)
  • Offensive Line Coach: Mike Solari (new)
  • Assistant Offensive Line Coach: Lunda Wells (with team since 2012)
  • Offensive Assistant: Ryan Roeder (with team since 2013)

GEOFF SCHWARTZ ON ESPN RADIO
The audio of Thursday’s ESPN Radio interview with offensive guard Geoff Schwartz is available at ESPN.com.

GIANTS.COM Q&A WITH DWAYNE HARRIS…
Behind the Returns: Q&A with Dwayne Harris by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

“GIANTS INSIDER” Q&As…
Video clips of Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • RB Rashad Jennings (Video)
  • RB Orleans Darkwa (Video)
  • PK Josh Brown (Video)

ARTICLES…

Jan 072016
 
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Adam Gase, Chicago Bears (November 9, 2015)

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GIANTS INTERVIEW ADAM GASE ON FRIDAY…
The New York Giants will interview Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase on Friday. Gase also served as the Denver Broncos quarterback coach in 2011-12 and offensive coordinator in 2013-14, working with quarterback Eli Manning’s brother Peyton. Gase has received interest from the Browns, Eagles, and Dolphins.

As reported previously, other candidates include:

  • New York Giants Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo, who interviewed on Tuesday.
  • New York Giants Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who interviewed on Thursday.
  • Detroit Lions Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin, who interviewed on Thursday.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Doug Marrone, who will interview on Saturday.
  • Carolina Panthers Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermott. However, the Panthers say the only team that has requested an interview with McDermott thus far is the Cleveland Browns. Teams can interview McDermott this week but not next week because of the Panthers playoff schedule.

BEN MCADOO INTERVIEWS WITH EAGLES…
As previously reported, New York Giants Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday for their head coaching vacancy.

MARC ROSS INTERVIEWS WITH TITANS…
New York Giants Vice President of Player Evaluation Marc Ross interviewed with the Tennessee Titans on Thursday for their general manager vacancy. Ross has been with the Giants since 2007, serving as the team’s Director of College Scouting for six years before his position evolved to vice president of player evaluation. Regardless of his title, Ross has run the team’s drafts since 2007.

RASHAD JENNINGS WINS FEDEX GROUND NFL PLAYER OF THE WEEK…
Fans have voted New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings the “FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week” for his performance in the regular-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles. In that game, Jennings rushed for 170 yards on 27 carries (6.3 yards per carry) and a touchdown.

ARTICLES…

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Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (January 3, 2016)

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TOM COUGHLIN STEPS DOWN AS HEAD COACH OF THE GIANTS…
In a move that was somewhat expected, Tom Coughlin is stepping down as head coach of the New York Giants. Coughlin served as head coach of the team for 12 seasons, guiding the franchise to five playoff berths, three division titles, two NFC Championships, and two NFL Championships. He coached the Giants to a 102-90 regular season record and 8-3 post-season record. Coughlin had more wins in franchise history of any coach except for Steve Owen. However, the team has had three losing seasons in a row and has missed the playoffs six times out of the last seven years.

The Giants will hold a press conference on Tuesday morning at 10:30AM with Coughlin, team president/CEO John Mara, team chairman/executive vice president Steve Tisch, and team general manager Jerry Reese.

“I met with John Mara and Steve Tisch this afternoon, and I informed them that it is in the best interest of the organization that I step down as head coach. I strongly believe the time is right for me and my family, and as I said, the Giants organization,” said Coughlin in a prepared press release.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as head coach of the New York Football Giants. This is a not a sad occasion for me. I have spent 15 years with this organization as an assistant and head coach and was fortunate to be part of three Super Bowl winning teams. A Lombardi Trophy every five years is an achievement in which we all take great pride.

“Obviously, the past three years have not been what any of us expect, and as head coach, I accept the responsibility for those seasons.

“I think it has been evident these last 12 years here how much pride I take in representing this franchise. I am gratified and proud that we were able to deliver two more Lombardi trophies to the display case in our lobby during that time. That is a tribute to our players and staff, and it was truly fulfilling to be the leader of those teams.

“I appreciate the support of John and his family and Steve and his family, and of Jerry Reese and his staff. I think our organization is a great representation of what I mean when I talk about ‘team’.

“Finally, I would be remiss if I did not thank my wife Judy and our four children and their spouses and our 11 (soon to be 12) grandchildren. None of this would have been possible without their unconditional love and support.”

Mara, Tisch, and Reese also commented by press release.

“It is difficult to come up with words adequate to describe the appreciation we have for everything Tom Coughlin has done for our franchise,” Mara said. “In addition to delivering two Super Bowl titles, Tom represented us with class and dignity, and restored the pride to our entire organization. He has all the qualities you could ever ask for in a head coach, and set very high standards for whoever will succeed him.”

“On behalf of my family, I want to thank Coach Coughlin for how he has represented our franchise for the past 12 years,” said Tisch. “He embodies the beliefs of this organization and everything the New York Giants stand for. I respect his decision, and while I appreciate Tom’s perspective and attitude, at the same time, I am a bit saddened today because we are losing a man who is just as good a person as he is a coach. He is a Hall of Famer in every regard.”

“My years with Coach Coughlin have been an amazing opportunity to work with one on the best coaches the NFL has seen and one of the best people that I’ve met in my lifetime,” Reese said. “The GM/Coach relationship is of the utmost importance in this business, and I’m grateful for the relationship we had.”

FOXSports is reporting that Coughin is not retiring and remains interested in coaching if the right opportunity presents itself.

According to press reports, team ownership met in the morning before meeting with Coughlin at 1:00PM. Coughlin met with staff and players in the morning but did not share any insights about his status. He then met with the coaching staff after his early afternoon meeting with ownership.

REPORT – JERRY REESE SAFE…
According to NFL.com, New York Giants General Manger Jerry Reese’s job is safe. He will not be fired.

GIANTS INTERESTED IN CHIP KELLY?…
According to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, the New York Giants are said to be one of several teams interested in interviewing Chip Kelly for their head coaching vacancy. Kelly, who served as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles from 2013-2015, was recently fired by the team. The other teams reported to be interested in Kelly include the 49ers, Browns, and Titans.

EAGLES INTERESTED IN BEN MCADOO?…
According to FOXSports, New York Giants Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo is one of several potential head coaching candidates for the Philadelphia Eagles. Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase and Detroit Lions Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin are also said to be drawing interest from the Eagles.

SEAN PAYTON INTERESTED IN GIANTS?…
According to CBS Sports, New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton is interested in becoming the Giants next head coach. Payton served as the offensive coordinator with the Giants under Jim Fassel from 2000-2002. However, the Saints are reportedly seeking a second-round draft pick for Payton.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
The following transcripts and video of player media sessions on Monday are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

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TOM COUGHLIN RESIGNING OR RETIRING? BEN MCADOO NEXT COACH?…
According to FOXSports and one ESPN report, Head Coach Tom Coughlin is expected to to resign or retire. Coughlin’s extended family was on hand at today’s game. ESPN is reporting that Coughlin asked his family members to attend, although he did not reveal his plans to them as of Saturday night. All 11 of Coughlin’s grandchildren were on hand wearing “Coughlin Crew” sweatshirts.

“The frustration continues,” said Coughlin after the team’s 35-30 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. “You’ve got your questions prepared for what direction I’m going in. I’m not going to answer anything about that. The season just ended, there will be time for that. We will get into that discussion… I’m going to give myself a little bit of time. I’m sure we’ll talk with ownership and then we’ll go from there… No one has decided anything.”

When asked why his family was on the sidelines, Coughlin responded, “What happens is fortunately we play at home and the family gets together not on Christmas because people have to visit relatives and in-laws and things like that, and so this is the weekend that our group collects. But it was really neat to see it. The kids were all dressed up in a sweatshirt with their name on the back, and I don’t know, it was neat.”

Another ESPN report said General Manager Jerry Reese met with Coughlin before the game and told Coughlin “he loved him and always would but that he didn’t know what would happen.” The same ESPN source said Coughlin “has mulled the possibility of walking away on his own, but he’s concerned about the fate of his assistant coaches and wants to know what will become of them before he does that.”

Team ownership will reportedly meet on Monday to discuss Coughlin’s future.

Jay Glazer of FOXSports says that the Giants like Ben McAdoo, the team’s current offensive coordinator, to replace Coughlin.

KEVIN ABRAMS TO INTERVIEW WITH LIONS…
New York Giants Assistant General Manager Kevin Abrams will reportedly interview with the Detroit Lions for their general manager vacancy. Former New York Giants General Manager Ernie Accorsi (1998-2007) is serving as a consultant for the Lions and he has ties to Abrams.

GIANTS PICK 10th IN 2016 NFL DRAFT…
The New York Giants will pick 10th in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

2016 OPPONENTS SET…
The New York Giants 2016 opponents have been set. The Giants will play:

Home:

  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Washington Redskins
  • Chicago Bears
  • Detroit Lions
  • New Orleans Saints
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Cincinnati Bengals

Away:

  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Washington Redskins
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Minnesota Vikings
  • St. Louis Rams (in London)
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Pittsburgh Steelers

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 35 – NEW YORK GIANTS 30…
The New York Giants were defeated by the Philadelphia Eagles 35-30 in the regular-season finale on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium. With the loss, the Giants finished the second 6-10 for the second year in a row. The team also finished in third place in the NFC East for the third year in a row. The Giants have lost 13 of the last 16 against the Eagles, including four in a row. The Giants lost six of their last seven games after starting the year 5-4.

A quick synopsis of the game was that the Eagles got off to a quick 14-3 lead in the 1st quarter until the Giants closed the gap in the 2nd quarter with 17 points as the Eagles scored another touchdown. At halftime, New York trailed 20-21. The Giants scored another touchdown in the 3rd quarter to take a 27-21 advantage and were poised to take a two-score lead until a deflected pass was intercepted and returned 83 yards for a touchdown. The Eagles tacked on another touchdown in the 4th quarter while the Giants added a 48-yard field goal. Down by five points, the Giants got the ball back with 1:43 to play but New York failed to cross midfield and turned the ball over on downs.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at Giants.com.

INJURY REPORT…
Linebacker Uani ‘Unga (concussion), safety Brandon Meriweather (knee), cornerback/safety Trumaine McBride (concussion), and tight end Jerome Cunningham (shoulder) left the game with injuries.

POST-GAME REACTIONS…
Transcripts and video clips of post-game media sessions with Head Coach Tom Coughlin and the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

POST-GAME NOTES…
Inactive for the Giants were WR Dwayne Harris (back/shoulder), RT Marshall Newhouse (concussion), S Craig Dahl (concussion), S Cooper Taylor (concussion), WR Geremy Davis, OT Emmett Cleary, and DE Kerry Wynn.

The Giants finished in third place in the NFC East for the third consecutive season.

The Giants finished 2-4 in NFC East games.

The Giants finished 3-5 at home and on the road for the second straight season.

The Giants are 25-23 in regular-season games at MetLife Stadium.

The Giants scored 420 points this season, the fifth-highest total in franchise history, and the sixth time they topped 400 points – five them under Head Coach Tom Coughlin.

The Giants allowed 442 points, the second-highest total in franchise history (501 in 1966).

The Eagles converted 10-of-13 third down opportunities, a 77 percent success rate that was the highest by a Giants opponent since 1970.

Quarterback Eli Manning started his 183rd consecutive game under Coughlin, the longest such streak by a quarterback/coach combination in NFL history.

Manning’s 24 completions increased his career total to 3,695. That moved him past Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Giant Fran Tarkenton (3,686) and into 10th place on the NFL’s career list.

Manning threw 618 passes this season, breaking the franchise record of 601 he set in 2014.

Manning’s 387 completions are also a franchise record. He set the former mark of 379 last season.

Manning finished with 4,436 yards, the second-highest total in franchise history. Manning passed for 4,410 yards a year ago; he owns the franchise record with 4,933 in 2011.

Manning’s two touchdown passes increased his career single season-high total to 35 – one less than Y.A. Tittle’s team record, set in 1963.

Manning’s 93.6 passer rating is a career-high.

Wide receiver  Odell Beckham Jr. caught five passes for 54 yards and set an NFL record for most receiving yards by a player in the first two seasons of a career.

Beckham finished the season with 96 receptions for 1,450 yards, both the second-highest totals in Giants history. Steve Smith holds the receptions record with 107 in 2009, and Victor Cruz owns the yardage mark with 1,536 in 2011. Beckham did not score against the Eagles and his 13 touchdowns leaves him tied with Homer Jones (1967) for the single-season record.

Shane Vereen caught six passes to increase his season total to 59, the most receptions in a single season by a Giants running back not named Tiki Barber – who had seasons with 72, 70, 69, 69 and 66 catches.

Running back Rashad Jennings finished the season with a career-high 863 yards, the highest total by a Giants back since Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 1,015 yards in 2012. Jennings’ previous career best was 733 yards with Oakland in 2013.

Place kicker Josh Brown kicked three field goals and three extra points to raise his scoring total to a career single season-high 134 points. His previous best was 127 points with Seattle in 2007. Brown increased his three-year total with the Giants to 350 points. That moved him past Raul Allegre (340) and Amani Toomer (348) and into ninth place on the franchise’s career list.

Brown made 30-of-32 field goal attempts this season, a franchise-record 93.8 percent success rate. Brown topped his own record of 92.3 percent (24-of-26), set last season.

Defensive end Robert Ayers had the Giants’ only sack of Sam Bradford, increasing his team-leading and career-high total to 9.5. No other Giants player had more than 3.0 sacks.

The Giants defense had 23 sacks this season, its lowest total in a 16-game season. The previous low was 25 in 1992.

Punter Brad Wing dropped three punts inside the 20, giving him 33 such kicks for the season, which tied the team record set by Brad Maynard in 1997 and 1998.

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The season is over for the New York Giants. The players will meet with the press on Monday around 11:30 AM.

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John Mara, New York Giants (December 20, 2015)

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GIANTS OWNERSHIP DIVIDED ABOUT FATE OF TOM COUGHLIN?…
The New York Daily News is reporting that there have been “several high-level discussions” within the New York Giants’ organization this week about the fate of Head Coach Tom Coughlin. The Daily News says it is not known yet if a final decision has been made, but “there are several people in the Giants’ front office who believe a change is necessary,” including team chairman/executive vice president Steve Tisch. The Daily News reports that pressure is mounting on team president/CEO John Mara to make a change and “most people inside the organization believe Mara will eventually agree.”

“Do I want to come back? I don’t know if that’s a great question right now,” said Coughlin on Thursday. “What I want to do is win a game on Sunday, that’s the bottom line for this group right now. I always have the competitive spirit. Sometimes it takes me a day or two to figure it all out when it’s over. Right now, let’s stick with the game and let’s go win a football game.”

ROSTER MOVES…
The New York Giants have placed linebacker J.T. Thomas (ankle) and long-snapper Danny Aiken (thumb) on season-ending Injured Reserve. Thomas injured his ankle in last Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, while Aiken injured his thumb in practice on Wednesday.

The Giants now have 20 players on Injured Reserve, one player who spent the season on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List (left tackle Will Beatty) and one player on Injured Reserve/Designated-to-Return (defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa).

To fill the roster 53-man roster vacancies, the Giants signed linebacker Nico Johnson from the team’s Practice Squad, and signed long-snapper Tyler Ott.

Johnson was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs waived him in August 2014 and signed him to their Practice Squad. The Bengals signed Johnson to their 53-man roster in October 2014, but waived him in August 2015. The Redskins signed Johnson to their Practice Squad in September, but terminated his contract a month later. The Giants signed Johnson to the Practice Squad in November. Johnson has played in 17 regular-season games with three starts, accruing 22 tackles. Johnson is a big linebacker (6’2”, 249lbs) who plays the run well, but isn’t as adept in pass coverage. He is a hard worker.

Ott was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New England Patriots after the 2014 NFL Draft. He did not make the team, but spent time with the Patriots again and the St. Louis Rams before the 2015 season.

NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
RT Marshall Newhouse (concussion), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (ankle), LB J.T. Thomas (ankle), S Craig Dahl (concussion), and S Cooper Taylor (concussion) did not practice on Thursday. Thomas was later placed on Injured Reserve.

WR Dwayne Harris (back/shoulder) and LS Danny Aiken (thumb) practiced on a limited basis. Aiken was later placed on Injured Reserve.

HEAD COACH TOM COUGHLIN…
The transcript of Tom Coughlin’s press conference on Thursday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
The following transcripts and video of player media sessions on Thursday are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no media access to the Giants on New Year’s Day. The team will hold a 45-minute, up-tempo “walk-thru” practice on Saturday that is not open to the media. The Giants play the Philadelphia Eagles at home on Sunday.

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ODELL BECKHAM LOSES APPEAL…
On Wednesday, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham lost his appeal for his 1-game suspension by the NFL. Beckham was suspended without pay on Monday until December 28 due to “multiple violations of safety-related playing rules” in last weekend’s game against the Carolina Panthers. Beckham is not allowed to interact with the team during the suspension and will miss Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Beckham issued the following statement:

“I owe some people an apology. I wasn’t raised to act like I did the other day. I am not here to make excuses for my conduct. This isn’t about anything that was said or done to me. This is about my behavior, and I am responsible for my behavior. People expect better from me, and I expect better from myself.

“First of all, I apologize to the organization I represent, the Giants, and our ownership, John Mara and his family and Steve Tisch and his family. And Jerry Reese, who drafted me and gave me the opportunity to be a part of this organization.

“I want to apologize to Giants fans. They want to be proud of us, and proud of players like me who represent their team. What happened the other day was embarrassing to them and embarrassing to me.

“A lot of kids look up to me as a role model. That is a responsibility I accept and take seriously. Many of the parents of those kids have asked since Sunday what they should say to their children about my conduct. I don’t have the perfect answer, but I think one thing they can say is how I handled myself the other day is an example of how not to conduct yourself. I displayed poor sportsmanship.  And those parents can also say that when you act like that, there are consequences. And I hope to be an example of somebody who did something wrong and learned from it.

“I owe Coach Coughlin, our coaches and my teammates an apology. They have had to answer for my actions, and that’s not fair to them. How I conduct myself is my responsibility. I let my coaches and teammates down.

“I am blessed and privileged to play the game I love, and I will do all I can to carry myself in a way that honors the game, the NFL, my team, my coaches, all my fans and my family moving forward.”

GIANTS RE-SIGN BRANDON MERIWEATHER…
As reported yesterday, the New York Giants have placed fullback/defensive tackle Nikita Whitlock on season-ending Injured Reserve with a knee injury that he suffered against the Carolina Panthers last Sunday. To fill the roster vacancy, the Giants have re-signed safety Brandon Meriweather, who was released by the Giants last week when the team signed defensive tackle Barry Cofield.

The Giants signed Meriweather in August 2015 after injuries hit the safety position hard. Meriweather was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He has played with the Patriots (2007-10), Chicago Bears (2011), and Washington Redskins (2012-14). Meriweather started the first 11 games of this season for the Giants until a knee injury kept him out of two games in December. He accrued 53 tackles, 7 pass defenses, and 2 interceptions.

ODELL BECKHAM VOTED TO PRO BOWL…
Wide receiver Odell Beckham has been voted to the Pro Bowl by coaches, players, and fans for his performance during the 2015 NFL season. Through 14 games this year, Beckham has caught 91 passes for 1,396 yards and 13 touchdowns. Beckham also made the Pro Bowl his rookie season.

Beckham is the only New York Giant selected to the Pro Bowl. Place kick Josh Brown and return specialist Dwayne Harris were both named as first alternates and will get the opportunity to play if a player at their position cannot participate in the game.

NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
WR Dwayne Harris (shoulder), DT Markus Kuhn (knee), LB Devon Kennard (foot), and S Cooper Taylor (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday.

RB Orleans Darkwa (illness), DE George Selvie (concussion), and LB James Morris (quad) practiced on a limited basis.

TOM COUGHLIN AND THE COORDINATORS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
The following transcripts and video of player media sessions on Wednesday are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

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WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants practice on Thursday and hold physical recovery cycles on Friday in advance of Sunday’s away game against the Minnesota Vikings.

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BBI'ers in Miami - Photo courtesy of Jim in South Florida

BBI’ers in Miami – Photo courtesy of Jim in South Florida

GIANTS SIGN BARRY COFIELD, CUT BRANDON MERIWEATHER…
Though not officially announced yet, the New York Giants have signed former Giant defensive tackle Barry Cofield. To make room for Cofield, the team officially released safety Brandon Meriweather.

The 31-year old Cofield was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Giants. He started 78 regular season games in five years in New York, accruing 210 tackles and 10.5 sacks. He signed with the Washington Redskins after the 2010 season and played four seasons in Washington, starting 51 games and accruing 100 tackles and 9 sacks. Cofield missed half of the 2014 season with a high ankle sprain and groin injury and was released by the Redskins in February 2015. In March 2015, he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip. Cofield is an average-sized defensive tackle, but he is strong, consistent, and occasionally flashes the ability to penetrate and make plays behind the line of scrimmage. While Cofield is not overly stout at the point-of-attack, he is a better-than-average run defender who fights hard and hustles. Cofield is smart and team-oriented.

The Giants signed Meriweather in August 2015 after injuries hit the safety position hard. Meriweather was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He has played with the Patriots (2007-10), Chicago Bears (2011), and Washington Redskins (2012-14). Meriweather started the first 11 games of this season for the Giants until a knee injury kept him out of the past two games. He accrued 53 tackles, 7 pass defenses, and 2 interceptions.

NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT – DEVON KENNARD OUT AGAINST PANTHERS…
DE George Selvie (concussion), DT Markus Kuhn (knee), and LB Devon Kennard (hamstring/foot) did not practice on Wednesday despite practice being more of a walk-thru. Head Coach Tom Coughlin said Kennard will not play this weekend against the Carolina Panthers.

LT Ereck Flowers (ankle) practiced on a limited basis. “I practiced today, I felt good,” said Flowers. “It’s just one of those, after the season, I’ll get it right. There’s no time to (rest), you know what I’m saying.” Flowers said he is playing this weekend despite aggravating his high ankle sprain during Monday’s game against the Dolphins.

ELI MANNING NAMED “NFC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK”…
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been named the “NFC Offensive Player of the Week” for his performance against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night. In that game, Manning completed 27-of-31 passes for 337 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. He had a quarterback rating of 151.5. This is the second time this season that Manning has won the award. The first time was for his performance against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 5. This is Manning’s fourth career “NFC Player of the Week” award. He was also honored in 2006 Week 2 and 2011 Week 3, each for his performance in Giants’ victories in Philadelphia.

HEAD COACH TOM COUGHLIN…
The transcript of Tom Coughlin’s press conference on Wednesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
The following transcripts and video of player media sessions on Wednesday are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

The audio of Tuesday’s WFAN interviews with QB Eli Manning and RB Shane Vereen are also available at CBS New York’s website.

GIANTS-DOLPHINS: SIGHTS AND SOUNDS…
A sights and sounds video from the Giants’ 31-24 win over the Miami Dolphins is now available at Giants.com.

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WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants practice on Thursday and hold physical recovery cycles on Friday in advance of Sunday’s home game against the Carolina Panthers.