Feb 272011

Mathias Kiwanuka Cleared to Play Football Again: DE Mathias Kiwanuka, who suffered a career-threatening herniated disc injury to his neck last season, has been cleared to play football again according to General Manager Jerry Reese.

“The consensus of all of the spine physicians and Dr. (Russel) Warren is that it is safe for Mathias to return to play,” said Reese. “I have talked to Mathias, and he is fully committed to returning to football.”

A few hours earlier in the day, Reese had been much more negative about Kiwanuka’s return to the playing field, saying there was a possibility he would not play again. “He’s got to make a decision: Do I want to play?” Reese said. “He’s got to make that decision himself,” said Reese. “There’s some risk probably involved. There’s risk, period, but when you have a neck injury you have to be careful.”

Kiwanuka is currently not under contract with the Giants.

General Manager Jerry Reese NFL Combine Press Conference: General Manager Jerry Reese addressed the press yesterday at the NFL’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Here are some tidbits from Reese:

  • On QB Eli Manning’s 25 inceptions: “I think Eli tried to do too much at the end when the offensive line was a mixed bag and the receiving corps was a little bit of a mixed bag. I thought he tried to do too much and I think that cost him some interceptions, yes.”
  • On the division of labor at halfback: “I think Brandon (Jacobs) ended up with maybe 150 carries. Maybe he should be a 200-carry guy. We gave (Ahmad Bradshaw) probably too many carries. He’s a little tough guy, maybe too tough for his own good. You like that about them, but you give those little guys too many carries, at the end of the season, you can start to see them slow down.”
  • On WR Ramses Barden: “We think he’s going to be a terrific player. He gets his chance and then he has the injury, but he’s playing pretty good in the game he got hurt in. He has the size, the skill set that we like. We expect him to come back from his ankle injury and contribute in a big way for us.”
  • On possibly bringing back WR Plaxico Burress: “We investigate everything. Right now that’s really nothing to talk about. His situation is what it is until that changes. If that changes, we’ll investigate that.”
  • On OT/OG Shawn Andrews, who has career-threatening back issues: “I think when you have the back issues you probably are going to always have some issues that you have to deal with and you have to manage. So the rest of his career, I think that is just a problem he’s going to have to manage.”
  • On LB Jonathan Goff: “Jon did OK. I think he can play better. I think we can get better production from that position, but all things considered, a first-year starter, Jon did well.”

Article on WR Ramses Barden: Giants WR Ramses Barden’s Leg in Need of Cleanup Procedure by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Feb 262011

Tom Coughlin NFL Combine Press Conference: Head Coach Tom Coughlin addressed the press yesterday at the NFL Combine. Here are some tidbits from his press conference:

  • On the 2010 Giants: “There were at times during the season, I came away from games saying, ‘Geez, we may really have something. And as soon as I said that, then Steve Smith had his (pectoral) problem. (But) it is not all about that. Everybody overcomes injuries…There are games where we didn’t play as well. The No. 1 factor I attributed to from Day One was the turnovers. You lead the league in takeaways but you also lead the league in giveaways.… Had that been more in the norm for our team, then I think we probably win two more games than lose.”
  • On what the Giants need to do to finish seasons stronger: “Keep playing. Keep playing. Keep on going. The message is very loud and clear. It’s a long season. You stay positive. You stay focused. Yeah, you’re disappointed if things don’t go your way or you have a game you don’t play particularly well. But you know what, you’ve got to come back and you’ve got to regroup and you’ve got to rally and go forward and give yourself a chance.”
  • On the team’s biggest needs: “I’ll just say one – the center position is a concern because we have injuries at that spot.”
  • On OG/OC Rich Seubert, who suffered a dislocated knee cap, a torn patella tendon, and ligament damage in his knee in the regular-season finale: “I don’t think for a guy to be 31, 32 is necessarily (means that) he is too old to play the game. Richie is making good progress. It is a very serious injury. If there is anybody who can overcome, it is going to be that guy. He is one tough guy.”
  • On DE Mathias Kiwanuka, who suffered a herniated disc in his neck early in the 2010 season: “Seems to be doing pretty well. I don’t think the final hurdle has been overcome but the arrow is in the right direction, it’s been positive.”
  • On WR Steve Smith, who underwent microfracture surgery on his knee: “He’s making progress, but I haven’t seen Steve. Just on one occasion, and it was very early on. From what I understand from a medical standpoint, it would be late spring or whatever before we would have a chance to know where we stand.”
  • On if there have been any internal discussions regarding the possible return of WR Plaxico Burress, who is scheduled to be released from prison in June: “A little bit. Not much. There may be some further discussion. There hasn’t really been any lengthy discussions to this point…I don’t know that there would be interest on the part of the Giants. I don’t know that there won’t be but I don’t know if there will be.”
  • On whether the Giants should add a play-making linebacker: “Good idea.”
  • On the development of DE Jason Pierre-Paul: “His upside is good. He’s just learning. He’s learning and the fact that he was able to hang in there. You know, all rookies go through that dip where holy cow, there’s more to this? Yeah, there’s another nine games. But yeah, he did very well. He had his moments where he was trying to figure it all out but for the most part he’s definitely come a long way. He’s very talented, he’s young, knock wood, healthy.”
  • On HB Brandon Jacobs: “He does need to carry the ball a little bit more…You look at the end of the year numbers, you’d want him to have a few more carries…Brandon was fresher than he’s ever been, healthier than he’s ever been and probably needs to carry the ball a little bit more.”
  • On S Antrel Rolle’s past comments that Coughlin needs to loosen up: “He should have seen me a few years ago.”
Feb 252011

New York Giants Likely to Extend Tom Coughlin’s Contract: Giants’ Team President and CEO John Mara addressed the press yesterday at the NFL’s Scouting Combine and indicated that the team will likely extend the contract of Head Coach Tom Coughlin soon. Coughlin is entering the final year of the 4-year, $21 million contract he signed in 2008.

“I’ve had one or two very casual conversations with his agent, but we haven’t gotten into serious negotiations yet,” Mara said. “I just haven’t had the time to do that. But that I expect to happen sooner rather than later. That will get done, so that’s not an issue.”

New York Giants Not Likely to Tag Any of Their Free Agents: Team President and CEO John Mara suggested yesterday that the Giants are not likely to use their Franchise or Transition tag on any of their free agents.

“That puts them in a tough spot. It puts us in a tough spot, too,” said Mara. “We’ll just have to deal with that when we get a CBA done.”

Article on WR Steve Smith:Giants WR Steve Smith is Staying Busy With Family, Knee Rehab by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Feb 202011

Dave Duerson Passes Away: Dave Duerson, who played safety for the Giants in 1990, was passed away on Thursday at the age of 50. Duerson provided veteran leadership on a team that won an NFL championship that season. Duerson reportedly committed suicide.

Article on the Giants, Free Agency, and the Franchise Tag: Franchise Tag Makes No Sense for Giants by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News

Article on Safety Chad Jones: Life-Changing Accident, but an Unchanging Goal by William Rhoden of The New York Times

Article on Former Giants’ WR Plaxico Burress: Plax Back to the Giants Makes No Sense by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News

Articles on Former Giants’ Quarterback Coach Chris Palmer:

Feb 152011

Ahmad Bradshaw Undergoes Ankle Surgery: As expected, HB Ahmad Bradshaw has undergone surgery on his left ankle. The surgery took place this past weekend and Bradshaw said the procedure went “great.”

Bradshaw said on Twitter, “Had a minor procedure. Everything went perfect. I will be ready to go soon, definitely by the season.”

Bradshaw also played with a broken wrist for the last six game of the 2010 season. He underwent three procedures (both feet and right ankle) last offseason as well.

Bradshaw is currently not under contract for the 2011 NFL season.

Article on S Chad Jones: Giants’ Chad Jones Making Progress in His Rehab From Car Accident by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Article on Giants’ Coaching Staff: Final Report Card: Coaching by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on Giants’ Front Office: Final Report Card: Front Office by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com

ESPNNewYork.com Position-by-Position Grades for the 2010 Season: ESPNNewYork.com has provided the following season-ending position grades for the Giants:

Feb 082011

Tennessee Titans Pass on Perry Fewell: The Tennessee Titans have hired Mike Munchak as their new head coach. The move means that Perry Fewell will return as the New York Giants’ defensive coordinator in 2011. Fewell had interviewed with the Titans last week for their head coaching vacancy.

Fewell also interviewed with the Panthers, Browns, and Broncos in January but other candidates were selected.

Feb 062011

Michael Boley Has Shoulder Surgery: ESPNNewYork.com is reporting that LB Michael Boley underwent surgery on his right shoulder last month after the season was over. Boley said the shoulder is healing well.

Boley is one of many Giants who have undergone or will undergo surgery including WR Steve Smith (knee), DE Osi Umenyiora (hip), OL Rich Seubert (knee), OL Shaun O’Hara (foot/ankle), OL Adam Koets (knee), HB Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle), TE Kevin Boss (hip), DT Barry Cofield (shoulder), and LB Clint Sintim (knee).

Article on Super Bowl XXV: Super Bowl XXV Rewind: Giants Beat Buffalo Bills In a Game Where It All Went Right For Big Blue by Hank Gola of The Daily News

Feb 042011

Perry Fewell Will Interview With Tennessee Titans: ESPNNewYork.com is reporting that the Giants granted permission to the Tennessee Titans to interview Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell for the Titans’ head coaching vacancy. ESPNNewYork.com is also reporting that Fewell will interview with the team, but no day was given for the meeting.

Article on QB Eli Manning: Giants’ Eli Manning Defends Coach Tom Coughlin’s Ways by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Article on HB Ahmad Bradshaw: Ahmad Bradshaw a ‘Priority’ to Re-Sign by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com

Feb 032011

Tennessee Titans Want to Speak With Perry Fewell: The Tennessee Titans reportedly have requested permission to interview New York Giants’ defensive coordinator Perry Fewell for the Titans’ head coaching vacancy.

Fewell interviewed with the Panthers, Browns, and Broncos last month, but was not offered the head-coaching position by any of those teams.

Article on OL David Diehl: Diehl Says ‘Speak For Yourself, Antrel’ by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News

Article on the Giants’ Running Backs: Tiki’s Choice: Giants Should Drop Bradshaw by Aditi Kinkhabwala of The Wall Street Journal