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

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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

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“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.

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

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Michael Strahan Elected to Hall of Fame: Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan (1993-2007) was officially elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Strahan played 15 seasons for the Giants and holds the team record for most regular-season games played with 216. He was voted to seven Pro Bowls and named All-Pro six times (four times first-team, two times second-team). Strahan was also named the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2001 and the NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2001 and 2003. He accrued 141.5 sacks as a Giant. He still holds the NFL’s single-season sack record with 22.5 and is fifth all-time on the NFL’s career sack list.

“From the time that he retired, I always felt that he would be simply waiting for the mandatory time requirement before he became a Hall of Famer,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “That’s what I always thought he would be and rightfully so. He takes his place along with the great, great defensive players of the game and the great Giants of the game who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame”

“It’s hard to find guys with everything, but this guy had everything…size, speed, power, toughness, endurance, motor, smarts, leadership, heart, love for the game, but what I admired most about Michael was his pride,” said General Manager Jerry Reese. “No matter what the circumstances were, when he walked out on that field on Sunday, he was going to give it ALL to you. There aren’t many guys who can say that.”

“I’m thrilled for Michael,” said New York Giants President/CEO John Mara. “He was one of the greatest players in franchise history. Without him, there’s no way we would have won Super Bowl XLII. Not only was he a huge part of that team because of his play on the field, he was the leader of that defense. The other players looked up to him. He established a mark for consistency during his outstanding 15-year career. Very few people played the position as well as he did, particularly because he played the run as well as being a great pass-rusher. He was a leader and a great player and I’m delighted that he is going to his rightful place in Canton.”

“He’s a Hall of Famer player,” said former Giants General Manager Ernie Accorsi. “And I said this when he played: I’m sure there are others, but I have never seen an elite pass rusher that played the run as well as he did. Because it doesn’t happen. Now believe me, I understand the strategy that a lot of it was to negate his pass rush. But I know that (Vince) Lombardi used to run at Deacon Jones. You just didn’t run at Michael Strahan. That wasn’t going to do you any good at all. You might slow down his pass rush, but he was going to make the play. I’ve never seen someone who was that good against the run, and he wasn’t that big. He played with leverage and technique and his brains. He had talent, don’t get me wrong, but he was such a smart player.”

Coaches, teammates and opponents congratulate Strahan by Giants.com.

See the Hall of Fame Giants section of BBI for a complete list of Giants in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Bob Papa on ESPN Radio: The audio of Friday’s ESPN Radio interview with New York Giants radio play-by-play voice Bob Papa is available at ESPN.com.

Fullback John Conner on ESPN Radio: The audio of Friday’s ESPN Radio interview with fullback John Conner is available at ESPN.com.

Article on Defensive Ends Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora: Osi Umenyiora: I told Justin Tuck he should stay with Giants by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on the New York Giants Four Super Bowl Victories: Carl Banks recalls Giants’ four Super Bowl triumphs by Bob Herzog of Long Island Newsday

Article on Former Giants Wide Receiver David Tyree: Super Bowl 2014: Former Giant David Tyree ‘catches on’ every year during Super Bowl week by Dan Duggan of NJ.com

Article on Former Giants Defensive End Leonard Marshall: Super bowl memories: Former Giants DE Leonard Marshall talks key sacks by A.J. Perez of NJ.com

Jan 292014
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Eli Manning (10), Justin Tuck (91), New York Giants (December 30, 2012)

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Eli Manning and Justin Tuck on ESPN Radio: Audio clips of Wednesday’s ESPN Radio interviews with the following players are available at ESPN.com:

Articles on Quarterback Eli Manning:

Article on Wide Receiver Hakeem Nicks: Plaxico Burress advised Giants WR Hakeem Nicks during disappointing contract year by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on Place Kicker Josh Brown: Kicker Josh Brown on verge of re-signing with Giants by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on Former Giants Wide Receiver Plaxico Burress: Plaxico Burress talks SBXLII Game-Winner by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on Former Giants Defensive End Michael Strahan: Despite great numbers, stats don’t define 92 by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on Former Giants Defensive Tackle Keith Hamilton: Super Bowl memories: Former Giants DE Keith Hamilton doesn’t dwell on loss by A.J. Perez of NJ.com

Article on Former Giants Safety Sam Garnes: Former Giant Sam Garnes is home for SB by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Giants.com Video on Super Bowl XXV: Super Bowl XXV Flashback by Giants.com

Jan 272014
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (November 10, 2013)

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New York Giants Officially Hire Danny Langsdorf as Quarterbacks Coach; Reassign Sean Ryan and Kevin M. Gilbride: The Giants officially announced on Monday that they have hired Danny Langsdorf as their new quarterbacks coach. Since 2005, Langsdorf has been the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Oregon State University.

Sean Ryan, who served as the Giants quarterback coach in 2012-13, will now coach the wide receivers again. Ryan was the Giants wide receivers coach in 2010-11.

Kevin M. Gilbride, who served as the Giants wide receivers coach in 2012-13, will now coach the tight ends. Gilbride is the son of recently-retired Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.

So to summarize the offseason coaching moves: offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride retired and tight ends coach Mike Pope and running backs coach Jerald Ingram were fired. Ben McAdoo was hired as the team’s new offensive coordinator, Langsdorf as the new quarterbacks coach, and Craig Johnson as the new running backs coach. Ryan and Gilbride were reassigned. The only offensive coaches who will return in the same position are offensive line coach Pat Flaherty, assistant offensive line coach Lunda Wells, and offensive assistant Ryan Roeder.

“I like the makeup of our offensive staff,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin.  “There are some obvious and very good offensive thoughts here. And then you bring in Ben McAdoo…I’m excited about that part of it as well. I think the combination of the fundamentals, the innovative ideas and concepts coming from the new coaches, combined with the coaches that we have here that are fundamentalists and very good coaches in their own right, I’m excited about this spring as we put together our identity as an offensive team again. First and foremost, it’s going to be good for our players.”

“For me, it’s just a great opportunity to be able to work with a great quarterback,” Langsdorf said. “I know he is looking for improvement off of last year. I’m looking forward to a new challenge and to live in a new part of the country. I was never in New York for any reason up until the interview (with Coughlin). I think it’s kind of a neat opportunity for me and my family to experience a different part of the world and just a new challenge, so we’re very excited about that. And getting back to the NFL was something that was appealing to me.”

“When I went through the process of studying his years at Oregon State, I was very impressed with the number of quarterbacks that were highly, highly productive in the Oregon State program, including redshirt freshmen,” Coughlin said. “And also in the years, with Jacquizz Rodgers, for example, they ran the ball. So he has adapted to a lot of different things. Then when I had the opportunity to interview him, I would take specific areas in which I think the college game is doing a darn good job, and his ability to relate and teach in these areas, I thought, was outstanding.

“The one thing that is very impressive is that Ben and Danny are fundamentalists, first and foremost, in how they teach. They both have extensive quarterback film and drill work which they teach off of and which relate to the fundamentals of the game – how you drop, how you set, how you save time, how you become more efficient, where’s the ball, where do you carry the ball, where’s your front foot. When the quarterbacks report back here, that is a very, very good way to start the progression of how the quarterback is developed fundamentally so he can contribute at the highest level in this form of offensive package. I’m very interested in that.”

“(Eli’s disappointing season) was a very important part of our conversation and the interview,” Langsdorf said. “He knows he’s got it in him, he’s played great football at times, but I think he had a little bit of an off year, a lot of turnovers. That’s something that we have to correct, do a better job in taking care of the ball and he stressed that, the importance of that for our entire team. That was part of the discussion, for sure, as well as developing some young guys to back him up.”

Neither Langdorf nor Coughlin think Langdorf’s collegiate coaching background will be an issue.

“I think really just working, getting back to the fundamentals and teaching the details of the position and implementing a new system are all things that are going to be fun to work with Eli on. With Ben and what he’s presenting as a package for the Giants, I think all of those things together will be smooth. I think coaching is teaching, and I think if you’re a good teacher, you should be able to do that and teach well and communicate well at any level.”

“I think there is something to be said for taking some of the ideas that you see are most prevalent at the college level and bringing that to our game,” Coughlin said. “And the combination is very interesting to me.”

Langsdorf and McAdoo worked together for one season on the coaching staff of the New Orleans Saints.

“We’ve kept in touch through the years,” Langsdorf said. “We haven’t been together for a long time. Gosh, I’ve been out here for nine years now at Oregon State, so we’ve been apart for a while. But it’s always good to reconnect. Ben has had a great career and I’m excited to have a chance to work with him. He’s worked with some outstanding coaches and has been able to coach some great players, which has been a good experience for him. He’s excited about the challenge and what he’s got in front of him. I’m really looking forward to working with him. He’s got a lot of energy and a lot of passion and detail and I think his system is going to have quite a bit of change from back in the New Orleans days. But there are going to be some similarities with that system. I’m just really looking forward to working with him.”

For a complete overview of the coaching staff and their respective resumes, see the Coaching Staff section of the website.

Article on Quarterbacks Coach Danny Langsdorf: Langsdorf’s inspiring connection to Gilbride by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on Offensive Lineman Dallas Reynolds: Giants free agents: Dallas Reynolds still seeking an NFL home by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger

Article on Linebacker Spencer Paysinger: Giants free agents: Spencer Paysinger has earned spot on roster by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on Former Giants Defensive End Michael Strahan: Time for Hall of Fame to call Michael Strahan by Tara Sullivan of The Bergen Record

Jan 102014
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Michael Strahan, New York Giants (September 5, 2012)

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The Latest on the Giants Search for a New Offensive Coordinator: Here is a rundown of known interviews the New York Giants are conducting with new offensive coordinator candidates:

  • Mike Sullivan (ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator): Met with the Giants on Wednesday.
  • Dowell Loggains (ex-Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator): Met with the Giants on Thursday.
  • Karl Dorrell (ex-Houston Texans quarterbacks coach): Meeting with Giants on Friday.
  • Ben McAdoo (Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach): Will meet with Giants on Saturday.

On Thursday, Giants President/CEO John Mara said there also may be additional candidates.

Marc Ross Will Interview With Dolphins on Sunday: As we reported on Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins have requested and received permission from the New York Giants to interview Giants Vice President of Player Evaluation Marc Ross. Both teams are considering Ross for their general manager vacancies.

NFL.com is reporting that Ross will interview with the Dolphins on Sunday.

Michael Strahan Makes Final 15 for Potential Hall of Fame Induction, George Young Does Not: Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan (1993-2007) made the cut from 25 to 15 modern-era Pro Football Hall of Fame 2014 candidates on Thursday night. Those actually being entered into the Hall of Fame in 2014 will be announced on February 1st, the day before Super Bowl XLVIII, with the list first being reduced to 10 then 5.

Strahan made the cut to 10 last year, but did not make the final cut to five.

Strahan played 15 seasons for the Giants and was voted to seven Pro Bowls and named All Pro six times (four times first-team, two times second-team). He was also named the 2001 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He accrued 141.5 sacks as a Giant.

Former New York Giants General Manager George Young (1979-1997) did not make the cut. See the Hall of Fame Giants section of BBI for a complete list of Giants in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Articles on the New York Giants Offensive Coordinator Candidates:

Article on the 2013 New York Giants and Injuries: Giants were the most injured team in the NFL, study shows by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on RB Andre Brown: Giants free agents: Can Andre Brown carry the load at running back? by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on DE Justin Tuck: Will the Giants keep Justin Tuck? Jerry Reese weighs his options by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on S Stevie Brown: Giants free agents: Can Stevie Brown return to form? by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger

Nov 212013
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Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (November 17, 2013)

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November 21, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report – All In: No one missed practice on Thursday.

“All hands on deck today,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “Some limited and some not able to go all the way, but most of them worked pretty good.”

DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), CB Trumaine McBride (hip), CB Corey Webster (groin/ankle), RB Brandon Jacobs (knee), FB Jon Conner (hip), and WR Hakeem Nicks (abdomen) practiced on a limited basis.

“(Nicks) did individuals, but that was about it,” said Coughlin. “They say it’s better to explain it as an abdominal, whatever that means.”

“I feel good. I did individuals today a little bit,” said Nicks. “It has just been something all year really, on and off. I was advised by my agent just to get it checked up a bit so that’s all we did. We just wanted to get it checked up and make sure everything was good. I got good feedback and everything was fine…It’s just a little strain.”

“(Pierre-Paul) came out and did some work and was serious about it,” said Coughlin. “He did his individual stuff and then maybe we’ll get him a little bit more tomorrow.”

“I don’t know what to think (about Webster),” said Coughlin. “I’ll rely on the medical people there. He got a little bit of work yesterday and a little bit more today.”

November 21, 2013 New York Giants Coach Media Sessions: Transcripts and video clips of Thursday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at BigBlueInteractive.com or Giants.com:

November 21, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

LB Jon Beason on WFAN: The audio of Thursday’s WFAN interview with LB Jon Beason is available at CBSNewYork.com

Article on the 2013 New York Giants: Sorry, but the Giants (Probably) Won’t Make the Playoffs by Jonathan Clegg of The Wall Street Journal

Article on Giants President/CEO John Mara: John Mara says he never lost faith in Tom Coughlin, Giants despite 0-6 start by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News

Article on QB Eli Manning: After horrible start, Eli Manning is starting to throw with confidence by Bob Glauber of Newsday

Articles on WR Hakeem Nicks:

Article on OC Jim Cordle: Giants’ Cordle center of attention by John DeMarzo of The New York Post

Article on P Steve Weatherford: Giants’ punter Steve Weatherford ready to tackle high winds at MetLife Stadium by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger

Article on Former Giant DE Michael Strahan: Michael Strahan, running scared into immortality by Greg Hanlon of CapitalNewYork.com

Quotes: New York Giants President and CEO John Mara on the Giants’ season: “We were all disappointed and surprised by the slow start. I am proud of the way this team stuck together. We always want to play meaningful games around and after Thanksgiving, and that’s exactly what we have this Sunday in MetLife Stadium. I’m proud of the way the team has stuck together. That is a tribute to the head coach and the leadership in the locker room. As the players and our head coach have said repeatedly over the last month, we are taking it one game at a time. We’re moving forward and, as our coach has urged the team to do, doing our best to keep the dream alive.”

Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell on the leaders of the defense: “I think we’ve been able to dial some things up because Jon Beason and Terrell Thomas and Antrel Rolle have really taken control of our defense and they’re the voices of our defense and they’re demanding from their teammates the execution of the things that we’ve game planned each week.”