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The Giants recently sent out their year-end release, and in reading it I found very little that pleased me. Below is a list of of some of the tidbits they laid on us...

*All nine of the Giants? losses were to teams that finished .500 or better, the first time that?s happened since their 5-11 season in 1995. The last NFL team with at least nine defeats, all against teams .500 or better, was the 2009 Chicago Bears, who also finished 7-9.

Fennelly: Amazing. The Giants did beat two playoff teams in Philadelphia and Green Bay, but neither opponent had their starting QBs (Nick Foles and Aaron Rodgers) in those contests. Their other wins were against Oakland, Minnesota, Detroit and Washington twice.
*The Giants committed an NFL-high 44 turnovers. It was their highest turnover total since 1983, when they had 58 turnovers. The Giants? minus-15 turnover differential was their worst since they were minus-16, also in 1983. In 2012, the Giants? had a differential of plus 14.
Fennelly: Eli committed 29 of those turnovers (27 INTs and two lost fumbles) and we can all debate about his poor decision making, but facts are facts. Bottom line is they couldn't hold onto the football, ?and Tom Coughlin lost a lot of sleep this past fall.
*The Giants were the only NFL team with at least one turnover in all 16 games in 2013. It was the first season since 2007 in which the Giants had a turnover in all 16 games.
Fennelly: This stat isn't very meaningful because the Giants won the Super Bowl in 2007. This year, it has a more significant meaning because of the overall amount of turnovers they committed.
*The Giants? offense ranked 28th in the NFL in both yards per game (307.5) and points per game (18.4). The Giants scored 294 points, their lowest total in Tom Coughlin?s 10 seasons as head coach. They were shutout at Carolina and vs. Seattle, the first time since 1996 they did not score twice in the same season. The Giants scored more than 27 points just once, in their 36-31 opening night loss in Dallas.
Fennelly:?For a team with a Manning at QB, this is intolerable and called for an overhaul in the offensive coaching ranks, which is exactly what ended up happening. Kevin Gilbride had overstayed his welcome and had to go. That's the positive that can be taken away from this. The question still remaining is how they are going to fix it personnel-wise.
*The Giants were 29th in the NFL with 83.3 rushing yards a game, their lowest average since 1945, when they averaged 76.9 yards a game.
Fennelly: Disgraceful. Sorry, folks, but it is. They miscalculated badly here. They were counting on David Wilson and Andre Brown to lead the way and neither one came through. Both were injured for the better portion of the season. Wilson will no longer be asked to be a No. 1 and Brown, once again, did not play full season and will only be asked to be a complimentary player if re-signed.
*The third-place finish was the Giants? second in a row.
Fennelly: Third place in a four-team division two years running is nothing to be proud of. Especially following a Super Bowl championship. Another third-place finish this year and expect more heads to be rolling down Paterson Plank Road...
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The Giants' kickoff returns were electric in 2012 with rookie David Wilson amassing a league-high 1,533 yards on 57 attempts. In 2013, Wilson's role shifted to No. 1 RB and then he was felled by a season-ending neck injury, limiting him to nine returns. Rookie RB Michael Cox (20) and WR Jerrel Jernigan (11) were not nearly as impactful as Wilson and zazz went out of the Giants' return game.

On punts, WR Rueben Randle handled 29 of the Giants' 34 punts, calling a fair catch on 24 of them. His job was simple: don't turn it over. He averaged 8.2 yards per attempt. The last time the Giants returned a punt for a TD was Dec 16, 2009 when Domenik Hixon took it 79 yards to the house against Dallas.

With Wilson not expected to begin the season on the active roster and a clear need for a bonafide punt returner, you can bet the Giants will be seeking to upgrade their return game this spring.

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Lots of babbling on the net about the Giants making a play for impending free agent C Alex Mack this March....

From Rotoworld, via ESPN: "Mack, 28, will likely be the Browns' top priority and could be franchise-tagged, but CEO Joe Banner may not believe in doling out that kind of cash to a center. Mack is going to be a hot commodity on the open market and is easily the top center available in free agency -- he graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 1 center in 2013. He'll probably aim for a deal similar to the one Ryan Kalil signed with the Panthers at six years and $49.1 million with $19 million guaranteed. Mack has previously said he'll give the Browns a chance to match any offer, though that was before the coaching staff was fired after one season."

Let's preface this by saying it only holds water if the Giants are finished with Davis Baas as their starting center. And even if they are, their choices are limited. Mack won't last a week on the street. Half the league will be gunning for this guy. If the Giants want Mack, they'd have to strike quick.

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Giants CEO John Mara spoke to the media yesterday as Super Bowl Week opned here in New York. He still is feeling the sting of the Giants losing season. As per Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger, Mara plans to sit in the family's box at MetLife Stadium Sunday. That is, if his mother will permit.

"She wasn?t all that happy with me the way the season went," he said.

GEICO SportsNite has the latest from the Jets and the Giants as the owners from both teams help kick off Super Bowl week.

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Was 2013 really that disappointing a season for the Giants? Well, if you rewind back to last spring and summer, the Giants were not expected to win more than nine games. They won only seven, but could have won as many as nine.

The six-game losing streak to start the season put them in an insurmountable hole, erasing any chance at contending. It took a real effort just to get to 7-9 but, to many Giant fans, winning seven of the final ten games was no silver lining.

They expected to win more games, but the reality was, they were hurt all year long and things deteriorated when they had to rely on their raw and below-average reserves.

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Giants safety Antrel Rolle, who railed against the Pro Bowl after being snubbed, is headed to Hawaii as a replacement for Seattle's Earl Thomas.

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New Giants? offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo said he would like to implement an attack-style system into Big Blue?s offense for next season and beyond.

After watching the offensive unit struggle all year, McAdoo?s words are music to my ears.

However, an attack-style offense on paper is of course different from an attack-style offense in action.

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We knew the Giants were faced with some tough personnel choices this offseason. After longtime OC Kevin Gilbride was replaced by Packers' QB coach Ben McAdoo yesterday, the Giants let two more long-timers go.

TE coach Mike Pope and RB coach Jerald Ingram were both dismissed by Tom Coughlin this morning, in what some are calling surprising moves. They shouldn't be. Tom is planning on coaching for the foreseeable future and he needs some 21st century influences around him.

Coughlin expressed his desire to stay on as head coach and the Giants granted him that, but with a caveat that he change up the offense. So far, he's just not shaking things up, he's blowing them up.

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The hiring of Ben McAdoo as offensive coordinator pumps some oxygen into the Giants' coaches lounge and is intended to revitalize a sliding Eli Manning and a stale, battered Giants offense.

The Giants had to act quickly after meeting with McAdoo yesterday. They could not let this talented young man get wooed away by the Dolphins and Ravens, who he was scheduled to meet with this week.

The 36-year-old McAdoo can also been seen as a long-term hire by the Giants, possibly a head coach in-waiting. He impressed the Giants with the results he got out of Packers' QBs this year after Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone. The Packers stayed afloat and made a playoff run after Rodgers returned.

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Calling Jerry Reese.....the Pro Football Writers of America released their 2013 All-Conference and All-NFL teams this morning and there are no Giants to be found.

There are also no Cowboys, Redskins or Falcons, either, but none of those franchises have the expectations the Giants have year-in and year-out. It shows how far the Blue has slipped in their procurement of talent.

2013 PFWA ALL-NFC TEAM

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Giants DT Linval Joseph could be in high demand this March in free agency. From Rotoworld:

The Newark Star-Ledger believes Giants impending free agent DT Linval?Joseph could command $35-40 million on a new contract.

"Joseph is just 25 years old and is coming off a third consecutive strong season. He's started 46 of the Giants' past 48 games and has nine sacks over that span. Joseph is also a quality run-stuffing defensive tackle at 6-foot-4, 323. He's our No. 2 free-agent defensive tackle, behind Chicago's Henry Melton and ahead of Green Bay's B.J. Raji. The Giants will likely prioritize Joseph.We know the Giants want to keep Joseph, but the price could end up being too high. They committed themselves to fortifying the middle of the defensive line last offseason, signing Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson, while spending a draft choice on Ohio State's Jonathan Hankins.

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Not much happening today. The Giants did not get to meet with Green Bay QB coach Ben McAdoo this weekend due to weather issues, but he is supposed to be in here today for an interview. No other interviews for the OC opening are scheduled for now.

While Mike Sullivan still remains the favorite, the Giants want to make sure they don't settle for Sullivan for familiarity purposes. Fans were irate over Kevin Gilbride's playcalling over the years and Sullivan is practically a carbon copy of Gilbride. May we add, Tampa fans were not pleased with Sullivan this past season.

To be fair to Sullivan, the Bucs' offense took some major hits this season. QB Josh Freeman lost the confidence of head coach Greg Schiano and the owners leading to his release. Sullivan was forced to run his offense with rookie QB Mike Glennon under center.

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The Giants search for a new OC is moving along albeit ever so slowly...

From SNYGiants insider Ralph Vacchiano:

"McAdoo, the Green Bay Packers? quarterbacks coach, was scheduled to meet with Tom Coughlin about Kevin Gilbride?s old job on Saturday, but he wasn?t able to make it to New Jersey because of all the flight delays and cancellations. According to a source, his interview will ?probably? take place on Sunday, if he?s able to get in."

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Some player news you might have missed... From Rotoworld:

The Newark Star-Ledger expects the Giants to be interested in re-signing K Josh Brown."Brown signed a one-year deal with the Giants and had arguably the best season of his career, drilling 23-of-26 field goals and all 31 extra points. He also produced 35 touchbacks on kickoffs. Brown, 35 in April, will likely secure another one-year deal from the G-Men."

The Arizona Republic expects the Cardinals to tender an offer to restricted free-agent TE Jake Ballard this offseason."Ballard missed the first half of the season while recovering from knee surgery and was signed by the Cardinals in Week 9. He appeared in eight games (three starts), finishing with seven catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns. With Jim Dray an impending free agent, Ballard will likely be brought back as a blocking tight end behind Rob Housler."

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Every offseason, teams attempt to address their areas of weakness from the previous season. Sounds pretty simple right?

Well, for the 2014 New York Football Giants, there are so many weaknesses that the team may have to pick and choose which areas to address.

Recently-retired offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride commented on the shuffling of the offensive line this season and how it negatively affected what Eli Manning was able to do.

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From Matthew Cohen / SNYGiants contributor (Fennelly's comments and notes are in italics):

John Mara has been widely quoted as saying that he wants to build through the draft. If the plan is to mostly upgrade the 2014 roster through the draft, is that a reasonable strategy?

Let's look at the holes in the current roster. I'm going to look at the number of key players that the Giants need to compete and the holes they have by position. This is a very rough analysis at this point in the year especially given question marks about certain key players (e.g. Beatty, Hill) but I think that it should prove useful.

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More potential coaching candidates are hitting the open market today. The Giants are looking for a few good men. They are searching for a new offensive voice and may soon be looking for DC as well.

The Giants could have some more coaching decisions to make if the Redskins like what Perry Fewell has to say in his interview with them on Monday. Fewell is one of many candidates being interviewed for the head coaching job in the nation's capital. And to be clear, he is not being used as a requirement to satisfy the Rooney Rule, as Washington met with former Colts HC Jim Caldwell yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Giants will be undergoing a hard-target search for their new offensive coordinator. Many don't believe they will entertain a slew of candidates. Former assistant Mike Sullivan is on the short list, and some other names being bandied about are former Raiders HC Hue Jackson and Gary Kubiak, who was released by the Texans this season.

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The Giants knew they were taking a huge chance when they signed beleaguered safety Will Hill in May of 2012. The West Orange native out of Urban Meyer's Florida program has displayed a world of talent on the field but encountered a world of trouble off it.

Since making the team in September of 2012, Hill has been slapped with two separate four game suspensions by the NFL for violating their substance abuse policy. Getting caught a third time would not be a charm for Hill or the Giants....From Rotoworld:

Hill was arrested on December 20 on a warrant related to being more than $9,000 behind on child support. The Newark-Star Ledger was recently informed that officers detected a strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle Hill was driving. Hill has served two separate four-game suspensions since he entered the league. The next, we believe, would be an eight-game ban. Some believe the Giants could release Hill, even after he had a breakout season in 2013.
That would be a shame. Hill has turned into one of the Giants' most productive players as well as one of the league's best DBs an ST players. But .....the Giants would have little choice but to part ways with Hill should he get sacked for eight games in the upcoming season.

The Giants cannot be expected to carry Hill, or any other player, who cannot stay within the rules. It is frustrating, but he leaves them no choice. Just another thing that has gone wrong for Big Blue of late.

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Giants head coach Tom Coughlin appeared on WFAN with Mike Francesa yesterday and reiterated that OC Kevin Gilbride did indeed retire and was not forced out by the team.

From cbslocal.com/WFAN:

?To think that there?s any one individual who is responsible for the circumstances that we found ourselves in, that?s crazy. Kevin Gilbride is an excellent football coach, he?s an excellent teacher and communicator. His players do respond to him. He works very, very hard at his trade ? He has made his mark on this organization.?
Coughlin also said he was willing to fight CEO John Mara over firing Gilbride, had the OC not retired. That aside, he is confident the team can get back into contention, but changes are needed and it will take some hard work.

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The panel discusses whether the retirement of coordinator Kevin Gilbride will have a positive or negative impact on the Giants' offense.

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New York Giants players Victor Cruz and Mark Herzlich were featured as part of the USA Network?s award-winning ?NFL Characters Unite? public service campaign.

The third annual documentary, presented by GMC, profiles NFL stars as they share deeply personal stories of overcoming prejudice, bullying and discrimination, with the goal of helping young people who are currently facing similar challenges.

The weekly vignette and webisode series kicked off Dec. 2 and will wrap up with the premiere of the one-hour documentary on Jan. 31 ? the Friday before Super Bowl XLVIII. The documentary is narrated by former NFL star and NBC Sunday Night Football Emmy-winning sportscaster Cris Collinsworth.

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Some milestones achieved this season by the Giants:

The Giants became the second team in NFL history to lose its first six games and win the next four (2009 Tennessee).

Kickoff Weekend marked the first time in franchise history that three different players ? Victor Cruz (118 yards), Hakeem Nicks (114) and Rueben Randle (101) ? each had at least 100 receiving yards.

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OC Kevin Gilbride's retirement has been officially announced by the Giants. He commented on his decision to leave the team in a release on the Giants' website this afternoon:

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

I?ve enjoyed every minute of coaching. Certainly the last 10 years with the Giants has been a special time, to be part of the bringing the Super Bowls to New York and New Jersey and the Giants organization. I?ve thoroughly enjoyed the development of some of the young players that we brought along, certainly starting with Eli. But (also) Steve Smith and Victor Cruz; they hadn?t had a Pro Bowl receiver since 1968 and we brought two back to them. That?s been fun. And I thoroughly enjoyed being part of those exciting last-minute drives that we seem to excel at. That 2011 season, we had six or seven of them, including the Super Bowl.

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Yes, we know, the Giants need to bolster several units this offseason. The group that management will key on first is the offensive line. Other positions are in need as well, but when you examine the roster closely, the running back position has become very shaky and the Giants will need to act.

Before 2013 began, the Giants were certain that a David Wilson-Andre Brown tandem was the answer. They misjudged Wilson's ability to be an every-down back and Brown's history of not staying healthy.

Now Wilson's health is a question mark, while Brown and Peyton Hillis are heading for free agency, leaving rookie Michael Cox as the team's lone healthy RB under contract. From Rotoworld:

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The time has come to reconcile the mess that was 2013. The Giants began the season with six consecutive losses, and although they went on a five-game winning streak, they did so at the expense of some godawful teams.

It was a hard watch for Giant fans. They fared poorly against the competitive teams on their schedule and took on an unexpected identity halfway through the season. Their pass rush and passing game disappeared. Their run defense and rushing game (for awhile, anyway) resurfaced.

Injuries, poor planning, lack of depth and horrid execution kept them from sustaining any kind of traction. QB Eli Manning had his worst season since 2004. The offensive line was in constant flux. WR Hakeem Nicks did not score a touchdown all year. Brandon Myers was not the right TE for the offense. The punt coverage allowed three returns for TDs and another on a botched snap.

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We've been reporting and tweeting the ongoings at QDTC all day regarding the future of Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin, who expressed his desire today to continue as head coach of the team for the foreseeable future.

We here at SNYGiants want him to return. Many fans want him to return and today we learned the owner and GM want him back as well...

"We haven?t had a conversation. Later this week we?ll sit down with Tom, but do I want him to come back? Absolutely, I want him to come back," GM Jerry Reese told reporters today. "But I have to sit down, it?s not fair to him, I think he needs to have the chance to sit down and talk with his family and just reflect in the next couple of days and then myself and John Mara, Steve Tisch, we?ll sit down and have a conversation with him and we?ll figure out where we?re going with respect to that as we move forward."

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The Giants will select 12th overall in next April's NFL Draft, as per the order published this morning (see full order here).

They finished 7-9, as did three other teams: Detroit, Tennessee and St. Louis. The tiebreaker is strength of schedule, so the Giants (.520) will select after Detroit (.457) and Tennessee (.504) and before St. Louis (.551).

Twelfth is the highest draft position the Giants have had since 2004, when they chose QB Philip Rivers with the fourth overall selection. Rivers, along with a package of picks, was then traded to the San Diego Chargers for QB Eli Manning.

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With the season over, the Giants' 2014 opponents have been decided. They will naturally play their division rivals (Cowboys, Eagles and Redskins) in home-and-home series as well as the NFC West and AFC South. As third place finishers, they will draw Detroit and Atlanta in their two at-large games.

Home: Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, Arizona, San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston and Indianapolis

Away: Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, St. Louis, Seattle, Detroit, Jacksonville and Tennessee

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For those who may not want Tom Coughlin back, read no further. He's practically a cinch to be on the Giants' sideline next September.

A two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach, Coughlin may have turned in one of the best efforts of his long career in 2013, guiding his team back from an 0-6 freefall to a 7-9 finish. Still a losing season, but at least they went out with dignity. They went out fighting. They were a true representation of their coach.

The Giants played hard for Coughlin for seventeen weeks. They fought even after they didn't get the results they sought and then when they knew the postseason was out of reach. He never lost the locker room, as some suggested. His message did not fall on deaf ears, as some intimated.

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GEICO SportsNite covers the Giants' 20-6 win over Washington on Sunday with sound from Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin and Antrel Rolle.

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The Giants' season came to a merciful but positive end yesterday with a 20-6 victory over the less fortunate Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. They finished the season at 7-9 after an 0-6 start, no small feat no matter who they defeated down the stretch to salvage their season.

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The Giants' 2013 season ended just at the right time. If they did have a game next week, they probably would not have enough bodies to field a viable lineup.

They out-gutted the sorry Redskins (4-12) in the soaking, teaming, unrelenting rain at MetLife today by the score of 20-6. And they did it with only three of their opening day offensive starters on the field for most of the game.

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A sparse turnout here with two teams playing out the string in the first half at MetLife. The steady rain kept many away as well. The weather has certainly played a role in the quality - or lack of quality - play thus far.

Early in the second quarter, the Giants were mounting a drive into Washington territory. On 3rd-and-2 on the WAS 32, Eli Manning had Hakeem Nicks free for a first down, but his arm was hit and the ball sailed over Nicks' head. The Giants were forced to turn to PK Josh Brown to attempt a 50-yard FG in the rain.

Brown hooked the attempt wide left, snapping a team-record of 17 consecutive FGAs.

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Giants' WR Victor Cruz will miss the season the season finale, as expected, after undergoing an "arthroscopic debridement" on his knee two weeks ago. He is still very much a part of the team, talking to the media yesterday at QSTC...

On his offseason plans and if he'll be ready for the Giants' offseason program:

"I expect to be fully healthy and getting after it during OTA?s. The expected rehab time should be about a month and a half to two months. We?ll see how it goes. I want to take it extremely slow and make sure I come back at 100 percent, not out there wary and kind of timid. I want to be confident when I?m back out there so I can continue to be the same player I?ve been for these past couple of years."

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The NFL sends out these factoids every week and I've been reading them with a bitter taste in my mouth these days. The Giants are nowhere to be found. So, I decided to add some amendments to the recent dispatch from the league to include the Giants.....

Factoid: Entering Week 17, 18 teams remain in contention for a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. The 18 such teams ties for the fourth-most in Super Bowl contention with one week to play in NFL history (22 in 1982).

Fennelly: And the Giants are not one of them. In fact, this weekend, they are playing in one of the three games that do not have playoff implications. They are 6-9 and have given up 103 points less than they've scored. They have the worst Give/Take ratio in the NFC (-16) and are 31st in the league in rushing yardage. There have been three shutouts in the NFL this season and they have been on the wrong end of two of them.

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As the Giants prepare to face the Washington Redskins in their final game for 2013, the gloom and doom can be marginalized if several players get named when the Pro Bowl selections are announced today.

"I think we?ve got guys that have had years that warrant them an opportunity to go over there, and hopefully that happens for a couple guys," said Justin Tuck. He was asked if S Antrel Rolle could be one of them...

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From Matthew Cohen / SNYGiants contributor:

It's tough to rate defenses. Points scored are influenced by a host of factors including opponent field position. Yards given up is influenced by the performance of the team's offense.

I've devised a measure that looks at average yards per play assuming that that 56.7% of plays run are passes (the league average). By this measure, the Giants have the seventh best defense in the league in 2013 so far.

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Week 16 was the complete microcosm of my season of picking. Let?s look at the games one-by-one.

I went with the Saints on the road over the Panthers, and until the last drive, I was sitting pretty. But of course, Cam Newton hits former Giant Domenik Hixon for a touchdown, which allows Carolina to cover the spread.

Then I take a gamble and bet against the Seahawks at home with the Cardinals. I was really just expecting the Cards to cover the 10.5-point spread, and not only did they do that, but they wound up winning the game. Go figure.

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Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. I won't lie...these next few days will be hard for Giants' pundits and fans. Lots to forget and plenty to regret this season.

The Giants will be back at practice today in preparation for their season finale at MetLife vs the Washington Redskins. Yesterday they conducted a walkthrough at QDTC.

Below is an estimation on who did what...

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Each week, I will be taking a look at the Giants? media notes to pull out some interesting facts about the upcoming opponent.

In Week 17, the Giants (6-9) close out their season at home against the Washington Redskins (3-12).

It?s a pretty much meaningless game, but at least the Giants would like to end the season on a high note.

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Merry Christmas to all our readers, friends and collaborators. Thanks for supporting us once again his season.

Some things of note today....

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Giants' PK Josh Brown has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 16.

From the Giants: Brown, an 11-year veteran and first-year Giant, kicked field goals of 41, 52 and 45 yards ? the latter an overtime game-winner ? Sunday in Detroit, where the Giants defeated the Lions, 23-20.

He is the first kicker in Giants history with three field goals in a game of 40 yards or longer.

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Blowing out the Candle: On Monday night, the San Francisco 49ers defeated Atlanta 34-24 in the final regular-season game at Candlestick Park. San Francisco will move to Levi?s Stadium in Santa Clara, California next season.

The 49ers have called Candlestick home since 1971 and Monday marked the 36th time the stadium has hosted Monday Night Football, the most of any stadium in NFL history.?The NFL stadiums to host the most Monday Night Football Games in NFL history:

Candlestick Park - 36

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It's Christmas Eve, and a Tuesday, so it's players' day off. The Giants will practice tomorrow (no media access), Thursday and Friday in preparation for their season finale vs Washington at MetLife this Sunday.

RB Andre Brown suffered a concussion and his status is in question this week. The Giants don't have a great deal of depth in the backfield right now. Peyton Hillis, who missed the game in Detroit with a concussion of his own, has yet to be cleared to return to the field. That leaves rookie Michael Cox as the primary ballcarrier.

"Well, he?s had games where he?s shared the role on first and second down, and he certainly will have to again," said Tom Coughlin on Monday.

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Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin has been heavily criticized for the team's subpar performance this season. Many wonder if his message is losing it's bite on the veterans and not quite reaching the younger players.

Coughlin has modeled much of his approach after the some of the greatest coaches in American history (John Wooden, Vince Lombardi) finding and using various methods to motivate his team....

"For me, it?s a matter of pride, it?s a matter of who you represent, it?s a matter of your teammates depending on you, it?s a matter of your character and who you are. You?re making a strong statement about who you are, whether you?re a fighter or a competitor, how you?re going to be influenced. Competitive greatness is something that we talk about and it starts deep within and it?s the nature of the game. Men are lured to the most difficult of challenges and that?s the game of football completely. In this day and age, the way in which the media and the video world, and the way in which you can have information so quickly at your disposal, a man is who he is. I think that?s an important thing, too. Your family is involved. Your family name is involved. Who you are and what you represent and what your character is and how you stand as a man, in the most difficult of times, in the best of times. We?ve had it both ways around here. We?ve had people in that Super Bowl locker room and we?ve had people in our locker room after we?ve had disappointing losses. How do we handle it and what kind of men are we if we are completely opposite and don?t rise to the occasion and meet the bell when things aren?t going well. I take that stuff very seriously."

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Tom Coughlin was proud of his team last night after they knocked off the Detroit Lions at Ford Field for their sixth win of the season....

?Nice to win. That was a very, very nice ending for a bunch of guys that worked their butts off this week, despite all that was being said about us. We had an offensive line that certainly very little tribute was paid to the week before. I thought they came up and played with great heart. Dallas Reynolds, who was one of our two backup guys, ended up playing about three quarters of the game as (Brandon) Mosley broke his hand. He had to go in there and battle against (Ndamukong) Suh and did a nice job of that. And then back and forth, Will Hill scored, our defense played an outstanding ball game. The turnovers, unfortunately we had a couple of them. Gosh, that one with Andre Brown, that hurt, but we were able to bounce back from that. We certainly demonstrated resiliency. We demonstrated mental toughness."

"We had a nice lead at halftime, came out in the second half in the third quarter, didn?t look very good offensively. Three-and-outs, three-and-outs. They came up with a big punt return on us, which hurt. But then the fourth quarter, we battled back. We did have a very nice kickoff return, which we worked very hard to accomplish and hadn?t had a lot of success, but certainly a ball that was returned probably five deep in the end zone, gave us the ball at midfield. Lots of outstanding plays in the game, lots of physical football. A lot of big plays. Jerrel Jernigan made plays, the fourth-down call there, the sliding catch that put us in position to kick the field goal. That was a huge play. That?s not easy, you?re talking about another?.first time I punted was 4th-and-10 and this looked like another fourth and, what was it seven or eight? We decided to go for it. We were into overtime, guys had played a lot of plays. Let?s see if we can make a play to put ourselves into position to end the game and we did.?

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We got a little tired of the vitriol this week, so we're dwelling on the positives. For those who have been hating on OC Kevin Gilbride, they need to back off.

Gilbride had a pretty solid game yesterday considering his offensive line du-jour could not open holes for the running game and his QB continued to battle some accuracy issues. The Giants actually completed a screen pass yesterday. Luck, you say? Hey, it worked...

Key Performances

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