The Giants hired former Lions general manager Martin Mayhew as their director of football operations/special projects, the team announced.
Mayhew replaces Matt Harriss, who left the position for Detroit's vice president of football operations job.
Mayhew was the Lions GM from 2008 until November, when he was let go by Detroit. He joined the Lions originally in 2011 as senior director of football administration.
Mayhew played nine years in the NFL as a cornerback for Buffalo (1988), Washington (1989-92) and Tampa Bay (1993-96). He was the Bills' 10th-round selection in the 1988 NFL Draft and was a starter on the Redskins' Super Bowl XXVI championship team, the Giants said in a release.
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During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Broncos QB Peyton Manning poked fun at the "sad" face his brother Eli made toward the end of the Super Bowl (Feb. 11)
"I think Eli's analyzing the end of the game like I would, as if he was playing it," Peyton said. "When I saw that clip, Jimmy, I've seen that look before, I recognized it. At some other big moments of my life, he kind of had a similar expression."
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Linebacker Jon Beason has retired from, the Giants said on Wednesday.
"I always tried to give my all and be competitive," Beason said. "I wanted to go out and continue to play at a high level, giving my all. I was able to do that."
Beason, a former first-round draft choice and a three-time Pro Bowler, played 93 regular-season games (90 starts) in nine seasons. His career totals included 829 tackles (572 solo), 10 interceptions and 4.0 sacks, the Giants said.
"I was able to have some success and set the pace and break records - things I never even really paid attention to until after the fact," Beason said. "I couldn't have scripted a better story, coming in as a first-round pick and starting in my first NFL game and setting the club high in tackles, and then breaking it every other year that I played, the Pro Bowls, the All-Pro's, pinching myself, getting the big contract based on what I had already done; being rewarded for all that was a great feeling. I know that I'm very, very fortunate to have that moment, to have those memories of a certain period of time where I was a big deal."
Beason was traded to the Giants in 2013 and finished second on the team with 98 tackles (75 solo), despite playing in just 12 games.
"That first year, it was quite a story," he said. "We experienced a lot of success once I got there. (I'm) not saying it was because of me, but the timing of it, winning seven of nine, having an opportunity to win five games straight after an 0-6 start was special, and showed the type of guys we had in the locker room. It's just crazy what can happen when everybody buys in and gives of themselves for a cause. It couldn't have been scripted any better for me personally."
Beason was elected a Giants captain in 2014 and 2015.
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Geoff Schwartz and Will Beatty were salary cap casualties, both getting cut, along with Jon Beason, by the Giants on Wednesday.
Beatty and Schwartz took to Twitter to offer their thanks to the Giants organization for their years with the team:
Thanks to the entire @Giants organization, the Mara & Tisch families and the coaching staff. Completely first class from top to bottom.- Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) February 10, 2016
I appreciate the opportunity the organization gave me, and disappointed my bad injury luck prevented more a chance to help the team.- Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) February 10, 2016
I'm healthy now, training, and I'll be ready to play for my next team. No doubt I can still ball, and play well.- Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) February 10, 2016
Tags: Geoff Schwartz , Will Beatty
The New York Giants have released offensive tackle Will Beatty, offensive guard Geoff Schwartz and linebacker Jon Beason, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano.
Beatty, 30, saves the Giants $4.2 million in cap space next season. He has been with the Giants since 2009 when he was selected as a second-round pick. Beatty missed all of last season due to a torn pectoral muscle.
Schwartz, 29, saves the Giants $3 million in cap space next season. He has missed significant time over the last two seasons with a number of injuries.
Beason, 31, saves the Giants $5.1 million in cap space next season. Similarly to Schwartz, Beason has been unable to stay on the field for the last two seasons due to injuries. According to Ralph Vacchiano of the NY Daily News, Beason may announce his retirement from the NFL later today.
These moves coincide with the Giants plan to maximize their cap space entering free agency. (Feb. 10).
Sam Spiegelman, SNY.TV:
Will Beatty reaction:
No question, this news is a bit blindsiding.
Beatty was expected to anchor the Giants' offensive line this past season before a torn pectoral in the spring and underwent rotator cuff surgery before he was about to make his season debut.
He was one of the highest-rated tackles in the NFL in 2014, but releasing the left tackle saves the team $4.175 million.
Ereck Flowers endured his share of struggles as a rookie tackle this past season, but an up-and-down year should have prepared him to ultimately replace Beatty as the Giants' full-time starting left tackle.
The Giants will have to address both right tackle and guard with the subtractions of Beatty and Schwartz, barring some reshuffling to shift Justin Pugh back at tackle.
The team has nabbed offensive linemen consistently over the past couple of drafts, and that looks like a direction it will head down again in 2016 barring a major splash for linemen in free agency.
The team could also have increased expectations for rising young linemen like Emmett Cleary and Bobby Hart.
Geoff Schwartz reaction:
This should not come as much of a surprise as the offensive lineman has been consistently in and out the Giants' lineup over the past two years.
The injury plagued 29-year-old has appeared in 11 games due to varying foot and ankle injuries, though there was a sense of optimism that a full offseason of recovery would prepare Schwartz for the 2016 season. However, this leaves the Giants searching for a new offensive lineman, perhaps in free agency or the draft.
Releasing Schwartz saved the Giants $2.99 million against the salary cap, which is a big bonus for the team heading into the offseason. Expect the Giants to bolster the line and continue the movement of adding younger, more talented players.
Jon Beason reaction:
This move doesn't come as much of a surprise as well, given the linebacker's inability to stay on the field.
A talented but oft-injured talent, Beason was the heart of the Giants defense, when healthy, but the latter has truly been a pitfall of the team of late. Beason doesn't exactly leave major holes to fill, as the 31-year-old linebacker has appeared in nine games over the past two seasons.
Beason was an elite addition to the Giants' run defense back in 2013 when he came to New York from the Carolina panthers, as he recorded 65 tackles with an interception in 11 starts.
Staying on the field has been the problem, but it's also provided the team with a solution. Jasper Brinkley saw an increased role and made an impact in place of Beason.
The Giants can continue to address other positions of need with the $4.5 million saved by cutting Beason, who is reportedly contemplating retirement.
Tags: Geoff Schwartz , Jon Beason , Will Beatty , Tim Reilly
Jerry Reese is facing the most crucial offseason in his ten-year stint as the GM of the New York Giants. His roster is a mess at the moment, lacking quality and depth at nearly three quarters of the positions.
Reese will reportedly have anywhere between $40-60 million in cap space to play with this spring and are angling for more. Several key players will be facing reductions in salary. Others will be restructured. Then some will be sent packing.
Who those players might be are no secret. One player that is not, QB Eli Manning, is the Giants' highest paid player. He is on the books for a base salary of $17.5 million this season. Manning is in the front end of a four-year deal and the Giants do not want to touch this contract. They agreed to a four-year deal because they only want Eli right now for four years. A restructure could prolong his career past their desired length.
Also, there are the players still under their rookie contracts. They can be restructured or cut, but that would hinge on poor performance. The Giants don't really have a candidate in that group worth tinkering with.
The players they will target are the veteran stars that are gobbling up cap space while not producing between the lines.
WR Victor Cruz missed half of the 2014 season and all of last season with knee and calf injuries. The Giants have him on the books this year for $7.9 million. Not knowing where Cruz is physically at, he is the top target for a pay cut this year. Ben McAdoo's passing offense will continue to work with or without him.
OT Will Beatty, who tore a pectoral muscle lifting weights last March and ended up missing the entire 2015 season, is another candidate. Beatty's base salary of $6.625 million will warrant close examination as well. He will either take a pay cut or be sent packing. The Giants have other options on the offensive line and plan to add more.
There's been talk that CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie ($5.980M) could be cut, but he is coming off of a Pro Bowl season so cutting his salary probably is a last resort.
OL Geoff Schwartz ($3.9M) and MLB Jon Beason ($2.8M) are also prime candidates. Schwartz has only played in half the games over the past two seasons and Beason will likely retire on his own or be let go by the Giants.
Tags: Eli Manning , Victor Cruz , Will Beatty
The 2015 season was a nauseating ride for Giant fans, who sat and watched them blow fourth quarter leads almost on a weekly basis. The games they won weren't easy to watch, either. The offense was kept afloat by the Eli Manning-Odell Beckham Jr. pitch-catch combo, and their game plan became more and more dependent on that as the season unfolded. Example: the Giants' only game without Beckham was in Week 16 in Minnesota. They were blown out.
They could not run the football with any consistency, which meant they could not protect those fourth quarter leads. They ended up relying on the defense to make stops they were ill-equipped to make, hence all those late losses.
This upcoming season, they will be without head coach Tom Coughlin, who was relieved of his duties after 12 seasons. Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo has taken over, but will the Giants play as hard for him as they did for Tom? That remains to be seen.
What the Giants really need is to stay healthy. We hate to keep banging this drum but the facts do not lie. The Giants have had too many injuries the past four years and it has had a devastating effect, playing out on the bottom line with three consecutive losing seasons.
The Giants may have gone 6-10 in 2015 and set records for defensive futility along the way but they seem to be getting more respect these day than one would think. The Giants could have won as many as ten games last season, and many pundits and experts see that clearly, but on the flip side, they could have easily lost 12 or 13 games. ESPN is giving them a modest boost in their "Way Too Early" rankings for 2016, placing them 21st among the league's 32 teams.
The Giants have drafted fairly well the past three seasons and need one more solid draft and few key free agent pickups this spring to turn this thing around. Just getting back some healthy bodies and keeping them healthy would likely turn them back into an 8-8, 9-7 contender.
Tags: Eli Manning , Odell Beckham Jr. , John Fennelly
The New York Giants could look at two potential departures from the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos in linebacker Danny Trevathan and defensive lineman Malik Jackson to fill some of their holes on defense, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post (Feb. 9).
New York heads into free agency coming off a season in which their defense was statistically the worst-ranked in the NFL and $50 million in cap space.
Trevathan and Jackson helped lead the Denver defense to a Super Bowl victory over Carolina on Sunday. Both will be unrestricted free agents and could look to seek a payday after a championship season.
Trevathan, 25, had 74 tackles last season with Denver. He led the Broncos with eight tackles in the Super Bowl and also recovered a fumble.
Jackson, 26, had 34 tackles and five sacks last season. He scored a touchdown off a fumble recovery in the first half of the Super Bowl that set the tone for the rest of the game.
The Giants could look to use that $50 million towards rebuilding their defense that was once the cornerstone of Super Bowl winning seasons of their own.
Tags: Tim Reilly
Former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said he is having a hard time adjusting to life after he resigned from the team last month.
"It's a difficult thing," Coughlin said on "Fox and Friends."I don't care who you are, or how long you've been doing it. I've been doing it a long time, so you know you get yourself into the rhythm your whole life is, your calendar of your life is based on football, about the seasons, whether it's in season or out of season. You have a schedule that you follow. So, there's some adjusting for me to make."
Though 69, Coughlin said he is not officially out of the game.
"I don't like that word, you know the retired word," he said. "I'm way too young for that."
Giants President John Mara said he wants to talk to Coughlin, who led the Giants to two Super Bowl titles in his 12-year coaching tenure, about coming back in another capacity.
"There's still hope," Mara said.
This year's New York Giants defense can be called the "anti-Broncos" for their lack of pressure on the quarterback and their inability to cover in space. CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had a decent year, but the other 11 positions should all be considered for upgrades the next few months.
Not getting into specific names, the Giants need a minimum of two quality pass-rushers, two more cover corners and a safety this offseason.
They have to shed themsleves of the players who can't stay healthy, with he exception of LB Devon Kennard. That means cutting ties with players they may still have an affinity for such as former first round picks Jason Pierre-Paul and Prince Amukamara, unless they get them a bargain-basement price.
JPP will hopefully be in better condition to handle himself this year, but overpaying him would send the wrong message. Amukamara has played well at times but has a bunch of holes in his game. There are better options in free agency, I'm sure.
Jon Beason, as well-liked as he is, should seriously consider retirement. He's killed the Giants the past two years.
The keepers on this defense are DRC, Kennard, safety Landon Collins and DT Jon Hankins. Everyone else can be replaced.
The Giants will take a cautious approach at safety. Nat Berhe and Mykkele Thompson missed all of last season and will be given an opportunity. I would bring back Craig Dahl for some leadership, depth and special teams ability. But adding another safety is in order.
Kennard should either be moved to MLB or used as an edge rusher. He needs to stay healthy, too. J.T. Thomas is average. Jonathan Casillas and Mark Herzlich are backups and special teams guys.
The defensive line is not what it once was. Robert Ayers and JPP could return but others need to be added. How much of an impact can second-year DE Owa Odighizuwa make in 2016? His strength is not as a pass rusher, anyway.
Hankins got hurt and so did Markus Kuhn. Jay Bromley seems to have a ways to go in my book. Cullen Jenkins will be 35 and has outplayed Kuhn and Bromley for the most part. Should they have kept Linval Joseph? Looks that way.
For those mocking Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott to the Giants in the first round, please get a grip. They have to start thinking need over best available athlete. Why? Because they have a ton of needs. Chances are that the best available athlete will be at a need position anyway.
Denver is just minutes into celebrating its latest championship, and Las Vegas sports books are taking action on the next Super Bowl.
If it feels way too early to think about this, it makes sense from a gambling perspective. Casinos want gamblers -- especially those from out of town who live in states where gambling on sports isn't legal -- to place one last bet before they go.
2017 lines are out, and the New England Patriots are the 9-1 favorite followed by the Carolina Panthers at 10-1. The Broncos are 18-1, behind eight other teams.
Here's a list of all the odds, compiled by Pregame.com.
New England -- 9-1
Carolina -- 10-1
Seattle -- 11-1
Green Bay -- 12-1
Pittsburgh -- 12-1
Arizona -- 15-1
Cincinnati -- 15-1
Indianapolis -- 15-1
Denver -- 18-1
Dallas -- 24-1
Kansas City -- 25-1
Minnesota -- 25-1
Philadelphia -- 35-1
Baltimore -- 38-1
Giants -- 42-1
Jets -- 42-1
Buffalo -- 45-1
Houston -- 45-1
Atlanta -- 50-1
LA Rams -- 50-1
Washington -- 50-1
Miami -- 60-1
Detroit -- 60-1
Oakland -- 60-1
Chicago -- 65-1
New Orleans -- 65-1
San Diego -- 75-1
Jacksonville -- 85-1
San Francisco -- 110-1
Tampa Bay -- 110-1
Cleveland -- 200-1
Tennessee -- 220-1
Copyright 2016 by The Associated Press
While his brother Peyton Manning helped drive the Denver Broncos to a Super Bowl 50, everyone seemed ecstatic -- except Giants QB Eli Manning.
As CBS panned to the Manning family after C.J. Anderson scored a game-sealing touchdown with under three minutes remaining, everyone in the suite was cheering, except Eli.
While Eli likely was happy his brother won his second Super Bowl -- and tied him for two rings in the family -- Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara had the perfect response.
Tags: Eli Manning , Prince Amukamara
If this was the final game of his magnificent career, what a Super way to go out for Peyton Manning.
He can thank Von Miller and the Broncos' swarming, big-play defense for his second NFL championship.
Adding that ring to his five MVP awards, Manning certainly can be satisfied and comfortable in retirement should Sunday's 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers be his finale. He wasn't the star - game MVP Miller seemingly was everywhere on every Carolina play - but Manning really hasn't been the headliner in this injury-shortened season.
Emulating his Broncos boss, John Elway, the 39-year-old Manning can ride off with the Lombardi Trophy after leading Denver to its third NFL title, first since 1999 - when Elway was the quarterback.
Denver's suffocating defense kept Cam Newton jittery all day. Despite wearing gold shoes in the golden Super Bowl, Newton couldn't finish off a dynamic season in which he was the league's MVP. Miller twice stripped him, once for a touchdown, the second time setting up a clinching TD. Denver's top-ranked defense, the one that ran roughshod over Tom Brady in the AFC championship, simply wouldn't let Newton get comfortable. >> Read more...
Former Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey has been interviewed as part of an investigation into an international drug and gambling ring, according to the New York Post (Feb. 7).
Owen Hanson, a former USC tight end who played under Pete Carroll and was on the Trojans' 2004 national championship team, was charged with 21 others on Jan. 28 for running a multi-million operation stretching from Los Angeles to Brooklyn to Australia.
Hanson was friends with many pro athletes, including Shockey, who played at Miami.
Federal agents visited Shockey, 35, last week at his Miami home and asked about their friendship. The two traveled to Costa Rica in 2010 and flew back and forth from Miami to Los Angeles. Shockey said he was unaware Hanson was selling drugs or was a bookmaker.
"I thought he was in the real-estate business like me," Shockey told The Post. "I'm a straight businessman. I don't hang out with drug dealers or prostitutes. I'm here with my girlfriend making out, and I get a knock on my door from these agents. I said to them, 'Come on in. I got nothing to hide.'
"We met when I passed out at a pool party in Vegas - from dehydration. He came to Miami all the time. I treated him like a friend. I let him stay at my house. He loved to surf. We'd go to the gym together. We went to the same parties together.
"I thought he was a very smart, nice guy. He was single. He was so cool. He was on the phone all the time. He knew everybody - DJs, celebrities. Pete Carroll knows him. Reggie Bush knows him; they were teammates at USC. This guy had money. He had cash on him all the time. But I thought it was from his business. No one knew any of this (stuff) was going on."
He added: "I'm a drunk - I'm Irish. I've never had anything to do with drugs. And I would never do anything illegal to jeopardize what I've worked for."
The agents had a photograph of Shockey with Giovanni "Tank" Brandolino, one of the accused leaders of the ring who was arrested in Brooklyn.
The indictment says that Brandolino sent five grams of cocaine and 15 capsules of ecstasy from Orange, Calif., to a "pro-football player located in Nashville, Tenn.," on Nov. 17, 2014 - when the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Titans there. The player was not identified.
Giants President and CEO John Mara wants to talk to former head coach Tom Coughlin about returning to the Giants in a different capacity, according to Newsday's Bob Glauber.
"He's been away, but I do plan on talking [to Coughlin]," Mara said on Friday. "There's still hope."
Coughlin, who led New York to two Super Bowl titles during his 12-year tenure as Giants head coach, resigned after the season in January.
"We want him to stay involved because of everything he has brought to this organization," Mara said last month.
The Giants wanted to make changes within the organization after finishing 6-10 for the second straight season. What they ended up doing was purging themselves of everything Coughlin, a strategy that may or may not backfire on them. Since Coughlin did not land a head coaching job this offseason, that doesn't mean he won't land one next season. He's already paid out until then, which means he doesn't need a job in 2016. Then, there is the issue if he even wants to deal with the Giants, the team he gave his all for only to be unceremoniously cast aside by. The company line is that Coughlin resigned, but the reality is the Giants forced him out of the corner office. He put his house on the market and could end up on some team's sideline very soon.
When Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. and Panthers CB Josh Norman racked up the personal foul penalties -- five combined -- when they went up against each other in their Week 15 matchup, neither player was ejected for his behavior.
The league was apologetic to the fans afterward, admitting both players should have been ejected, citing the referee, Terry McAulay, had the authority to do so and was reminded of that over his headset during the game.
The incidents during that game, because both players were All-Pro caliber, were front and center for weeks in the media. It became a black eye for the league. Beckham was suspended for one week and Norman was heavily fined, but the NFL knew it had to address this in the offseason.
A new rule is being proposed to clarify the punishment for the type of outrageous behavior from Dec. 20 at MetLife Stadium. The rule calls for the disqualification of any player who incurs two personal foul penalties in a game. It is being called the "Odell Beckham Jr. Rule" by the media.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is seriously considering implementing the rule, taking the decision out of the hands of the on-field officiating crew.
"I've already spoken to the Competition Committee. I've spoken to many members of the league. I've spoken to players. I believe that the league should pursue a policy where if there are two personal fouls in a game, there's an automatic ejection of the player," Goodell said in his State of the League presser on Friday.
"I believe that's consistent with what we believe are safety issues, but I also believe it's consistent with what we believe are standards of sportsmanship that we emphasize. We should take that out of the hands of the officials when it gets to that point. They'll obviously have to throw the flag, but when they do, we'll look to see if we can reach an agreement on the conditions of which they'll be ejected. That's a Competition Committee matter. We'll discuss it further with the Players Association in February at the combine, as well as the membership in March. I've recommended it already to the competition committee to at least consider. I think it's consistent with our goals to try and bring sportsmanship back into the kind of play to keep the focus on the game, keep the focus on the great play that is happening."
Giants' CEO John Mara, who is on the Competition Committee and is in San Francisco for the Super Bowl, said he had not heard of the commissioner's proposal and would certainly be in favor it.
Mara, above all people, was embarrassed by Beckham's disgraceful display. He sees the need for action here, but will push for more clarity in the personal foul rule itself, assuring that ejections would only be based on intentional fouls and not incidental contact penalties misconstrued as intent to injure.
Tags: Eli Manning , John Fennelly
Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Most Valuable Player of Super Bowls XLII and XLVI, will be joined by 39 other Super Bowl MVPs in a pregame ceremony celebrating the first 49 years of the Super Bowl. Two other former Giant Super Bowl MVPs, Phil Simms (XXI) and Ottis Anderson (XXV), will also be on the field representing the Giants' Super Bowl teams of the 1980's - the Bill Parcells era.
40 players who received MVP honors will be in attendance for the Super Bowl 50 pregame ceremony. Two three-time winners - Ton Brady of the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana will likely draw strong reactions from the crowd at Levi's Stadium.
Two-time winner Terry Bradshaw of the Pittsburgh Steelers will be in attendance, but another two-time winner, Bart Starr, will appear by video due to health issues. Starr won the first two awards with the Green Bay Packers.
Dallas Cowboys LB Chuck Howley (Super Bowl V), the only player from a losing team to be named MVP, will also appear via video. Dallas Cowboys' DE Harvey Martin, the co-MVP of Super Bowl XII (with DT Randy White) passed away in 2001.
Some MVPs will be at the game on business. Simms will be calling the game for CBS with Jim Nantz. Peyton Manning, the MVP of Super Bowl XLI, is playing in the game as the QB of the Denver Broncos. John Elway, the President/GM of the Broncos, will also participate in the ceremony as the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIII.
Other MVPs scheduled to appear: Joe Namath, Roger Staubach, Len Dawson, Jake Scott, Larry Csonka, Franco Harris, Lynn Swann, Fred Biletnikoff, Randy White, Jim Plunkett, John Riggins, Marcus Allen, Richard Dent, Doug WIlliams, Jerry Rice, Mark Rypien, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Steve Young, Larry Brown, Desmond Howard, Terrell Davis, Kurt Warner, Ray Lewis, Dexter Jackson, Deion Branch, Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Joe Flacco and Malcolm Smith.
Tags: Eli Manning , John Fennelly
Archie Manning never got a whiff of the Super Bowl during his 13-year NFL career. In fact, he never played on a winning team, compiling a 35-101-3 record with three teams and got sacked 396 times, 13th most in NFL history.
His football legacy is no longer his own. Seen as a good player on bad teams, he is never considered among the best of his era, even though Roger Staubach said the only differences between him and Manning was geography and luck.
These days, the football gods are kind to Archie, as he lives vicariously through his two famous sons, quarterbacks Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos and the New York Giants' Eli Manning.
Archie, 66, has been to six of the last 10 Super Bowls and although he says he's not being greedy, he wants to come back again. Since this Sunday's game could be Peyton's swan song, that means that Eli and his New York Giants will have to qualify for Archie to make another visit.
This will be Peyton's fourth trip and second with the Broncos, who were leveled by the Seattle Seahawks, 43-8, at MetLife Stadium two years ago. He had been to the big game twice before with the Indianapolis Colts, winning Super Bowl XLI over the Chicago Bears and and losing Super Bowl XLIV to the New Orleans Saints.
Eli took his dad to Super Bowls XLII and XLVI, both victories over the New England Patriots, but with Peyton probably hanging up his cleats, the Giants are Archie's only chance to get back to the big game.
"I'm not greedy here but I'd love for the Giants to get back in this thing too,'' Archie said on Thursday, according to the New York Post's Paul Schwartz.
That would be an incredible string of luck for Papa Manning, who was thrown to the wolves after being selected second overall by the Saints in the 1971 NFL Draft.
Archie said he was excited about the Giants' prospects under new head coach Ben McAdoo but did not forget to mention the effect Tom Coughlin had on Eli.
"I can't tell you what Tom has done for Eli as a man and as a football player,'' Archie told The Post. "... I'm impressed with Ben. I'm impressed what he's done the last couple of years on offense with Eli. I was impressed with his press conference. Some people around the league told me some interviews he had he was very impressive. I'm excited for the Giants.''
Tags: Eli Manning , John Fennelly
After he missed most of the 2014 season with a torn patella tendon and the entire 2015 season with a calf injury, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said he hopes he can return to the field in 2016 at full strength, the New York Post's Bart Hubbuch writes.
"I do expect to be able to play," Cruz said during a radio appearance at Super Bowl 50. "The goal is definitely to play this year, and I believe I can be ready for the start of the season. I've been rehabbing for some months now, and it's just a matter of continuing to get back to 100 percent."
Cruz missed the 2015 season with a torn fascia in his calf, a rare injury that is not supposed to carry any problems long term, according to NJ.com's Jordan Raanan. Cruz said he was at approximately 85 percent and hopes to start running by late February or early March.
"I'm just getting the strength back in the legs and the calf," Cruz said. "The good thing is, there's no more pain, nothing like that."
Cruz was ready to return last summer and was working out with the team when the calf flared up and sidelined him. He attempted to return in November, but still could not run and needed season-ending surgery. It turns out he had a "torn fascia" which is a rare injury we're being told, something that only happens to the Giants, I guess.
What happens now is anyone's guess. Can he pass a physical? If so, can he run like his old self? He is no longer a core player and does not warrant the Giants to keep him at his current salary. It is very possible that the Giants release him and sign him back at a lesser salary. The question remains if he can resume his career. The Giants aren't in desperate need of a receiver, so the decision may not be as difficult as one would think.
Tags: Victor Cruz
ESPN college football analyst Todd McShay has the New York Giants selecting defensive lineman Sheldon Rankins of Louisville with the No. 10 overall pick in his latest Mock Draft (Feb. 3).
"After having a terrific week of practices at the Senior Bowl, the versatile D-lineman is shooting up draft boards. At 6-foot-2, 303 pounds, Rankins would give the Giants a devastating DT combo with Johnathan Hankins," McShay wrote.
Rankins recorded 13 tackles for a loss, 58 overall and had six sacks in his senior season.
Tags: Tim Reilly
Former Giants running back Joe Morris lost his championship ring from Super Bowl XXI, according to NJ Advance Media.
Morris, who totaled 60 rushing yards, 20 receiving yards and a touchdown as the Giants beat the Broncos, says he thinks he lost it somewhere in New Jersey and hopes a good samaritan will return it.
Morris has filed police reports in four towns, but nothing has come up.
Morris, the Giants' second-round selection out of Syracuse in the 1982 NFL Draft, eventually bolted past first round pick Butch Woolfolk on the Giants' depth chart. Morris had his best seasons in the mid-1980s. In 1985, he rushed for an NFL-high 21 touchdowns and 1,336 yards, and topped that in 1986 with 1,516 yards and 15 touchdowns.
His missing ring is upsetting, but not uncommon. By all accounts it is unlikely that Morris went the route of many other Super Bowl winners and sold it, so it's lost. It should be easy to find and identify. It has his name on it, and, hey, it's a Super Bowl ring the size of a golf ball.
The Giants' 38-35 loss to the Panthers in Week 15 is mostly remembered for the disgraceful lack of sportsmanship between Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr., and Carolina CB Josh Norman. Carolina came out firing, going up 35-7 with 5:32 left in the third quarter. Then the Giants stormed back, scoring four unanswered touchdowns to tie the game. The Panthers had the ball last and won on a last-second FG.
Granted, Carolina had its foot off the accelerator in the fourth quarter, but the Giants had them on their heels and could have easily completed the historic comeback. This being the Super Bowl, the Panthers won't make that mistake again. They'll be going full tilt from whistle to whistle to stop Peyton Manning, who in preparation of what may be his final game of his record-setting NFL career went to his brother for advice.
From the New York Post:
Anyone who doesn't think the Manning brothers are close, think again. The family held a dinner at an undisclosed location in San Francisco on Tuesday night. Eli will be taking care of all of the family's accommodations this week while Peyton prepares for the game. Eli has vowed to help his big bro in anyway he can. And yes, that includes tickets.
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Giants RB Rashad Jennings likes the hire of Ben McAdoo as head coach and says the Giants are close to being contenders (Feb. 2).
"He knows how to command a room, got a great leadership ability, and everybody has respect for him because he gives it," Jennings said about McAdoo. "So I'm excited to have somebody that's within the organization because this is a good team."
Jennings cited the amount of close losses the Giants had last season as evidence that they're close to contending.
"It's not a team you want to just blow up and start all over," Jennings said. "We're close. We lost a lot of games, close games. And we just need to keep building and eliminate the self-inflicted wounds, and we'll be where we want to be next year."
Jennings, 30, rushed 195 times for 863 yards and three TD's this past season. He also had 29 receptions for 296 yards and one TD.
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New York Giants defensive lineman Jay Bromley is not likely to face rape charges, according to Larry Celona and Shawn Coen of the New York Post (Feb. 2).
An investigation by the NYPD believes the sexual act was consensual between Bromley and his accuser.
She reportedly requested a payment of $2,000 from Bromley, which he refused to pay.
"She turned out to be like a prostitute, and that's not what he agreed upon," a source told the New York Post.
After Bromley left the hotel, the accuser followed him outside and claimed to be struck by his vehicle. From there she reported the incident to police, claiming she had been raped by Bromley prior to that.
Surveillance footage would later show the accuser following Bromley out of his hotel room and jumping on the hood of his car once outside.
He is unlikely to face assault charges as well.
Bromley, 23, was drafted in the third-round by the Giants in 2014. He had 19 tackles last season.
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E:60 took a look at Justin Tuck's life and career a few years ago. Let's revisit the segment after he announced his retirement from football.
Justin Tuck announced his retirement from professional football on Monday after 11 seasons in the NFL. Tuck finished his career with the Oakland Raiders but spent his first nine here with the Giants, winning two Super Bowls along the way.
It won't be long until the former defensive captain's name is among the Giants greats in their Ring of Honor, a distinction that is well deserved in Tuck's case.
Tuck was known not so much for his career statistics, but for his unselfish play and leadership. He was a team-first guy and a true champion. His career can be defined by the Giants' success during his time here.
"For me, it's not one play, it's not one game, it's not even a Super Bowl -- the thing I will remember most is the camaraderie in the locker room, the friendships with teammates," Tuck said as per the Giants' website. "I rarely call them teammates because they're brothers. We just had such a great run and such a great group of guys."
"I've had phone calls and text messages to the point where my phone kind of froze there for a little while, from guys just saying 'congratulations' and 'you did it the right way' and 'I wouldn't be the player I am [without you]' or whatever it may be -- that's what I'll remember. I've never been a guy to kind of hang onto a play or a game or whatever it may be. Obviously we had some great ones, but it's the relationships."
Tuck was a third-round draft choice (74th overall) for the Giants out of Notre Dame in 2005, starting 90 of 127 regular-season games with the Giants from 2005-13. Tuck racked up 60.5 sacks in Giant uniform, sixth most in franchise history. Tuck was a two-time Pro Bowler (2008 and 2010) and was selected first-team All-Pro in 2008.
Tuck was part of the golden age of Giants' defensive ends along with Hall of Famer Michael Strahan and Ring of Honor member Osi Umenyiora. Jason Pierre-Paul, the last vestige of that age, had this to say via Twitter:
"Learn a lot from this guy right here @justintuck thanks bro and happy retirement."
Tuck is second all-time to Hall of Famer Charles Haley (4.5) in Super Bowl sacks with four. Tuck had four in two games while Haley had his sacks over five games.
The Giants have been trying to find players with the full package that Tuck brought to the table: talent, integrity and leadership. So far, they haven't been all that successful.
Tuck was one of the players that initially did not embrace the methods of head coach Tom Coughlin, but over time, he realized that Coughlin knew how to do things the right way.
"Everyone knows you for your dedication to your team and how intense you are on the football field," Tuck wrote of Coughlin on his Instagram account a few weeks back. "But I will remember you for helping me become a man and challenging all of us to be better husbands and fathers and men. You did it the right way Coach. And you might be retiring from coaching but I'm sure this isn't a goodbye. That's not in your nature."
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Former Giants star and two-time Super Bowl champ Justin Tuck announced he is retiring from football.
Tuck played for the Giants for nine seasons and the Oakland Raiders for two seasons.
He was a member of both of the recent Giants Super Bowl wins, starting 90 games over nine seasons for them. He racked up 353 total tackles, 66.5 sacks and forced 20 fumbles in his NFL career.
"After months of praying and careful consideration, I have decided to retire from the game of football. I've had 11 great years and honestly I leave with very few regrets," Tuck wrote on Facebook.
After months of praying and careful consideration, I have decided to retire from the game of football. I've had 11 great years and honestly I leave with very few regrets. I'm thankful to my family and close friends for their unwavering support. My beautiful wife and kids have dedicated their lives to being my closest support system and I'm eternally grateful. I want to thank the New York Giants and the Oakland Raiders for giving me a place I could call home all of these years. The Mara, Tisch, and Davis families, I'm forever in your debt. To my coaches: thanks for having me ready at every stage - the Super Bowls, Pro Bowls, you name it - thank you for teaching me about professionalism, preparation, and the pursuit of perfection. To my teammates: thank you for always going to battle with me each and every gameday, but more importantly, thanks for being my brothers for life. And lastly, the FANS. What an incredible environment you've created for me over the years to call a workplace. You all have been so supportive of me and my family, and without you I would have no game to play. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. This isn't a good-bye, my family and I will continue our charitable work with Tuck's R.U.S.H. for Literacy and we look forward to continuing to give back to communities that have given so much to us. God Bless.Posted by Justin Tuck on Monday, February 1, 2016
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Bill Cowher said on Monday that the Giants never reached out to him about their head coaching vacancy after Tom Coughlin resigned (Feb. 1).
Cowher also noted that he never said he had closed the door to returning to coaching.
After an extensive search, the Giants promoted Ben McAdoo from OC to head coach.
He would coach if the right opportunity presented itself. Well, the Giants were probably one of those opportunities, but he never got the call. He never said if he contacted the Giants or any other team.
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The Giants said they were going to take their time filling out their new coaching staff under new head coach Ben McAdoo, and so far they've done just that. We have gotten the names in drips and drabs and pieced together what we have to date.
Offensive Coordinator - Mike Sullivan. Promoted from QBs coach. Sullivan was the OC under Greg Schiano in Tampa Bay in 2013-14. Before that, he was on the Giants staff from 2004-12, coaching the wide receivers and quarterbacks. McAdoo has not disclosed who will call the plays in 2016.
Offensive Line - Mike Solari, a longtime NFL veteran; takes over for Pat Flaherty.
Quarterbacks - Frank Cignetti, Jr. takes over for Sullivan. Was Rams' OC in 2015.
Wide Receivers - Adam Henry, Former LSU and 49ers receivers coach.
Linebackers - Bill McGovern. Was Eagles' OLB coach last two seasons.
Defensive Line - Patrick Graham. Held various defensive positions with NE since '09.
Assistant Special Teams - Dwayne Stukes. Coached specials with Chicago and Tampa Bay.
Strength and Conditioning - Aaron Wellman. Was at Notre Dame and Michigan.
Held over from previous staff:
Defensive Coordinator - Steve Spagnuolo.
Special Team Coordinator - Tom Quinn
Running Backs - Craig Johnson.
Tight Ends - Kevin Gilbride, Jr.
Cornerbacks - Tom Walton.
Safeties - David Merritt.
It is likely McAdoo will add assitants to some of the units, such as offensive line and strength and conditioning, as well as a few general assistants or quality control people.
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Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw a touchdown pass and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie forced three turnovers in the Pro Bowl on Sunday.
Manning went 6 for 9 with 75 yards, a touchdown to Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and an interception for Team Rice, which lost to Team Irvin, 49-27.
Rodgers-Cromartie recorded two interceptions and had a fumble recovery for Team Irvin.
Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., playing for Team Rice, had one catch for 14 yards.
Kicker Josh Brown was 3 for 3 on PATs.
Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley told his manager and attorneys Sunday he did not attempt to rape a woman he met on Instagram in a Midtown hotel, according to the New York Daily News (Jan. 31).
When asked by the News if the allegations were true, Keko Payne, Bromley's manager, replied "absolutely not."
Payne was with Bromley, 23, at his Seacaucus, N.J. home Sunday afternoon. Payne said the two were on their way to Manhattan for a meeting. He did not say who the meeting was with, but acknowledged Bromley "had been meeting with lawyers all day."
Bromley (6-foot-3, 306 pounds) has not been charged.
Police sources told the News that the woman told investigators Bromley "snapped" early Saturday after she tried to stop a sexual encounter at the Hyatt Herald Square Hotel near Madison Square Garden.
Bromley left the hotel with the woman clinging to the hood of his car until she slid off and he drove away, sources told the News.
Former Syracuse teammate Doug Hogue said Bromley never had any trouble in college.
"It's actually kind of unbelievable," Hogue told the News. "He's been good guy, a good character guy. Even when we went to school together, he never had any legal trouble."
Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley has been accused of attempting to rape a woman and than hitting her with his car at the Hyatt Herald Square Hotel in New York City early Saturday, according to the New York Post.
Bromley met the unidentified woman online and the two met at a hotel on W. 31st Street near 6th Avenue, where, according to sources, the woman alleges Bromley got violent and tried to rape her following a consensual sexual act.
The two went to the lobby and the woman claims she was hit by Bromley's vehicle as he drove away from the hotel. She was taken to Roosevelt Hospital for treatment and evaluation.
Police responded to the scene around 6:15 a.m. No arrests have been made yet and the investigation is ongoing.
Bromley, the Giants' 2014 third-round pick, is a native of Queens. The tackle played in all 16 games for the Giants last year, finishing with 36 tackles.
"We are aware of the situation and will continue to monitor it," said a Giants spokesman. "We have notified the league office per the league's protocol. We will have no further comment as we understand this is an ongoing investigation."
The Giants hold the tenth overall selection in the upcoming NFL Draft, and since they have such a depleted roster that pick can be used to upgrade at multiple positions. One of those positions is defensive end. Not just any defensive end, but one that specializes in getting to the quarterback.
The Giants had just 23 sacks in 2015, the fewest the club has recorded since the sack was made an official stat in 1982. One of the targets in this year's draft could be BYU DE Bronson Kaufusi, a former college roommate of current Giants' linebacker Uani 'Unga.
The Giants will have Robert Ayers Jr. back and most likely Jason Pierre-Paul. Add in Owa Odighizuwa and Kerry Wynn and the Giants have a good base for a solid DE group. Kaufusi just might provide what they need. What round they can get him in will be the real question.
Standing at 6-foot-6 and 281 pounds, he recorded 26.5 sacks in his collegiate career, and 11 his senior year, eventually ranked second-best at his position by Pro Football Focus.
they've had terrific pass rushers,'' Kaufusi said of the Giants' strong defensive tradition, exhibited most recently in their two latest Super Bowl runs. "I know 'em. [Justin]Tuck. JPP's there. They're all about getting off the ball and getting in the backfield. I feel like it's definitely my strength.
"I think I'm also a strong pass rusher. You have to know what to expect, you're not going to go in there blind. I really take advantage of the film so I can get prepared. To have this opportunity is a huge blessing. All my focus is on the task. If I do that, it will pay off in the end, whenever that comes."
The secret is out with Kaufusi and should he fare well at the combine or his pro day, the interest will intensify. But many feel isn't first round material. In fact, he's the 15th ranked DE right now by Walter Football. But things can change.
Big, athletic and tenacious, Kaufusi offers traits sure to intrigue scouts from 4-3 and 3-4 teams alike. He's broad and strong enough to hold up at the point of attack as a 4-3 defensive end and can close on quarterbacks due to surprisingly lateral quickness, a varied set of pass rush moves and a motor that simply doesn't have an idle. Kaufusi has the length and acceleration to also intrigue as a possible outside linebacker.
The Detroit Lions hired former Giants Director of Football Operations Matt Harris as VP of Football Administration, accordin to Mike Garafolo.
Harriss spent 10 years with the Giants and has helped maintain New York's salary cap, collective bargaining agreement compliance and player-contract negotiations.
With the Lions, his main responsibility will be maintaining the team's salary cap, according to Garafolo.
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The NFL says reported concussions rose 58 percent in regular-season games to the highest number in any of the past four years.
The league issued its concussion data for 2015 on Friday, a little more than a week before the Super Bowl, but did not release any data about total injuries.
According to the NFL, there were 182 reported concussions from 2015 regular-season games, reversing a recent downward trend. There were 115 in 2014, 148 in 2013, and 173 in 2012.
A year ago, the league touted those decreases as a reflection of players changing the way they play football.
NFL Senior Vice President of Health and Safety Policy Jeff Miller says Friday the league is trying to figure out why concussion numbers rose so much this season.
Check out SNY's coverage of the NFL's concussion issue with Head Games: The Concussion Crisis in the NFL
Copyright 2015 by The Associated Press
Barney Sash looks back at the life of her son and former Giants safety Tyler Sash.
Sash, who died from an accidental overdose of pain medication on Sept. 8 at the age of 27, was found to have had C.T.E. (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), his family said.
The Giants hired former Patriots linebackers coach Patrick Graham to coach their defensive line, a person with knowledge of the situation told NJ.com (Jan. 28).
Graham replaces Robert Nunn, who was not retained by new head coach Ben McAdoo. Nunn is now the defensive line coach in Cleveland.
Nunn was told he would not return after McAdoo was hired. Nunn eventually landed as the defensive line coach in Cleveland.
NJ.com reporter Jordan Ranaan reported that McAdoo is not finished putting the final touches to his staff, according to a source.
Graham, 37, form Yale, spent the past seven season with the Patriots. Starting as a low-level assistant before bouncing between linebackers and defensive line. He coached the Pats d-line from 2012-13.
Former Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor has been selected to the NFL's Super Bowl 50 Golden Team voted on by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors "celebrating the best overall performances in the Super Bowl.
Taylor is the only Giant player selected to the team.
Taylor was an integral part of the Giants' first two Super Bowl victories (XXI and XXV) but really wasn't the star of either game. QB Phil Simms was easily the star of Super Bowl XXI and RB Ottis Anderson was the MVP of XXV.
If you look down the list, you'll see some very familiar names. Some, like several members of the four-time champion Pittsburgh Steelers and Charles Haley (five rings) were chosen for their cumulative efforts. Others are just great players who played in Super Bowls.
DE Reggie White had four sacks in two games just like many others, including Giants DEs Leonard Marshall and Justin Tuck. White had three sacks in one game. So did Marshall. But let's not split hairs.
From the NFL:
The Super Bowl 50 Golden Team roster consists of one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, two offensive tackles, two guards, one center, two interior defensive linemen, two defensive ends, two inside linebackers, two outside linebackers, two cornerbacks, two safeties, one kicker, one punter, and one return specialist. One head coach has also been chosen.
The Super Bowl Golden Team includes: 22 Pro Football Hall of Famers: guard Larry Allen, cornerback Mel Blount, defensive tackle Joe Greene, tackle Forrest Gregg, punter Ray Guy, defensive end Charles Haley, outside linebacker Jack Ham, running back Franco Harris, inside linebacker Jack Lambert, safety Ronnie Lott, quarterback Joe Montana, head coach Chuck Noll, wide receiver Jerry Rice, cornerback Deion Sanders, tackle Art Shell, running back Emmitt Smith, wide receiver Lynn Swann, outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor, guard Gene Upshaw, center Mike Webster, defensive tackle Randy White and defensive end Reggie White.
Three Associated Press Most Valuable Players: Montana, Smith and Taylor. Eight Pittsburgh Steelers were selected, the most of any team: Blount, Greene, Ham, Harris, Lambert, Noll, Swann and Webster. Kicker Adam Vinatieri is the only unanimous selection. Vinatieri is also the only active player to be selected.
Head coach: Chuck Noll
QB: Joe Montana; TE: Jay Novacek; RBs (2): Franco Harris, Emmitt Smith; WRs (2): Jerry Rice, Lynn Swann; OTs (2): Art Shell, Forrest Gregg; Center: Mike Webster; Guards: Gene Upshaw, Larry Allen
DEs: Reggie White, Charles Haley; DTs: Randy White, Joe Greene; ILB: Jack Lambert, Ray Lewis; OLB: Jack Ham, Lawrence Taylor; CBs: Deion Sanders, Mel Blount; Safeties: Ronnie Lott, Jake Scott
Kicker: Adam Vinatieri; Returner: Desmond Howard; Punter: Ray Guy
Giants GM Jerry Reese defended his recent drafts during a recent conversation with Paul Schwartz of the New York Post (Jan. 28).
Reese said that if draft picks don't work out it's his fault, but noted that all of the picks are decided by collaborative efforts. He also referred to WR Mario Manningham as "a hit."
Speaking specifically about the "bust" label of RB David Wilson, who retired early due to a neck injury, Reese said "how can you call a guy a bust when he breaks his neck? If that sells papers or whatever you guys do, but for you guys to say things like that, it's not fair. His name gets thrown right into the pot when you guys are trying to say how bulls-t the Giants' personnel is.''
Reese is in denial over his record. Yes, he has two Super Bowls, but overall he's been more bout misses than he's been about hits.
He has a Clint Sintim and a Marvin Austin on his record but he's also been unlucky (David Wilson, Chad Jones). To say that Mario Manningham is a "hit" demonstrates how shallow his overall success has been.
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The Giants have hired Aaron Wellman to be their new strength and conditioning coach, according to Football Scoop (Jan. 28)
Wellman was the strength coach for Notre Dame this past season after spending the prior four seasons working in the same capacity for Michigan.
This will uncover if former strength and conditioning coach Jerry Palmieri was the problem after all. Injuries and strength have been questioned over the past few years, so Wellman will bring an updated program to the Giants. Will it have a positive effect? We'll see.
Having worked at two major college programs in Notre Dame and Michigan, Wellman should be well-versed in the newest techniques. Only time will tell here.
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After New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. veered out of control in the Giants' 38-35 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 15 and received a one-game suspension, his marketability has not taken a hit.
Despite all the commentary on how Beckham needed to mature at 23 after going after Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, sports fans have short memories. So do sponsors and any other medium that seeks to make a buck in this world. Beckham's freakout is yesterday's news to all of them. He's as hot a commodity as he was before the season when his image was splashed on the cover of the Madden video game.
Beckham has been named a team captain for this week's Pro Bowl in Hawaii. (So much for a lack of leadership and headiness.) The game is a waste, we know, but they want to catch the Beckham wave and get him on camera as much as possible.
Next up, Beckham will appear in a Buick commercial during the Super Bowl. It will be Buick's first foray into the Super Bowl ad arena and put out a release to announce the the ad, which is for their new luxury convertable, the Cascada:
Beckham will then be appearing in an episode of the CBS medical drama "Code Black" on Feb 10. Beckham will play himself and Hollywood scion Beau Bridges will play Beckham's high school football coach.
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During the Pro Bowl Draft on Wednesday night, QB Eli Manning, WR Odell Beckham, Jr., and K Josh Brown were selected by Team Rice. CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was picked by Team Irvin.
For this year's Pro Bowl, the NFL All-Stars will be broken up in an unconferenced format and will play for teams captained by former NFL stars Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin.
The Pro Bowl takes place on Jan. 31 at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.
New York Giants QB Eli Manning spoke with the media on Wednesday prior to his preparation for this week's Pro Bowl game. Here is what we learned from Manning:
- Manning warned Odell Beckham Jr., who is a Pro Bowl captain and will be helping in the selection of his team, he might have an incentive to choose him: "I told Odell not to feel any pressure to draft me in the Pro Bowl. If he doesn't I said don't expect any balls next season."
- When asked about new head coach Ben McAdoo: "I think Coach McAdoo will do a great job," Manning said. Then added that he does "a wonderful job of holding court in offensive meetings."
- If McAdoo is ready for the job and how he feels about the Giants going forward: "I think he's ready. We have a great staff of coaches. We're close. We have pieces in place."
- On being named a finalist for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award: "Just to be recognized as one of the three finalists, you feel like you've already won."
- He will be attending the Super Bowl with the entire Manning family supporting his brother Peyton and the Broncos.
- Peyton has not told Eli if the Super Bowl will be his final game, but did say "It'd be nice for him to win this game and then if he hang's em up it'd be nice for him to go out on top."
- Eli gave Peyton some thoughts on Carolina from the Giants week 15 matchup against the Panthers.
- When asked if he holds his two Super Bowl Championships compared to Peyton's one above him: "There are no bragging rights. We both know it's a team effort... We've never compared who has more rings."
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A few weeks ago, the New York Giants said goodbye to head coach Tom Coughlin after 12 seasons. He took over a floundering franchise in 2004 and restored order and dignity while producing two Super Bowl championships.
In the process, he won more games than any coach in the team's history, with the exception of Steve Owen. More than Jim Lee Howell, Allie Sherman and, yes, Bill Parcells. His name will be added to the team's Ring of Honor in due time.
The Giants may have made Coughlin a permanent part of their history, but he's far from done with the game of football. It is not inconceivable that he will coach in the NFL again. In fact, you can bet on it.
He even said he was open to it during his farewell speech to the team and fans. Then put his money where his mouth was by interviewing with Philadelphia and San Francisco.
He'll be 70-years-old this year, but that won't deter teams from considering him for opportunities again next season. A quarter of NFL teams either changed or pondered changes this past month, and the arbitrary firing of coaches has become a trend in the league over the past few seasons.
Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports believes Coughlin should have been hired by some team this go around, but is likely to be running a club next year at this time. That's assuming he still wants to…
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The New York Giants made (and are still making) changes within their organization, mainly purging the coaching staff of some of outgoing head coach Tom Coughlin's longtime cronies. Strength and conditioning coach Jerry Palmieri was reassigned and the offensiive and defensive line coaches, Pat Flaherty and Robert Nunn, have both been dimissed.
One of the goals under new head coach Ben McAdoo is to get more stout and strong in the trenches this season. The reality is, they did that last year and injuries put a huge crimp in their plans.
Scores of fans and pundits had been calling for Palmieri to be replaced, but the excessing of Flaherty and Nunn was a little curious. Their units were victims of freak injuries and bad luck.
No one has questioned the competency of the medical staff, however. Run by Dr. Ronnie Barnes, who has been with the Giants since 1980, the staff seems to stay relatively intact year after year. For those asking if Barnes' job is safe, the answer will always be yes. He's got a job for life with the Giants.
The fact is the Giants' injuries led to an inconsistent, incompetent 2015 season on both sides of the football. The snap counts, courtesy of sportingcharts.com tell the story:
The duo of Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. led to record-breaking results, as they were on the field together for 1,000 of the Giants' 1,116 offensive plays.
Manning once again started every game and took the lion's share of the QB snaps in 2015 (1,109 of a possible 1,116, or 99.4 percent). He has started 183 consecutive regular season games, third most for QB in NFL History behind Brett Favre (297) and brother Peyton Manning (208). He has also started 11 straight in the postseason.
Only one other player played over 90 percent of the plays: center Weston Richburg (91.3 percent). They are followed by Beckham and WR Rueben Randle, who each played exactly 1,000 snaps (89.6 percent) and offensive linemen Justin Pugh (86.9 percent) and Ereck Flowers (86.4 percent). Free agent tackle Marshall Newhouse played 84.2 percent of the snaps.
No other player played more than 60 percent of the snaps. Shane Vereen led the RB corps with only 433 snaps, or 38.8 percent. Rookie TE Will Tye, who became the starter after Daniel Fells and Larry Donnell went down, played in 48.8 percent of the snaps, gaining the confidence of Manning with each passing week.
The defense was not as consistent. Injuries took out a half-dozen starters, so the numbers are spread out. Rookie safety Landon Collins was the only player on defense to start all 16 games and played 94.6 percent of the defensive snaps.
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was next with 76.8 percent. The only other defensive player that was on the field over 70 percent of the plays was free agent safety Brandon Meriweather, an August waiver wire pickup who was released in mid-December and re-signed the next week.
Jonathan Casillas led all linebackers, playing 58.2 percent. The defensive line is usually a rotation, so their numbers aren't normally taken to heart, but 35-year-old Cullen Jenkins was in on 735 plays (63.5 percent).
The quantity of injuries and the quality of the players who played most of the snaps demonstrate why the Giants were getting beat in the final seconds of games and could not take advantage of the opportunities presented to them.
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Former Giants safety Tyler Sash, who died from an accidental overdose of pain medication on Sept. 8 at the age of 27, was found to have had C.T.E. (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), his family announced.
Sash played for the Giants in 2011 and 2012 before being cut in 2013.
According to Sash's family, he was dealing with confusion, memory loss, and fits of temper in the years leading up to his death.
After Sash passed away, his mother donated his brain to science, and analysis revealed that Sash had C.T.E., which is a degenerative brain disease that is caused by repeated trauma. >> Read more in the New York Times