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Miller, Broncos beat Panthers to win Super Bowl 50
Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller celebrates with head coach Gary Kubiak after defeating the the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium. (USA TODAY Sports)

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...



Report: Feds interview Shockey during drug, gambling probe
Jeremy Shockey was a Giant from 2002 to 2007. (Tom Fluegge-US PRESSWIRE)

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.


Mara wants to talk to Coughlin about staying with Giants
New York Giants former head coach Tom Coughlin addresses media during press conferenceat Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Jim O'Connor/USATSI)

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.

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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.


Goodell proposes 'Beckham rule' to eject players after two personal fouls
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is defended by Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USATSI)

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.

From Giants.com:

"Both of them should've been ejected," Mara said. "Maybe if we had this rule, it would make it a little more clear."

Mara, however, objected when a reporter called the proposed change, "the Odell Beckham Rule."

"Well, I think that's a little unfair," Mara said. "Again, it's the first I've heard about it. I want to discuss it a little bit more at our committee. But I'm inclined to be supportive of it, because it would remove some of the discretion from the officials and set a clear line. And I think players would be aware of that, that 'Hey, I've got one. If I get one more, I'm out of the game.' I think there's a lot of merit to that."

 

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Giants well represented in Super Bowl 50 pregame ceremonies
Eli Manning during the Walter Payton man of the year press conference at Moscone Center in advance of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. (Matthew Emmons)

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 excited about both his sons' chances at the Super Bowl
New Orleans Saints former quarterback Archie Manning on the sideline before a game against the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle/USATSI)

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.''

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Cruz hopes to return in 2016 after near two-year absence
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (Jim O'Connor/USATSI)

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."

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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.

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Eight years ago today, we beat the unbeatable. Super Bowl XLII - Giants 17, Patriots 14!

Posted by New York Giants on Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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McShay predicts Giants will draft DT Sheldon Rankins
Boston College Eagles quarterback Jeff Smith (5) scrambles away from Louisville Cardinals defensive end Sheldon Rankins (98) during the second half at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. (Jamie Rhodes)

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. 

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Former Giants RB Morris loses Super Bowl ring
General view of Super Bowl XXI championship ring to commemorate the New York Giants 39-20 victory over the Denver Broncos on January 25, 1987 on display at the NFL Experience at the Phoenix Convention Center. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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.

From NJ.com:

"I don't want people gawking at it, looking at it all the time," Morris said. "The reason I want it back is I want to pass it along to my daughter. It would have been hers. 

"I wanted to keep it in my family as long as possible. I never had a thought of selling my ring. I'm proud of what I did. I want to hold onto it. If it unfortunately fell out of my pocket or I did something stupid, it's my fault. But I want to be forgiven for that if I've done something wrong. I'd still like to have my ring back if I could."

Morris has filed police reports in four towns, but nothing has come up.

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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.


Eli Manning trying to help Peyton plan for Super Bowl
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning talks with offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo and head coach Tom Coughlin during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USATSI)

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:

Peyton has tried to pick up some intel on the Panthers from Eli. The Giants fell to the Panthers 38-35 in December, a game remembered mostly for Odell Beckham Jr.'s meltdown. Peyton said the brothers talk about all of their common opponents, and Eli's tips helped last week against the Patriots.

"Eli gave me some good thoughts on New England and shared some notes. They played a really good game against them," Peyton said. "They got down early against Carolina and then made a great comeback. Any time you can talk to a quarterback who has played against this defense because this is an unfamiliar opponent."

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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Jennings likes McAdoo hire, says Giants are "close"
(Brad Penner)

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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Giants' DL Jay Bromley not likely to face rape charges
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws the ball as New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley (96) chases in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke)

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.


Tuck did it the right way, much like Strahan and Coughlin did
Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck (91) at press conference at Pennyhill Park Hotel in advance of the NFL International Series game against the Miami Dolphins. (Kirby Lee)

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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Daily News Live: Tuck 00:01:56
The Daily News Live panel discusses the retirement of former New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck.

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.

Tuck continued:

"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."

 

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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Giants didn't reach out to Bill Cowher about head coaching job
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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.

John Fennelly, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | | Archive Posts For all of those who insisted the Giants had been considering Cowher as their next head coach, it turns out that wasn't the case.

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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What we know so far about the Giants' coaching staff
(Brad Penner)

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.

Promoted...

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.

New....

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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Manning throws TD, Rodgers-Cromartie forces three TOs in Pro Bowl
Team Rice quarterback Eli Manning of the New York Giants passes the football against Team Irvin during the first quarter of the 2016 Pro Bowl game at Aloha Stadium. (Kyle Terada/USATSI)

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.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie , Eli Manning , Josh Brown , Odell Beckham Jr.

Bromley denies attempted rape allegation
Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley (96) tries to sack Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins during a game in November. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

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."


Jay Bromley accused of attempted rape
New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley (96) during the 2014 Hall of Fame game against the Buffalo Bills in Canton. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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." 

 


BYU defensive end Kaufusi would look good in Blue
Dec 19, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Brigham Young Cougars defensive lineman Bronson Kaufusi (90) tackles Utah Utes running back Joe Williams (28) in the Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium. Utah defeated BYU 35-28. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

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.

From 247Sports.com:

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.

From Rob Rang of CBSSports.com:

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.


Lions hire Giants' director of football operations
New York Giants four super bowl trophies on display in the lobby of Giants headquarters at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Jim O'Connor/USATSI)

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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NFL says concussions way up; no release of full injury data
Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (84) is looked at after suffering a concussion (Ken Blaze)

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


Former Giants S Sash remembered 00:01:57
Barney Sash looks back at the life of her son, former Giants safety Tyler Sash.

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.

 


Report: Giants get Pats LB coach for D-line job
Patrick Graham, right, who coached linebackers the past two years, is the new Giants defensive line coach. Graham is pictured with Pats defensive coordiantor Matt Patricia. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) (Jim Dedmon)

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.


LT makes Super Bowl 50 "Golden" team
Former Giants LB Lawrence Taylor is shown talking to the media before Super Bowl 25 in 1991. (USA TODAY Sports)

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.

The Team:
Head coach: Chuck Noll

OFFENSE
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

DEFENSE
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

SPECIALISTS
Kicker: Adam Vinatieri; Returner: Desmond Howard; Punter: Ray Guy

 

 

 


Jerry Reese defends recent drafts
(Noah K. Murray)

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.''

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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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Giants hire Aaron Wellman as strength and conditioning coach
(Jim O'Connor)

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. 

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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.

Tags: John Fennelly

Beckham's on-field tantrum hasn't hurt his off-field marketability
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. yells to the fans before a game against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USATSI)

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:

The 30-second spot, scheduled to air during Super Bowl 50, features Buick's all-new Cascada luxury convertible and stars New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and actress/model Emily Ratajkowski.

"We wanted talent that represented attributes of the Buick brand and design philosophy," said Duncan Aldred, vice president, Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing. "For Buick, Odell Beckham Jr. represents unique talent and commitment to excellence that mirrors Buick's commitment to performance. Emily Ratajkowski brings style which aligns with the Cascada's design and adventurous spirit."

"While I would love to be on the field during the biggest game of the year, I'm excited to co-star in Buick's first Super Bowl ad," said Beckham Jr.

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.

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr. , John Fennelly

GEICO SportsNite: Eli Manning 00:00:28
Eli Manning comments on his brother Peyton who might be playing his final game in Super Bowl 50.

Three Giants on Team Rice, one on Team Irvin for Pro Bowl
(Kirby Lee)

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.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie , Eli Manning , Josh Brown , Odell Beckham Jr.

What we learned from Eli Manning
Eli Manning will play in his fourth Pro Bowl on Sunday (AP)

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."
Tags: Eli Manning , Tim Reilly

Age is just a number to Tom Coughlin, who will likely coach again
New York Giants former head coach Tom Coughlin addresses media during press conferenc eat Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Jim O'Connor/USATSI)

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… 

"This time next year, Tom Coughlin might be the most coveted coaching candidate in the NFL. Or, a year away from the game may finally cure him of his undying burn to coach and lead men.

The team that should have considered Coughlin most strongly to me is Miami. That building has longed for a dominant figure to clean up its warped culture, toss out some toxic apples and take command of everything, but of course, that's not what owner Stephen Ross was open to, and, well, frankly never has seemed open to.

Coughlin's age may work against him more next year, but then again, if this league is intent on firing eight coaches every year, and the crop of candidates is as pedestrian as it was this last time around, I certainly wouldn't rule out a Coughlin return somewhere."

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Can new Giants coaches cauterize the flow of injuries?
New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins is tended to by trainers after being injured in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher/USATSI)

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.

Tags: John Fennelly

Former Giants safety Tyler Sash had CTE
(Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE)

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


Schrager predicts Giants will select LB Jaylon Smith
Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Jaylon Smith (9) celebrates a fumble recovery in the third quarter against the Navy Midshipmen at Notre Dame Stadium. (Matt Cashore)

In his first Mock Draft, Peter Schrager of Fox Sports predicts the Giants will select LB Jaylon Smith from Notre Dame (Jan. 26).

Smith made 115 tackles in 13 games last season for the Fighting Irish.

He was a consensus 2015 All-American selection and won the 2015 Butkus Award, given to college football's top linebacker.

Smith suffered a torn ACL and LCL in the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State. After undergoing successful surgery to repair his injuries, he announced he would forego his senior year at Notre Dame to enter the NFL Draft. 

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The Giants have gone 6-10 two years in a row and are in dire need of a game-changer on the defensive side of the ball and they are going to spend the 10th overall selection on a junior that just had major knee surgery? And...he's a linebacker? The Giants have to get this draft right and taking a kid coming off an injury just doesn't make sense.

I know Smith is a top prospect and I'm aware that the Rams rolled the dice with Todd Gurley last year, but I don't see the Giants taking that kind of a risk here. However, Smith has loads of upside and there's always a chance the Giants look past the injury and go with the best available athlete.

The Giants do need linebackers but they need secondary help just as much, which means they could end up taking Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves at 10.

Should they take Smith, they'll use him on the outside and will likely move Devon Kennard to MLB while using JT Thomas on the other side.

Tags: John Fennelly , Tim Reilly

Rodgers-Cromartie, Brown added to the Pro Bowl
New York Giants kicker Josh Brown (3) kicks a field goal against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement)

New York Giants DB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and K Josh Brown have been added to the Pro Bowl (Giants, Jan. 26).

They are injury replacements for DB Malcom Butler and K Stephen Gostkowski of the Patriots. 

Brown was 30-32 (93.8%) on field goal attempts and 44-45 on extra point attempts this season.

Rodgers-Cromartie had 52 solo tackles and three interceptions this season.

This will be the second Pro Bowl selection for each of them.

They will be joining teammates QB Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr. as the Giants representatives in this year's Pro Bowl, which will be played on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie , Josh Brown

Giants interview Pasqualoni for DL coach
Houston Texans defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni talks to players during joint practice with the Washington Redskins as part of day eight of training camp at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. (Amber Searls/USATSI)

The Giants interviewed former Syracuse and UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni for their defensive line coaching vacancy, according to FoxSports.com's Alex Marvez.

Pasqualoni, 66, had spent 14 seasons coaching the Orange from 1991 to 2004, and coached the Huskies from 2011 to 2013 before he was fired after an 0-4 start.

He coached the Bears' defensive line for the 2014 season and the Texans' defensive line in 2015 before he resigned last week. He previously held coaching positions with the Cowboys and Dolphins, serving as Miami's defensive coordinator for two seasons in 2008 and 2009.


Today in Giants history: Simms almost perfect as Big Blue wins first title in 30 years
(Bob Deutsch )

29 years ago today, the New York Giants defeated the Denver Broncos, 39-20, in Super Bowl XXI, for their first NFL championship in over 30 years. Grown men cried and young men exalted. The long wait for the NFL's most dedicated fan base was finally over.

The MVP of that game was QB Phil Simms, who completed 22-of-25 passes for 268 yards and three TDs. Four years ago, I had a short conversation with Simms at the 25th anniversary event of the monumental win.:

John Fennelly: I was standing in the end zone when you guys came out to warm up that day. I said to the group I was with - 'Wow, Simms has some extra zip on the ball today.'

Phil Simms: Who, me? I really didn't think that at the time.

J.F.: Well, we thought so. And then all game long people were saying 'Imagine if Simms played in warm weather all the time.'

P.S.: Oh yeah, that. Sure. Hey, you know what, I remember a game in Miami. It was raining, even. I threw a pass and then stood there and watched it. I said, 'Heck, this is easy. Anyone can do this.'

The man underestimates his career. Simms was relegated to handing off most Sundays. In my book, he was every bit as good as his contemporaries, many who are in Canton now. He just wasn't given the chance.

The Parcells Giants were a run-first team. A smashmouth team. Simms was his guy, even though they clashed often and Simms hated playing for him -- until it was all over.

When Parcells left in 1991, Simms said he was not sorry to see him go. "It was the first time I took a deep breath in eight years," he recalled. But he also said the reason the Giants were great was because Parcells applied the pressure non-stop.

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Super Bowl set: Panthers and Broncos will meet for title
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton celebrates after beating the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship football game at Bank of America Stadium. (Bob Donnan/USATSI)

Quarterback Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as the Carolina Panthers blew out the Arizona Cardinals, 49-15, Sunday in the NFC Championship Game. Newton threw an 86-yard pass to Corey Brown and a five-yard touchdown pass to Devin Funchess, and had touchdown runs of one yard and 12 yards. Carson Palmer lost two fumbles and threw four interceptions, including a pick-six to Luke Kuechly in the fourth quarter. >> Read more on the Panthers win...

The Denver Broncos defense stopped Tom Brady on a potential game-tying two-point conversion after his four-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski brought the New England Patriots within two points, as the Broncos won the AFC Championship Game, 20-18, and head to their second Super Bowl in three years. 

Denver's defense sacked Brady four times and intercepted him twice, excluding Bradley Roby's pick on the two-point attempt. Quarterback Peyton Manning threw two touchdowns to tight end Owen Daniels. >> Read more on the Broncos win...

Tags: Carolina Panthers , Denver Broncos

Manning finalist for NFL Man of the Year award
Giants quarterback Eli Manning is a finalist for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USATSI)

Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been named one of three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

San Francisco wide receiver Anquan Boldin and New Orleans tight end Benjamin Watson are the other two finalists as chosen by a panel of judges comprised of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Sports Illustrated writer Peter King, Connie Payton, former NFL stars Anthony Muñoz and LaDainian Tomlinson and the 2014 award recipient, linebacker Thomas Davis of the Carolina Panthers.

The NFL Man of the Year award was established in 1970 and later renamed in 1999 after former Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton. Every season, each NFL team nominates a teammate to receive the honor, the nominees receiving a $5,000 donation to the charity of his choice.

 


Giants hire former Eagles assistant Bill McGovern as LB coach
Former Eagles assistant coach Bill McGovern has joined the New York Giants as linebackers coach. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants hired former Eagles assistant coach Bill McGovern as linebackers coach on Friday, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

New York interviewed former 49ers head coach Mike Singletary earlier this week, but instead chose McGovern, who spent three years with Philadelphia.

McGovern spent 12 years as an assistant coach at Boston College and was its defensive coordinator from 2009 to 2013. In McGovern's tenure at BC, he helped develop current Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich and Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly.

Tags: Mark Herzlich

Giants' Manning selected to Pro Bowl
Giants quarterback Eli Manning is a finalist for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USATSI)

Quarterback Eli Manning was named to the Pro Bowl, the Giants announced Friday.

Manning, who was selected to his fourth Pro Bowl, will replace injured Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2008, 2011 and 2012, but did not play in 2011 because the Giants were in the Super Bowl.

Manning was in a four-way tie for second in passing touchdowns (35) this season and threw for 4,436 yards, which ranked sixth in the NFL.

He joins teammate Odell Beckham Jr. as the two Giants players in this year's Pro Bowl, which will be played on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.

Tags: Eli Manning , Odell Beckham Jr.

That terrible Giants offensive line isn't so terrible after all
New York Giants center Weston Richburg during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USATSI)

When Giant fans are polled on what the team's major issues are, the offensive line is usually at the top of the list. Those sentiments are justifyably warranted, but looking at the statistics, the Giants' offensive line isn't in the dire straits most perceive it to be.

Pro Football Focus ranks the Giants' offensive line 20th overall in the NFL, tied with the Denver Broncos. Yes, those Denver Broncos, who are hosting the AFC Championship Game this Sunday.

From Pro Football Focus:

T-20. NEW YORK GIANTS (20TH)

Pass-blocking rank: 24th
Run-blocking rank:16th
Penalties rank: 4th

Stud: Just missing out on a PFF All Pro selection, that shouldn't diminish what a great year Weston Richburg had at the center spot.

Dud: Did he play hurt, or can you just attribute his struggles to being a rookie? Either way, Ereck Flowers didn't provide the immediate upgrade the team had hoped for, and was our lowest-graded tackle on the year.

Summary: The injury to William Beatty caused a number of problems, with Flowers unprepared to play left tackle and Marshall Newhouse unequipped to play on the right side. That made a match of the worst tackle pairing in the league, and while the interior played well, it was nowhere near good enough to make up for it.

Agree, Flowers struggled and he played hurt much of the season. But he will get better and Beatty will take out Newhouse. Who will play on what side will be determined this summer.

Richburg has actually been considered among the best centers in football and Justin Pugh was a gamer no matter which position he lined up at. He sustained a concussion during the season which threw him off his game for awhile, but he is expected to be in the mix for 2016.

Injuries have decimated the Giants the past several years, and the offensive line has not gotten any consistency because the faces change from week to week.

The Giants have not gotten their bang for the buck out of Geoff Schwartz, who has missed 22 games in his two seasons here. John Jerry is a backup at best in the NFL and he has 24 starts over 32 games played since 2014.

The positives are that seventh-round selection Bobby Hart showed promise as a rookie and Dallas Reynolds has developed into a serviceable backup center/guard.

So are the Giants set on the offensive line? Never. If they see a chance to upgrade, they will. The new coaching staff is bound to help and motivate this group.

Mike Solari, a veteran offensive coordinator and line coach, has just been hired to coach the offensive line on new head coach Ben McAdoo's staff. The goal will remain to keep QB Eli Manning clean, but to also get the run game back on track.

Tags: Ereck Flowers , Geoff Schwartz , Justin Pugh , Marshall Newhouse , Weston Richburg , Will Beatty , John Fennelly

Report: Giants to hire Solari to coach line
San Francisco was among several stops offensive line coach Mike Solari has made in his career. (Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE)

New Giants coach Ben McAdoo will hire Mike Solari as his offensive line coach, according to Jordan Raanan of NJ.com (Jan. 21).

Solari, 61, would replace Pat Flaherty, who had been the Giants offensive line coach since 2004 under former coach Tom Coughlin. McAdoo decided not to retain Flaherty.

Solari was an assistant offensive line coach this past season in Green Bay, where McAdoo worked from 2006-13 under head coach Mike McCarthy.

Raanan reported Flaherty has interviewed for the Colts, Titans and 49ers offensive line jobs and that Lunda Wells, an assistant under Flaherty, will return to the Giants.

Solari was a line coach for the Chiefs, Seahawks and 49ers and an offensive coordinator in Kansas City. 

Center Weston Richburg, left guard Justin Pugh and left tackle Ereck Flowers are all 25 and younger. The Giants were 18th in the NFL in rushing at 100.6 yards a game and next-to-last in the league with five rushing TDs. 

McAdoo has already promoted quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan to offensive coordinator, hired quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti, added wide receivers coach Adam Henry and retained tight ends coach Kevin Gilbride, running backs coach Craig Johnson, Wells and offensive assistant Ryan Roeder. 


Mike Singletary to interview for LB coach position
Minnesota Vikings assistant head coach Mike Singletary on the sideline during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USATSI)

Former 49ers head coach and Vikings assistant coach Mike Singletary will interview for the Giants linebackers coach position, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson (Jan. 21).

Singletary and new Giants head coach Ben McAdoo worked together on the 49ers staff in 2005, when Singletary was linebackers coach and McAdoo worked with the 49ers' offensive line.

A Hall of Fame linebacker, Singletary was a 10-time Pro Bowler and two-time AP Defensive Player of the Year, being inducted into Canton in 1998.

He took over as 49ers head coach on an interim basis in 2008, and took over full-time duties in 2009. However, he was fired after Week 16 of the 2010 season, going 18-22 in three seasons before joining the Vikings staff as linebackers coach.

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What linebackers? Unless he's going to suit up, this is a curious hire. How much coaching will it take to turn Mark Herzlich into a Pro Bowler? Can he teach Uani Unga to cover in space? How about keeping Devon Kennard healthy?

If the Giants wanted to excite the fan base, they should lower parking fees and beer prices.


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Posted by New York Giants on Wednesday, January 20, 2016
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