New York’s Salsa Sensation Gives Way to Lin-sanity

They say if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere.

Nothing though, is usually mentioned about young, phenom athletes doing that unexpectedly and instantaneously.

Yet, such was the case for New York Giants’ wide receiver Victor Cruz this past season, and currently, for New York Knicks’ point guard Jeremy Lin so far.

Those last two words are the key in that comparison.

While there are some remarkable and legitimate parallels to be drawn between New York’s two overnight sports sensations, Lin still has – even if the most staunch defenders of Lin-sanity aren’t willing to accept it right now – a lot left to prove.

In fairness, by the very nature of each sport, having to silence doubters over a lot more games, Lin might have the more daunting challenge in that regard, in basketball, than Cruz did in football.

Still, one thing can’t be debated. While each player had a major role in saving their team’s respective seasons, Cruz has helped the Giants achieve his sport’s ultimate goal, while Lin has simply gotten off to a terrific start.

Of course, you’d never know it from the attention Lin’s exploits have received relative to that for Cruz’s accomplishments.

Cruz quickly became one of the best stories in the New York City area and across the National Football League.

Lin, on the other hand, was already receiving premature M!V!P!” chants by supposedly savvy Knick fans at Madison Square Garden, after scoring 25 points off the bench in what was only the first game of what immediately ignited an eventual Lin-ternational movement.

Just five games later, President Obama was referencing Lin’s game winning three-pointer in Toronto on Tuesday night, which brought the house down on ironically, Asian Heritage night at the Air Canada Centre.

Amazingly, a player who has been nothing short of extraord-Lin-ary during his first seven games in his team’s regular rotation, was actually cheered on the road, making a game in Canada sound like a Knick home game.

With 27 more points, 11 more assists, and a buzzer-beater in that contest, the Knicks’ new offensive sparkplug fueled the love affair worldwide, turning a normal mid-February holiday into one all his own, as fans globally celebrated Va-Lin-tine’s Day for the first time.

Conversely, Cruz, despite setting a Giants’ franchise record of 1,536 receiving yards, ranking second in his conference, inexplicably failed to make the Pro Bowl, let alone gain prominence as a star athlete outside of the United States (not even in Latin America, for his salsa dancing!).

But Lin, the first American-born Taiwanese player in the National Basketball Association, isn’t just huge in New York and across America the way Cruz became during the 2011 NFL season, but he has superseded his sport.

Within the span of less than a week, the letters in the name “Lin” rapidly took on the meaning “Legend In New York.” And, in the following week, Lin made those who never watch basketball suddenly tune in and become Lin-toxicated as far away as Asia and Europe.

Before we all get too Lin-spired too soon though, it’s worth noting that some of the hype surrounding both Cruz and Lin is due to each playing in the world’s biggest media market, and in the case of Lin’s ridiculously fast ascension to stardom, both Lin’s rare his rare background for an NBA star and the technology-driven age in which he’s competing have played a role in making Lin seem downright Lin-vincible.

America has always loved an underdog, especially ones like Cruz and Lin who through sheer hard work, perseverance, and determination (and yes, talent absolutely helps a lot as well), overcome great odds and an atypical pre-professional pedigree to make it big.

That’s especially true in New York, which can springboard players like Cruz and Lin into widespread celebrity better than any other city with a high-profile pro sports team.

Where Cruz and Lin part company is in Lin carrying the torch as the vastly uncommon Asian player to get noticed in the NBA, whereas Cruz is another in a long line of African American (albeit, also Puerto Rican) wide receivers to attain success in the NFL.

Another difference is in the seemingly limitless (or, if you prefer, the Lin-itless) reach social media and smartphones have, both of which has helped Lin’s story take on a life of its own faster than the Knick point guard can go coast-to-coast for a crowd-energizing layup.

Throughout today’s instant gratification society, the public, and sports fans in particular, crave immediate information, and they’re programmed with a constant need to process that data and come to a conclusion without letting things play out as they should (just look at the 2011 season of Denver Broncos’ quarterback Tim Tebow).

Could Cruz have a very average career from this point? Sure, although it’s not likely since he has thus far demonstrated more than Lin.

The season that was just completed by the 25-year-old Cruz will be remembered best for Cruz’s big plays in huge games. As well it should. But, Cruz’s best three-game stretch (22 catches, 404 receiving yards, each game well over 100 yards, three touchdowns) occurred during the tail-end of the Giants’ four-game losing streak, against some very tough competition in his own conference.

Even then, Cruz was producing.

We don’t know yet if Lin will do the same against the likes of the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers, or Atlanta Hawks.

All we know is that Lin has looked tremendous against six teams mired in last place or next-to-last place, and (despite outscoring Kobe Bryant) at home, against a Los Angeles Lakers squad which has lost twice as many road games as it has won this season.

It’s still a huge leap to go from that to what Cruz has – a world championship ring.

Not only did Cruz shine in regular season wins or in losses to good teams, he also led team his when it mattered most.

A record-setting 99-yard touchdown catch and 164 yards in Week 16 against the New York Jets carried the Giants from a 7-7 record and a season the brink of ruin, to serious playoff contention.

One week later, 178 more yards, a key 74-yard touchdown catch, and a huge 44-yard reception in the final minutes by Cruz dispelled the Dallas Cowboys, and were among the biggest factors in helping the Giants to a division title.

He then drew so much attention in a wild-card playoff win over the Atlanta Falcons, and the following week, during an upset victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, that receiving mate Hakeem Nicks was free enough to take over the lead in directing the Giants to a conference title game. And, Cruz still chipped in with five important catches for 74 yards in Green Bay.

After that, the Giants rode Cruz’s ten receptions for 142 yards in San Francisco to the Super Bowl, where Cruz continued to play a vital role in his team’s success.

Adding four more catches, including the game’s first touchdown, Cruz once again had the defense drawn to him enough to allow not just Nicks to have another big night (ten catches for 109 yards), but to force the New England Patriots’ defense to focus on he and Nicks so much, that third option Mario Manningham was able to make a crucial catch that set up a last-minute, Super-Bowl winning touchdown.

Given all of that, the 23-year-old Lin still has much to show to vindicate (or even, Lin-dicate) his wonderful, yet over-exposed, and to some degree, overhyped story.

For the moment however, the potential remains high for Lin, whose journey to the pros matches that of Cruz’s in several respects.

Both players starred at small-program, Massachusetts universities – Cruz, at the Football College Subdivision level at UMass, and Lin at the lower mid-major Harvard, which including Lin, has produced nearly three times as many U.S. presidents (eight) as NBA players (three).

Each was then overlooked and went undrafted. And, each had to persist to chase down a lifelong dream after sitting behind others who kept getting chances before them.

The first opportunity for Cruz came two years ago, when he opened eyes with some spectacular circus catches, including a trio of touchdown receptions in a preseason game against the Jets, before a hamstring injury ended his regular season early, without a catch.

Similarly, Lin raised some eyebrows by outplaying guard John Wall, the top overall draft pick in 2010, in a summer league game prior to Wall’s rookie season.

Although he was a fan favorite playing before a large Asian population near his native Palo Alto, California for the Golden State Warriors last year, Lin was used too sparingly to make much of an impact, and he was later cut by the Warriors when he was beaten out for the backup point guard spot by former Hofstra University star Charles Jenkins before this season began.

Golden State passing on Lin at that time was analogous to the Giants’ lack of confidence in Cruz early last season.

Unimpressed with Cruz’s ability to catch on in an abbreviated training camp caused by the NFL’s offseason lockout, the Giants resorted to signing washed-up 12-year veteran Brandon Stokley following a disappointing Week 1 loss in Washington during which Cruz was targeted only twice and made no catches.

Then, just weeks after possibly being cut did Cruz begin to show what he could do.

Just like Lin did, only after guards Toney Douglas, Iman Shumpert, and Mike Bibby all failed to give the Knicks what they needed at the point guard position, and after Baron Davis’ bad back couldn’t heal in time to prevent Lin from being cut from an NBA team for a third time.

Following Cruz’s lead though, after being cut by the Houston Rockets and making a couple of NBA Developmental League stops along the way, Lin finally made the most of his opportunity and etched his name into the record books once he reached New York.

There’s also the comparable approach shared by Cruz and Lin – one filled with the admirable traits of humility, a strong work ethic, believing in putting one’s team first, and recognizing that when the opportunity of a lifetime knocks, it must be answered with all the vigor and pursuit one can muster.

So now, as the schedule will get tougher for the Knicks, as star forward Carmelo Anthony returns to the fold, and as Anthony’s ex-teammate in Denver, fellow first-round draft pick, Guard J.R. Smith, could soon reunite with Anthony in New York via a potential FA move a few questions linger:

Can New York’s newest star from virtually out of nowhere keep Rol-Lin’ and can the Knicks keep Lin-ning?

Will Lin’s magical tale continue to have legs, at least as good as the pair that Cruz used to rewrite NFL history and win his first league championship?

Certainly, Knicks’ head coach Mike D’Antoni, who has labeled his latest point guard “Lin-derella,” is hoping to see more Lin-credible things being done with an orange basketball before Lin wakes up and turns into a pumpkin.

If D’Antoni might be worried that Lin’s historic ride could fizzle out like the rollercoaster season that ended on a sharp downturn for Tebow, he should be bolstered by the fact that unlike Tebow, Lin can actually pass.

That could be the one thing that keeps the Lin buzz alive. Perhaps, to Lin-finity and beyond.

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman knows there is much work to do this offseason to upgrade a roster that has many holes to fill. The 2020 NFL Draft will hopefully shore up some of those, but with a little over $61 million to work with at the moment in cap space, according to Over The Cap, Gettleman can also be aggressive on the free agent market. 

Looking at the Giants roster needs and the current free agent class, adding a pass rusher (or maybe even two) is definitely in the cards for Big Blue. 

It's no secret at this point that the Giants would love to add more defensive ends or outside linebackers that can get in the backfield and disrupt the quarterback. The defensive line is solid against the run, coming in seventh in the NFL this past season, according to Football Outsiders. Rookie Dexter Lawrence teaming up with second-year men Dalvin Tomlinson and B.J. Hill showed tremendous upside in clogging up the interior. 

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Nov 5, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Marc Colombo sits on the bench prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports (Matthew Emmons)
Nov 5, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Marc Colombo sits on the bench prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports (Matthew Emmons)

With Bill Callahan off the market, another name has surfaced as the Giants seek to fill their offensive line coach vacancy. 

The Giants plan on interviewing former Cowboys offensive line coach Marc Colombo for the spot sometime this week, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan

Colombo served underneath new Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett in Dallas since 2016, first as an assistant offensive line coach, before taking over the reins of that position group in 2018. When the Cowboys hired Mike McCarthy, it was announced that Colombo would not return to the Cowboys.

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Dec 7, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (2) reacts during the second half against the Baylor Bears in the 2019 Big 12 Championship Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

The offseason continues and NFL mock drafts continue to update themselves, as the top prospects officially declare for the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Now that the Giants coaching search is all done and Joe Judge's staff is basically complete, Giants GM Dave Gettleman has all his focus on who to select with the No. 4 overall pick. 

Here's who experts believe Gettleman will call on in Vegas this April in the first round...

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As the Giants look to fill out the rest of their Joe Judge's staff, the Browns have made a move to hire one of their targets to coach the offensive line.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Bill Callahan is expected to be announced as Cleveland's offensive line coach. Callahan's interest in the role with the Giants may have waned after the team hired Jason Garrett as its offensive coordinator.

Callahan was on Garrett's staff with the Cowboys from 2012-2014, serving as both offensive line coach and offensive coordinator. He was the team's primary offensive play caller in 2013, but was stripped of those duties before his final season in Dallas.

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Rick Gosselin, a 47-year veteran of analyzing special teams, releases a yearly review and ranks the 32 units across the NFL. 

Gosselin's system has long been a highly-respected system to grade out the league's specialists. Teams are ranked in 22 kicking-game categories and assigned points according to their standing -- one for best, 32 for worst.

For their efforts in the 2019 season, the Giants finished ranked as Gosselin's seventh-best special teams unit with 314 total points. That's an improvement from the year prior, as Gosselin's system tabbed the Giants 15th in special teams grouping. 

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The Giants landed a promising gem with defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence.

The 17th overall pick from the 2019 NFL draft was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team recently and adding to that is an honor from Pro Football Focus

The football analytics outlet named Lawrence the NFL's best rookie interior defensive lineman in 2019. 

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Aug 9, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Indianapolis Colts defensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo reacts during a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The Colts defeated the Seahawks 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Giants will interview Dave DeGuglielmo for their vacant offensive line coach position on Tuesday, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano

SNY reported last week that Big Blue had interest in DeGuglielmo.

DeGuglielmo began his NFL coaching career with the Giants in 2004 as their assistant offensive line coach and in an offensive quality control position. One of his two Super Bowl wins came during his tenure with the Giants in Super Bowl XLII when the Giants upset the undefeated Patriots, 17-14. 

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Dec 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo looks on from the field prior to the game against the the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo looks on from the field prior to the game against the the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Steve Spagnuolo is back in the Super Bowl, and his return to the NFL's biggest stage is nothing short of remarkable given how he spent the 2018 season.

The two-time Giants defensive coordinator, nearing the completion of his first year in the same capacity with the Chiefs, helped Kansas City clinch the AFC Championship Game thanks to Sunday's 35-24 win over the Tennessee Titans.

While the Chiefs' offense gets the well-deserved shine, led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the skill players at the unit's disposal, Spagnuolo has guided Kansas City's quiet turnaround on defense throughout the 2019 campaign.

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Dec 15, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) prior to the game against the Los Angeles Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 15, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) prior to the game against the Los Angeles Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys veteran tight end Jason Witten could possibly join former head coach Jason Garrett with the Giants, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Witten, 37, has played his entire 16-year career with the Cowboys. He briefly retired after the 2017 season to join ESPN's Monday Night Football as an analyst, but returned to play with the Cowboys for the 2019 season.

Mortensen added that since Witten is obviously familiar with Garrett's offense, he could be an ideal veteran presence to a young team.

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Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) reacts as he leaves the field after losing the College Football Playoff national championship game against the LSU Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
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Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons announced on Saturday that he will forego his senior season and has declared for the 2020 NFL Draft.

"And now, it's time for me to take the next step in my journey," Simmons said in a statement he posted to his social media accounts. "Today, it is with great humility and gratitude that I announce that I will be declaring for the 2020 NFL Draft. While I am incredibly excited about the opportunities and challenged that await me, please know that a part of my heart will always remain here in Clemson, South Carolina."

Simmons, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound linebacker has seen his draft stock soar, particularly after a very strong performance in the National Championship game against LSU, a game in which he may have played himself into consideration for the Giants with the fourth overall pick.

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Jan 27, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; NFC head coach Jason Garrett smiles prior to the game in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

On Friday, the Giants officially announced the hiring of Jason Garrett as the team's offensive coordinator under head coach Joe Judge.

Garrett joined the Giants Huddle podcast to discuss returning to the team he once played for, his initial conversations with Judge, and his opinion on Daniel Jones.

During his playing career, Garrett was a backup quarterback for the Giants from 2000-03, and now that he's back with Big Blue, he's excited to get to work with such a storied franchise.

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It appears Odell Beckham Jr.'s wild night following LSU's national championship victory won't land him in any trouble with the New Orleans Police Department after all.

On Thursday, the NOPD issued an arrest warrant for the former Giants wide receiver, accusing the wide receiver of simple battery on a police officer after he was caught spanking a member of the department in the LSU locker room following the game.

But ESPN reports that the officer has signed an affidavit saying that he does not want to pursue charges. The arrest warrant could be withdrawn as early as this weekend.

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Dec 29, 2019; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws against the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

Giants head coach Joe Judge certainly knew what he was getting when he brought in Jerry Schuplinski as his quarterbacks coach. The two coached together with the Patriots for six years from 2013-2018.

Schuplinski joined the Dolphins in 2019 as their assistant quarterbacks coach, where former Jet quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was one of his charges. The 14-year NFL veteran was more than impressed with what he saw from him.

"I got to see it from two different sides," Fitzpatrick told The Post. "He had to talk to me, treat me and coach me a different way than maybe he had to treat young guys like Josh Rosen and Jake Rudock in our room. His ability to know who he was teaching and the way that guy learned - and adapt based on who he was talking with - is one of his huge strengths."

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; A detailed view of the New York Giants helmet during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

The Giants have hired Burton Burns as their new running backs coach, according to Alex Marvez of Sirius XM NFL Radio.

Burns, 67, was the associate head coach and running backs coach at Alabama from 2007 until 2018.

His ties to Giants head coach Joe Judge go back to Alabama, where Judge was a special teams assistant from 2009 to 2011.

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Dec 15, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 15, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants added an experienced former head coach to Joe Judge's staff on Friday, hiring Jason Garrett as the team's offensive coordinator.

Giants fans likely know all about Garrett's tenure as Cowboys head coach, as he went 85-67 over 10 seasons with Dallas.

But here are some things you may not know about the Giants' new OC ...

- Garrett, 53, was born in Abington, PA. He spent time growing up in Ohio and New Jersey, before playing quarterback at Princeton University, where he majored in history. In 1988, Garrett was named the Ivy League Player of the Year.

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The Giants bosses thought enough of Jason Garrett that they planned to interview him for their head coaching job last week. They always knew he'd be tough to sell to their fan base, though.

Selling him as their new offensive coordinator is going to be a lot easier. And it makes much more sense.

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Nov 17, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett smiles before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has agreed to become the Giants offensive coordinator, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed.

The news was first reported by ESPN's Ed Werder, and later made official by the team. The Giants also offically announced Patrick Graham as assistant head coach/defensive coordinator and Thomas McGaughey as special teams coordinator.

Garrett was let go by the Cowboys on Jan. 5 after going 85-67 over 10 seasons as the team's head coach, and his contract officially expired on January 14.

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On Thursday morning, the New Orleans Police Department confirmed to ESPN that an arrest warrant was issued to former Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., accusing him of simple battery of a police officer.

Beckham was in New Orleans on Monday night to attend the College Football Playoff National Championship, and was seen handing out money to LSU players while celebrating with the team after the game. 

While celebrating with the team in the locker room, Beckham was also seen slapping a male police officer on the butt. And now some sportsbooks have released odds on Beckham being fined for battery or even being sentenced to jail time in 2020.

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Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo adjusts his headset during the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has interviewed for with the Panthers and Jaguars this week as he looks to return to an NFL sideline for the first time since 2017.

The Athletic's Joe Person reported Thursday that new Panthers head coach Matt Rhule brought in McAdoo to interview for an unspecified role. Former LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady has already been brought on as the new Carolina offensive coordinator.

However, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, McAdoo met with the Jaguars this week specifically about their offensive coordinator position. Jacksonville fired fromer OC John DeFilippo after one year with the team.

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Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan on the field before the game against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan on the field before the game against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

The Giants' search for assistants to fill out Joe Judge's staff is ongoing. Here's the latest on the offensive coordinator job...


Jan. 17, 8:45 AM:

Former Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will be interviewing with the Giants this weekend, reports Chris Mortensen.

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Darius Slayton had exactly the same reaction as almost everyone else when he heard the Giants new head coach was going to be Joe Judge.

Who?

"Yeah, I had not heard of him prior to the Giants hiring him," Slayton told SNY in an interview on Thursday. "But you know he's coming from a really good organization. Everybody I've heard speak about him has glowing things to say about him, so I'm sure he'll be a good guy for the job."

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Odell Beckham Jr. is already in trouble with LSU and the NCAA for handing out wads of cash to players after the NCAA football championship on Monday night.

Now he's in trouble with police, too.

An arrest warrant was issued for the former Giants receiver on Thursday morning, the New Orleans Police Department confirmed to ESPN, accusing Beckham of simple battery of a police officer. The charge is based on a video that showed him slapping a male officer on the butt in LSU's post-game locker room.

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Oct 29, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll before a game against the New England Patriots at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

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Joe Judge seems likely to hire an experienced offensive coordinator, and it might turn out to be Jason Garrett. But the new Giants coach had hoped to talk to Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll about the job first.

The 44-year-old Daboll, who was on the New England Patriots staff with Judge from 2013-16, was high atop Judge's wish list when he was hired by the Giants, multiple sources told SNY. The Giants requested permission for Judge to interview Daboll, the sources said, but that permission was denied by the Bills.

That wasn't surprising, considering it would've been a lateral move for Daboll, who was a big part of why the Bills finished 10-6 this past season and made the playoffs for just the second time in the last 20 years. He's also earned rave reviews for his work with second-year quarterback Josh Allen. Daboll was so highly regarded that he interviewed for the Cleveland Browns head coaching job last week, and was reportedly a "sleeper" candidate before they hired Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski instead.

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Former Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. wants the media to leave him alone, yet he found himself in the spotlight yet again following the National Championship where his alma mater LSU Tigers came away victorious. 

Beckham, who was joined by LSU and Browns teammate Jarvis Landry among other former Tigers players, was able to celebrate with the team on the field and in the locker room after the game. And during that celebration, Beckham was seen handing out cash to players as he shook their hands for winning the contest over Clemson. 

LSU was quick to say the money was fake, but their Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow killed that claim during the latest episode of Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take

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A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

The main news coming from the Giants facility Wednesday is that former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is in the building to interview for the offensive coordinator job, but that wasn't the only information coming out of East Rutherford.

The Giants let go of outside linebackers coach Mike Dawson, defensive backs coach Evertt Withers and offensive assistant Ryan Roeder, according to The Athletic's Dan Duggan. These coaches join the likes of tight ends coach Lunda Wells, inside linebackers coach Bill McGovern, and others as those who have left as new head coach Joe Judge builds his own staff. 

The remaining coaches from Pat Shurmur's staff include running backs coach Craig Johnson, offensive line coach Hal Hunter, assistant offensive line coach Ben Wilkerson, defensive assistant Bobby Blick and special teams assistants Tom Quinn and Anthony Blevins

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A general view of an NFL game between the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Danny Wild)

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The man who helped resurrect the Giants franchise and built their first two Super Bowl champions will finally take his long-overdue place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The late George Young, the general manager of the Giants in the 1980s and '90s, was selected to the Hall's special "Centennial Class" of 2020 on Wednesday morning. He was chosen by a "blue ribbon" panel as one of three "contributors" in what will be a monster, 20-person class when he's officially inducted later this year.

"George Young's career is the very definition of a Hall of Famer," said former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi, who was Young's assistant and later his successor. "There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of George or something I learned from him. The only bittersweet part is that he's not here."

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Giants tight ends coach Lunda Wells, whose status with the team was up in the air with new head coach Joe Judge still assembling his staff, is leaving to become the tight ends coach for the Cowboys, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported Wednesday.

The 36-year-old Wells had been with the Giants since 2012.

His first role with the Giants was as an offensive assistant in 2012. He then served as their assistant offensive line coach from 2013-2017 before becoming tight ends coach prior to the 2018 season.

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The Giants have given new head coach Joe Judge the freedom to choose his own assistants, though his bosses have certainly made their preference for an experienced staff clear. John Mara even said publicly that "having experienced people on both sides of the ball is going to be critical," and that an assistant with head coaching experience "would be great," too.

Judge didn't meet that criteria when he hired Patrick Graham as his defensive coordinator. That's why his next big hire -- offensive coordinator -- will be so interesting to watch.

There are many experienced candidates available for the 38-year-old Judge, including a few that sources say he is considering. It's unknown whom he plans to hire, or if he feels any pressure to bring in someone with head coaching experience. But it's expected that his choice will become clear by the end of the week.

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Patrick Graham (Mark Hoffman)
Patrick Graham (Mark Hoffman)

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Patrick Graham isn't just going to be the Giants' defensive coordinator. He's going to be their assistant head coach, too.

The 40-year-old has been given both those titles by new Giants head coach Joe Judge, according to multiple sources. That's not only a sign of the respect Judge has for his new top assistant, but it also explains why he wasn't blocked from leaving his job as defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins. They couldn't block Graham from leaving for a job that is technically a promotion.

Graham also will likely get a raise over the normal salary for a defensive coordinator, though the terms of his deal with the Giants were not available. It's also unclear what other duties Judge will give his "assistant head coach."

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (97) celebrates after sacking Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (not pictured) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports  (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (97) celebrates after sacking Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (not pictured) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Pro Football Writers of America have released their All-Rookie Team for the 2019-20 season, and one Giant has made the list. 

DL Dexter Lawrence, the 17th overall pick by New York in the 2019 NFL Draft, has made the cut after a solid rookie season. 

Lawrence was actually Pro Football Focus' top-graded rookie after the first six weeks. He had totaled two sacks, a forced fumble and two tackles for loss in those contests. 

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Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

The LSU Tigers may have been crowned national champions down in New Orleans Monday night, but Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons was also a winner in terms of draft stock.

And that stock might have boosted all the way up to the Giants at No. 4. 

Simmons was electric for Clemson's defense, setting the tone early by getting to LSU's Heisman Trophy-winning QB Joe Burrow. Overall, he had seven tackles -- two for loss -- a sack, and two passes defended. 

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants linebackers coach Bill McGovern before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants linebackers coach Bill McGovern before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Giants will not be bringing back linebackers coach Bill McGovern or defensive line coach Gary Emanuel next season, per The Post's Ryan Dunleavy.

Moving on from Emanuel was a given after new head coach Joe Judge brought on Ole Miss defensive line coach Freddie Roach on Monday. This will be his first NFL coaching job after spending time with Alabama along with Ole Miss, which is how the two coaches have a connection. 

As for McGovern, it does make sense to get a breath of fresh air at linebackers coach. This unit has been sub-par for a few years now, and Judge recognized that. New defensive coordinator Patrick Graham also has a history as a linebackers coach.

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Now that the Giants have finally conceded they really are rebuilding, new head coach Joe Judge faces what John Mara called "a daunting task." And that's not just because he's a 38-year-old, first-time head coach, either.

It's because the Giants went 9-23 over the last two years and could look very different by the time they hit the field for the start of next season. They do have a few good, young pieces to build around, but the reality is they still have plenty of holes.

To fill them, both Judge and GM Dave Gettleman swear it'll be a "collaborative" effort -- that they'll work together, and that their philosophy on how to build an "old school" team is already perfectly aligned. That remains to be seen, of course. But in case they need any help in getting started, here's a blueprint for them to quickly make the Giants a contender again:

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Nov 12, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks with assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Nov 12, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks with assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Jerry Schuplinski is expected to be hired as the Giants' new quarterbacks coach, reports Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network.

Schuplinski coached with the Patriots during the same time as new Giants head coach Joe Judge. From 2013-18, he first served as an offensive assistant and then as their assistant quarterbacks coach.

He spent the 2019 season with the Dolphins as their assistant quarterbacks coach.

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Giants are hiring Freddie Roach to be their defensive line coach, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

This will be Roach's first NFL coaching job. He served as the defensive line coach at Ole Miss for the last three seasons.

Roach has also coached at Alabama, with his time there overlapping new Giants head coach Joe Judge's tenure there as a special teams assistant from 2009-2011.

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Jan 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Introductory press conference of New York Giants new head coach Joe Judge at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Jan 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Introductory press conference of New York Giants new head coach Joe Judge at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Before he was ultimately hired by the Giants as head coach, Joe Judge nearly missed his interview for the job.

Judge opened up on his hectic process, interviewing with Mississippi State before he did the same for the Giants, in Peter King's Football Morning in America column.

Upon interviewing with the Giants last Monday morning, Judge got off at the wrong train station.

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John DeFilippo (Kirby Lee)

As the Giants continue their search for a new offensive coordinator, the Jaguars have fired OC John DeFilippo, adding another potential candidate to the pool Big Blue was already considering.

The firing of DeFilippo was first reported by Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

According to Rapoport, the firing came as a surprise.

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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)
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)

New Giants head coach Joe Judge wasted no time in getting a key hire added to his coaching staff Sunday, when he reportedly brought Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Patrick Graham aboard for the same position with New York.

Graham, who turns 41 on Jan. 24, joins Judge just three days after the Giants introduced the former New England Patriots assistant.

The two coached together under longtime Patriots head coach Bill Belichick from 2012-15, but perhaps Graham's Giants ties make for the more intriguing aspect of Judge's move to bring him on to run the defense.

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The most important hire Joe Judge will make for his new Giants coaching staff will be his offensive coordinator, who will be entrusted with the development of franchise quarterback Daniel Jones. Perhaps nobody will end up being more important to the long-term success of the franchise.

His new defensive coordinator, though, could come close.

Patrick Graham, who spent last year as the Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator, will get that job with the Giants, a source confirmed, and will be entrusted with the growth of a very young and incredibly underachieving defense. That unit has been the real Achilles heel of the Giants the last three years, including two ugly seasons under outgoing defensive coordinator James Bettcher.

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Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is expected to be the next offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported and SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

SNY sources say Shurmur had several options, but the Broncos made a big push because they really wanted an experienced play-caller.

The Vikings, Browns and Bears had reported interest in Shurmur, but it look like he'll be heading to Denver.

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The Giants are searching for their next defensive coordinator under Joe Judge. Here is the latest on potential candidates for the job...


Jan 12, 5:36 PM:

The Giants are hiring former Miami Dolphins DC Patrick Graham for their defensive coordinator role, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Graham becomes Joe Judge's first big hire as head coach. The Dolphins are reportedly expected to promote cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer to DC.

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Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski accepting the Browns' head coach position on Sunday, former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur could be finding his way back to Minnesota next season. 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano is hearing from a source that Shurmur is expected to be a candidate to fill Stefanski's role as the team's offensive coordinator. It's the same role that he held with the Vikings in 2017 before he became the Giants' head coach. 

If Shurmur were to return to an offensive coordinator job after serving as a head coach, it would be the second time he's done so. He joined the Browns in 2011 as their new head coach, but would only last two seasons. He, then, went to Philadelphia to become the Eagles' offensive coordinator for three seasons. 

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Giants head coach Joe Judge is getting his roster of coaches together on his staff, but at least one will be an in-house hire.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Giants will retain wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert under Judge.

Former Giants coach Pat Shurmur brought Tolbert to the Giants in 2018 when he was first hired by the team. 

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs in the second against Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs in the second against Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

After a combined nine wins in his first two NFL seasons, there's no doubt Saquon Barkley wants to help lead the Giants out of the rut in which they're currently stuck.

After a rookie season which saw him lead the league with 2028 yards from scrimmage, the Penn State product finished the season with 1003 rushing yards, despite missing three games with an ankle injury. 

That injury was initially expected to keep him out for longer, but Barkley wowed the Giants medical team to return much faster than anticipated.

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The 2019 season was widely expected to be the final one in Eli Manning's career, but the 16-year veteran quarterback has yet to make a decision on his future and has left the door open to possibly coming back.

Giants co-owner John Mara spoke to WFAN early Friday morning and said that although Manning's role as starting quarterback is over (with the ascension of Daniel Jones), there are still other options available for him to stick around.

"I haven't closed any doors on that," Mara said about Manning finding another role within the organization during an appearance on WFAN's Moose and Maggie Show. "Eli came to see me a few days ago, and we had a nice, long talk, but I don't think he's fully decided yet what he wants to do. And I've told him just take his time, think about it some more and then come back and see me again."

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New head coach Joe Judge's contract with the Giants is for five years, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The financial details of the contract have not yet been reported.

Judge, 38, was introduced on Thursday at MetLife Stadium, with John Mara saying Judge's interview was perhaps the best he's ever been a part of and Judge following that introduction with an intense and at times riveting press conference.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - From the moment Dave Gettleman learned he wasn't fired, he vowed to do whatever his bosses wanted in the best interests of the team. If that meant giving up some of his power or even final say over personnel decisions, he said he'd do it.

In the end, he didn't have to. And it turns out, no one asked.

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On Thursday, former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum talked to SNY's Jonas Schwartz about the Giants new head coach Joe Judge, going over the challenges that Judge could face.

"Well I think that's really a big part of the interview process," Tannenbaum said. "I want to know what's your first 90 days like or what is it going to be like if Saquon Barkley doesn't show up on the first day of the voluntary offseason program? What's your message to him? Whats's your message to the team? What's your message to the media?"

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Giants head coach Joe Judge
Giants head coach Joe Judge

There are many words you can use to describe how Joe Judge sounded during his introductory press conference as Giants head coach: intense, passionate, to-the-point, and inspiring are among them.

In fact, Judge looks like he's going to be a walking quote card during his tenure with the Giants, as he had some brilliant lines while making his opening remarks and answering questions from the media in attendance.

While there are a plethora to choose from, here are 10 of the best quotes from Judge that shed light on what type of man and coach the Giants have hired…

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