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Giants' Fewell Was Included in Coaching Searches Merely to Satisfy Mandate

The Rooney Rule, which was instituted by the NFL in 2003 to ensure that minority candidates are considered for head coaching ans senior operations positions, has become more of a formality than anything else lately.

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Tags: football, Jason Garrett, Mike Mularkey, National Football League, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, NFL, Perry Fewell, Rooney Rule
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Since the Giants rallied late in 2007 and went on their championship run, they haven't been able to close out a season successfully.? Adversity seems to get the better of them.

In 2008, they imploded after Plaxico Burress shot himself and meekly bowed out of the playoffs in the first round vs Philadelphia .? They haven't been back to the playoffs since.

Perhaps they could take lessons from this year's gritty Packers team who overcame massive key injuries to become NFL champions.

Tags: Drew Rosenhaus, Green Bay Packers, National Football League, New York, New York Giant, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Steelers, Plaxico Burress, Super Bowl
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from our friends at pressboxonline.com.....

Giants S Kenny Phillips has been named the team's Ed Block Courage Award recipient for 2010.

In some ways, 2010 was a remarkable season for Phillips, one of the biggest question marks heading into the year. Coming off major knee surgery that many figured would be career-altering, if not career-threatening, Phillips made it all the way through, playing 16 games at safety for the Giants.

Tags: Antrel Rolle, Ed Block Courage Award, football, Kenny Phillips, National Football League, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, NFL, Sports
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DeSean Jackson's Week 15 Punt Return vs Giants Voted Top NFL Play For 2010

In New York, the Giants' Week 15 collapse vs the Eagles has been called "infamous".? In Philadelphia it is being heralded as the "New Miracle at the Meadowlands."

Either way, the last eight minutes of the Eagles' 38-31 historic comeback against the Giants will never be forgotten.

Tags: DeSean Jackson, Mets, National Football League, New York City, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants History, NFL, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles, Super Bowl, The Miracle at the Meadowlands
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The chain of great Giants linebackers has always been strong and the team prided itself on their men in the middle. That chain has long been broken and the pride has gone with it. As a result, the Giants have been susceptible to embarrassing breakdowns and blowouts on defense.

These days the Giants clearly? have a dearth at the LB position. They have some capable young players filling the spots, but many feel capable is not going feed the admiral's cat in this man's NFL...

from our colleague Andy Furman at Ultimate NYG.....

It must be Groundhog Day if this NY Giants blog asks again- what are the Giants are going to do to draft a LBer?!

Tags: Giants Defense, Green Bay Packers, Groundhog Day, Linebacker, National Football League, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl
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Some people will bet on anything these days......

Prop bets - or proposition bets - have been around since the beginning of time. They are wager opportunities that organically arise during special events, such as the Super Bowl.

For instance, when David confronted Goliath, some prop bets could have been: how many stones will it take to bring Goliath down? Which way will he fall - forward or backward? Etc, etc, etc....

Tags: aaron rodgers, David, National Football League, New York Giants Blogs, Proposition bet, sport, Super Bowl, Super Bowl XLV, United States
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Formal CBA Negotiations to Begin Saturday in Dallas

from NFL Labor.com.....

NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and Commissioner Roger Goodell met today in New York to discuss a range of issues related to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. As part of a process to intensify negotiations, they agreed to hold a formal bargaining session with both negotiating teams on Saturday in the Dallas area. They also agreed to a series of meetings over the next few weeks, both formal bargaining sessions and smaller group meetings, in an effort to reach a new agreement by early March.

Tags: Collective bargaining, Commissioner, DeMaurice Smith, National Football League, National Football League Players Association, New York, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, NFL Labor News, Roger Goodell, Super Bowl
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It took four-and-a-half decades to finally see two of the classic NFL franchises facing each other in the Super Bowl.

The Green Bay Packers joined the National Football league in 1921, a year after the league was formed. The Pittsburgh Steelers came into the league in 1933, and played under name Pirates until 1940.

Ironically, in the 77 years they have co-existed in the NFL, they have only met head-to-head 32 times.

Tags: football, Green Bay Packers, National Football League, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers, Sports, Super Bowl, Super Bowl XLV
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The Pro Bowl is back in Hawaii this year after last year's ill-fated experiment to play it in the Super Bowl host city the week before the Super Bowl.

The NFL's version of their All-Star game had been played in Honolulu from 1980-2009 and had become a tradition of sorts. Both fans and players were not pleased with the site change.

Last year's game, played in Miami the week before the Super Bowl, was sparsely attended. The league will continue to hold the game the Sunday in-between the conference championships and the Super Bowl as opposed to the week after the Super Bowl.

Tags: 2011 Pro Bowl, Antrel Rolle, Bill Belichick, Chris Snee, Justin Tuck, National Football League, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, NFL, Pro Bowl, Super Bowl, zak deossie
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from Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York......
I think the Giants will look hard into that. They know what kind of player he is. Obviously he knows our system. It hasn?t changed, he would be able to adjust quickly.?

?They got to make sure that he?s kind of changed his life and he is committed to the Giants?And playing these last years of (his career)? how long his body will handle it? he is in his mid 30?s almost. But if that is what the Giants feel, I know what kind of player he can be.?

?We already have a great corps of receivers at this point right now,?To throw him into the mix could make us stronger and could be a good thing. If they feel he can help us out and he is committed then I am all for it.?

- Eli Manning on Plaxico Burress' possible return to the Giants ?from ?The Michael Kay Show? on 1050 ESPN radio
Tags: 2011 New York Giants, Drew Rosenhaus, Eli Manning, ESPN, Michael Vick, National Football League, New York Giants, Plaxico Burress, Quotes, The Michael Kay Show
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With very little on our plates but the upcoming draft, I have been reading and watching several reports from this week's Senior Bowl.

Several names have kept popping up. One in particular, Ryan Kerrigan of Purdue, continues to impress.

As I wrote in this space several days ago, I would be in favor of him becoming a Giant.? They would have to use their first round selection to get him, but if he is there at #19, he would be a steal.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, Bucky Brooks, Linebacker, Mitch Petrus, National Football League, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, NFL, Ryan Kerrigan, Sports
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Plaxico Burress' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, is claiming his client will be on an NFL roster this coming season.

Rosenhaus appeared on Showtime's Inside the NFL yesterday, telling both Cris Collinsworth and Phil Simms he believed Burress would be on an NFL roster come the 2011 season.

"I am not afraid to make the following prediction - Plaxico Burress will be playing in 2011. And he will play very well. And it will be a very happy ending to a very tough, tough story for him." (Michael McCarthy USA Today)
Both Simms and Collinsworth agreed that Burress could play this year, but has some reservations.? Collinsworth brought up the rust issue, airing concerns of whether Burress would be able to re-acclimate to the NFL after missing nearly three years.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, Cris Collinsworth, Drew Rosenhaus, National Football League, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, NFL, Paul Schwartz, Phil Simms, Plaxico Burress, Sports
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from former NFL journeyman-turned-columnist Ross Tucker of the ESPN.com...

Unlike the majority of current and former NFL players -- not to mention Steelers owner Dan Rooney, evidently -- I don't have a huge issue with the concept of the NFL's enhanced 18-game season, provided certain concessions are made. I'll detail those below. That holds especially true if it is, in fact, the key component necessary for the NFLPA and NFL to come to terms on a new labor agreement, though I have some concerns long term if that is really the deal clincher. I know, I know -- easy for the retired guy to say that we should add two more games every season. I get that. But I truly believe that I would feel this way even if I were still an active player. Here are the stipulations that would have to be a part of any enhanced season proposal in order for me to sign off on it

Tags: Dan Rooney, football, National Football League, National Football League Players Association, New York Giants Blogs, NFL, NFL Labor News, Pittsburgh Steelers, Ross Tucker, Sports
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Jerry Reese was a guest on This Week in Football on YES last night.? He made several comments about what his team must do to right the ship going forward, none more telling than those regarding QB Eli Manning.

as per out colleague Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN NY...

?I think they have to come from within himself,? Reese told YES Network?s Kimberly Jones in an interview that will air today on ?This Week in Football.? ?When you have a seven-year veteran in the National Football League, you?ve won a Super Bowl, you?ve been the MVP of Super Bowl? I think he?s going to put the onus on him, and that?s where the onus is, it?s on him.?

Manning threw for 4002 yards and 31 touchdowns. But Manning, who just turned 30, enters his prime coming off a season with 25 picks. Manning was a victim of several passes going off the hands off his own receivers. He had five wide receivers go on injured reserve and lost his most trusted receiver -- Steve Smith ?- for seven games. Also, he had to deal with an offensive line that was in constant flux due to injuries.

Tags: Eli Manning, Jerry Reese, Kim Jones (reporter), National Football League, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, Steve Smith, Super Bowl, This Week in Football, YES Network
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Few Have Faith That 2011 Will Be Biz As Usual

While draftniks and bloggers sit around toying with mock drafts and potential free agent signings, the football world braces for a long, painful work stoppage.

A work stoppage means a news stoppage. Once the Super Bowl is over, the only news football fans are going to hear - that has any basis in fact - will be regarding the negotiations.

Tags: Free agent, Green Bay Packers, National Football League, NFL, NFL Draft, NFL Labor News, NFL Rules, NFL Schedule, Pittsburgh Steelers, Salary cap, Sports, Super Bowl
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The New York Jets don?t just talk trash like some teams. No, for them, it?s done in such a bold and brash manner, it?s more like ?brash-talking.?

And, when you do as much ?brash-talking? as the New York Jets have done, it sometimes takes shocking the football world to back it up.

The Jets (13-5) did just that on Sunday, with the biggest turnaround (49 points) from the regular season to the postseason, against the same opponent, in the same year, in NFL history.

Tags: AFC Championship Game, National Football League, New England Patriots, New York Giants Blogs, New York Jets, NFL, NFL Playoffs, Rex Ryan, sport, Tom Brady
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The top-seeded Atlanta Falcons (13-3) host the hot, sixth-seeded Green Bay Packers (11-6) in the NFC Divisional Playoffs

Green Bay and Atlanta meet for 3rd time in postseason. Packers won 1995 WC (37-20) & Falcons won 2002 WC (27-7). Clubs met in Week 12 (Atl. 20-17). All-time series, incl. playoffs, is tied 13-13.

Kickoff: 8:00pm ET Site: Georgia Dome Surface: FieldTurf The Line: Falcons by 3; O/U 44

Tags: aaron rodgers, Atlanta, ATLANTA FALCONS, Georgia Dome, Green Bay Packer, Green Bay Packers, Matt Ryan, National Football Conference, National Football League, New York Giants Blogs, NFC, NFL, NFL Playoffs
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The Baltimore Ravens (13-4) go back to Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon to play the hated Steelers (12-4) in an AFC Divisional matchup which features perhaps the most heated rivalry in the NFL.

The Ravens and Steelers are meeting for 3rd time in postseason. Steelers are 2-0 vs. Ravens in playoffs.

Kickoff: 4:30 pm ET Site: Heinz Field Surface: Grass The Line: Steelers by 3 1/2; O/U 37

Tags: AFC Playoffs, Baltimore Ravens, Ben Roethlisberger, Heinz Field, Joe Flacco, National Football League, New York Giants Blogs, NFL, NFL Playoffs, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers
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from SNY collaborator Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger....

The Giants have signed three more players to reserve/future contracts for the 2011 season: RB Martell Mallett, OL Ike Ndukwe and DE Ayanga Okpokowuruk.

Mallett was with the Eagles in camp last season. He rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in the preseason opener before gaining only 37 yards on his final 12 attempts of the preseason. He was briefly on the team's practice squad before being released. He was later on the Browns' practice squad for two months and returned to the Eagles' practice squad for the postseason.

Tags: Cleveland Browns, eagles, Miami Dolphins, National Football League, New York Giants, New York Giants History, New York Giants News, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Rhett Bomar, Scout team, The Star-Ledger, Transactions, Undrafted sportsperson
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You can place this in the "better them than us" category if you like......

Former Giant WR Sinorice Moss was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles today.? He recently had been in the news for being worked out by the Washington Redskins last week.

Tags: Injured reserve list, National Football League, New York Giants, New York Giants News, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Sinorice Moss, University of Miami, Washington Redskins, wide receiver
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Only a few days ago, Giants' defensive coordinator, Perry Fewell, was the hottest coaching commodit in the NFL.? Today, he is as cold as they come and almost certain to be walking the halls at TIMEX next season.

First the 49ers bagged Jim Harbaugh from neighboring Stanford.? Then, today, Carolina sent out vibes that San Diego DC Ron Rivera is their choice.

Fewell interviewed with Denver yesterday and was gushing with enthusiasm after the meeting. But, now the Broncos want to speak to John Fox, who was just released by Carolina.? That is not a good sign for Perry....

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Jim Harbaugh, John Fox, National Football League, New York Giants, New York Giants News, NFL, Perry Fewell, Ron Rivera, San Diego
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The Seattle Seahawks finished the NFL season at 7-9 to end a rather disappointing first campaign for head coach Pete Carroll.? But, thanks to the other dysfunctional teams in the soft NFC West, that was enough to win the division and grab a playoff berth.

By design, division winners are awarded at least one home game in the post season. In a situation that lined up perfectly for the Seahawks, they drew the injury-riddled, defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card round and managed to sideswipe them to advance to the Divisional playoffs.

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Tags: matt hasselbeck, National Football League playoffs, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, NFC, NFC West, NFL, NFL Playoffs, Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl, Wild card (sports)
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Between the notebook pages, the stats and the film there is a poison that is undetected.? This poison has drained the Giants offense and there winning ways for three years.? That overlooked key element is...Attitude.

This offense has no swagger.

This team should be able to close out games with ease and crush opponents at will.? Why is attitude so important?? Because the New York Giants have one of the most talented offenses in the NFL, but clearly lack the keys to start the engine.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, 2011 NY Giants, Ahmad Bradshaw, Bill Parcells, Brandon Jacobs, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Kevin Gilbride, Mario Manningham, National Football League, New York Giants, NFL Playoffs, Perry Fewell, Steve Smith
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