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Posted on: November 22, 2010 3:35 am
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Posted on: November 17, 2010 3:12 pm

Coughlin got 'indigestion' watching Vick on film

Posted by Will Brinson

We mentioned on Monday night, while Michael Vick's mind-blowing performance was underway, that everyone who tuned into the Eagles-Redskins blowout got to see some pretty epic football. (Great games don't always have to be close, provided, of course, that there's a truly memorable individual performance.)

But not everyone enjoyed watching Vick shred the Redskins with his arm and legs over and over and over and over again. Tom Coughlin, for instance, has to gameplan for Vick this coming week, and didn't particularly love watching of the whole thing.

"Not really," Coughlin said, via the New York Post. "I got indigestion and a stomach ache."

Coughlin said that once the Eagles were up 35-0, he pretty much put down his note-taking pencil and just watched the game like a normal fan, albeit one with a sick stomach.

So, yeah, like a less rage-filled Redskins fan.

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 9:58 am

Hot Routes 11.16.10: Who cares about concussions?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- Not only does Steelers WR Hines Ward think he should play next week vs. the Raiders following his concussion Sunday vs. the Patriots, he thinks he should have gone back in the game after his injury. Ward’s mistake, he said, was getting up too early from his collision and stumbling across the field. Instead, he thinks he should have stayed on the turf in an effort to clear his head. Instead, he proved, without a shadow of a doubt, he should not return to the game.

- His Jets teammates were awfully impressed by WR Jerricho Cotchery’s diving overtime catch Sunday, despite hopping around on a bad groin. Damien Woody said the Jets were in awe of Cotchery’s dedication.

- After a Titans debut in which he was targeted just four times (and caught one pass for 26 yards), coach Jeff Fisher said there would be more opportunities for WR Randy Moss in the future. Speaking of Tennessee, it’s Vince Young’s team to run again. Kerry Collins will be out several weeks with a calf injury.

- Chiefs coach Todd Haley to Broncos coach Josh McDaniels: Um, sorry about that.

- With Giants Tom Coughlin announcing Monday that WR Ramses Barden has a fractured left ankle and significant ligament damage, making him likely done for the season, New York only has three healthy receivers to play. That would be Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham and (let me know if you’ve ever heard of …) Duke Calhoun.

- Making matters worse for Seahawks DE Raheem Brock, who was arrested on a DUI charge last weekend, he didn’t tell his coaches about it before playing in Sunday’s game. That likely won’t sit well with the decision-makers in Seattle.

- Anybody wanting to take a bet on whether Dolphins LT Jake Long will play this Thursday, despite suffering a torn labrum in his shoulder, should consider this: In the first 42 games of his career, he’s played 99.4 percent of his team’s snaps (missing only 18 out of 2,838). That said, his injury does not sound so good.

- Former Buccaneers guard Arron Sears is battling mental issues. And it’s not like he’s far removed from his playing days.

- The Panthers did not appreciate Tampa Bay’s helmet-to-helmet hit on Carolina QB Jimmy Clausen that might have led to Clausen’s concussion. Especially WR Steve Smith.

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 1:24 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2010 1:26 pm

Giants WR Smith out Sunday with torn pectoral

Posted by Will Brinson

First, the tiny piece of good news for the New York Giants and wide receiver Steve Smith: the partial tear in his pectoral muscle (he suffered in Thursday's practice) will not require surgery and it is not season-ending.

Now the bad: has (obviously) a torn pectoral muscle. He will not play on Sunday when the Giants welcome Dallas to the Meadowlands. And he is considered "week-to-week."

Tom Coughlin declined to attach a timeframe to Smith's injury, but apparently indicated that it would be more than one game. According to our Giants Rapid Reporter Alex Raskin, Coughlin is classifying the injury as "week-to-week."

Yesterday, Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride called Smith's injury a "huge loss," indicating that the injury was more serious than originally believed.

Gilbride is right, of course -- while Hakeem Nicks has been the breakout star in 2010, Smith's presence in the across the field opened up defenses. Additionally, Smith is Eli Manning's go-to receiver in short yardage and on third down, and despite not being the primary end zone target this season, he's still posted better-than-respectable (47 catches for 517 yards) numbers.

"He's always open," Mario Manningham said of Smith, who hasn't missed a game since 2007. "I don't think anybody can cover him."

Gilbride expects to rotate Manningham and Ramses Barden into Smith's spot, depending on what sort of route is called for on an individual play.

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 4:36 pm

Coughlin makes a special visit

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We haven’t talked about Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand much, but it’s an important story to highlight, even on the NFL blog.

On Tuesday, Giants coach Tom Coughlin visited LeGrand – who was paralyzed after taking a hit during the Scarlet Knights Oct. 16 game vs. Army – at the Hackensack University Medical Center and delivered a signed helmet.

Coughlin wasn’t too keen on talking about the visit, but he said he opened up because he wanted to draw attention to the Eric LeGrand Believe Fund (you can visit that website by clicking on this link) .

“I got down close [to hear him]. He was thanking me most of the time and wanted to make sure everybody got introduced,” Coughlin told the Bergen Record. “You come in knowing full well what you represent, what you want them to understand, that the Giants are here for you, we’re all here for you. Then, if you let yourself, when you leave the room you begin to think as his mother thinks. She’s been an incredible, strong, strong human being.”

Very cool of Coughlin to do this, by the way. Especially since it’s not a bye week for the Giants, and they have to travel to Seattle this weekend.

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 12:38 am

Giants quietly shaping into serious contenders

Posted by Will Brinson

No one's gonna talk about the Giants, even though they just won their fifth game of the year, and even though they're absolutely one of the three best teams in the NFC (we'll also accept arguments for the Eagles or Falcons).

That's because the national media's got its hands full burying the Cowboys over the next week. Not only does Dallas totally deserve it, but the Giants probably don't care, preferring to quietly go about their business with a team that suddenly screams shades of their Super Bowl winning team in 2007.

Seriously, they've got a pretty similar defensive setup (Michael Strahan and Antonio Pierce are gone, of course, but their defensive line depth is ridiculous), a stout offensive line and, in case you hadn't noticed, maybe the best receiving corps in the NFL.

Laugh at that all you want, but Hakeem Nicks, Steve Smith (2) and Mario Manningham are all young, talented and only getting better. Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs probably need to spend their bye week handing out Butterfingers to the kids on Halloween so they don't bring any back to the field, but those guys are up there in terms of tandem backs in the NFL.

Eli Manning might be overrated by his peers, but he's plenty good; if his name was "Alex Smith" or something with less football-holy implications than "Manning," he'd be praised on a weekly basis and probably criminally underrated.

Sure, the Cowboys coughed that game up after the Giants gave them 21 points to start things off, and maybe a better team doesn't give New York that chance, but the Giants don't have to leave the mediocre confines of the NFC for the rest of the season, which means every single game from here on out is winnable.

In fact, take a look at the scores this year -- outside of their Manning Bowl spanking in Indy, the Dallas game on Sunday was the closest game they've played, and if you spent any time watching the game, you realize that it was probably a lost cause when Tony Romo went down with a broken left clavicle.

And yeah, I realize that if the onsides kick bounces the right way, we're not saying that, and yes, yes, I realize that there's no logic behind Phillips not kicking the field goal and then going for the two-point conversion, but that's just more proof that this team wasn't going to win Monday, much less play the Super Bowl at home.

But right now, the Giants are coming out every week, taking care of business handily, and not worrying about the fact that everyone's either to focused on Dallas' collapse or the total parity in the NFC to worry about a team that's quickly gelling and looking like an absolute contender.

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Posted on: October 9, 2010 11:35 pm

Giants taking it easy with Kenny Phillips

New York has treated with K. Phillips with caution since his return from microfracture surgery on his left knee (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Originally, when Giants S Kenny Phillips returned from microfracture surgery on his left knee, coach Tom Coughlin said the team would limit his practice reps on Wednesdays as a precaution.

But this week, after he sat out Friday’s practice (following limited participation Thursday), the Giants said Phillips had sprained his MCL in the same knee that originally required surgery. The team claims this injury has nothing to do with the arthritic issue that kept him out of the final 14 games of last season.

Still, it makes sense to treat the injury with extra caution. That’s why Phillips is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Houston.

“Conservative. That’s what I’m going to say right now; we’ve been real conservative,” Phillips said in quotes captured by the Star Ledger. “I hope to play, looking forward to playing. I’ve been watching film, doing everything and preparing to play. Looking forward to it.”

As Mike Garafolo writes:

But again, any issue in the same knee is cause for concern. Even Phillips admitted as such on Wednesday, when he said he was being limited as a precaution against re-injuring himself.

Playing with an MCL sprain could force Phillips to put more pressure on other parts of the knee, which would seemingly put him at risk of hurting his kneecap
“It could be in some cases, but in this case it’s
not, as far as I know,” Phillips said. “Talking to the trainers and everyone else, I’m pretty good... in my case, it’s pretty much nothing.”

If Phillips can’t play, look for Brian Jackson to get some snaps there. The only problem with that: aside from a week in college, Jackson has never played safety before.

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Posted on: October 1, 2010 11:13 am
Edited on: October 1, 2010 1:15 pm

NFL Week 4 Preview Podcast

Posted by Will Brinson

Another week of the NFL is upon us, and that means another preview podcast with Andy and me.

Below, we talk about whether or not it's time for to readjust our expectations for the AFC East now that the Jets are out front, the Panthers chances of beating the Saints (no, no, seriously), whether the Steelers can move to 4-0, if we should already be celebrating Mike Singletary's demise, whether Andre Johnson will be a decoy on Sunday against the Raiders, if Tiki Barber will be booed at his own Ring of Honor celebration, and, of course, what will happen when Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick square off for the rights to decide all of humanity.

Or something -- either way, click play below and get your podcast on people. Oh, and seriously, be a friend and subscribe via iTunes .

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