Tag:New York Giants
Posted on: October 1, 2010 2:42 pm

Knee is bothering Osi Umenyiora

Posted by Andy Benoit

The New York Giants have sent defensive end Osi Umenyiora to a doctor to have his bothersome knee re-evaluated, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. Umenyiora practiced Wednesday and Thursday but did not partake in any action Friday due to swelling in the knee.O. Umenyiora

The good news is that this is NOT the same knee that Umenyiora had surgically repaired in 2008.

The eighth-year pro actually had some issues with the knee before the Colts game a few weeks ago. Vacchiano writes, “At the time, (Tom) Coughlin described it as a ‘wear and tear’ injury. However, a source familiar with the situation described it as a ‘new’ injury that is likely to bother Umenyiora all season.”

If Umenyiora does not play Sunday night against the Bears – he’s officially listed as “questionable”, though there are whispers that he’s actually closer to “doubtful” – then Dave Tollefson figures to see more snaps.

Umenyiora must be a sore man. Before the season, he was advised to undergo hip surgery. However, he declined and instead decided to play through it.

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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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Posted on: September 30, 2010 5:45 pm

Parcells not sure what to do

B. Parcells will be inducted into the NYG Ring of Honor this week (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Bill Parcells talked to reporters today on a conference call to discuss his impending shrineship (is that even a word?) into the Giants Ring of Honor on Sunday. Parcells, who conceded control of the Dolphins to Jeff Ireland earlier this year, was asked about what he’s going to do now (or at least, what’s he going to do after this weekend is over).

"Well, that is a good question," Parcells told the media. "I am not a sit-around-the-fireplace guy. I don't know. I am not certain about it. We will see what happens when the time comes. I know I want to do something even if it is not day to day or something like that. I know I want to do something. I don't like sitting around. I like to get up and go do something. We will figure it out when the time comes."

So, at the very least, I’ve learned he wants to “do something.” But what if he wants to do something like finish his breakup with Miami and still get all the money in his contract? Can he do that?

Why yes, he can.

From the blog of ESPN.com’s Tim Graham:

Parcells' comments are ominous given his history as a restless football soul and the fact he can walk away from his Dolphins contract with full pay whenever the mood strikes him.

His contract with the Dolphins runs through 2011. When new owner Stephen Ross bought the team from Wayne Huizenga, Parcells negotiated a clause that will allow him to leave at any time, collect every last cent and not be prevented from working for another team.

With all that money, if Parcells decides to cut bait and run, he can build a pretty nice fireplace that he wouldn’t want to sit around.

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Posted on: September 30, 2010 1:31 pm

Tiki: Coughlin's 'job is certainly in jeopardy'

Posted by Will Brinson

Former New York Giant-turned-NBC-analyst-turned-Yah
oo!-football analyst Tiki Barber recently recorded a video at the Y! discussing his old team and how Tom Coughlin is handling things.

He doesn't think it's going well -- in fact, he believes Coughlin's control is "slipping away" and that his "job is in jeopardy."

"I don't know if he's completely lost control of his team, but it's definitely slipping away," Barber said. "Right now Tom Coughlin is at a crisis -- his job is certainly in jeopardy."

Tiki saying potentially explosive things about his old team isn't anything new; it's just a little awkward for him to be bashing the Giants shortly before he heads to New York for induction into the Giants Ring of Honor.

In other words, regardless of whether Tiki's correct about Coughlin being on the hot seat (and sure, he most certainly is if his team keeps losing and his players stop listening to him) don't be shocked if the boo birds come out when his name gets called. And be even less surprised if Coughlin uses Tiki's quotes as locker room motivation this week against the Bears.

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Posted on: September 29, 2010 12:07 am

Tom Coughlin needs to be careful

Posted by Andy Benoit

Tom Coughlin had better be careful. Lately, he’s bT. Coughlin (US Presswire)een venting to the media about his team’s atrocious past two weeks. It’s understandable that the Giants’ self-destructive behavior in the loss to the Titans on Sunday would leave the fiery 64-year-old even redder-faced than usual.

But Coughlin must be leery of calling out his players publicly. We may not like Bill Belichick’s taciturn nature, but the reality is, it helps the Patriots. Rex Ryan will name names when speaking to the media – and Ryan speaks to the same media as Coughlin – but the only way he’ll say anything negative about a player is if that player is on another team (see Crowder, Channing).

Coughlin, though hardnosed, is generally fair with his players. But on Monday while speaking to reporters, he was asked, “What’s the problem with the tipped interceptions bouncing off of the receivers?” (Four of Eli Manning’s six interceptions have been deflected off the hands of a Giants receiver.)

Coughlin replied, "Why this is taking place with Hakeem (Nicks)…you’ve got to catch that ball. I can tell you, yeah, the routes should have been this way and the quarterback should have put it here and so on – you’ve got to catch the ball. If you throw the ball inside the numbers in this league and it is tipped, it’s intercepted. That’s all there is to it. Goal line – the goal line interception, acrobatic as it was – the interception that…we had a couple of other balls that were tipped that I was holding my breath on and they weren’t surprises. It wasn’t a surprise. You expect a guy at this level, if he gets his hands on the ball, he better catch the ball. Period.”

Coughlin was then asked this question: “Hakeem seems to have issues early in the game. Does he need to change his warm-up or something?”

Coughlin’s full response? “Catch the ball.”

Yes, Coughlin is simply stating the obvious. Nicks needs to catch the ball. But Nicks already knows that. So what is the upside of his head coach saying it publicly?

If this were Belichick, the question about tipped interceptions would have drawn a two- or three-sentence response with nothing being said and, certainly, no names being mentioned. It would be annoying, but it would also prevent a story.

Now, because of articles like this one, the groundwork has been laid for Nicks to establish a reputation as someone who doesn’t hold onto the ball. That has a chance of putting additional pressure on the youngster.

It’s likely that nothing bad will come from Coughlin’s comments. After all, they’re just words of truth. And we’ll assume Nicks and the head coach have a good relationship. But, unless you say nothing, there are no guarantees.

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Posted on: September 27, 2010 3:06 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 3:07 pm

F&R NFL Approval Matrix: Week 3

Posted by Will Brinson  

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at  NY Mag ), we present our first-ever NFL approval matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .

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Posted on: September 27, 2010 1:22 pm

The NFL is a passing league? Ha!

Posted by Andy Benoit

We hear all the time that the NFL is a passing league these days. That’s true, it is. But Sunday’s events put at least a small, temporary dent in the notion.

The top five passing leaders in Week 3 so far have come in losing performances. Take a look:

1. Kyle Orton 37/57, 476 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT – Broncos 13, Colts 27

2. Philip Rivers 298/53, 455 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT – Chargers 20, Seahawks 27

3. Eli Manning 34/48, 386 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT – Giants 10, Titans 29

4. Drew Brees 30/38, 365 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT – Saints 24, Falcons 27 (OT)

5. Chad Henne 26/44, 363 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT – Dolphins 23, Jets 31

What’s odd is that none of these quarterbacks played any garbage time, either. Usually, big passing numbers in a loss are a product of hurry-up offenses facing prevent defenses. But Orton’s Broncos were just one step behind the Colts all afternoon. Rivers nearly led the Chargers to an overtime-forcing touchdown on the final drive. Manning’s Giants didn’t fall behind until late in the fourth. Brees’ Saints played an extra period. And Henne’s Dolphins had a potential game-tying drive late in the fourth.

Don't expect this trend to hold true week in and week out.
Posted on: September 25, 2010 5:28 pm

Hot Routes 9.25.10 expectations and anticipation

Posted by Andy Benoit

A look at the Nnamdi Asomugha-Larry Fitzgerald matchup.

Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Time Picayune has plenty of interesting stats on Drew Brees and the Saints.

The Vikings are weak inside at center and right guard. How will they handle Ndamukong Suh?

Brandon Marshall skipped his 10-minute session with the media. So, naturally, the media wrote a story about whether the mercurial receive is acting out again.

A name you may want to soon learn is Tony Moeaki. The Chiefs third-round rookie tight end has been turning some heads.

Few players have to battle through injuries – namely knee injuries – the way Kellen Winslow has and does.

Just in case you haven’t heard, Jets safety Eric Smith was fined $7,500 for a hitting Wes Welker in the chops.

The Giants offensive line isn’t quite as old as everyone thinks it is (only center Shaun O’Hara qualifies as someone in his “mid-30s”, and he’s coming off the best three-year stint of his career), but nevertheless, here’s an article about how the line is ignoring whispers about its age and decline.

Some good things have been said about undersized DE Everett Brown this season, but that didn’t stop the Charlotte Observer from writing this headline: “Panthers pass-rush not living up to its billing.” (Of course, if you watched this team on film last season, then projected what things would be like without Julius Peppers, you’d have to say the Panthers are living up – or down – exactly to their billing.)

For some reason a big deal has been made about Andy Reid’s “crucified” quote.

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