Tag:New York Giants
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:28 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 12:57 pm

Monday Musings: Coughlin in no rush to retire

SAN FRANCISCO -- If you think New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin is going to walk away from the game if he wins Super Bowl XLVI, think again.

Even though Coughlin is 65, and would become the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl, he told me Sunday night there is no way he is retiring.

"I feel good," Coughlin said "Retire to do what?"

Coughlin has one more year left on his Giants deal, so expect the Giants to give him a new contract after the season.

One thing about Coughlin, he still has the vigor for the job. There is no letup. You talk to his players, and he's the same guy he was 17 years ago when he became an NFL head coach.

Coughlin has eased up enough that he no longer seems as stressed about the job. He gets relief from the game through his family, including 10 grandchildren. In fact, he almost seems grandfatherly now compared to the coach who came into the league.

"I still love what I do," Coughlin said.

It shows. And why should he retire? Isn't he now considered one of the best in the league?

• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers should be thrilled that Oregon coach Chip Kelly pulled out of any chance of his becoming their coach. Kelly's gimmicky style can work in the college game, but it wouldn't have stood a chance in the NFL. His calling card is that wild offense he runs, but in the NFL there was no way it could work. I love Kelly as a college coach. Not in the NFL. The word is it was the Glazer family, the owners of the team, who pursued Kelly, not general manager Mark Dominik. The Bucs should take a look at Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. He has a great track record with quarterbacks and would be a nice fit for Josh Freeman. Why he doesn't get an interview is a mystery to me. 

• It sickened me to hear that fans were putting out threats to 49ers receiver Kyle Williams after he fumbled two punts away in the team's loss to the Giants.  It's really a bad representation of 49ers fans. But it's usually a vocal minority. 

• Candlestick Park is a dump. The 49ers should be ashamed of that stadium, which is why they want a new one. The league should make it happen. I wouldn't pay to see a game in that facility. It's terrible. Many of the bulbs on the stadium lights never went on, making for a dark field. That should never happen during an event as big as the NFC Championship Game.

• The 49ers lack deep speed. That was evident in their loss to the Giants. Michael Crabtree doesn't run very well and they lack a big-play guy on the other side, although Williams has potential. They need to give Alex Smith more help.

• 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald doesn't get the due he deserves playing next to Justin Smith, but he showed his true ability against the Giants with two sacks and stellar play against the run. The 49ers made a wise move re-signing McDonald before the season.

• I know a lot of people will blame Billy Cundiff for the Ravens losing to the Patriots because of his missed field goal from 32 yards. But some of the blame has to go to coach John Harbaugh. On third-and-1 from the 14, the Ravens should have run the ball to get a first down, then spiked it and run two more plays. They needed a yard. But Joe Flacco threw an incomplete pass and they had to kick. They also had a timeout if they needed it. They took that home with them, even though they had to rush to get the kick off. Cundiff choked on his kick, but he wasn't alone.

• Credit to Joe Flacco. He outplayed Tom Brady. Maybe Ed Reed needs to light him up every week.

• If defense and running game wins championships, how come the Giants-Patriots Super Bowl features teams ranked 20th (Pats) and 32nd (Giants) in rushing and 24th (Giants) and 31st (Patriots) in total defense?

• New Rams coach Jeff Fisher isn't backing off his vision of being a run-heavy team. Hey, Jeff. It's 2012. You can't win that way. Look at the two teams left playing. The Giants were last in the NFL in yards per attempt and the Patriots were 24th.

• For all the crap the Falcons take for losing their first playoff game in three of the last four seasons, the teams they lost to all went to the Super Bowl. They lost to the Cardinals in 2008, the Packers in 2010 and the Giants this season. 

• Love the hire of Joe Philbin by the Dolphins. It's nice to see teams take chances on young coaches. After what he's been through, losing a child, it has to be bittersweet.

• I also think the Saints got a great hire in Steve Spagnuolo to run the defense. He will improve that side of the ball. You watch.

Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:34 pm

Giants-Patriots again

SAN FRANCISCO -- The New York Giants must like overtime in NFC Championship Games -- at least recently.

It was good to them again Sunday.

For the second time in the past five years, the Giants advanced to the Super Bowl with a dramatic overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers, winning 20-17. They won when Lawrence Tynes nailed a 31-yard field goal to win it when Kyle Williams lost a fumble on a punt in the overtime to set it up.The Giants advanced to the Super Bowl XLVI to play the New England Patriots -- a rematch of the Super Bowl XLII, which was won by the Giants.

Sunday's game was tied at 17 at the end of regulation before the Giants won it in the extra period.

Eli Manning is now going to his second Super Bowl, tying brother Peyton Manning with two each. Both have won one, so Eli Manning now has a chance to surpass his big brother in number of rings.

Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:53 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2011 11:54 pm

Giants save season

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Season on the line, down five late, the New York Giants looked done against the Dallas Cowboys.

Fifty-eight yards stood between then and their season essentially being over.

Then Eli Manning did what he's become known for, even if he doesn't get credit for it: He was clutch in the end.

Manning drove the Giants 58 yards to the game-winning touchdown, that coming on a 1-yard run by Brandon Jacobs in the final minute and then Giants held on with a blocked field goal with 1 second left from 47 yards out to beat the Cowboys 37-34. 

The victory gives the Giants a 7-6 record and puts them ahead of the Cowboys in the NFC East, based on them having the same record but the Giants winning Sunday night.

The two teams meet again in the final week of the season, but, for now, it's the Giants on top of the NFC East.

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 24, 2009 5:51 pm

Phillips loss hurts

The loss of safety Kenny Phillips for the year is a tough blow for the New York Giants.

Phillips was one of those players who was on the verge of pushing for a Pro Bowl berth in his second season. Now he's on the injured-reserve list with patella femoral arthritis.

Phillips, from the Universtiy of Miami, has improved his recognition skills greatly this season and had two picks in two games.

He will be replaced in the starting lineup by C.C. Brown, who was signed as a free agent this season. Brown started 47 games for the Houston Texans from 2005 to 2008. The book on him is he wasn't great in coverage, so that is something that could show up now that he's taking over for Phillips. The Giants also signed Aaron Rouse, who was let go by the Green Bay Packers this week.

This is an injury the Giants will feel in a big way.
Category: NFL
Posted on: September 7, 2009 8:06 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2009 8:09 pm

Stealing secrets

I love that the New York Giants are getting all worked up because the Washington Redskins, their opponent this week, signed quarterback Andre Woodson to their practice squad.

The Giants cut Woodson Saturday, so the Giants are worried the Redskins will empty his brain of all their secrets.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin expects it.

I remember when he did it.

In 1997, in the week before Coughlin's Jacksonville  Jaguars were to play the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Jaguars signed quarterback Jim Miler, who had been let go by the Steelers.

Some believe that's the reason Steelers linebacker Greg Lloyd hit Jaguars receiver Keenan McCardell with a cheap shot on the game's first play. Lloyd said it was because McCardell called his house during the week leading up to the game, a claim that was never substantiated.

At any rate, Coughlin has done the same thing he's worrying about now. Maybe that's why he's so paranoid about it.

They all do it.

By the way, how many secrets are there anyway?
Category: NFL
Posted on: October 15, 2008 11:14 am

Prisco Rants


I was thinking something as I watched the New York Giants lose to the Cleveland Browns Monday night: Is anybody any damn good?

Really? One week it looks like a team might be that special team, and then, wham, they lose.

Just when we're ready to put the NFC East champ into the Super Bowl -- why bother with the playoffs, right? -- three of the four teams lose last week.

The Cowboys are going in the wrong direction, the Redskins lost to the Rams at home and the Giants called the printers to stop printing playoff tickets just yet.

So who is good?

The Tennessee Titans are the only remaining unbeaten team, but I can tell you they won't go undefeated in the AFC South. They have two games with the Colts, one on the road at Jacksonville and another at Houston.

They're not that good.

Those 1972 Miami Dolphins will be popping that champagne early this season. Their undefeated season won't be challenged like the Patriots did last season.

Nobody is any good.

Yet. Somebody will emerge soon. It's usually in November when that happens.

---The Atlanta Falcons won't back down to anybody. They are a definitely a feisty bunch.

Nobody embodies that more than right guard Harvey Dahl.

The man is a madman on the field. Dahl will hold his blocks until the last possible second, sometimes even pushing past the whistle. That infuriates the opposition, leading to post-play scuffles.

Watch the Falcons play and you'll usually see Dahl in the middle things. He's the modern Conrad Dobler.

" He's nasty," Falcons center Todd McClure said. "That's the one thing that impressed the coaches. He stays after them. He gets them frustrated."

I asked McClure if Dahl's a crazy man off the field.

"He's kind of laid back and flips the switch when he gets on the field," McClure said. "He
came here last year and worked his butt off. That's why he's the way he is."

Dahl is a terrific run blocker already and once he learns the tricks of pass protection he very well could end up in Hawaii in a couple of years. Not bad for a guy who was cut as a non-drafted rookie by Dallas in 2005 and also let go by San Francisco the next year before joining the Falcons as a practice-squad player last year.

With rookie left tackle Sam Baker and second-year left guard Justin Blalock, the Falcons have the makings of a good, young line.

Dahl will make sure it's a mean one.



Quick hits

---I hate squib kicks by teams late in games. Just kick the damn ball out of the end zone. Or cover one that doesn't. The Bears blew a game last week with the squib. Stupid.

---Wonder if there were any stories in the New York papers this week touting Eli Manning as being better than his brother? Didn't think so after Monday night. The fact that somebody is even thinking that is ludicrous. Eli is getting better. But he's no Peyton.

---The Steelers are publicly questioning the $5,000 fine levied at Hines Ward for a hit that wasn't penalized in the Oct. 5 game with Jacksonville. It was his second $5,000 fine of the season. Ward pushes the envelope when he plays. That's a fact. Some players on opposing teams think he's a cheap-shot artist. Maybe the league is just keeping a closer eye on him. The play he was fined for in the Jaguars game was on the first play of the game. He took a shot at Jaguars linebacker Mike Peterson. Jacksonville defensive end Paul Spicer blasted Ward after the play and got a personal foul. I thought the Jaguars were going after him because of things he did in the two games between the teams last season. But I asked Ward after the game what happened, and he smiled? "They thought I hit their guy," he said, the smile widening. I guess he did. And the league caught him.

---So Arthur Blank is all for Mike Vick returning to the NFL when he's released from prison? But he doesn't want him on his team. You think? The Falcons finally have a quarterback who can make all the throws from the pocket in rookie Matt Ryan. Why would they want that run-around, don't-see-the-field Vick back? Not only that, there is a feel-good thing going on in Atlanta. Who wants the bad times to come back through the front door? I do think Vick, if he can play, should play somewhere. Not in Atlanta.

---I love it when a player doesn't get what he wants -- see Tony Gonzalez -- and they run to the media and bitch publicly. Hey, Tony, you aren't what you think you are anymore. You signed a contract a few years back, so the Chiefs can force you to honor it. It's that simple. Deal with it. Your team isn't any good, but that's part of the process of playing in the NFL. It's not all rosy. And shut your mouth. It will be interesting to see how he's received in the locker room this week after openly campaigning to leave those very teammates behind.

---I like the deal that Colts made to get defensive tackle John McCargo. He's underachieved since being a first-round pick by the Bills in 2006, but he has the tools to be a starter in Indianapolis. The Colts are thin at defensive tackle, with the retirement of Quinn Pitcock and the release of Ed Johnson (for off-field issues). When the Colts won the Super Bowl two years ago, they were helped by an in-season pickup of defensive tackle Booger McFarland. McCargo didn't start a game in Buffalo, but sometimes a change of scenery can be good for a young player. The guess he is that it will be.

----It's chic right now to say the Dallas Cowboys are crumbling before our eyes. That's simply not true. But it can be if Tony Romo's broken pinkie doesn't heal up in the four-week timetable the Cowboys have put out there. The Cowboys can't win for the long term with Brad Johnson playing quarterback. As long as Romo is on the field, all will be well with the Cowboys. If not, they're done. It's that simple.

---Last January, when the four first-time coaches were hired, there were a lot of people questioning those moves. They shouldn't. They've all done good jobs so far, the best being turning in by Mike Smith, who has the Falcons at 4-2. But Tony Sparano in Miami, Jim Zorn in Washington and John Harbaugh are all doing good jobs. Their success could open things up for more first-time coaches next January, men like Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive backs coach Raheem Morris, Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley.


Category: NFL
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