T-Rock's Take on the Giants

Jerry Reese has little to say on big NFL stories

New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese speaks

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Indianapolis – Giants general manager Jerry Reese touched on the two big overarching topics of this NFL Scouting Combine when he spoke to the media on Saturday morning as only he can: Barely.

The first topic is Michael Sam, poised to become the first openly gay player in the NFL. Reese was asked if he’ll be accepted by NFL teams.

“I’m not talking about that,” he said. “If you want to...

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Coughlin catch-all: Eli, JPP, Tuck, etc.

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul raises his arms

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INDIANAPOLIS – We’re here at the NFL Scouting Combine to talk about the future players, but inevitably when coaches come to the podium questions turn to the players already on the roster. Particularly the ones who are coming off of injuries or heading into free agency. So here’s a roundup of the current Giants that Tom Coughlin spoke about on Friday:

ELI MANNING

“We’re very confident...

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Coughlin excited by learning anew with McAdoo

Tom Coughlin looks on during the second half

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INDIANAPOLIS -- New Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo remains a man of mystery. He has yet to meet with the media since being named to his new position, so there are naturally lots of questions about what his schemes and play-calling will be like.

Since we can’t ask McAdoo, we’ll ask his boss.

“He, interestingly enough, does not describe himself as West Coast,” Tom Coughlin said,...

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Giants' offense not 'broken' but still needs fixing

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, right, talks with

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Tom Coughlin and John Mara have agreed on a contract extension, but they do not agree on how to describe the disappointing 2013 season.

In the days after the season ended with a 7-9 record, Mara, the team’s co-owner, described the offense as “broken.” Since then, the Giants have revamped their offensive coaching staff. Coordinator Kevin Gilbride retired and long-time assistants...

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Packers' McCarthy praises Giants' McAdoo

Green Bay Packers tight end coach Ben McAdoo

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Packers head coach Mike McCarthy heaped praise on new Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, but said that his system will likely be more of a reflection of Tom Coughlin than anything he picked up as a Packers assistant.

“I don’t know if anybody could be as prepared as Ben is for this,” McCarthy said at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday. “He’s ready. I have great confidence...

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Antonio Pierce to coach at Long Beach Poly

Former linebacker Antonio Pierce, who finished his career

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Once a Giants captain, Antonio Pierce’s new title will be “coach.”

According to multiple reports from California, the Super Bowl-winning linebacker will be named head coach of high school powerhouse Long Beach Poly at a press conference on Thursday afternoon. Pierce is from Compton and runs popular youth clinics in the Southern California area, but this is his first actual job as a coach.

Pierce,...

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Many Super Bowl records set or tied

Seattle Seahawks' Cliff Avril celebrates after Super Bowl

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It was a blow out Seahawks win, but that doesn't mean there weren't some interesting records set during Super Bowl XLVIII:

SUPER BOWL RECORDS SET IN SUPER BOWL XLVIII

Quickest Score From Start of Game – 12 seconds, Seattle

Most Playing Time In The Lead, Game, Team – 59 minutes, 48 seconds, Seattle

Most Completions, Game – 34, Peyton Manning

Most Receptions, Game – 13,...

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Eli Manning helping make Peyton Manning comfortable

Peyton Manning #18 of the AFC's Denver Broncos

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Eli Manning is doing everything he can to make his brother’s stay in New Jersey comfortable. It began last week when he took on the role of ticket wrangler for the long list of Manning family and friends and it culminated last night by making sure that Peyton headed into Wednesday’s first regular practice of the week on a full stomach. “He came over for dinner last night and I cooked him a...

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Giants name Craig Johnson running backs coach

Craig Johnson of the Minnesota Vikings poses for

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Craig Johnson was named the new running backs coach for the Giants, replacing long-time Tom Coughlin assistant Jerald Ingram, who was let go last week.

Johnson coached quarterbacks for the Vikings the last three years.

The only other current opening on the Giants staff remains tight ends coach. Mike Pope, who held that job with the Giants since 2000 before he was let go last week, was...

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Super Bowl fans will have warm hands

The frozen Great South Bay is viewed through

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If this week has taught us anything, it’s that the weather can vary tremendously at this time of year. One day we’re getting a snowstorm named Hercules, then we’re in an arctic vortex with single-digit temperatures, and the next (or at least a few days later if the Saturday forecast is correct) we’re in the 50s.

So no one can know what is in store for us on Feb. 2 when the Super Bowl rolls...

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