T-Rock's Take on the Giants
A day after one of the worst showings by the Giants offensive line in some time, two veteran pieces of the group had MRIs to determine if they can continue to play.
Guard Chris Snee and center David Baas, both of whom underwent offseason surgery, were examined on Monday. Snee is coming off hip surgery this offseason while Baas, who missed the opening game with a sprained MCL and had several...Read more »
Tom Coughlin described the loss of his brother John earlier this week and his responsibilities with the Giants as “an emotional tug-of-war.”
Coughlin has not spoken much about it, either in public or with his team. He noted it in a meeting on Wednesday to the players and then moved on to the Panthers. But it has been difficult for him to balance between being an NFL head coach and the patriarch...Read more »
The Giants’ pass rush is awful. How awful? There are 26 players in the league who have at least as many sacks as the Giants have as a team. And Sunday, despite talking all week about the need to hit Peyton Manning to make him uncomfortable, they were credited with only two hits and no sacks.
“We’re better than that, we’re better than that,” Coughlin said. “And when we do get there we have...Read more »
One of the first things Tom Coughlin said about the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday was that “they do not beat themselves.”
No one would say the same about the Giants. That’s why this week is not so much about who the Giants are playing or the danger of falling to 0-3. Coughlin’s introduction of the opponent this week should have included a snapshot of his own team.
“We gotta get our...Read more »
Tom Coughlin pointed it out almost immediately following Sunday’s loss.
“We’ve been 0-2 before, we’ve dug ourselves into a hole before, and been able to fight our way out of it,” he said. “And we did it with ‘team.’”
It is true. In 2007 the Giants started the season with two straight losses and then rallied to win the Super Bowl. Maybe this team will do that, too. Probably it won’t....Read more »
While most of the attention at practice was on Brandon Jacobs returning to the Giants, perhaps a more significant return was occurring just a few yards away.
David Baas was practicing with the team.
Baas missed the opener while recovering from a sprained MCL and was on the practice field for the first time since that injury today. If he plays on Sunday it could mean a return to normal...Read more »
The last guy to wear the number 34 jersey here was Laron Scott, a 5-9, 184 pound cornerback who was with the Giants in training camp. Today, a 6-4, 265 pounder was wearing it.
Brandon Jacobs participated in his first practice with the Giants since the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVI, and his first since re-signing with the team on Tuesday. The running back was wearing a different number...Read more »
Tom Coughlin gave the most optimistic three words yet on the status of Victor Cruz and Jason Pierre-Paul on Wednesday: “Full speed ahead.”
And yes, the two of them were practicing with the Giants on Wednesday in the first gameplan-specific workout of the season. Coughlin admitted that they might wind up being limited on the official injury report that comes out later, but he seemed convinced...Read more »
“It never gets easier, because every year the principals involved are different,” said Tom Coughlin of making roster decisions on cut-down day. “My gut starts bothering me about two days before. The day of it I get the headache and the whole bit that goes with it. When you speak to these kids and you work with them and you see them, you do see their effort and what they put forth and how important...Read more »
Tom Coughlin isn’t going to pull a Rex Ryan.
While the Giants coach will have his starters play the first series or so in Thursday’s preseason finale – 12-15 snaps he said – he will not expose any of them to further injury even if he doesn’t see what he wants to see from their limited time on the field.
“I would think the latter is the choice that I would make right here,” he said when...Read more »