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Mr. Smith Goes to Philadelphia

Jimmy Stewart as a filibustering senator in 1939's

Jimmy Stewart as a filibustering senator in 1939's "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington'' Photo Credit: Sony Home Entertainment

Most people's familiarity with a filibuster comes from "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." Today, Jerry Reese took Jimmy Stewart's starring role in "Mr. Smith Goes to Philadelphia."

Here is the 1,122-word soliloquy that Jerry Reese provided at the start of his media session, as transcribed by the Giants:

"Alright, I haven’t talked to you guys in a while. Just a quick update on where we are because it seems like people are in a little bit of a panic about where we are. The perception is that we are not doing a lot. We had a game plan and we are sticking to our game plan. We went out and secured the center that we wanted. We felt like he was the best center in the market and we feel like he is a Pro Bowl center for us. He is our kind of guy, he is flexible and can play guard and center. He makes us strong up the middle so we got out there and did that right away. It is not as sexy as a receiver or cornerback but the guy touches the ball every single play and that was important to us to have a guy secured like him.

"Then Bradshaw was a priority for us. We made responsible offers to all of these guys and we were able to secure Ahmad Bradshaw and that was important to us as well. He is back in the fold and that gives us a couple running backs with starter experience who have rushed for 1,000 yards. We have some young kids in the backfield we are excited about seeing on Saturday.

"The offensive line and the rest of the guys, (Kevin) Boothe became a priority as well. He was a free agent and a swing man who can play any of the inside spots so we secured him as well. David moves into guard. Will Beatty, the maturation process for him has come full circle. He is our left tackle and we expect him to play well and he played well last year for us. Our right side is still intact with Chris Snee and Kareem McKenzie. Mitch Petrus will have a year under his belt and Stacy Andrews and some more guys. We also drafted (James) Brewer so we feel good about where we are with our offensive line.

"Our receivers, Steve Smith went to Philadelphia. Steve did a tremendous job for us while he was here but it is free agency and guys leave in free agency and that’s the way it is sometimes. Nobody owes you anything in free agency. It is almost a dog eat dog situation in free agency but it happens that way sometimes. Free agency is free agency and guys go to different teams. There was a lot of free agents on the market this time. Steve moved on and we are happy for him. I hope he gets healthy and plays for a long time. He did a good job for us but we have receivers here. We have accomplished receivers in Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham. They had 2,000 yards together and 20 touchdowns and that’s a lot of production. We have some young guys like (Victor) Cruz, who we want to see do some different things. We have Jerrel Jernigan and Dominik Hixon back. (Ramses) Barden is hurt right now but we expect him to come on and be a good player for us as well so that’s our receiver situation. Obviously we are going to look every day for better players for our roster.

"The tight end situation with Kevin Boss, we made a responsible offer to Kevin as well, along with Steve. Everybody we made responsible offers to. Kevin moved on. We would have liked to have secured Kevin back but it is free agency and he got a better offer than we put out there to him. We are happy for him and we hope he does well. We appreciate his services, along with Steve, that he gave us here.

"We wanted to secure a punter in the offseason to compete with Matt Dodge and we did that with (Steve) Weatherford and we think it will be a good battle for that punter spot.
We secured another veteran quarterback to battle for that number two spot in David Carr to battle with Sage (Rosenfels) for the number two spot as well. (Ryan) Perriloux is an interesting kid for us as well at the quarterback position.

"I will jump over to defense. Our defensive front, we should be good upfront. It really looks the part upfront but it is a ‘show me’ business so we will see. I expect our front to be really good. Osi, we expect to be back in the fold. I’m not going to make any comments on that situation but there are still some issues that we are trying to resolve. We expect him to be back and our defensive front should be strong. It should be the strong part of our defense.
Our linebackers, Jon Goff is in his second season as a full time starter but there will be some competition. I wouldn’t say he has it locked down because there will be some competition at that spot. (Michael) Boley as well, he has started obviously but there will be some competition at every position. (Mathias) Kiwanuka is out there and he is our joker. He can play linebacker, he can play as an end and he can play as a tackle inside. He brings a lot of versatility for us and that’s what we like about him.

"In the secondary, we should be better back there in the secondary. Kenny Phillips is coming off the knee and he should be better in his second year coming off the knee. Antrel Rolle, his role in Perry (Fewell’s) defense after a couple of years. He is going into his second year in this defense. Our corners, Corey Webster, Terrell Thomas and Aaron Ross are having good camps and of course, Prince (Amukamara) our first round draft picks. It is unfortunate he broke his foot but we expect him back. Hopefully after the first four games we can get him back but we won’t rush it. We won’t have any setbacks with that but it would be great to have your first round pick coming in at that time. Who knows what the injury situation will be at that point but it is good to know that you have a guy waiting in the wings at some point of his caliber during the season.

"The Plaxico Burress thing, we made a responsible offer to him as well. He decided to move on and go a different direction. It is free agency and that’s what happens in free agency. Sometimes you get guys and sometimes you don’t. We feel good about our roster and we have a strong roster. We will continue to try to make it stronger.

"That is my update."
 

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