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The Giants' next defensive coordinator?

FILE - Dave Tollefson of the Giants sacks

FILE - Dave Tollefson of the Giants sacks JaMarcus Russell in the second half. (October 11, 2009) Photo Credit: David Pokress

If the Giants are looking for a fire-spitter to take the place of competent yet uninspiring Bill Sheridan as their defensive coordinator, perhaps they should consider Dave Tollefson's mother.

Yup. Dave Tollefson's mother.

There's a nice write-up on her here at, but the short version is this: Before every game Tollefson gets on the phone with his mom and she curses him out to the point of producing a frenzy of emotion from him.

Even Justin Tuck gets a charge from it.

"It's an eye-opener," Tuck said. "It isn't the normal pep talk you think you'd get from your mom. When he first told me about it I said, 'Yeah, right.' Then he called me in and she started going on her rant and I was, 'Oh, wow.' It's hilarious. She's cursing at him, telling him not to be a punk. She's saying, 'You better go out there and hit somebody. I didn't raise you to ... basically be submissive.' That's the nice version of it."

Yes, apparently she works quite blue.

Maybe she'd work for Big Blue.

(Newsday Photo: David Pokress)

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