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Eric from BBI : Admin : 1/5/2016 1:39 pm
Senior Vice President, General Manager Jerry Reese

Press Conference, January 5, 2016

JERRY REESE: First of all, I'd like to say thank you to Coach Coughlin for our years together. He's been a great partner to work with. He and I have a really great relationship. He taught me a lot. I learned a lot from him. He's just a hard-working guy who loves football. All we want to do is win for this organization.

I have great respect for him. I do say thank you to him and his staff because I see how hard these guys work, all the time they put in trying to put a good product out there on the field for the New York Giants.

We've had several really good conversations the last few days, even starting Sunday. I told coach that I love him, that he'll always be a good friend to me. I wanted to put that out there first for the coach.

As far as the season, we're 6-10. Obviously we had some issues with personnel. But let me say this. First of all, you always miss on some draft picks. I take full responsibility for every player that's been on this roster from the time I was director of player personnel to right now. So I'll take full responsibility.

Even though everybody's involved with grading players, the players that we take, I don't try to have full control of everything. Our coaching staff are involved, our personnel staff are involved, everybody's involved.

The first guy that we don't like, if there's too much controversy about him, we will absolutely think about taking somebody else into consideration. But everybody is involved.

But I take full responsibility. So let me put that on me right here, right now. The roster is up to me and I take full responsibility for everything that's happened.

Obviously there's some situations on the roster that need to be addressed, and we'll continue to try to build the roster. It's not easy to turn a roster over and start to rebuild. You want to make it competitive. We were 6-10. You are what the record says you are. I believe we were competitive. I think we lost eight games by a total of 26 points in the last couple seconds of the game. So we have some things to do obviously.

But the roster that we put out there, it wasn't a perfect roster. Nobody has a perfect roster. But you have to manufacture wins in different ways. You got to play the hand you're dealt and you got to win with it.

We lost too many close games. Had a chance to win a lot of games. Had a couple undefeated teams in here that we had a chance to win the games.

We won Super Bowls. Seasons are about a call here, a ball bouncing here, a tipped pass here. I've said that over and over again. It can change your whole season, just a couple of two or three plays. It happens. We've been on the wrong end of that. I'm not making any excuses. We have some personnel issues we have to resolve. We'll continue to do that, we'll get it right.

That's what I have to say about the season. We will evaluate our personnel staff and see if there need to be any changes to be made there. We are still trying to evaluate why the injury situation is happening for us. We're leading the league again in injury issues. We've tried everything with that. We've changed the schedule. We do GPS, done a lot of different things trying to correct some of those things.

Quite frankly, injuries happen in the National Football League. Everybody has injuries. We have guys that never got to the field that we were absolutely depending on. The Jason Pierre-Paul situation was unfortunate. Those things happen sometimes, that's just the way it is.

But you have to play the hand you're dealt. You have to manufacture things. We were close a lot of times. What if we win three or four of those games, two of those games? We're not even having a conversation of some of the things we talk about here today.

We'll work hard. Our fans deserve a better product than we put out there the last three years, and we'll work hard to do that. I know a lot of it's on me. I take full responsibility for it.

If anybody has any questions, I'll try to answer them for you.

Q. You won two Super Bowls with the process you have in place. Why do you think the last few years it's broken down a little bit?

JERRY REESE: Again, it comes down to, you can take 10 plays probably for the entire season and say, Okay, if these plays went a different way, the New York Giants have a completely different season. That's just part of it.

Coach is part of it, personnel is part of it, luck is part of it. I've said it over and over again. You have to have a little bit of luck, have the ball bounce your way. We haven't had some of those things bounce our way. The personnel needs to be better. So we'll work on those things.

Q. You said, I think we'll be really good defensively this summer. That was a comment you made. Obviously you finished 32nd in the league. Where did it go wrong in your estimation?

JERRY REESE: First of all, the Jason Pierre-Paul effect. When Jason was not able to get in there, had the accident, obviously it's hard to find guys of his caliber to come in and help with your pass-rush. That's an important part of the National Football League, you have to have some pass-rushers. Obviously Jason had an accident. So that was part of it.

But I thought our defense, I thought we were going to have enough. We lost three young safeties right off the bat, had to bring in some older guys. Not a lot of guys just walking around the street that could play safety. There were some situations like that that happened.

I think Steve and his staff work every week really hard. We were up in turnovers. We had a lot of turnovers. We were getting turnovers for the offense. Stopping the run game there for a while. Hankins went out. There were some injury issues. Kennard went out. Again, we have to have some more personnel to fix those kind of things. You have to create more depth on your roster. We'll try to do that. We will do that.

Q. Do you look at the linebacker corps that needs particular attention?

JERRY REESE: I think all the roster can improve. We try to improve everything. Obviously there's some holes defensively. But we try to upgrade every part of the roster. We always try to do that. We'll always try to do that.

We try to upgrade the linebackers. We had some linebackers we didn't bring back. We brought a couple new guys in. J.T. was hurt part of the time with an ankle injury that hampered him a lot of the season. We expected Kennard to be in there more. Jon Beason got hurt.

Q. You specifically mentioned roster depth.

JERRY REESE: There's a combination of things. We've missed players in the draft. We still believe that you build your team through the draft. Free agency is part of it. But we believe in building our team through the draft. We'll always try to do that as long as I'm here.

But you have injuries that come into play. We had some really good players that got hurt. Kenny Phillips. There's a few of them. You know them. We've had some really good players that we wanted to be staples in our organization that just got hurt. Kenny Phillips is a guy that I can think of right off the top of my head that got hurt.

That's just part of it. The attrition of the roster, you have to be lucky to have guys stay on your roster. Sometimes you just miss on guys. Everybody misses on guys. Sometimes you have injuries. Sometimes you have guys leave free agency. You have to try to rebuild your roster, try to keep some depth on your roster.

When you have 20, 25 guys on IR, depth is hard to find.

Q. It always seems as though you can turn things around quickly with the way the cap is set up. Do you believe you can do that?

JERRY REESE: The cap situation is a lot better than it has been for a while. Of course you can turn the season around quickly. Again, you can take 10 plays out of the season, we could be 11 wins right now. So absolutely you can turn the season around quickly, and we expect to do that. We'll work hard. I know everybody on this staff works hard. We'll continue to work hard to try to do that.

Q. You've been here a long time but have not been part of a head coaching search. How much do you think that stamps a general manager, bring in a coach that you've had part of the process?

JERRY REESE: I'm not trying to be stamped in any kind of a way. I'm trying to do a service to the New York Giants who afforded me a great opportunity to be here. I don't have ego in it at all. I just want the next guy to come in and be able to communicate with our players and be a good teacher, those type things, the qualities we like in a head coach.

The next guy that comes in here, utmost, I said this already, the GM and the coach's relationship, if you don't have a good relationship with the head coach and the GM, it's hard to win in this league, period. If your head coach and GM are not on the same page, I think you forget about winning in this league.

Q. A lot of times GMs say you have to have a list. Do you have a list?

JERRY REESE: Of course, we have a list. I have too much respect for Coach Coughlin to be talking about what we have on a list.

Since things have happened in the last couple of days, we started talking about a list, started to set up interviews with different coaches around the league. We want to do it sooner than later. I think John said that. We want to get the right guy. It has to be the right person who can communicate with the players, can teach, has something to prove, all those kinds of things, a guy that wants to win Super Bowls.

Q. A lot of Tom Coughlin's decisions were late-game decisions that were questioned. Was there a point you looked at the team and thought that coaching was the reason you were 6-10?

JERRY REESE: Coach Coughlin gets paid to make decisions. He made way more good decisions than bad decisions. I get paid to make decisions. You can make your own decision on whether I make good or bad decisions.

If the decisions he made, of course, if all of them would have went the way he wanted them to go, nobody would have had anything to say about that. You get paid to make decisions.

Q. When you evaluate yourself, are there things in evaluation going back from '07 through '11 that you feel you have gotten away from? If so, what are they?

JERRY REESE: You know, I always try to evaluate myself. I know one thing about myself, I work just as hard as I worked in 2007 when I was hired as a GM here with the Giants to right now. You never can expect me to do anything different. I always work the same amount of time, as hard as I can for the New York Giants under the circumstances, all the circumstances. I give everything I have to this organization.

Q. John said that you know this is on you, it's up to you to get it fixed. He also said he had confidence in you. Knowing the cap space you have to work with, how do you embrace the challenge?

JERRY REESE: I'm never afraid of a challenge. That's part of it. If you have thin skin, you're afraid, you can't work in this business. That's just the way it is.

I was raised that way. I'm tougher than I look. I know I don't look like a lot, but I'm tougher than I look.

Q. You haven't had a ton of success in the mid to late rounds. How do you view that? How do you fix that?

JERRY REESE: Mid to late rounds, you have lesser talent in the mid to late rounds. We've missed on some guys. Gotten good players out of mid to late rounds. You have lesser talent, to be frank, from mid to late rounds.

If you pick in the top 10, top 12, you get some higher-quality talent.

Q. (Indiscernible.)
JERRY REESE: Have you researched that? Do you know that for a fact? Till you know that for a fact, I don't think you should say that. That's just my opinion. If you know that for a fact, you can tell me about that. But give me the facts on that.

Q. What does it mean to you personally to be endorsed by this regime?

JERRY REESE: I have great respect for this organization, for the Mara family, the Tisch family, in 2007 they walked out of here and said Jerry Reese is our general manager. Everybody was like, Who, what, who? I have great respect for those guys. That's why I give them everything every day I'm here in this office.

For them to come out and say, Jerry knows it's on him, but we know he can get it fixed. I appreciate John coming out and saying that, and the talks I've had with Steve as well.

Q. (Indiscernible.)
JERRY REESE: We'll do the evaluation process with all our UFAs. I spoke with all of them yesterday. Had some good conversations with them all. Evaluation process starts right now. We'll get that going right away. We'll take everything into consideration. We'll leave all our options open with that.

Q. You went to the pass-rush, pass-rush. Do you feel maybe that is missing?

JERRY REESE: You want that. If your best pass-rusher has an accident and you have some young players, we were hoping that Damontre Moore would continue to develop. He didn't develop as quickly as we would like and he had some issues that were involved. We drafted Owa (Odighizuwa). He never got on the field this year.

We've tried to fix that, our defensive line. Obviously it starts a lot with your defensive front, it starts a lot with your offensive front, a lot of it starts with your quarterback, as well.

Q. There are teams that make the playoffs, they play one game, it's over with. There are other teams that challenge every year for a Super Bowl. When is this team going to be in that group?

JERRY REESE: I hope it's really soon. Again, you can take a few plays here and there. We lost eight games by a close margin, I don't think we're that far away.

Obviously when you're 6-10 a couple years, everybody tells you you're a bad team. In the National Football League things can get fixed quickly. We expect to do that. We expect to fix things quickly and expect to have a chance to get back in the tournament and play Giants football like we like.

Q. Do you and John have similar thoughts about what the makeup of your next head coach should be?

JERRY REESE: We talk about that. What does your next head coach look like? What do we want from the guy? What should he bring to the table?

Coach Coughlin, he's going to be a tough act to follow. First of all, if a guy has thin skin, he shouldn't come here. That's the first thing I'll tell him. If you have thin skin, this is not the job for you. Don't come here.

Q. Is head coaching in the NFL a requisite?

JERRY REESE: I don't think so. I think that's a good qualification to have, but I don't think that's a requisite to have, absolute requisite to have. I think there's some college coaches who have done a really nice job. So we'll take everything under consideration.

Q. Jerry, some of the players yesterday said, We feel like we failed Coach Coughlin. Would you ever say that?

JERRY REESE: We all failed. We all feel that way. Coach said this. We win as a team, we lose as a team. We all failed. Right here right now we all failed.

I understand why they feel like that. But coach feel like he failed, I feel like I failed. You're 6-10, we all failed.

Q. Why do you believe you're the right man for this job?

JERRY REESE: Because I know how passionate I am about it. I know we've put together championship teams before. I know the big picture of what the National Football League is. I'm not a guy, you can ask a lot of people around the National Football League, everybody has their opinion. Somebody wrote me yesterday saying, You're taking some haymakers. But that's part of the business.

I just know that if you lose eight games by 26 points, most of them in the last seconds of the game, you're not that far away, no matter what you say the personnel is. Things can be fixed and they can be fixed quickly.

Q. You have a lot of money to spend in this off-season. How do you approach that? Do you think you can build a team through free agency or is it more specific guys here and there?

JERRY REESE: We got a lot of situations personnel-wise that we need to fix. We'll try to do some, like always, with free agency. The draft, I think we're picking number 10 right now in the draft. We'll get some quality players up there where we're picking in the draft this time. We expect to get good players in the draft, we expect to get good players in free agency.
Here is the video.  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 1/5/2016 1:39 pm : link
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Giants.com Video - ( New Window )
Would love to know what was asked  
BlueHurricane : 1/5/2016 1:40 pm : link
Very unprofessional response.

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JERRY REESE: Have you researched that? Do you know that for a fact? Till you know that for a fact, I don't think you should say that. That's just my opinion. If you know that for a fact, you can tell me about that. But give me the facts on that.
whoever posted the "throw in the towel" picture  
Moondawg : 1/5/2016 1:41 pm : link
was spot on.
Again,  
ryanmkeane : 1/5/2016 1:52 pm : link
still trying to come up with multiple bad answers and responses from Reese here and I've got nothing. Yes, I'm a Reese defender. Is your biggest gripe the injuries he brought up? didn't SEEM like he was making excuses, just stating facts. The JPP thing is also being overblown, he mentioned him getting hurt having an effect on the team, that is a fact.
He mentions Coughlin  
ryanmkeane : 1/5/2016 1:53 pm : link
multiple times here, stating the utmost respect for him.
That was a terrifying  
MookGiants : 1/5/2016 1:54 pm : link
press conference. If you haven't listened to it, don't. Your head will hurt after
He starts with  
ryanmkeane : 1/5/2016 1:55 pm : link
"I take full responsibility for everything that has happened, it's on me." What else do you guys want?
It was just an awful, awful idea to put him on last if this was what  
Devon : 1/5/2016 1:57 pm : link
he had to offer to say.

"I take responsibility, but it's not really my fault because..." and then getting testy when pushed (for once!) by reporters was beyond not the right course to take, especially with what Mara said about personnel immediately before and how you've had players like Eli almost tearfully take full responsibility.
RE: It was just an awful, awful idea to put him on last if this was what  
ryanmkeane : 1/5/2016 1:58 pm : link
In comment 12741113 Devon said:
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he had to offer to say.

"I take responsibility, but it's not really my fault because..."


When does he say it's not his fault? He in fact says it's his fault.
RE: Would love to know what was asked  
bigbluescot : 1/5/2016 1:59 pm : link
In comment 12741029 BlueHurricane said:
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Very unprofessional response.



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Q. (Indiscernible.)
JERRY REESE: Have you researched that? Do you know that for a fact? Till you know that for a fact, I don't think you should say that. That's just my opinion. If you know that for a fact, you can tell me about that. But give me the facts on that.



It was something about being the worst in the league at drafting rounds 3 to 7.
RE: That was a terrifying  
The_Boss : 1/5/2016 2:00 pm : link
In comment 12741101 MookGiants said:
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press conference. If you haven't listened to it, don't. Your head will hurt after


This times 100. Reese stammering and stuttering his way to taking all the blame with the caveat of "we lost 8 games by 26 points" and "we lead the league in injuries". Also the exchange with Raanan was quite telling how thin skinned he is, which is ironic after he said he's tough enough to take the heat. Also- I know a lot of people get nervous/anxious during any form of public speaking, but wow, Reese is a brutal in these settings.
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ryanmkeane : 1/5/2016 2:01 pm : link
In comment 12741125 bigbluescot said:
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Very unprofessional response.



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It was something about being the worst in the league at drafting rounds 3 to 7.

Again, a stat that is absolutely meaningless. You could draft 9 quality players 3 years in a row, but if they aren't elite talent, then what? Do we have a stat that says how much Beckham means to this team vs 2 "quality" players drafted by another team? Gimme a break with this. The teams towards the bottom of that are all in the playoffs this year and are generally thought of as good football organizations.
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rdt288 : 1/5/2016 2:03 pm : link
He seems defensive and arrogant all at once
Everyone gets on Reese  
ryanmkeane : 1/5/2016 2:03 pm : link
for never saying anything at press conferences. He finally lets it out, says how he really feels, even gets snippy with reporters, and he loses again to BBI. Classic.
Dude gave insight as to how decisions get made  
David in LA : 1/5/2016 2:05 pm : link
and said he takes full responsibility. This board is turning into an emotional dumpster fire, it's quite embarrassing.
If you don't see how he was defensively cushioning himself, I don't  
Devon : 1/5/2016 2:08 pm : link
know what to tell you.

Those getting on him for the stuttering are being stupid, but the content and timing was close to the last thing wanted or needed. He and, mostly, the Giants just screwed up on this (or they intentionally wanted to lead him to slaughter).
RE: Would love to know what was asked  
BigBlueinChicago : 1/5/2016 2:09 pm : link
In comment 12741029 BlueHurricane said:
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Very unprofessional response.



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Q. (Indiscernible.)
JERRY REESE: Have you researched that? Do you know that for a fact? Till you know that for a fact, I don't think you should say that. That's just my opinion. If you know that for a fact, you can tell me about that. But give me the facts on that.



Here was the transcript after Reese had asked his initial question on the mid to late round picks not panning out.

Jordan Raanan: "Your percentage on missing (on the mid to late round picks) is lower in the last eight years than the other teams. Granted youre not"

(question interrupted by Reese)
RE: Dude gave insight as to how decisions get made  
ryanmkeane : 1/5/2016 2:09 pm : link
In comment 12741159 David in LA said:
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and said he takes full responsibility. This board is turning into an emotional dumpster fire, it's quite embarrassing.

I get that everyone is emotional, and rightfully pissed at Reese for fucking up 2009-2012. It was bad. But the past 3 drafts have been good, and we very well might have drafted the best overall player in football. The arrow is pointing up for Reese lately, that's all I'm saying.
RE: Dude gave insight as to how decisions get made  
Arcanum : 1/5/2016 2:19 pm : link
In comment 12741159 David in LA said:
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and said he takes full responsibility. This board is turning into an emotional dumpster fire, it's quite embarrassing.



My thoughts exactly. I honestly don't see anything wrong with the response he gave. He seem very passionate about getting this team back on track, and that's all you can ask for.
Reese stammering and stuttering his way through this  
JohnB : 1/5/2016 2:20 pm : link
speaks volumes.

I have been in law enforcement for 30+ years and when I am confronted with a person using these mannerisms (stammering and stuttering), I know he knows he is full of $hit but he is hoping you buy into his cock and bull story. It's "deer in the headlights" for Reese on this one. And I am guessing Reese survived but by the thinnest of margins and was put on notice.

BTW, I have been a big Reese supporter.... until this press conference.
RE: Reese stammering and stuttering his way through this  
ryanmkeane : 1/5/2016 2:20 pm : link
In comment 12741218 JohnB said:
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speaks volumes.

I have been in law enforcement for 30+ years and when I am confronted with a person using these mannerisms (stammering and stuttering), I know he knows he is full of $hit but he is hoping you buy into his cock and bull story. It's "deer in the headlights" for Reese on this one. And I am guessing Reese survived but by the thinnest of margins and was put on notice.

BTW, I have been a big Reese supporter.... until this press conference.

Ah yes, the ol law enforcement analogy.
The  
AcidTest : 1/5/2016 2:21 pm : link
good news is that Reese knows he has to improve.
that was horrible  
shabu : 1/5/2016 2:49 pm : link
I won't watch that guy again. he feels amature
RE: that was horrible  
David in LA : 1/5/2016 2:51 pm : link
In comment 12741365 shabu said:
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I won't watch that guy again. he feels amature


Then don't.
Of course Giants.com cut off the video before we could see JR stare at  
FranknWeezer : 1/5/2016 2:52 pm : link
one of the reporters over on Stage Left. I mean he really glared like hell at one of them for 3-4 seconds as soon as the interview was over. Wish we knew who it was. Not Jordan Raanan (the one who asked the question that pissed him off about missing in Rounds 3-7)...he was on the other side of the room.
RE: Of course Giants.com cut off the video before we could see JR stare at  
ryanmkeane : 1/5/2016 3:02 pm : link
In comment 12741382 FranknWeezer said:
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one of the reporters over on Stage Left. I mean he really glared like hell at one of them for 3-4 seconds as soon as the interview was over. Wish we knew who it was. Not Jordan Raanan (the one who asked the question that pissed him off about missing in Rounds 3-7)...he was on the other side of the room.

Hmm..was there any question that felt unnecessary or any reporter who asked multiple questions? Was it Kim?
If it was Kim,  
ryanmkeane : 1/5/2016 3:03 pm : link
I can somewhat understand that. She's slobbering over Coughlin and crying during his press conference, then just grills Reese to death. Not saying she doesn't have every right to. But...I could see Reese's frustration boil over with that.
I put the interview down as Reese being in a tough spot  
an_idol_mind : 1/5/2016 3:29 pm : link
and not being the greatest of speakers in the first place.

I do take issue with him bringing up JPP as the key reason why the defense fell apart, though. While that idiocy absolutely killed the team, the fact that there wasn't anything else resembling a pass rusher on the line is on him. It's akin to 2008 where suddenly the offense went into the tank without Plax - if a unit relies that much on only one player, it's a failure on the front office's part.

That said, he recognizes that mistakes have been made, he's got a plan going forward, and he has an opportunity to pick the coach that will replace Coughlin. This day sucks, but good luck to him going forward, and I hope he's learned from his mistakes.
RE: Would love to know what was asked  
mattlawson : 1/5/2016 3:49 pm : link
In comment 12741029 BlueHurricane said:
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Very unprofessional response.



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Q. (Indiscernible.)
JERRY REESE: Have you researched that? Do you know that for a fact? Till you know that for a fact, I don't think you should say that. That's just my opinion. If you know that for a fact, you can tell me about that. But give me the facts on that.




He was asked about his own evaluation because other GMs have had better success finding good players in mid-late rounds over the past several years.
It was a guy. Not sure who  
mattlawson : 1/5/2016 3:50 pm : link
Didn't recognize the voice
Reese did not acquit himself well.....  
Reb8thVA : 1/5/2016 3:58 pm : link
For whatever reason he either refused to accept or did not understand that the press conference today was not about excuses, it was about accepting responsibility and all the slings and arrows that come with leadership. Even if in his heart of hearts he believes that injuries were to blame for the poor record, today was not the day to point that out. When you say you accept responsibility for the failures and spend the rest of the time making excuses, it rings hollow. You go up to the podium, you accept responsibility, you explain where you went wrong and what you are going to do to fix it, and then you let the press beat the crap out of you and accept it because that is what leaders do. If you do that, than after the press conference , you can move on because everyone has gotten their pound of flesh. Instead he comes across as a whiny bitch, no one is satisfied, and you have a PR problem.
Sure Jerry, YADA YADA YADA  
1MoreSB : 1/5/2016 4:30 pm : link
Ops wrong Jerry! Or maybe not!
Sorry about the oversized image  
1MoreSB : 1/5/2016 4:32 pm : link
Image can be seen at
https://walkwithjoelle.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/shield-417826.jpg
RE: If it was Kim,  
Upstate_Giants_fan : 1/5/2016 8:23 pm : link
In comment 12741416 ryanmkeane said:
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I can somewhat understand that. She's slobbering over Coughlin and crying during his press conference, then just grills Reese to death. Not saying she doesn't have every right to. But...I could see Reese's frustration boil over with that.


Dude, there's about 30 posts in this thread. 20+ are from you. Does Jerry have you in his will?
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Unemployable : 1/5/2016 9:49 pm : link
You forgot to add in all the stuttering and stammering he did. He sounded like a complete fool. This guy is supposed to be a professional.
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