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Defenderdawg : 1/4/2019 11:04 am

Schwartz NYP: Seven offseason fixes for a broken Giants team

“Taking Ohio State sophomore Dwayne Haskins with the No. 6 pick is not wise — unless Giants scouts see a huge upside in him that others do not. There is some noise the Giants are intrigued with Ryan Finley of North Carolina State. If so, take him in the third round, if he lasts that long, for a year of sitting and learning behind Manning...”


RV SNY: Why Dave Gettleman's refusal to publicly commit to Eli Manning doesn't mean the Giants are moving on from their 38-year-old QB ... and other takeaways from the GM's press conference

Rock Newsday: Dave Gettleman's decision-making process on Eli Manning will be methodical yet shouldn't take long

Duggan The Athletic: Is Dave Gettleman’s conviction that the Giants are ‘headed in the right direction’ justified?

Myers The Athletic: Gettleman leaves more questions than answers regarding Manning’s future with the Giants

Terranova NYP: Giants GM ‘doesn’t see a future’ for Eli Manning: ex-teammate


Dunleavy Giants coaching staff: Changes coming as NFL hires head coaches? Will Pat Shurmur block interviews?


Traina BBV: Pat’s Perspectives: The Eli Manning conundrum

Raanan ESPN NY: Pros and cons of Eli Manning returning for another season with Giants

Serby NYP: Eli Manning may have to swallow pride and millions to stick with Giants

Stapleton The Record: Eli Manning's future with NY Giants: Why it might not be just about the money


Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton)
1/4/19, 8:06 AM
I think hype may prevent Saquon Barkley from actually getting recognition he deserves this season.
The 2,028 total yards, 15 total touchdowns, 91 catches, 0 fumbles in 352 touches.
Watched him every day + I’m not sure his rookie numbers resonated for me as much as they shoul




Stapleton The Record: Why Giants' Lorenzo Carter is done talking about his potential following rookie season

Dunleavy Next Jason Pierre-Paul? Giants' Lorenzo Carter wants to be more than 3rd-down pass-rusher


Stuart Football Perspective: 2018 Team Efficiency Ratings: The Chiefs Had The Top Offense

“The Giants ranked 31st in rushing 1st downs (71) and percentage of rushing plays that went for a first down (20%) this season, which is kind of remarkable”

Rick Gosselin (@RickGosselin9)
1/3/19, 9:20 AM
Those 300-yard passing games are important for NFL QBs, right? A QB needs to show he can win games with his arm. Except those 300-yard games are not an accurate barometer. There were 132 such games last season and QBs owning them posted a 64-66-2 record. Yep, a losing recor

Barnwell ESPN: Barnwell's 2018 NFL playoff preview: Super Bowl stories for all 12 teams

Gulizia ESPN: The typical first-year NFL head coach's résumé and who fits it

Renner PFF: The 10 most notable offensive 2019 NFL free agents

Brewer Washington Post: A cheap QB is a quick route to NFL playoffs, but sustained success costs big money

McManaman AZ Central: Arizona Cardinals really are keeping coaching search 'close to the vest'

McManaman AZ Central: Arizona Cardinals rookies know they can't relax with new coaches on way

Ledbetter AJC: Falcons bracing for a ‘busy offseason’

Walker Baltimore Sun: Scouting report for Sunday's Ravens-Chargers wild-card game

Preston Baltimore Sun: Receivers are key to the Ravens' running game, too

Klemko MMQB: How Eric Weddle Is Driving the Ravens’ Dominant Defense With Near Perfection

Maiorana Rochester Democrat: Buffalo Bills report card: Offense rallied late, but couldn't overcome slow start

Rodrigue Charlotte Observer: These moments defined the Carolina Panthers in 2018. Some might tell the future, too

Wiederer Chicago Tribune: Bears' Sunday storylines: Virginia McCaskey’s summer pep talk, Jordan Howard’s revival and a playoff reunion for the Long brothers

Kane Chicago Tribune: 'That's how people remember you.' The playoff scrutiny is inevitable, so how will Mitch Trubisky handle it?

Mays The Ringer: How the Bears’ Defensive Legacy Lives on Through Khalil Mack and This 2018 Team

Campbell Chicago Tribune: Eddie Jackson returns to practice as Bears' promising health situation gets even better

Page Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincinnati Bengals coach search: Patriots' McDaniels drops out, Buccaneers' Monken emerges

Bouchette Pittsburgh Post Gazette: With Bengals, Tyler Boyd showed the same play-making ability he did at Clairton and Pitt

Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Browns interview Vikings interim OC Kevin Stefanski for their head coach job on Thursday

Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Browns blocking NFL teams from interviewing Freddie Kitchens for OC jobs

George Dallas Morning News: Cowboys' young group has time on its side, feels like it can conquer the world. For the few vets, playoff reality is much different

Hill Fort Worth Star Telegram: Why Cowboys expect Amari Cooper to have playoff impact, be difference vs. Seahawks

Hairopolous Dallas Morning News: From 'talking' shoes to the Cowboys' missing piece: Amari Cooper opens up about his largely private backstory

Stevenson Fort Worth Star Telegram: Cowboys’ tight end chemistry finally in the mix for Dak Prescott and Blake Jarwin

George Dallas Morning News: Cowboys injury report: OG Xavier Su'a-Filo listed as doubtful; DL David Irving won't play vs. Seahawks

Machota Dallas Morning News: The 3 biggest reasons the Cowboys' defense continued its transition into a team strength this season


Birkett Detroit Free Press: If Antonio Brown is on trade block, Detroit Lions ought to try and deal

Dave Birkett (@davebirkett)
1/4/19, 9:55 AM
Bob Quinn on Damon Harrison trade: Damon Harrison in my opinion can play in any scheme. I don’t think the Giants probably saw it that way and that trade happened very quick

Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers)
1/4/19, 9:55 AM
Quinn said the Damon Harrison trade came together quickly, a matter of hours. Doesn't believe Giants valued Harrison in their shifting defensive scheme

Dougherty Mil JS: Josh McDaniels biggest boom-or-bust candidate for Packers

Wilson Houston Chronicle: Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins: In each other, they trust

Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans WR Keke Coutee 'trending' toward being back for playoff game

Babb Washington Post: One question has tortured Tyrann Mathieu’s entire life. He’s not sure he wants the answer

Dunne B/R: Tyrann Mathieu Takes on the AFC, QBs and History

Keefer Indianapolis Star: Under Frank Reich, Colts have built a team of trust

Erickson Indianapolis Star: Insider: Midseason pickup Dontrelle Inman has been key for Colts receivers

Doug Farrar (@NFL_DougFarrar)
1/3/19, 9:48 AM
Mark Glowinski's development as a power-blocker in Indy's line underscores the value of coaching. Was never given the fundamental tools to give him play strength to add to his natural agility in Seattle (big shocker there). Now, he's part of one of the league's best guard combo

Florida Times Union: 10 things the Jaguars must do to avoid another 5-11 season

Heilman Florida Times Union: Who will be the Jaguars' next offensive coordinator? Here are some options

Kerkhoff KC Star: Most penalized NFL team, Chiefs look to keep flags from flying in playoffs

Miller LA Times: Chargers must play 'possessed' to beat the Ravens in rematch

Plaschke LA Times: With fire in his eyes, Les Snead manages to make Rams into a Super Bowl contender

Klein LA Times: Can Jared Goff pass a playoff test? For now, Rams will get bye

Klein LA Times: Rams' Todd Gurley hopes coming back from knee injury will be like riding a bike

Salguero Miami Herald: Adam Gase and Mike Tannenbaum’s final weeks with the Miami Dolphins

Salguero Miami Herald: Dolphins head coach interview schedule: Reid versus Belichick coaching tree

NEW ENGLAND Bill Belichick's breakdown of top plays, highlights Tom Brady's ball placement; Trey Flowers reading keys; pass-rush complements coverage in red zone and on "hometown bounce" turnover for TD; punt and coverage; short-yardage D etc. (Video)

Daniels Providence Journal: Patriots hope to write a positive ending to the 2018 season

Sullivan Boston Globe: While Tom Brady keeps on chugging, Eli Manning could be headed for the NFL rubble pile

McBride Boston Globe: ‘This team cares a lot about each other’: Tom Brady talks resolve of these Patriots

Benbow Boston Globe: The Patriots’ first iron man since 2013? Left guard Joe Thuney

Daniels Providence Journal: Patriots teammates see Trey Flowers' true value

McBride Boston Globe: Adrian Clayborn called being benched ‘frustrating,’ says he has to ‘roll with the punches’

Princiotti Boston Globe: A few reasons why the Patriots’ linebacking trio seems to be peaking

Dabe By how many catches did Saints' Michael Thomas set the 3-season receptions record?

Underhill NO Advocate: ‘Important' for Saints to get rookie WR Tre'Quan Smith's play more consistent, Sean Payton says

Mehta NYDN: Baylor's Matt Rhule, a native New Yorker and a former Tom Coughlin assistant, is a coach the Jets should talk to

McDonald SJ Mercury News: How will Gruden-Mayock work for Raiders? Here’s the inside story from someone who ought to know

Berman Eagles need a clean game from Nick Foles against Bears' ball-hawking defense

Hayes How Eagles' Nick Foles and Darren Sproles have gotten the Bears' attention

McLane Scouting Khalil Mack: Can Eagles' Lane Johnson, Jason Peters contain the Bears' star? | Film breakdown

Kaye This Eagles linebacker is living a ‘childhood dream’ by playing his hometown Chicago Bears in the playoffs

Benz Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Steelers should be better than Mike Tomlin has made them

Fowler ESPN Pittsburgh: The bed Mike Tomlin has made with the Steelers

Adamski Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Steelers lose undrafted rookie ILB Matthew Thomas to Ravens

Biderman SJ Mercury News: A look at the 49ers’ pending free agents, on both sides of the ball and special teams

Branch SF Chronicle: 49ers’ Robbie Gould caps brilliant two-season stretch with award

Divish Seattle Times: Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer believes pass protection issues will be fixed

Condotta Seattle Times: Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright is Dallas QB Dak Prescott’s biggest fan, except for this Saturday

Condotta Seattle Times: Disappointment, then rebirth: Michael Dickson’s path from AFL hopeful to Seahawks sensation

Fennelly TB Times: Tampa Bay is a land of opportunity for NFL minority coaching candidates

Wyatt Is It September Yet? Titans TE Delanie Walker Counting Days to 2019 Season

Little Washington Post: I’ve always been a Redskins fan. Maybe it’s time to move on

Steinberg Washington Post: How do you fix the Redskins’ roster? Questions begin at QB, receiver ... and Josh Norman

Keim ESPN Washington: With 47 IR moves in past two seasons, Redskins point to what-ifs


Pat Traina: On today’s LockedOn Giants podcast, Jim Nagy, executive director of the Senior Bowl, is my guest. We talk about the Senior Bowl’s events and the talent in this year’s game. This is a really good and interesting interview, so please have a listen
(Audio) listener=10cb1367-a564-4b6f-89d8-ea9bca82fbf3

Forde Yahoo Sports: Offense wins championships: College Football Playoff proves scoring has supplanted defense as way to win it all

Bromberg Yahoo Sports: How the combination of high school offenses and 7-on-7 has changed football forever

Forde Yahoo Sports: Gallery: How college football evolved toward offensive domination

Trapasso CBS Sports: 2019 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: Strengths of all prospects currently in top 32

Burgler The Athletic: Ranking the top 25 NFL prospects in the Alabama-Clemson national title showdown


RIP Frank LoVuolo: Who was the oldest living Giant

Frank LoVuolo E D7 1949 NYG 1949 Born 5-01-1924 Died 12-17-2018

"Billeted in the luxury Villa Prüm on Clervaux's rue Brooch was Sergeant Frank A. LoVuolo, with Battery 'B' of the 107th Field Artillery, who would later play professional football with the New york Giants. He remembered being on guard duty when the artillery barrage began. 'I could hear shell fragments striking the pavement and nearby buildings and was forced to race for protection of the villa,' he recalled. 'Crawling and running, I finally reached the front door.' He slammed it shut behind behind him. 'No one at the time knew what all the German activity really meant. We were completely out of communication with everyone, and stayed put until late morning. At that point in time we heard the clanging and creaking sound of armor coming down the Wiltz road and thought the worst.' The tanks were friendly Shermans and their commander entered LoVoulo's villa and told his group the Germans had broken through their lines in several places. 'He advised us to get out of Clervaux as quickly and as best we could to avoid encirclement. Those were the last semblance of orders I would receive until I rejoined my unit at Christmas. Without hesitation and without packing of our belongings, everyone escaped onto the hillside behind,' becoming part of the ever-growing stream of Americans moving west. 'There was mass confusion and I was a part of it,' admitted LoVoulo.

"Typical of many GI's cast adrift in those first few days Sargeant Frank LoVuolo had begun to make his what cross country in search of his unit. As he recalled, 'This began an eternity of foraging for food, sleeping in barns, sprinting across open fields, and hiding in deep woods. I decided that as long as I was on my own and under no direct orders, I would strive for three objectives, (1), stay alive (2), avoid capture, and (3), find my artillery that order I succeeded in all three.' "

pp.306-308 Snow and Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45 by Peter Caddick-Adams

LoVuolo would also have a part in one of the biggest comebacks in Giants history...on October 30, 1949 the Chicago Cards led the Giants 28-7 at the half, but in the third quarter Jack Salscheider returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a score. A minute later LoVuolo scooped up a Charlie Trippi fumble for another touchdown and the Giants would then build a 34-31 lead on two Gene Roberts plunges into the line for touchdowns. The Cards weren't finished and pulled ahead 38-31 until a Charlie Conerly 68 yard pass to Roberts set up a one yard Joe Scott run for the winning touchdown with four minutes left

2017 Article: LoVuolo reflects on Bona playing career, coach Devore

Oldest Living Giants

(1) Bill Hachten G D13-Stanford 1947 NYG 1947 11-30-1924

(2) Bill Mackrides QB W-PHI 1953 NYG 1953 7-08-1925

12-11-12 Before there was Colin Kaepernick, there was Bill Mackrides

(3) Dick Woodard LB D21-Iowa 1948 NYG 1950-1951, 1953 07-26-1926

(4) Carl Fennema C/LB UDFA-Washington 1948 NYG 1948-1949 10-17-1926

(5) Herb Johnson HB NYG 1954 7-10-1928

(6) Hugh McElhenny HB TR-MIN 1963 NYG 1963 12-31-1928

(7) Art Hauser T W-CHI Cards 1959 NYG 1959 6-19-1929

(8) Bob Hudson DB D12-Clemson 1951 NYG 1951-1952 4-05-1930

(9) Fred Benners QB D8-SMU 1951 NYG 1952 6-22-1930

(10) Harland Svare LB TR-LA 1955 NYG 1955-196 11-15-1930

(11) Al Barry G TR- 1958 NYG 1958-1959 12-24-1930

(12) Wayne Berry HB D7-Wash State 1954 NYG 1954 8-2-1931

(13) Larrye Weaver HB UDFA-Fullerton JC NYG 1955 11-17-1931

(14) Bob Topp E D13-Michigan 1954 NYG 1954 4-22-1932

(15) Rosey Grier DT D3-Penn State 1955 NYG 1955-1962 7-14-1932

(16) Vince Costello MLB TR-CLE 1967 NYG 1967-1968 8-04-1932

(17) Hank Burnine E D12-Missouri 1955 NYG 1955-1956 11-09-1932

(18) Andy Nelson S TR-BAL 1964 NYG 1964 5-27-1933

(19) Johnny Hermann DB D10-UCLA 1956 NYG 1956 10-17-1933

(20) Henry Moore HB D2-Arkansas 1956 NYG 1956 4-03-1934

(21) Sam Huff MLB D3-West Virginia 1956 NYG 1956-1963 10-04-1934

(22) Del Shofner E TR-LA 1961 NYG 1961 12-11-1934

(23) Milt Plum QB TR-LA 1969 NYG 1969 1-20-1935

(24) Don Maynard FL D9-UTEP 1957 NYG 1958 1-25-1935

(25) Darrell Dess G/T TR-PIT 1959 NYG 1959-1964 TR-WAS 1966 NYG 1966-1969 7-4-1935

(26) Erich Barnes LCB TR-CHI Bears 1961 NYG 1961-1964 7-4-1935

(27) Dick Lasse LB W-WAS 1962 NYG 1962 11-13-1935

(28) Joel Wells HB TR-GB 1961 NYG 1961 11-26-1935

(29) Joe Walton TE TR-WAS 1961 NYG 1961-1964 12-15-1935

Keeler Denver Post: CU football giant Bill Brundige passes away at age 70

“The big defender would be selected in the second round of the 1970 NFL Draft by Washington and participated in one of the most famous special teams plays in NFL history, blocking Miami kicker Garo Yepremian’s field goal attempt in a loss to the Dolphins in Super Bowl VII. He played in eight NFL seasons, all with the Redskins.”

Giants Birthdays 1-04

Vince Clements RB TR-MIN 1972 NYG 1972-1973 1-04-1949

Jerome King DB W-ATL 1980 NYG 1980 1-04-1955
AcidTest : 1/4/2019 11:29 am : link
stuff as usual.

Schwartz says the Giants should take Finley in the third round. We don't have a third round pick.
Part 2  
Defenderdawg : 1/4/2019 1:23 pm : link

Duggan The Athletic: As Dave Gettleman locks himself in the film room to evaluate the roster, here are my final grades for every player

Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton)
1/4/19, 11:34 AM
The Giants better not make the same mistake they made in 2016 - they left the defense that played outstanding alone and focused on addressing needs on offense.
Don't let whatever positives you saw from the offense late this season lead NYG to solely focus on the defens

Terranova NYP: Jon Gruden could save Giants from ‘Hard Knocks

Turchyn/Schneier: Big Blue Banter Podcast: Ep 28: Deciphering Gettleman's presser, QB prospects, Early Giants Offseason (Audio)


Rock Newsday: The higher Nick Foles flies this year's Eagles, the more expensive he'd be for Giants


Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton)
1/4/19, 11:41 AM
I think Giants starting center in 2019 will be the winner of a competition between Jon Halapio and Spencer Pulle


Paylor Yahoo Sports: Why Dak Prescott needed extra work in Week 17, plus more wild-card observations

Wiederer Chicago Tribune: 'I have enough on my plate:' Vic Fangio trying to remain laser-focused even with head coaching interviews ahead

Pompei B/R: Leighton Vander Esch Was Born to Be a Cowboy

Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman)
1/4/19, 10:01 AM
Quinn said Damon Harrison and Romeo Okwara were his two most productive guys on defense. Made the point that they weren’t on roster in training camp so roster building is year-round thing, not just free agency and draf

Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet)
1/4/19, 11:55 AM
The Steelers have begun making changes on the defensive side of the ball, announcing that LB coach Joey Porter won’t return. There are expected to be other

Vorel Seattle Times: How his brother’s cancer battle became Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald’s motivation

Stroud TB Times: Brent Grimes says Bucs ‘disrespected’ him with low pay of $7 million to cover top receivers

Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL)
1/3/19, 4:38 PM
Studying some UK Josh Allen tape...

Initial feelings of a comparison somewhere between Manny Lawson, Lorenzo Carter and Barkevious Mingo.

M.Lawson... 6'5 241 (4.43 40)
B.Mingo... 6'4 241 (4.58 40)
L.Carter... 6'6 250 (4.50 40



Jerry Ratcliffe (@JerryRatcliffe)
1/4/19, 9:41 AM
Saddened to report that Virginia’s greatest football coach, Hall of Famer George Welsh, has died at age 85. One of my all-time favorites. RIP George

Tiki Barber (@TikiBarber)
1/4/19, 10:31 AM
I’m saddened to learn of the passing of a great man, my UVA Football head coach, George Welsh
He had his quirks that that would make us laugh, but he was such a strong teacher and motivator, and always got the best out of us.
Rest In Peace, coach
RE: Great  
Jay on the Island : 1/4/2019 1:54 pm : link
In comment 14247189 AcidTest said:
stuff as usual.

Schwartz says the Giants should take Finley in the third round. We don't have a third round pick.

I would be very disappointed if the Giants used their 2nd on Finley. I don't see Finley as a good starting QB in the NFL. I think he will be a decent backup nothing more. I would rather see them trade up into the 3rd for Will Grier or use a 4th on Mineshaw or Rypien.
Schwartz doesn't even know  
jeff57 : 1/4/2019 1:55 pm : link
That we don't have a third round pick.
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