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Archive for August, 2004

What will happen to Mark Gould?

Monday, August 30th, 2004

If you’ll recall, I was thinking it would be nice to have someone who could send most of his kickoffs into the end zone. However, the giants have cut Mark Gould who can kick off and punt. His teammates from college say he belongs in the NFL:

In recent years, NAU had one of the most gifted kickers in the country: Mark Gould. He was a household name for NAU fans — not to mention Big Sky coaches who developed stomach ulcers while thinking about the edge he gave NAU in field position time after time, thanks to his punts and routine touchbacks on kickoffs. As a junior in 2002, Gould led Division I-AA with a 48.2-yards per punt average. He is one of Ernster’s closest friends.

“He’s a great punter. There’s no doubt in my mind he should be somewhere (in the NFL),” Ernster said of Gould’s future, which is up in the air after he was cut by the New York Giants during the preseason. “He works so hard. I was blessed to be able to work out with him.”

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Warner starts

Monday, August 30th, 2004

Newsday reports that Warner was excited and relieved, but that Manning wasn’t very emotional. Coughlin says that MAnning is a competitor and will work hard to become the starter. Warner suggests that if he struggles we’ll see Manning soon but Coughlin says Warner won’t be on too short a leash.

Another Newsday article says most Giants are relieved to have Warner starting. Still most Giants have been impressed with Eli and Hilliard said it was too bad there was only one ball.

Coughlin’s reaction to the Giants loss

Sunday, August 29th, 2004

That’s an example of how to lose a football game right there. I mean your not going to have blatant disregard for the ball and have a chance to win, it just doesn’t happen. It’s been a problem here since last year, and it’s a problem now.

Inside Football reports that Dayne, Mallard, Legree, and Torbor “flashed” while Petigout had problems with Abraham. The article is worth a read.

Did Manning lose the QB battle?

Sunday, August 29th, 2004

The Giants lost to the Jets. That Eli Manning played poorly: 4 of 14 for 20 yards is not as serious as the fact that the Jets defense outplayed the Giants offensive line. The good news is that Warner played well: 9 of 11 for 104 yards.

By the way the the Giants and the NFL even make the news in England.

Giants OL looking pretty good

Thursday, August 26th, 2004

The Giants have signed Solomon Page, a lineman who has started before and plans to compete for a starting job with the Giants. He can play guard or tackle and has lots of experience at right tackle but is practicing at left gurad for now.

The Giants also signed Brandon Winey (way at the bottom of an article about Quincy Carter) who started 3 games at left tackle for the Redskins last year. He played pretty well, and having someone who can step in for Petigout if his back acts up is a big relief.

Warner’s turn to start for the Giants

Thursday, August 26th, 2004

The rotation continues, meaning Warner will start. Not that Manning cares:

”It really didn’t matter to me whether I started or didn’t,” said Manning, the brother of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, last year’s co-NFL MVP. ”When I get my name called, I try to go in there and do my job.”

Both Manning and Warner should get about the same number of snaps.

Shockey hurt some more

Tuesday, August 24th, 2004

Is Shockey tough enough? The bad news is that he pulled a hamstring jumping for a ball from Jessie Palmer. The good news is that he was able to keep practicing. Shockey might or might not play against the Jets on Friday.

Manning vs. Warner

Tuesday, August 24th, 2004

This is old news, but I was on vacation in Malaysia (our third anniversary). Anyway, seems like Eli is reminding people of Peyton which is good news for Gaints fans. This AP article concludes that Eli probably moved ahead of warner in the competition to be the Giants starting QB.

Eagles favored to win NFC

Tuesday, August 24th, 2004

Here’s an analysis of the Eagles which is generally quite (and hopefully too) optimistic. One thing that might make Giants fans smile is that the Eagles have little depth at offensive line – a mistake that made the Giants a laughing stock last season. The conclusion (I take exception to the part that says Dhani Jones is an improvement):

Philadelphia has been an elite NFL team for the past three seasons, and has seemingly gotten better with the addition of Owens, Kearse, and a pair of solid linebackers in Jones and Trotter. If they remain relatively healthy, the Eagles have the makings of a Super Bowl team. But make no mistake, depth will be a huge issue on this club. Reid’s squad is thin at running back, wide receiver, on both lines, and in the secondary. Significant injuries to Owens, Kearse, Westbrook or either of the starting corners would be catastrophic. The Eagles will need an uncharacteristic streak of good luck in the injury department to be NFC champions. If they’re still playing on Feb. 6, and the opponent is someone other than the deeper, more talented Patriots, Philadelphia could have its first-ever Super Bowl title.

Preseason Injuries

Tuesday, August 24th, 2004

Remember all that talk about shortening the NFL preseason last year thanks to injuries to Vick, Pennington, etc.? Well the injuries are back this year. Of special interest to Giants fans will be that Carlos Emmons is practicing and that the Eagles “signed 34-year-old Dorsey Levens to help fill the spot vacated at running back when Correll Buckhalter was lost for the season with a knee injury.” Of course Levens was a Giant last year and an Eagle before that.