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John Mara on 1-Year free agent contracts

Posted on March 20th, 2013 at 5:37 pm by NFL-Giants

John Mara of the New York Football Giants had this to say:

“That’s what’s happened quite a bit right now. You find players who are quality players who haven’t gotten the big money offered to them, that want to go somewhere where they can maybe reestablish themselves as top flight players and maybe get the big contract the next time around. And we’ve been able to take advantage of that with a few of the guys that we’ve signed. So that has been a little bit surprising to me. But when you think about it, maybe it really shouldn’t be because the cap has been relatively flat, there wasn’t a big increase this year. I think that has a lot to do with it.”

You can see it worked out well for Martellus Bennet, who signed a 1-year deal with the Giants and then got paid some bigger money after a productive year in New York.

We think we have the personnel to beat those guys

Posted on January 27th, 2013 at 5:35 pm by NFL-Giants

Jerry Reese said of the Redskins and other college-like offenses: we think we have the personnel to beat those guys.

Last time I saw the Giants play the Redskins, RG3 and Alfred Morris gashed the Giants in the running game and it was ugly to watch. Do you agree with Reese or do the Giants need to get a different kind of player than what they currently have on the roster in order to handle some of these running games?

Reese says the draft strategy does not change at all. I wonder about that.

Cruz at 10 million a year?

Posted on January 3rd, 2013 at 11:38 pm by NFL-Giants

I think it’s fairly obvious that the Giants want to sign Cruz to a long term contract and that this is likely to cost Big Blue 10 million a year. Do you think he’s worth it?

Weekly WTF refs? thread

Posted on October 29th, 2012 at 9:54 pm by NFL-Giants

The spot of ball after Bradshaw’s run with about 1:30 to go left Coughlin and us fans irate. I’m not sure if he definitely got the first, but at the very least it was so close that it would only have been inches and forced a measurement. The line judge spotted it an entire yard short. Inside 2 minutes, the official in the booth needs to review that. An understandable error from the on-field official maybe he thought Bradshaw’s knee was down before he stretched across the 33. But the call on the field was clearly bad from the replays so wake up replay booth guy.

One sided officiating:

Dallas CBs got to do whatever they wanted to Giants receivers but Giants fans had to deal with potential heart attacks when the refs threw a flag on Prince near the end of the game. Even though it was offensive pass interference, you just knew the refs were throwing the flag against the Giants. Thankfully they huddled up and decided not to make the fix as obvious as that call would have made it. (joke – I’m not a conspiracy guy – I just think the refs suck) One set of rules for Scandrick playing the slot and another for Hosley. Same with Claiborne and Prince.

Amukamara had been warned earlier by an official that his coverage was teetering on the edge.

“I was warned, but I’m an aggressive corner, I like to put my hands on them,” Amukamara said.

He was sure that on the play that produced his puppy dog face, he did not interfere with Dallas receiver Kevin Ogletree.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Amukamara said. “He was the one grabbing me. “The ball was overthrown and we were both touching each other. Usually in that situation the call does go to the offense. Thank goodness they reversed it.”

Equally mind boggling = Hosley’s first illegal contact. He initiated contact within the 5 yards, but then was practically attacked by the receiver who nerly took Hosley’s helmet off. And yet the call was on him?

Several very bad missed holds in Dallas’ backfield, Cruz especially victimized.

The clock: We want to give them a TD but that would be too obvious since Bryant was clearly out of bounds. Let’s put some extra time on the clock instead so Dallas can run more plays. WTF? There were 6 seconds when Bryant landed out of bounds so why move the clock to show 10 seconds left?

Another ugly win in the NFC East for division leading Giants

Posted on October 29th, 2012 at 1:48 am by NFL-Giants

The Cowboys turned the ball over 6 times and the game still came down to the last second after the Cowboys had a TD overturned because Dez Bryant’s finger came down out of bounds.

I guess you could call it mind boggling or heart palpitating that the Giants nearly managed to lose even though they won the turnover battle 6-2. Somehow the Giants offense got nothing going (1 of the Giants’ 2 TDs was scored by JPP on an interception return). There will be time for more analysis later. Now it’s time to enjoy the win.

Way to spot that foul refs: Trent Williams vs. Michael Boley

Posted on October 22nd, 2012 at 9:39 pm by NFL-Giants

The ref watched Trent Williams of the Redskins stick his finger into Boley’s facemask. And he watched Boley hit back. And he penalized only Boley. Great to have the old refs back.

Giants beat Redskins in exciting NFC East showdown

Posted on October 21st, 2012 at 10:33 pm by NFL-Giants

Another 4th quarter win thanks to Eli. Eli didn’t have a great game but he was sure clutch, along with Chase Blackburn.

RG3 looks like a real talent and may actually have the Redskins among the NFL elite one day soon. The Redskins offense and RG3 were helped big time by the running game, which the Giants had no answer for. It may have been an ugly game, especially with the redskins running at will against the Giants defense, but no win in the NFC East is supposed to be easy.

Cruz, is the Giants all-pro receiver, among the best in the NFL no question. Without him, the Giants win fewer games. Need to sign him to a long-term deal.

Monday night football Broncos vs. Chargers offensive pass interference

Posted on October 16th, 2012 at 6:04 am by NFL-Giants

So the regular refs, including Jeff Triplette, are back and the officiating is still terrible. A brilliant Broncos comeback could have been ruined by a horrible offensive pass interference call against Denver late in the game. This negated a long completion and probably took points away from Denver because i don’t think Decker was down by contact. So that was a touchdown in my book. According tot he professional refs we have back on the field it was something else.

The terrible offensive pass interference call on Decker certainly gave the Chargers the ball back when they didn’t deserve it. Luckily, this call didn’t decide the game, but it could have and it was bad. Can’t the NFL do something to make sure these kinds of mistakes don’t change the outcome of a game?

Jeff Triplette is still employed by the NFL.

But Monday night has another important lesson for Giants fans: Eli Manning is 10 times the QB Phillip Rivers is. That guy was a turnover machine tonight.

Giants bitch slap Harbaugh and the 49ers

Posted on October 15th, 2012 at 12:01 am by NFL-Giants

Jim Harbaugh deserved to get slapped. Luckily the Giants brought their A game and shut him up. Or at least gave him a beating that ought to shut him up.

The Giants offensive line, with Locklear at right tackle and Beatty at left tackle was great against a tough San Francisco front 7. Manning was not sacked and Bradshaw ran for over 100 yards.

I’d love to give the defense all the credit, but Alex Smith certainly gets some of the blame. The Giants picked him off three times and when you win the turnover battle you’re supposed to win the game.

At any rate, the Giants looked good.The 49ers looked bad. Dallas and Philly lost. A great Sunday.

outrageous, irrational, absurd, incendiary

Posted on October 12th, 2012 at 8:52 pm by NFL-Giants

Kevin Gilbride

They have great players. They’re tremendous, they’re tough. They have great speed on the outside, Smith is a beast on the inside, he’s strong, he does as good a job of grabbing a hold of offensive linemen and allowing those twists to take place. He never gets called for it so he gets away with murder. That, in conjunction with the ability level they have, makes them as formidable as anybody we go against, and we go against some pretty good ones in Dallas’s and Philadelphia’s. They’re as good as anybody up front.

Some whiny bitch in the 49ers organization

Kevin Gilbride’s outrageous, irrational statement regarding Justin Smith’s play is, first, an absurd analogy. Second, it is an incendiary comment targeting one of the truly exemplary players in this league. It’s obvious that the Giants coaching staff’s sole purpose is to use their high visibility to both criticize and influence officiating.

This was a statement released by 49ers PR.

By the way, the officiating still sucks now that the regular refs are back.