Michael Strahan is one of 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, whose inductees will be announced a week from Saturday.(1)
EAST RUTHERFORD—The Giants’ 42-7 blowout of the Eagles was a desperate illustration of what they are capable of when they get it all together, hinting at what they could have accomplished in the postseason if they had simply gotten it together a little more often.
It's a fitting distinction for the Giants, somehow, that their 34-0 Giants loss to the Falcons was the most lopsided ever suffered by a defending Super Bowl champion.
“Speed” is a vague term in football. There’s track speed, football speed, top-end speed, lateral speed and short-area-speed, among other ways to describe how quickly a player moves around the field in different circumstances.
One of the pleasures of arriving early to a Giants game is observing Tom Coughlin ritual of shaking hands with all 46 players who dress.
To get blown out by the Bengals, a team that seemed constitutionally incapable of blowing out anybody before yesterday, requires the confluence of many breakdowns: coverages must be blown, pass rushers must take the game off, the quarterback must regress back into shell-shocked rookie form, the offensive line must be whipped, backs must fumble, and receivers must drop balls.
The Giants succeeded in all of these missteps on Sunday, making the 31-13 loss everybody’s fault, though some players (David Diehl) deserve more blame than others (Prince Amukamara, Andre Brown).
Put it this way: The Giants just played three games they easily could have lost, and they won two of them.
Someone put something in Bradshaw’s coffee yesterday. FOX cameras spotted this early and trained on him for the rest of the game. It started during the ritual playing of “Hell’s Bells” before the opening kickoff, during which Bradshaw ardently drummed along, and then engaged a besuited middle-aged corporate type who happened to be standing on the sideline in a moment of rhythmic head-bobbing.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—For all the talk so far this season of the Giants’ struggles to pressure the opposing quarterback, relatively little has been said about their ability to protect their own.
Rueben Randle, showered and in street clothes, was two steps toward the door of the Giants locker room when I intercepted him last Thursday. Perhaps if he weren’t a rookie, he would have shrugged and kept going. But he is one, and he didn’t want to give the impression that he was cutting corners.
It’s always dangerous to start calling for changes after gut-punch losses like last night’s 19-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, during which 100 percent of Giants fans watching on television were 100 percent sure that Lawrence Tynes had split the uprights with his second-chance field goal attempt.
Forget the Hall of Fame. It’s the myth-making treatment of NFL Films that turns the men of pro football into legends. And tonight is Tom Coughlin’s official bronzing.
The latest coach to earn legendary status is the subject of tonight's installment of “A Football Life,” the NFL Network’s Emmy-winning, hour-long documentary series.
This will be enjoyable to Giants fans because it can’t not be: Seeing your team celebrated on an NFL Films production and seeing your team win are one and the same.(2)
When the Giants announced Tuesday that Hakeem Nicks would sit out last night’s game with a still-tender foot, the Super Bowl champion Giants, playing against a team that finished 6-10 last year, went from slight favorites to slight underdogs.