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Inside Big Blue
When looking at the schedule of the New York Giants, you expected there to be some surprises and let downs. After spending $200 Million on your defense you would have hoped the deficiencies that plagued the team last season were going to be at least improved if not gone.
On Sunday night, the Giants lost to the Packers 23-16 which dropped their record to a disappointing 2-3. Afterwards fans of Big Blue were left scratching their heads wondering what went wrong after the 2-0 start.
The Browns continue to progress and mature, but they continue to prove they are too young and raw to win. They have been in multiple positions over the past 3 weeks to win a game, and simply cannot close out. Opportunities in the NFL are a dime a dozen and the Browns have rarely capitalized on any. Winning is becoming an issue as it has caused a lot of frustration in players, but they refuse to give up. TE Gary Barnidge talks about winning and the progress of this team:
Which team are you getting this week?
This week, flip a coin. Heads is the Steelers from Week Four. Tails is the Steelers from Week Three. I’ve never seen such a ten-fold flip in a team in one week. The Pittsburgh Steelers rocked the Kansas City Chiefs in Week Four 42-14 with the Chief’s 14 points coming late in the fourth quarter.
As a Browns fan and sportswriter, the optimist in me comes out more than called for. Sunday’s 24-30 loss to the Dolphins in OT was as “Browns” as the Browns can get, but there was progress. Yes, I did say progress. With a lot of injuries including Joe Haden, 1st round pick Corey Coleman, and 1st year defensive surprise Carl Nassib, the young Browns showed grit, toughness, and heart. This has to be encouraging. For so many years the Browns front office would question why development lacked and why players could not transition their game from College level FBS to the show. This past Sunday showed promise especially from guys like Emmanuel Ogbah, Joe Schobert, Derrick Kindred, and even Cody Kessler showed he belonged in the league. Not likely as a starter, but it is early. So many players and coaches have echoed these sentiments.
Make sure that you always eat your Wheatons
With an overall record against the Philadelphia Eagles of 28-47-3, week three for the Pittsburgh Steelers ended in terrible fashion not just for the players but for the fans. A 34-3 loss resonated throughout the city of bridges and probably will do so for the rest of the season. Carson Wentz looked like a ten-year veteran while Ben Roethlisberger looked like a first-year quarterback.
POMPTON PLAINS, NJ- Lawrence Taylor, two-time Super Bowl winner, ten-time Pro-Bowl linebacker, member of the New York Giants Ring of Honor, and inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, spent 2.5 hours of his Saturday night meeting and greeting fans at All Star Collectibles in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. Approximately 150 fans brought their cherished Giants memorabilia for Taylor to sign: helmets, seat backs, jerseys, footballs, and mini helmets. The first guests excitedly arrived over two hours in advance. Lucky for the fans in line, Angry Dad Tailgate company was in the parking lot providing refreshments. Once inside the store, fans recounted to LT stories of the past, to which he listened intently. One fan even told a story about how he once tried to pick a fight with LT in a bar on route 17!
The New York Giants underachieved quite a bit last year, losing a bunch of games by less than a touchdown most at the end of the game. The offense was one of the best in the league while the defense ranked at the bottom or near the bottom of most statistical categories. The defense this year was a huge point of emphasis in both free agency and the draft. Major money was spent during free agency drawing a lot of criticism for the media and fans alike.
There are very few teams going into the season that have been plagued by injuries like the 2016 Buffalo Bills. Every team loses players during training camp but the Bills have taken it to next level. Starting with the NFL Draft. Their first round pick Defensive End Shaq Lawson was lost in minicamp to a shoulder injury, he’ll likely miss half the season and potentially the entire season. Second round pick, Linebacker, Reggie Ragland suffered a partially torn ACL in training camp forcing him to miss his entire rookie season. Sammy Watkins missed a chunk of training camp while recovering from off-season ankle surgery. Those three players alone represent the positon of biggest need due to their lack of depth.
Tank or NAH?
That pretty much sums up the Browns off-season; and well, the thought process as they are the preseason favorites in the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes. Here is a look at some key losses and additions.
It is a day that many thought they would never live to see. As the curtain rises on the new NFL season, all eyes will turn to tinseltown where the Los Angeles Rams will take the field on Sunday September 18, marking the end of over a decade of waiting and the return of professional football to the City of Angels.
It is a storied franchise and one which has seen many homes since its beginnings in Cleveland, Ohio, moving to Los Angeles in 1946 and again to Saint Louis in 1995 but what will the next LA chapter bring? 2015 was a frustrating season for the Rams who, despite standout individual performances finished third in their division with a record of 7 wins and 9 losses failing to make the playoffs for the eleventh consecutive season. On top of their on-field issues, the Rams also failed to come to an agreement with the city of St Louis on a new stadium so owner Stan Kroenke decided to pack them up and head out west. It was an emotional welcoming for Rams fans or the “Ramily” as they are known, who hadn’t seen the team play in their city for over 20 years (or, for younger fans, ever) and Kroenke has become a local hero.
Looking forward to the upcoming NFL season, there are plenty of teams and players about which to be excited. One won’t go far down the list of potential Super Bowl XVI contenders without seeing the Pittsburgh Steelers. Contributions from a set of core players, mainly the offense, sets up Pittsburgh to be a top five pick for world champions. Player health and suspensions seem to be the only factors working against Big Ben Roethlisberger and his squad.
East Rutherford, N.J. - Danielle McCartan went one-on-one with New York Giants backup QB Ryan Nassib from the Timex Center after training camp practice on August 5, 2016. Below, find the major topics we discussed, with the times during the interview at which they occurred.
New and Notes from Friday's Training Camp
With a heavy-duty, “long, physical, and fast” full-pads workout scheduled for tomorrow, New York Giants players took a “more mental” approach to today’s practice walk-throughs. Coach McAdoo explained to the media that today was a “REM Friday”, where the players gained “a little more REMs last night… [and] had a chance to hydrate [themselves]”. A nod to the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep, his hope was that in starting practice an hour later than usual, players arrived well rested.Punter Brad Wing approves. “It’s good! I think it’s a very valuable and important part of being a professional athlete- sleep. They drill it in every meeting and they tell us how important it is. The good thing about Ben is that he’s not just going to talk about it and not do it. A lot of people say sleep is important but they got you up here 15 hours a day. So, he’s doing good in putting that to practice and letting us get our rest”.
Five years ago the New York Giants were riding high. They were the reigning Super bowl champions and had a balance blend of offense and defense which made them one of the most dangerous teams in football. What helped the high powered offense was the veteran leadership and stability in the backfield of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmed Bradshaw.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants careers of Tom Coughlin and Justin Tuck intertwined with Ernie Accorsi from the beginning. In 2004, Accorsi, then the team’s general manager, was instrumental in the hiring of Coughlin as head coach. A year later he drafted Tuck.