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NFL Insiders Ranks New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin No. 5 Overall, Behind Andy Reid

August 29th, 2014 at 2:00 PM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has long been considered one of the top tier coaches in the NFL, and one would have expected that trend to continue earlier this week when NFL Insiders polled 30 league insiders in an effort to create a new rankings system. But for the Big Blue head coach, he failed to cracked the top tier, instead being ranked in the second tier at No. 5 overall.

And it comes with an additional catch. Not only does Coughlin fall below New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Peyton, but he also falls below Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who was ranked No. 4 overall.

5. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (1.73 average) Having two Super Bowl titles in the bank bought some insurance for Coughlin coming off a 7-9 season featuring an 0-6 start. There was some thinking that Coughlin, the NFL's oldest coach (he'll turn 68 on Sunday), had slipped from a 1 to a 2 in recent years, but that is difficult to know from afar. Coughlin drew high marks for taking Jacksonville to the AFC title game, then adjusting his old-school approach to help the Giants win two Super Bowls, one of them against an 18-0 New England team.

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New York Giants “Likely” to Place Geoff Schwartz on Temporary Injured Reserve: Report

August 29th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Dan Benton

Earlier this week, the New York Giants felt they had received some good news in regards to offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, who avoided the need for surgery on his dislocated toe. Rather, Schwartz was placed in a walking boot for 7-10 days and then was to proceed with a week-to-week rehab. Early expectations were that he'd be able to return sometime in the first three weeks of the regular season.

Unfortunately, with injuries piling up across the board — to such an extent that the team had to release Charles James II so that they could carry extra linemen — the Giants are running out of roster spots before the second cutdown day even arrives. As such, General Manager Jerry Reese & Co. are now faced with an exceptionally difficult decision about how many injured players they can afford to carry headed into Week 1 against the Detroit Lions.

With Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) likely sidelined until at least Week 2, Henry Hynoski having suffered a shoulder injury on Thursday night, and other issues with Brandon Mosley (back) and James Brewer (back), Big Blue appears backed into a corner. And with precious few options remaining, Kim Jones reports the Giants will "likely" — albeit reluctantly — place Schwartz on temporary Injured Reserve (IR), sidelining him until at least Week 9.

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Boomer Esiason Says Giants QB Eli Manning is Among “The Bottom” of League Quarterbacks

August 29th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Boomer Esiason, no matter how he may spin it, has never been shy about his bitter feelings for the New York Giants and quarterback Eli Manning. It something that could, possibly, stem back to an ongoing feud between himself and Lawrence Taylor, or it could be something entirely different. Either way, he seems to always leap at the chance to criticize them; to kick them when they're down. And with Manning struggling this preseason, Esiason saw it as yet another opportunity to pile on, calling Manning one of the worst quarterbacks in the entire NFL.

"When I talk about the upcoming 2014 season, I can see with my own eye that he looks extremely uncomfortable in this new West Coast offense," Esiason said. "I'm telling you right now, if I had to rank the quarters 1-32, he'd be right there at the bottom."

Not only does Boomer believe that Manning sits near the bottom of the league in quarterback talent, he also believes that 2014 could be Eli's final year with Big Blue, citing the team's decision not to restructure his contract as proof.

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Giants’ Tom Coughlin Frustrated by Continued Disconnect Between Eli Manning, Rueben Randle

August 29th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is absolutely fed up with the ongoing issues between quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Rueben Randle — so much so that he's absolutely and completely done listening to excuses. And like any successful General, he no longer cares who's at fault or how they fix the problem, so long as it gets done. Any further attempts to assign blame or point fingers is going to be disregarded.

"I thought the worst play of the night was, again, the misconnection between Rueben Randle and Eli [Manning]," Coughlin said. "The 'I thought, he thought' – one of those kinds of things. We’re all – everyone in this room – is tired of hearing that stuff. There’s no place for that."

The play Coughlin referenced occurred relatively early in the first quarter when Manning looked to hit Randle along sideline, but as the ball was released, Randle made a third cut and stopped short of where Manning thought he would be.

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New York Giants’ Henry Hynoski Suffers Rotator Cuff Injury in Win Over Patriots

August 29th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

It's a good thing the New York Giants did not release fullback John Conner as a part of first cuts earlier this week, because it now appears as if they're going to need him for a while as his counterpart, Henry Hynoski, was forced to leave Thursday's game against the New England Patriots with a rotator cuff injury.

"The doctors haven’t told me what it was. I heard him say that he thought it was some kind of cuff injury or something of that nature, but the official pronouncement from the medical team, I didn’t hear," head coach Tom Coughlin said after the game.

Although Coughlin was trying to be careful with his words, he also implied it was the same shoulder Hynoski fractured a year ago — an injury that ended his season, required surgery and was the very reason Big Blue had to sign John Conner in the first place.

Hynoski is believed to have suffered the injury at some point in the first half against the Patriots, but was later seen on the sidelines sans a sling. And while that does represent at least some sort of positivity, the reality is that Hynoski could, once again, be facing a very long road back.

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