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New York Giants President and CEO John Mara Releases Statement on the Passing or Art Modell

September 6th, 2012 at 12:24 PM
By Dan Benton

Art Modell, legendary owner of the original Cleveland Browns and then Baltimore Ravens, passed away on Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He was 87.

Innovative and driven, Modell was instrumental in the expansion of the NFL both geographically and socially, as he represented NFL owners in negotiations that would eventually lead to televised Sunday (and later, Monday) football as we know it today. It was a deal that generated the league upwards of $8.4 billion and gave fans televised access to multiple games weekly.

A long-time friend to the Mara family, New York Giants President and CEO John Mara released a statement on Modell's passing.

"Art Modell was one of the greatest owners in the history of the NFL,'' Mara said. "He contributed in so many ways to the success of this League and he deserves a place in Canton. More importantly, he was a decent man and a great friend to my family. We will miss him dearly."

Although Modell will be most famous remembered for temporarily "retiring" the Cleveland Browns and birthing the Baltimore Ravens, the NFL as we know it would not have been possible without his influence.

Giants 101 would like to extend their condolences to both the family and friends of Mr. Modell.


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31 Responses to “New York Giants President and CEO John Mara Releases Statement on the Passing or Art Modell”

  1.  Grateful Giants says:

    Sad to hear about one of the NFL Greats. Someone that every team/player/organization and just regular citizen can look at and see the American Dream realized.

  2.  Grateful Giants says:

    Back to the game:

    The DEs were awful.

    Not once did the set the edge (ok maybe that one play where JPP stopped Murray in the backfield). Go back and look at each scramble that Romo had, Had JPP, OSI or Tuck set that edge, and turned him back towards the middle, there were DTs waiting for him. He kept getting outside.

    That blitz by rivers where he whiffed on romo, romo took one step outside and collected 5 more seconds to find an open receiver. 1 step outside.

    That run by Murray, tuck had him in his grasp and left his feet while tackling (and pushing Murray outside all along), he hits the edge, and whoa 48 yards later…(oh and the tackle/block in the back on Kiwi certainly helped)

    and Cruz bouncing balls off his face and hands worse than Sasha Grey

    The DBs were not bad, they held their own for the first 4 seconds of the plays, that is on the dline to get to the QB.

    Aside from Eli, the “strengths” of this team, were the biggest weaknesses, very correctable issues. It can only get better, but man thats frustrating.

  3.  norm says:

    It should be noted that there is probably no shortage of fans who are partying in Cleveland right now.

    The few Browns fans of my acquaintance (poor souls) continue to despise Modell to this very day. I’m sure they will shed no tears for his passing.

  4.  norm says:


    norm says:
    September 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM
    To be clear, I’d have no problem with TC keeping Wilson glued to the bench until he’s absolutely certain that his fumbling issues are behind him.

    I understand the coach’s thinking and it’s not wrong, when looked at in a vacuum.

    Problem is that the other backs on the roster appear to be mediocrities… or worse. By parking Wilson in the doghouse, the Giants pretty much condemn themselves to two yards and a cloud of dust on at least 40% of their offensive snaps.

    It’s a dilemma, to be sure. Do you play the electric, potentially game breaking rookie who is occasionally prone to the back-breaking fumble? Or do you go with the proven mediocrity who has at least mastered the art of ball security?

    Of course, there is a third option. Which is abandon the whole pretense that you are a “running team” (at least until David Wilson’s fumbling issues are behind him) Put the game in Eli’s hands and go the route of the 2011 Packers or the Pats for much of Brady’s tenure. Embrace the reality that the NFL is now a passing league and there is no longer the downside there once was in being a one-dimensional offense (of course, this may not be viable under Scab Ball in which PI is apparently once again legal)

    Seeing as that third option has almost no chance of happening on TC/Killdrive’s watch, it brings the choice back to the dilemma stated above. And, to be quite honest, I’m really not sure which of those two options is preferable.

    •  Krow says:

      David “Fumbles” Wilson has been hearing the lecture on ball security since the day we drafted him. I suspect Tom is upset that he appears not to have been listening.

      And if you watched him afterwards you’ll notice that every defender was ripping at the ball.

      Yes David … you’ve marked yourself as a fumbler. There are several hundred defensive players now who are coming for that loaf of bread you so conveniently laid on the table. Sure Tom is mad at you … gee, I wonder why?

      •  norm says:

        Wilson needs to figure out the whole ball security thing rather quickly if he has any hopes of establishing his own line of clothing this coming offseason.

        So he’s not entirely without incentive.

  5.  BBWC says:

    On the Defensive side of the ball…

    I think the “D” played pretty well in the first half, but tuckered out in the second. Several factors contributed to that, partly player conditioning, part ineptitude of the offense, and partly Fewell’s inabiltily make timely changes. IMO Fewell needed to do a better job changing things up, and realizing when the players are fatigued. He could’ve rotated some of the other players in, Hosely and Hill for example, and changed it up a little bit better in the second half. Sometimes fresh legs with a little less experience is better than exhausted experience. Post game, Romo said, they saw what the Giants where doing, and took advantage of that. They burnt us “repeatedly” on the same plays….

    On the offense side of the ball….

    Aside from the most obvious, the OL stunk and they couldn’t get the run game going, Gilbride could’ve changed things up in the passing game. I know Nicks is our number one WR, but the guy is coming off an injury and hasn’t been on the field ALL PRESEASON….. You would expect him to be rusty and probablly out of shape a tad, but for whatever reason, Nicks wasn’t getting much seperation. At some point, you have to realize that and change things up a bit…. you just can’t keep throwing the ball to Cruz or try to force the ball in somewhere. You would think, with the talent on bench, that Gilbride would’ve been a little more creative with the play calling and utilization of our other recievers and Wilson, to try and make something happen. Eli needed to get rid of the ball quickly and if Nicks or Hixon aren’t getting seperation…. Wilson, Randle, JJ or Barden might have been able to, atleast they had fresh legs, and in the second half it was worth a try. Again…. I know the OL was bad, but so was the Cowboys, their OL was banged up and in worse shape than ours, and it was against “supposedly” the best DL in football. Somehow the Cowboys still found a way to run and pass…Go figure that one out!….It seemed like the offense played not to lose (they where content going 3 and out, and letting Weatherford punt), instead of being aggressive in making changes, which ultimately led to the D being on the field way too long.

    On the flip side, Romo and the Cowboys offense did a good job, making just enough plays to keep our “D” on the field. Sometimes a play here or there is the difference in a game, and last night the Cowboys made those couple plays, whereas we didn’t.

    As far as Wilson is concerned, I don’t have an issue with them benching Wilson last night… TC may have needed to send a message to him. But lets get him back out there, don’t want to shatter his confidence. He’s got a lot talent and has to learn.

    •  BBWC says:

      Not to mention… The coaches obviously made the decision that Wilson was ready or they wouldn’t have let Ware go…you can’t put him on the shelf now, not for one mistake. Bradshaw also put the ball on the ground once yesterday as well…. Lets get him back out there and see what happens. The jury is still out.

      Keep in mind if Bradshaw goes down, there is no experienced RB behind him, so the sooner we get Wilson up to par the better.

    •  Emperor Norton says:

      It also didn’t help that Killdrive was in classic ’09 form, at one point calling nothing but deep routes on third and 2. With an offensive line that can’t protect past 1-mississippi, maybe a swing pass or a slant might be in order?

  6.  Grateful Giants says:

    Also, does anyone know what the practice schedules are like. Im asking because I feel like teams are not allowed to practice for 3-4 hours a day. But a football game goes for at least 3 hours. Is there a correlation between the # of hours you can practice and the length of a football game?

    Are they even allowed to simulate a game setting, just by the number of hours they practice?

    Then you ask them to play entire football games, against these athletic freaks, and no wonder everyone gets hurt and starts dropping like flies.

  7.  GOAT56 says:

    Giants’ reliables let them down in opener

    No, I did not forget that there were two NFC East teams on the field in the regular-season opener Wednesday night. It’s just that the Dallas Cowboys deserved the attention in the immediate aftermath and overnight, and I wanted to spend some time mulling over what I wanted to say about a New York Giants performance for which “disappointing” is the most flattering adjective.

    You certainly don’t want to overreact to the first game, especially with a team like the Giants that has proven its ability to overcome just about anything. But the fact is, they didn’t look good, and it’s perfectly acceptable to wonder why. For me, the problem was that their reliable stars didn’t deliver in the reliable way in which they need them to. Eli Manning was just a little bit off with some throws. Victor Cruz dropped three passes. Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora couldn’t get to the quarterback. Those are players and elements on which the Giants rely in order to succeed, and when they can’t rely on those players and elements to be great, that’s when their weaknesses really stand out.

    Three dropped passes by WR Victor Cruz proved costly for the Giants on Wednesday night.The secondary is shredded by injury, yes, but if the pass rush up front is doing its job, you’re not going to notice that as much. The offensive line still struggles to open holes for the running backs, yes, but if Manning is making those breathtaking, Super Bowl-caliber throws (and if Cruz is catching them), you’re not going to notice that as much. The depth issues at defensive tackle seemed to have an effect late in the game. The Giants are a very good team with flaws, just like all of the other very good teams in the league. They’ve succeeded because they’ve been able to cover their flaws with outstanding quality at what they consider to be the key positions — quarterback, wide receiver and pass-rushing defensive end.

    So yes, the problems the Giants had in the opener feel familiar to Giants fans, and not in a way that’s going to make them feel all warm and fuzzy while they wait 10 days to see their team in another game. There are questions that don’t, currently, have answers. Can rookie David Wilson be the answer in the run game, or is he going to be fumble-prone and force them to keep him on the sideline? Is Corey Webster going to have another year like the one he had in 2011, or was Wednesday’s poor performance a sign of regression? Is Hakeem Nicks playing hurt? Does Manning have a wide enough variety of reliable targets?

    The point is that these are usually (and need to be) ancillary issues for the Giants, and they only show up and cost them games when Manning and Nicks and Cruz and Tuck and Umenyiora are less than great. With all of the issues in the secondary and in the running game and on the offensive line, they still only lost by a touchdown and were a third-down stop away from getting the ball back in Manning’s hands at the two-minute warning. Better play from their reliables would have made the other stuff seem much smaller than it does this morning. That’s how it worked last year, early and late, when the Giants were winning games.

    Last year, with with exception of the two Redskins games for some reason, Manning always found open options when he dropped back to pass. Give him options, and he picks you apart. Cover his receivers, or shut down one side of the field and limit his options, and that slows him down a bit. The Cowboys accomplished this Wednesday. Other teams will find ways to do it, too. It’s Manning’s job to make his own adjustments and produce anyway.

    Last year, if Jason Pierre-Paul was getting the attention on the left side of the offensive line, that meant Tuck and/or Umenyiora would fight through on the right side for a sack or at least some pressure. On Wednesday they did not. They said after the game they were being held all night and the holds weren’t being called, but that’s an ages-old lament, sung exclusively by losers. The Giants’ pass-rushers need to overcome such things, and they surely know it.

    Last year, Cruz didn’t drop balls, and Webster didn’t get beaten on “go” routes and Nicks got separation from defenders and… well, you get it. Wednesday didn’t look like the Giants at their best, and the reason was that their best players didn’t play the way they needed them to play. That’s fixable, and once it’s fixed, I imagine Giants fans will feel better about things than they do today.

    •  AdamGmen says:

      The key to the defense is the pass rush, plain and simple. Last year this defense was getting shredded like it did last night, until Tuck was health and the pass rush was incredible. I’m not sure why they couldnt get to Romo but they need to fix it.

    •  BBWC says:

      The Cowboys corners pressed the receivers and threw off Eli’s timing. I think that played a part in Cruz’s drops.

    •  norm says:

      “Last year, Cruz didn’t drop balls”

      I smell BS.

      See Week 1 against the Skins, when he dropped a critical first down pass.

      Or the game against Seattle, in which a his inability to secure the ball resulted in a game ending pick 6.

      There were probably others. But those are certainly the most memorable.

  8.  fanfor55years says:

    This is becoming a ridiculous feeding frenzy.

    Wilson’s fumble was on a great play by Sean Lee who made a vicious hit on him while clutching at the ball. In fact, Bradshaw’s fumble was worse, but thankfully was recovered so no one is going nuts about it. They’ll HAVE to play Wilson, and they will. They desperately need a runner who can make a defense worry about big plays, and Wilson is the guy.

    Romo was excellent last night and his accuracy and timing on his throws was generally top notch. Ogletree is a promising young receiver who is simply better than the #4 and #5 corners for the Giants, and Austin and Bryant just outplayed our secondary last night, in good part because the pass rush couldn’t get to Romo and he had more time than he usually does against us (again, a LOT of that has to do with failure to flag even blatant holding, especially once Tony started to leave the pocket).

    There are very clear issues that need addressing. Some may not be “solvable” and game planning will have to take that into account. But it’s one loss, it’s September, and there’s a long way to go. There were three very bright spots in the midst of the ruins last night. Hixon looked very good. We have a very legit tight end in Bennett. Rivers is a stud. make that four bright spots: Eli makes plays that most quarterbacks cannot, and he’s ALWAYS in the game. He was a one-man team last night (well, two if you count Steve Weatherford) and he still stayed competitive with what I suspect is a very good Cowboys team.

    Ten days to get “fixed”, which will be a long, worried, wait. But we’ll know a little more after the game against Tampa Bay, albeit still not enough to start reaching definitive conclusions about much of anything.

    •  AdamGmen says:

      And lets not forget the fact the last two times the Giants won the Super Bowl, they started out 0-1. The other fact people are overlooking is the Cowboys whole offseason was geared towards stop the Giants offense and I believe with a healthy Nicks they wouldnt have.

    •  James Stoll says:

      Agreed. Plus we always have been and forever will be under TC an 8-8, 9-7, 10-6 team

      Nothing has changed. This is UST one of the 8, 7, 6 L’s we always suffer

      •  norm says:

        And it’s not as we did not see this one coming from miles away.

        This was a HUGE game for Dallas; arguably the most important one on their schedule. This past offseason, they identified beating the Giants as #1 on their to-do list. They had a lot riding on winning this game and it showed in their play.

        As for the Giants… well, for all the talk of their riding a post-Super Bowl high, the team did seem to suffer from a lack of focus. Cruz’ drops… defenders out of position… in other words, the kind of gaffes that are not at all uncommon in a Week One game.

        So I’m not especially worried abut what it all might portend for the rest of the year. But I’d also be lying if I said I was not disappointed at the outcome, unsurprising as it may have been.

  9.  norm says:

    As for the Cowboys, I agree with what Chad wrote when he noted that they are fundamentally the same team they have been in year’s past.

    For all the talk of their shiny new toys at cornerback, they remain the same undisciplined bunch who are especially prone to the silly penalty. Which, ironically, may work to their benefit in a year in which many of those penalties are being overlooked. If that does not change, Dallas could be one of the year’s big winners under the much laxer officiating standards of the scab refs – especially if they manage to cut down on the number of pre-snap flags, which are still being thrown.

    The other thing I noticed is that the Cowboy D looks to be rather slow up the middle. They are quite capable of plugging the gaps and stopping the kind of running plays that Killdrive was dialing up last night. However, I suspect that they would be particularly vulnerable to short quick passes to the flat. Which, of course, we did not see last night. But it’s a hole in the Dallas D that’s ripe to be exploited, most likely by the Eagles and Shady McCoy who figure to drink their milkshake.

  10.  giantsfan says:

    Just one game, just one game. Albeit a little disappointing and somewhat embarassing. But just one game.

    •  giantsfan says:

      Man, I was really hoping for a 3rd down stop, followed by another miracle comeback from Eli and Co., and a Tynes OT FG kick to seal it. That would have been incredible…

      •  Levito says:

        Same here. Not sure I would have felt much better about the team’s performance, but you gota love an Eli comeback. Unfortunately the defense couldn’t make one last 3rd and 12 stop.

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