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New York Giants’ Victor Cruz not Motivated by DeAngelo Hall’s “Rocket Scientist” Comment

November 28th, 2012 at 4:00 PM
By Paul Tierney

The New York Giants have a lot to play for on Monday night. A win over the Washington Redskins would put Big Blue at least two-games ahead of every other team in the NFC East with four games to go. A victory would also improve the Giants' record within the NFC East, which would come in handy in the event of a tiebreaker at the end of the season. However, Giants wideout Victor Cruz said in a conference call earlier today there will be no personal vendetta's settled on the field this weekend.

'Victor Cruz makes the catch' photo (c) 2011, Kathy Vitulano - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

The Giants defeated the Redskins in a thrilling 27-23 Week 7 matchup. Robert Griffin III threw a touchdown pass to Santana Moss to give the Redskins the lead with under two-minutes left. However, Eli Manning worked his late game magic and threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz. After the game, Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall was not willing to give the Giants too much credit for their victory.

"For [Eli] to say that in the first half he picked up on it and to not make a play until the last play of the game? I don't know how well he picked up on it," Hall said. "I feel we gave him that play. It wasn't something where he was a rocket scientist and he figured something out. We just played that as bad as possible."

The Giants did not make a big deal of Hall's comment. There was no need too, because at the end of the day Big Blue walked away with a victory and the 'Skins didn't. Hall has a history of stirring up controversy and trying to egg opponents and even teammates into altercations, and the Giants were smart and took the high road.

The Giants will continue to focus on football this weekend, as opposed to comments made by a bitter cornerback playing on a team with a losing record. Cruz was not willing to say that the team was going to use Hall's comments as motivation, but he did dispute the notion that the Redskins "gave" the Giants the game winning touchdown in Week 7.

"It didn't take a rocket scientist to throw the ball or for me to catch it or whatever it was," Cruz said. "But it was a play that was designed, a play that was in front in your defense, a play that had to be ran for us to win the game and Eli threw it and I caught it. So it wasn't that difficult, but it was something that was done; it was something that wasn't given to us. Guys were in coverage, they were chasing after me, they were in position to make plays on the ball, but unfortunately for them they didn't do so. 

Every game on the Giants schedule seems to increase in importance. Last week, Big Blue had to show their ability to come out of their bye week and bounce back from an embarrassing 31-13 defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10. This week, the Giants must win to create separation between them and the rest of the division. It's been like that al year with this team, as they have not fully proved themselves as a elite, consistently performing team capable of playing 60 minutes of focused football each and every game.

A win on Monday would go a long way in establishing just that. This team has too much as stake right now to worry about what players on other teams are saying or doing. In the coming weeks, we are going to find out if this team is for real or not this season. In order to achieve success against their daunting schedule, the Giants must focus solely on what they need to do in order to win football games.

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24 Responses to “New York Giants’ Victor Cruz not Motivated by DeAngelo Hall’s “Rocket Scientist” Comment”

  1.  Valid says:

    Just found out that the Eagles released Jason Babin yesterday.

    •  Paul Tierney says:

      Yeah can’t say that Week 17 matchup is scaring me too much anymore.

      •  TroyThorne says:

        Eh, I’ll be wary of that matchup until we show we can actually beat them. They were terrible earlier this year and we still lost to them. They were terrible last year and we lost to Vince Young on a 95+ yard drive. They own us.

        •  BigBlueGiant says:

          i’m with you Troy.

          Eagles would love to beat us just for bragging rights that they swept us. They’ll have NOTHING but pride to play for.

          We’ll likely have the division wrapped up and the seeding for the playoffs hopefully won’t matter.

          •  Valid says:

            Meh. If they stink, they stink. If it turns out that that Week 17 matchup is actually a meaningful game for the Giants, I have a hard time believing the G-Men won’t win it by three touchdowns. We know how the Giants operate by now. Week 17 is VERY different than Week 4 for them.

            •  BigBlueGiant says:

              If they stink, them why’d they beat us?

              •  Paul Tierney says:

                Their stink has progressively worsened as the season has gone on. The Eagles were not in the midst of a full-on implosion when we first played them. Most of their players are already going to have their offseason tee times scheduled at some fancy pants vacation destination by the time the Giants see them next.

                •  BigBlueGiant says:

                  Really?

                  They beat the browns by 1. They Ravens by 1 and us by 2.

                  Those are their THREE losses this year.

                  Fact: We simply do NOT play well against that team. PERIOD. The last game of the year we will likely have a playoff spot locked up already. They will not be playing for anything. They will want to claim their sweep on us. The fact that we will likely be resting our players 2nd half, I think that game might be a loss.

                  •  Valid says:

                    So you seriously believe that the Giants will lose that game if it actually means something?

                    In Week 4, Nicks and Canty were out, the entire secondary was banged up, and it STILL took an offensive pass interference penalty from our FIFTH RECEIVER for the Eagles to beat the Giants IN Philadelphia.

                    If that Week 17 game is the deciding factor as to whether or not the Giants make the playoffs, they aren’t losing.

                    •  Valid says:

                      BigBlueGiant -

                      I see you are saying this in assumption that the Giants will have everything locked up by then. I’m saying that if they DON’T, there is no way in HELL they lose that game to the Eagles.

    •  kinsho says:

      In other news, Keith Rivers was carted off yesterday night while in the middle of making love to his wife . He’s said to have a high ankle sprain and is expected back on the field in 6-8 weeks.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    That’s what he gets!

    Jaguars secure Jason Babin’s contract

    When defensive end Jason Babin was cut by the Eagles, he probably thought he’d be upgrading his chances of playing for a contender.

    If he did, he thought wrong.

    Per a league source, Babin was awarded to the Jaguars, who at 2-9 were second on the priority list. At this point, it’s not known who else made a claim for his contract; it’s only known that the Chiefs, who have top priority, didn’t.

    The next question becomes whether Babin will make noise about being involuntarily shipped to a bad team, which now holds his rights through 2015. Apart from playing for a bad team, Babin will now be playing in London once per year over the next three seasons.

    If Babin opts to retire in lieu of playing for Jacksonville, the Jags would be able to recover $900,000 in signing bonus money, along with the remaining proration of his signing bonus for 2012, which by our calculations is another $88,000.Plus, he’d be giving up $1.69 million for roughly a month of work.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/11/28/jaguars-secure-jason-babins-contract/

  3.  Dirt says:

    Man, if only Giants had a great, clutch quarterback with a propensity to win big games, they’d be totally in this game on Monday!!!

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Yup, it’s really too bad we won’t have the better QB on the field that night.

      (And if you don’t think that’s the actual opinion of 40% of the idiots who call themselves experts, and 70% of the casual fans who don’t know squat, you would be wrong).

  4.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Raiders released 2010 8th overall pick, Rolondo McClain.

    •  Krow says:

      I don’t think it’s official yet … but it seems to be true.

      Remember when everyone wanted Reese to trade up to get him? Booyah, lucky he’s the GM and not us …. LOL

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Umm, not quite “everyone”. I remember posting that I didn’t see what all the fuss was about, that he seemed like a good player but I’d seen him play enough that I wasn’t THAT impressed.

        But yeah, I’m very happy Mr. Reese makes these decisions, not me, because the guy knows his stuff better than the whole lot of us.

    •  Valid says:

      Wasn’t he actually having a pretty solid year? Seems like an odd move by Oakland. Unless they’re finally fed up with his attitude, that is.

      •  TonyMW says:

        Don’t get me wrong, the dude has some issues, but being on a train-wreck franchise like the Raiders surely couldn’t help much. He was quoted as saying that he wants to play for a “real team”, and if he was with an organization like the Giants (notice I said “like” the Giants, not necessarily THE Giants) that could very well make a difference. With that said, he’s not really that bad of a player. From what I’ve seen he’s more of a chase and tackle type than a blow em up in the backfield type, but he’s still better than someone like Herzlich. Not saying that it’ll happen, but I wouldn’t be disappointed if I heard Reese was taking a look…

  5.  Dirt says:

    @PhinsRock: If you haven’t seen this yet…watch it. Now. Most glorious video ever. (Jets fans telling players they suck)… http://t.co/ugkFYHmx

  6.  rlhjr says:

    Rolondo McClain I was so bummed he did not become a Giant.
    Watching him with Oakland, I saw a player going through the motions.
    He looked to me not as quick afoot as he seemed in school.
    By all accounts he was a savvy player capable of learning and directing a defense on any level.

    Think maybe he was bummed playing in the NFL graveyard that is Oakland?
    That diagnosis is completely out of the question right?
    Of course, I would be a sucker for any linebacker the Giants might have who can accomplish the following:

    1. Move laterally to the left with some degree of speed/quickness
    2. Move laterally to the right with some degree of speed/quickness
    3. Move with some degree of speed/quickness forward
    4. Move with some degree of speed/quickness backward
    5. Shoot gaps and actually make tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage
    6. Cover flat passes using {1, 2, 3 &4}
    7. Take deep enough drops to be a factor on pass plays using {1, 2, 3 &4}
    8. Blitz and actually make it to or pressure the QB
    9. Mean nasty physical SOB.
    10. And finally as George Young once said of #56 “not exactly a choir boy”

    Other than Boley, the Giants still have a vacancy. Actually they have two.
    At any rate, let’s have a collective prayer that Boley stays healthy for the duration. Because there is nothing after him. And God bless Blackburn.

  7.  Krow says:

    McClain will move after the season. Oakland wants something for him … even if it’s a low round pick … and I can’t blame them.

    Would I take a chance if I were Reese? Maybe … depending on the price, and only after a long evaluation process. Sometimes the setting is just wrong. Sometimes a new home does wonders. But to be honest … that doesn’t seem to be the case here. I think he’s just a problem child and a major bust.

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