Yes, the start of the NFL Free Agency period is set to officially open on Tuesday, March 12 at 4pm, EST. Don’t look for much to transpire on the Big Blue front. At this time of year, more focus is lent to April and the 2013 NFL Draft.
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin spoke of many things from his familiar seat at the recent NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. He almost always sits in the same seat: eight rows up and four seats in, near the 10-yard line. Coughlin claims it’s close, he’s able to see, he can check out the demeanor of the players and, most importantly, he’s able to concentrate. He has his own stopwatch, but oddly uses it to time guys after only 10 yards.
“I’m not worried about anything else ‘cause others have got that  time and they bring that to me. What I like to do is I, ya' know, write it down and boom, get ready for the next guy,” Coughlin said.
Coughlin isn’t the only blue coach that frequents the combine. Many know and see Giants tight ends coach, Mike Pope work with his contingency players as well as offensive line coach Pat Flaherty working with the prospective linemen. This year, defensive backs coach, Peter Giunta was mike’d up and with his Massachusetts accent, gave a Giants-like, motivational speech for the prospects on the cusp of entering pro-football careers.
“You guys have done tremendous jobs so far. You guys know you’re on the job interview of your life, okay? This is what it’s all about. This is a great country we live in. Why? Because we have choices. You do with your life what you wanna do with your life. With the choices you make, come consequences, okay? If you’re about to do something and you’re not sure whether they’re the right or wrong choices, just pretend the most significant person in your life is standing there beside you, is on your shoulder. Would you make that same choice if they were there beside you? Whether it’s your mom, your grandmother, your dad, your older brother – whoever it may be, that’s the most significant person in your whole life; if they’re standing beside you, would you make that same choice? Chances are, if you would, then you’re making the right choice,” Giunta orated. “You’ve got a lot of work to do now – between now and the time you report to a mini camp, to an OTA, to a training camp. This is only the start. You guys have great futures ahead of you. When we pick up the newspaper, or turn on ESPN or NFL Network, any shows, we wanna be hearing the positive things about you guys. There’s too much of the negative stuff goin’ on. Everybody is looking up to you gentlemen right now – that’s why you’re on NFL Network. Everybody in the country is watching you. They’re going to be watching you for the rest of your lives. That’s the price we pay to play in this great game. Take advantage of this great opportunity you have. Choices. Make the good choices.”
While free agency may very well be more “thrilling” due to rumors and the constant reporting over who will sign where and for how much (see: drama), the New York Football Giants will continue to do more of their hard work gearing up for the draft room in April (25th-27th) and building with youth and a certain hunger that accompanies it.
Now that the combine is over, don’t vest too much into those numbers and recorded stats. There’s more. There’s game tape. Many of said prospects will go undrafted and still (eventually) become starters for an NFL team somewhere down the line. Football has been their lives before the combine (or Pro Days) and Sundays certainly aren’t timed with a stopwatch.
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