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Chip Kelly Also an Eli Manning Fan: “Talk About a Stone-Cold Killer in the Fourth Quarter”

March 27th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
By Dan Benton

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly may be changing the dynamic between the Iggles and New York Giants. After all, rather than relentless smack talk — something his team continues to engage in despite his leadership — Kelly has repeatedly showed Big Blue unprovoked respect.

It initially started prior to Week 6 when Kelly shared incredible praise for Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. — praise he reiterated earlier this week at the NFC coaches breakfast — and continued throughout the rest of the season, including a hospital visit to check in on Victor Cruz after he had suffered a torn patellar tendon.

But Kelly's unusual praise of his chief rival didn't end there, and when recently discussing the demeanor of quarterback Marcus Mariota, the third-year head coach likened him to Eli Manning, who Kelly says is a "stone-cold killer" in the fourth quarter.

"You evaluate everything when you look at him," Kelly said via ESPN. "Just because a guy doesn't yell and scream at a guy when he doesn't run the right route — ask any of those guys if they'd take Eli Manning. I don't see Eli Manning screaming and yelling at anybody, but you talk about a stone-cold killer in the fourth quarter. Look at how many fourth-quarter comebacks Eli's had."

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New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin Hints at Larger Role for Shane Vereen

March 27th, 2015 at 1:00 PM
By Michael Moraitis

Earlier this week, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was gushing over the newest addition to his backfield, running back Shane Vereen, and seemed to imply he would have a bigger role than originally thought.

Upon joining the Giants, Vereen was thought to be mostly a third-down back as an excellent pass-blocker who can make plays in the short passing game. While that is all very true, Coughlin envisions Vereen doing more for the G-Men, as he explained at the NFC coaches breakfast earlier in the week.

“As a pass receiver coming out of the backfield, pass-protector, a guy who runs the ball in the three wide offense, the defensive run game if you will,” Coughlin said. “A lot of the (Tom) Brady hook up with Vereen, the ball was almost automatically going to him. You know there would be certain first downs, if there was zone coverage, they would drop the ball off and he would scoot. So, we know that. Will we open it up to other parts of it? Well, we would like to make sure he can. He does very well at that spot.

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New York Giants’ Steve Tisch on Board with “Make or Break” Mandate in 2015

March 27th, 2015 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Back in late December at his year-end press conference, New York Giants co-owner John Mara made it abundantly clear that 2015 will be treated as a "make or break" season for Big Blue. And after two years of losing, if the team fails to turn things around, the ax will fall on more than one.

"I don't think that is an unfair statement," Mara said.

Now, for the first time, the team's other co-owner, Steve Tisch, is speaking out on that mandate. And while he remains old school in his belief that stability is the key to success, he's on board with the notion that failure to improve must lead to change. And if the Giants do not turn things around in 2015, the time for change may be now.

"I agree with that," Tisch told The Star-Ledger exclusively. "I think the Giants have a tradition of stability supporting a head coach, supporting a general manager. I don't want to say we're adverse to change, but we like stability as the owner style. It was certainly that way before my family got involved in 1991. It is very much sort of a part of the Mara DNA, which I'm extremely respectful of.

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New York Giants on Hand to Watch Ex-Iowa State DT David Irving’s Workout

March 27th, 2015 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Although he was dismissed from the Iowa State football team and barred from their facility during his senior season due to an off-field incident (we'll get to that later), it didn't stop the New York Giants from attending David Irving's outdoor workout on FieldTurf in San Jacinto, California this past Monday.

In addition to the Giants, the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks were also on hand to watch the impressive workout.

Irving, who stands at 6-7 3/4 and weighs in at 281 lbs., impressed with a 4.84 40-yard dash (1.69-second 10-yard split), 38-inch vertical jump, 10-foot-8 broad jump, 4.53 seconds in the 20-yard short shuttle and 7.27 seconds in the three-done drill.

Add in a 87 3/4-inch wingspan and it's no surprise Irving is considering an athletic freak of nature. Unfortunately for him, a series of off-field incidents — some very serious — not only got him kicked off of the Iowa State football team, but have significantly (and understandably) hurt his draft stock. As recently as a year ago he was expected to be a third-round pick.

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New York Giants Friday Morning Storylines: What to Expect from Steve Spagnuolo’s Defense

March 27th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Happy Friday, New York Giants fans! The major lull of the NFL offseason is finally upon us — that fourth wave of nearly non-existent free agency coupled with the reality that the NFL Draft is still five weeks away. What to do, what to do? Don't worry, we've got you covered!

Giants 101 will be returning several features soon (including 'Writer's Round-Up'), but in the mean time, why not enjoy these morning headlines over your first cup of coffee?

Steve Spagnuolo's Scheme, Familiarity Is What Transitioning Giants Defense Needs

The return of defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was one that was widely embraced by New York Giants fans, whose memories of his 2007 and 2008 defenses are highlights in head coach Tom Coughlin’s era.

His mission with the Giants in this, his second go-round with the team, is to repair a defensive unit that finished 29th overall in the NFL.

To understand what the Giants defense might look like this time around, Antonio Pierce, the Giants middle linebacker and defensive captain on those Spagnuolo defenses who is now an analyst for ESPN, provided a glimpse into the challenges and direction his former defensive coordinator is about to tackle.

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