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New York Giants Hold Players-Only Meeting to “Clear the Air”

November 20th, 2012 at 9:15 AM
By Dan Benton

As the New York Giants returned to work on Monday morning, they did so with the knowledge that the next six games will ultimately determine their fate. And after losing their previous two games, quarterback Eli Manning and defensive end Justin Tuck took a proactive route and immediately called for a players-only meeting to "clear the air."

'Justin Tuck: Calm Before the Storm.' photo (c) 2009, Heath Brandon - license:

“It was us just going over some things that we’d like to see changed,” Tuck said. “It’s something that we did last year, and we’re hoping to build on a little bit. All players just going in, and being able to clear the air about what we feel can make this team better, that’s all.”

Offensive lineman Sean Locklear and linebacker Chase Blackburn revealed that the meeting allowed for all players to stand up and share what was on their mind – "good, bad or indifferent" – but beyond that, everything will remain behind closed doors.

This type of meeting is nothing new for the Giants as they held a similar sit-down a year ago before they went on a run that eventually ended with a Lombardi Trophy. It's designed to re-gain focus, which is something many players say was lost against both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals.

“What bothers me more than anything is sometimes we’ll go out there and we’ll display some good things, sometimes we’ll go out there and stink it up, but there’s never been a moment where I can say, ‘We’ve been great,’ ” safety Antrel Rolle said. “Once we get back to that, I think we can set our own destiny.”

By the sounds of things, the team was quite a bit more focused in practice on Monday, and are looking at the next six weeks as a "six game season." They all realize what's at stake, and they'll have their first chance to respond on Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers.


Tags: Chase Blackburn, Eli Manning, Football, Justin Tuck, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Sean Locklear

23 Responses to “New York Giants Hold Players-Only Meeting to “Clear the Air””

  1.  Krow says:

    I heard Reuben Randle fell asleep.

  2.  kujo says:

    This is all part of Tuck’s new regiment, having recently completed Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Riding for the 13th time.

  3.  F0XLIN says:

    This is deja vu of last season, let’s hope it continues, but with this weekend

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    In any profession, and field of endeavor, there are “dog days” when it’s just hard to do your best. It appears that November is that time for the New York Giants (and many other teams around the league). But this team needs to start December right now. In the next two weeks they have huge games that may well determine their fate regarding the playoffs. Neither is an easy game. Both can be won. And really HAVE to be won if they want to defend their title.

    •  Levito says:

      +1. Not only are the playoffs on the line, but even if the Giants make the playoffs, seeding can be largely determined in the next few weeks as well. Atlanta has the inner track on the #1 seed, but the #2 and the bye week that comes with it is up in the air. Chicago is slipping, and still has a key game with GB coming up, and if the Giants can beat them, they will be in a deadlock with SF for that spot and hold the tiebreaker.

  5.  GOAT56 says:


    JimStoll says:
    November 20, 2012 at 8:18 AM
    Cowboys remaining six –Redskins Eagles Bengals Steelers Saints? Redskins — likely record — 3-3 (split with Wash; lose to Steelers/Saints) — final record 8-8

    Skins remaining six: Cowboys Giants Ravens Browns Eagles Cowboys — likely record — 3-3 (split with cowboys, lose to Giants Ravens) — final record 8-8

    Eagles last 6 — Panthers Cowboys Bucs Bengals Redskins Giants — likely finish — 2-4 — final record — 5-11

    Gaints final six: Packers Redskins Saints Falcons Ravens Eagles — finish — needs to be 3-3 — if a W over Skins and Eagles, need 1 of Pack, Saints, Falcons Ravens; lose to either Skins or Eagles and need at least 2 of the 4; lose to Washington and most likely need to finish at 10-6 as that would most likely mean the Skins finish at least 9-7 and would hold the tie-breaker.

    Actually, an L to Washington could very well mean that the giants would need to finish 11-5 to make the playoffs. This coming weekend will really set the table. If the skins beat the cowboys and the Giants lose to the Pack, then the Skins can take control of the division the following week with a win over Big Blue.
    Should the Giants beat the Pack, regardless of what Washington does, the Giants remain in control. But a loss the next week to the Skins gives it all back. Thus, if the Skins go 2-0 against the Cowboys Giants, and their only serious hurdle left is the Ravens, the Giants will need to win either 3 of their final four, or all four should they fall to the Pack prior to.

    In other words, the season looks to be largely determined over the next 2 games.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I think you’re underplaying the cowboy chances. I don’t think we can count on them to lose to Washington. If they just sweep washington, beat Philly and beat Pitt, NO or Cin they finish at 9-7. If they sweep their division games they have the division tie breaker no matter what we do. Therefore we would have to go 10-6 to win the division. I think at this point we just need to win games. Division or non division, though conference is defnitely more important. If we lost to let’s say Was and Bal, we would be a strong place conference wise division and wildcard wise.

      Losing to Was doesn’t wash out a GB win. We would still have a division lead or tie. I don’t believe Was is a serious threat, I really don’t. What we saw was the death of Philly much more than a rise fro Was. I think the Skins can be a bigtime spoiler but I don’t think they can outlast both us and Dallas. Their defense still sucks.

      •  F0XLIN says:

        The Cowboys are a talented yet dysfunctional team that can’t find any form of consistency. Their O Line is bad and banged up, now remove their best O linemen in Tyron Smith from the picture and Tony Romo is going to find it a lot harder to pull his escape moves from the pocket.

        I agree with Jim’s assessment, I can’t see them finishing any better than 3-3

        •  GOAT56 says:

          They are playing teams that are not great either. The cowboys this year haven’t been what the media says. Look they have beat all the bad teams and lost to all the good teams. They split with us, lost to Sea but beat TB. That’s not up and down like the media tells it. That means they have found ways to beat teams like Philly and Washington. Pitt might not have their QB. Cin is an average team they could beat. NO is playing well now let’s see what happens if they lose a game or 2 when they play SF, @ATL and @ Us.

          I’m not saying dallas couldn’t end up 8-8 but to expect it from what we have seen this year isn’t a great bet.

  6.  F0XLIN says:

    a win*

  7.  Levito says:

    During the bye week, Giants running backs coach Jerald Ingram said that first-round pick David Wilson had to show the team that he’s more than “just a runner” before he’ll be able to gain more playing time with the team.

    Wilson responded to that when the team returned to work on Monday and expressed some confusion about what he can do to prove that he’s improved on areas like pass protection when the team won’t put him on the field. Wilson said that he has never had opportunities to do anything other than run the ball in the NFL and that he feels like his performance at practice has been sound enough in the non-running areas Ingram says he needs to improve.

    “When you say show more, do more, you wonder, ‘Where?’” Wilson said, via Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger. “I mean, I work hard at practice and do my plays when I’m in and, so, (I’m) waiting.”

    Wilson didn’t forget how to do anything but run the ball after getting drafted by the Giants, so they had to know what they were getting just as they had to know about his fumbling problems in college before slashing his playing time dramatically for fumbling in the first game of the season. At some point, Wilson is going to need to get a chance to do things on the field during games. Otherwise, the whole thing will turn into a circle where Wilson doesn’t play because of the things he can’t do and he can’t do those things because he doesn’t get the playing time he needs to work on those aspects of his game.

    That opportunity may not come this year and, barring injury, almost certainly won’t come in the next couple of weeks after the Giants whittled their margin of error down to zero with two losses before their bye week.

    •  F0XLIN says:

      Let’s hope this was part of their self scouting

    •  kinsho says:

      I agree. Wilson needs to be a more of a factor in these games. I do not understand why the Giants insist on taking things slow with their offensive rookies and even some of their defensive rookies.

      Then again, maybe the Giants are right to hold their rookies back from seeing too much play time in their first years in order to spend more time on their development. We’ll know for sure by next year, but it’s frustrating to see other rookies on teams like Tampa Bay and the Colts shine while our first-round pick stews in the doghouse.

  8.  GOAT56 says:

    I might be in the minority but I think this GB is more important than any remaining game. Because we already lost 2 division games winning the division due to division record is not something we can count on because as far as dallas is concerned we have no control. We need to win games and conference games at that, especially against possible contenders like GB. I think the confidence we would get from beating GB is completely different from that of beating Was. We know we are capable of losing to just about any team on a bad day but after Pitt we have to show we can still beat any team on a good day.

  9.  Grateful Giants says:

    For what its worth, and I don’t know if this has been brought up, i haven’t been able to follow much since after the storm, but do you guys think Sandy, and after life had a real effect on the team? I’m not making an excuse, just curious what you guys think.

    I know my office was out of commission for a week, and even once we got back in, people are still without power, living on their neighbors couches.

    With Eli’s family down south I can only imagine that other families, and other players had experienced something similar. You don’t live on someones couch, or send your family down south without it affecting you in some way. I wonder if, after all that has happened to these guys and their families, they were just not able to focus on their day to day. Just getting to a gym, or a meeting, it was so hard to get around the city, public transportation (not that any do use it), but tunnels, and everything. I bet the commute to the stadium has been awful.

    I hope the break gives them a chance to take a step back, regroup, get their feet on the ground, and get back to some sort of normalcy. I have complete faith in the coaching staff to get them motivated, and back to normal day to day business as usual. I just ultimately think it affected them a lot more than most can imagine.

  10.  Krow says:

    We need 10 wins … simple as that. 9 might do it … MIGHT. 6 games to go. Easy math.

    Like I’ve said before … this is a good thing. Roll into the playoffs hot and dangerous … or go home. Exactly how it should be. No ambiguity … no backing in … no doubt that you belong. Or … you don’t.

    •  kinsho says:

      Yup. Only downside are morons claiming that the Giants are a ‘lucky’ team for barely getting into the playoffs

      •  Levito says:

        Hopefully there are a lot of morons claiming the Giants are lucky to have won back to back Super Bowls.

        Really it doesn’t matter. There will be haters of whatever team wins it all. I’d just prefer that it’s my favorite team they’re hating.

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