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Ex-Giant Sam Garnes Has Clear Message for Denver Broncos: We’re not Here on Vacation

January 29th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Dan Benton

In their history, the New York Giants are 4-1 in the Super Bowl. Their sole loss came following the 2000 season when they were defeated (see: manhandled) by the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV. And for former Giants safety Sam Garnes, who is now the assistant secondary coach for the Denver Broncos, he wants his players to understand their trip to New York for Super Bowl XLVIII is no vacation.

"I tell my players, we're not interested in having fun for two weeks between the AFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl," Garnes said on Tuesday. "We want to have a great time for several months [afterward]."

Garnes has shared his story of heartbreak with the team, telling them that the elation of an AFC Championship Game fades away rapidly if they come up short in the Super Bowl. It was a very difficult lesson for him to learn, and one retired defensive end Michael Strahan also alluded to when speaking to the Giants leading up to Super Bowl XLII.

Still, Garnes says, there's something special about returning to the Big Game as a coach. Something that's only multiplied by the fact that he's returning home — to a city he loves and one he proudly represented for all seven years of his NFL career (five with the Giants, two with the Jets).

"Selfishly, I wanted to be here, and I will admit that, because this is a place I love. All my players and coaches, they know much I love where I’m from," Garnes added. "To come back to your home area and be a part of the Super Bowl is a great feeling."

The thrill aside, Garnes still has one hope: to walk away from Super Bowl XLVIII with a better feeling than he did from Super Bowl XXXV.

Photo credit: Sean Daly / Foter / CC BY-SA


Tags: Baltimore, Baltimore Ravens, Denver, Denver Broncos, Football, Michael Strahan, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Sam Garnes, Super Bowl XLVIII

7 Responses to “Ex-Giant Sam Garnes Has Clear Message for Denver Broncos: We’re not Here on Vacation”

  1.  Eric S says:

    Always liked Garnes as a player. Nice to see him doing well in his post playing career.

  2.  GOAT56 says:


    GOAT56 says:
    January 28, 2014 at 11:41 PM
    BBG –

    I do think Robinson and/or Donnell could be the answer a TE. 2 years of not playing doesn’t convince me when both players were very raw. However, with the change in offense I do see Ebron as a possibility. I was definitely not a fan of his fit into the old offense but moving into this new modified offense his selection would make more sense. I still doubt he’s worth that type of pick but now it could work. I don’t think a healthy Finley would be worth the 12h pick and that’s what I see Ebron as. I don’t feel as strongly as I did before but I still rather pick Jenkins at #42 or another TE later. The player I still don’t like is Evans because he just has written all over him IMO.

    Unlike most giant fans I do think Sapp has some fair critiques of Strahan as a player. I just think saying Rice is better when he didn’t play the run and played with great players is wrong. Sapp is also wrong by not conceding Strahan is a HOF. I know I’m in the small minority here but I do think Sapp was a better player. But both are clearly HOFers.

    While I think there are fair concerns about our WRs I think fixing the OL, Eli, TEs and the RBs are all more important. We need some much needed depth of talent at WR but it doesn’t need to come from a first rounder or a premium free agent.

    stuh says:
    January 29, 2014 at 12:58 AM
    I agree about the need for fixing the other positions before WR, but how are they fixing Eli? He is in his 11th year. The system and OL may fix him but he is not going to get better because of a new QB coach.
    As for Sapp I’m not as much of a homer as a lot of the guys around here, but I think that Strahan is the best DE the Giants ever had and I’ve seen a lot of them. I don’t think Sapp was a better player then him. Additionally he is a total a hole and therefore his opinion is meaningless.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      I like Mike Evans, but if It was my call, i’d trade back and grab Benjamin. And MAYBE the same with Ebron.

      I just think with a new OC, Mara, JR, TC might wanna give Eli and Mcadoo a new toy to play with.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        I like Benjamin but unlike most here I actually think Eli would be better off with an all around WR than a big target, especially in this system. I think WR is a deep position and a guy like Odell Beckham is an excellent fit for what we are going to do. I understand that a big WR would balance out our WRs size wise but I think strong handed WRs are more important than size.

        I think trading back into even the bottom 5-10 picks of the first and adding a second round pick gives us so many more options. At positions like guard, Center and TE we can still get the best or second best player towards the end of the first.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I completely disagree about Eli no getting better because of a QB coach. It seems that many of our TOs were because of Eli having bad mechanics, receivers running wrong routes and/or poor protection. Not many of our TOs were due to just bad decisions by Eli. The QB coach can really help, I don’ find it an accident that Eli regressed after Sullivan left. Better QB coach is important for Eli, maybe other QBs it’s no as much but Eli seems to get lazy with his mechanics especially the last 2 years.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    I think unless there is a reason a player is undervalued trading for a player is just not a good idea. Giving up premium picks and premium salary space just doesn’t work most of the time. Look at the Harvin trade for example. Keeping Nicks would make much more sense if WR was that much of a concern because he would cost less salary cap wise and cos us no valuable picks.

    We are not one player away so trading picks to move up in the draft would make sense either. Many good players win championships not just one or a few great players. That’s how we won all of our SBs and will do so in the future.

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