Welcome to the weekend, Giants fans! Now that things have slowed down a bit and the lull prior to the 2014 NFL Draft has returned, so to have morning storylines. As such, grab yourself a warm cup of coffee and enjoy the following New York Giants Saturday morning headlines.
The New York Giants have been experiencing a lot of changes this offseason. Besides free agent signings, the Giants made changes to their offense by bringing in new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who will be installing a new West Coast offense for Big Blue in 2014. This new fast pace, passing type offense has made a lot of returning offensive players very excited for the upcoming season and ready to getting work with the system in OTA’s. Giants offensive tackle Justin Pugh is one of those players who are really looking forward to be running the west coast offense this season.
“We’re just in the very beginning process of installing it,” said Pugh of the new offensive system. “I think as we get going and really start… the meat and potatoes, we’re getting that installed now. We’re just trying to share the philosophies, talk about how you build chemistry, how chemistry leads to trust and things like that. I think we’re still in the beginning stages so it’ll take a little bit more time before we really know what we’ve got.”
A significant change to the NFL instant replay system will likely be instituted in the future, but not in time for 2014 season.
Less certain is the addition of a playoff team in each conference, though John Mara said this week, “I think we’re heading in that direction.”
Mara, the Giants’ President and Chief Executive Officer, is a 14-year member of the NFL’s influential Competition Committee, which studies all aspects of the game and recommends rules and policy changes to NFL clubs. The committee meets for several days in Indianapolis and Naples, Fla. prior the NFL’s annual meetings, where the owners vote on numerous rule, bylaw and resolution changes.
“I think we’re going to experiment this year with communication between the command center and the referee,” Mara said. “I think there is a feeling on the part of some people that the referee still needs to be involved. Other people would argue that the system in college works quite well, the referee doesn’t have any involvement and that decision gets made upstairs. In the NHL, those decisions get made in their command center, the referee really isn’t involved in that. I can see us being in a position someday where our replay calls are done from the command center. We’re just not there yet.”
The Steve Tisch Cinema Center at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills officially opens May 1 with the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival's gala honoring Carl Reiner.
The festival will also pay tribute opening night to Sid Caesar, who died in February, with a screening of "Ten From Your Show of Shows," a 1973 compilation film of classic sketches from the landmark TV series, "Your Show of Shows," which starred Caesar and Reiner.
"The establishment of the Steve Tisch Cinema Center will allow us to recapture the storied legacy of film premieres and screenings," said Rabbi David Baron of the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre."
On the road, in a primetime game, with a presumably healthy Calvin Johnson available for the Lions, Las Vegas has declared the Giants underdogs for their season opener.
The Giants are 4-point underdogs on Monday night Sept. 8 in Detroit, according to The Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (LVH) Superbook. The point total is 45.5.
The Giants were similar underdogs in their season-opening Sunday night loss to the Cowboys last season. They were 3.5-point underdogs in that contest and lost 36-31 after committing five turnovers.
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