Happy Saturday, New York Giants fans! Today marks the official start to summer, which can only mean that training camp is right around the corner! As we wait, why not enjoy your morning coffee over the following start of the weekend headlines.
Greg Jones discovered life in the NFL can change rapidly. One minute, you’re playing in the Super Bowl and proposing marriage after winning a ring for yourself.
The next, you’re hurt, out of work and making plans for the next phase of your career, hoping for one more shot to prove your football ability. And sometimes as a pro athlete, you’re doing that in a new league in a foreign country. With a brand-new baby back home.
It was an injury-filled three years in the NFL for the 25-year-old Jones, who was a cornerstone of MSU’s defense at middle linebacker during coach Mark Dantonio’s first four seasons. The New York Giants selected the Cincinnati native in the sixth round of the 2011 draft, and he wound up starting five games and playing a pivotal role on special teams.
Tom Coughlin was asked about all the new faces he has to look at in meetings this year and he immediately started talking about the players. He had to be halted mid-sentence so the question could be clarified and re-asked. About the coaches.
The Giants replaced three long-time offensive coaches this offseason, parting ways with offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, tight ends coach Mike Pope and running backs coach Jerald Ingram. They were replaced with new coordinator Ben McAdoo, running backs coach Craig Johnson, and quarterbacks coach Danny Langsford. Two of the three position coaches who remain with the Giants have changed titles so that only Pat Flaherty, offensive line coach, holds the same title as he did last year. That's quite a shake-up for a staff that had been relatively intact for close to a decade.
So before the players could even come together and start working on their chemistry, the coaching staff had to build their own.
"We put a lot of time in together," McAdoo said. "The staff has been great. A lot of us haven't worked together in the past but it's a talented staff, a high-character staff and we spent a lot of time together before the players got here. It was a little bit of an extended offseason and that helped us as coaches. Certainly you want the players here as soon as you can get them here, but we spent a lot of time together and tossed around the ideas. We all like football, we all love football, we enjoy talking about it, and that goes a long way."
The regular season opener may not be for another 85 days, but the Wayne Hills football team is already taking quite seriously its preparation for the 2014 season.
Second-year head coach Wayne Demikoff has seen a lot of positives from this year's team, as opposed to a year ago.
"The kids worked very hard during the offseason," said Demikoff. "That was reflected on the way we played in last week's 7-on-7 games. We struggled a little in the same spot last year, and while I'm not saying things we do in June decide a season, it is a starting point."
The Patriots began working out on June 9 and took part in a 7-on-7 competition three days later at the New York Giants training facility at the Meadowlands.
"It was a great experience for our kids at the Giants' facility," said Demikoff. "The Giants personnel couldn't have been nicer. The kids had the chance to meet some of their players and get some work in against good teams like Old Tappan and Orange."
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