This is the time to deliver messages to a football team. Tom Coughlin and his coaching staff did so emphatically on Thursday, the final day of the Giants’ minicamp.
While Jon Beason recovers from a broken bone and torn ligament in his right foot, a veteran and a rookie will get long looks as starting linebackers for the New York Giants.
He connected on all sorts of passes, including a deep TD throw that hit Rueben Randle in stride.
Coughlin expects his players to put in a full day’s work for a full day’s pay. He also expects players to maintain some measure of self-control during their time outside the structure and restrictions of the NFL season.
The Giants had serious issues on offense last season. Now they have new coordinator in Ben McAdoo — and a rookie receiver with the skills to bust loose every time he touches the ball.
It stuck out like a sore thumb to WFAN’s Mike Francesa as he was breaking down a leaked Giants schedule: Indy, Seattle, San Fran and Dallas. All in succession. All in November.
It’s one thing to demand rebound seasons from Eli Manning, Victor Cruz and Jason Pierre-Paul, but the Giants must have a powerful draft class if they are going to get back to the postseason.
When Coughlin decides to call it a career, he will be able to retire peacefully, knowing that he has done his job as well or better than the greats who have preceded him. Canton will come calling for a very deserving head coach.
Ben McAdoo plans to mix and match what he learned with the Green Bay Packers with parts of Kevin Gilbride’s playbook in coming up with a new offense for the New York Giants.
The Giants confirmed Friday that they gave the 67-year-old Coughlin a one-year extension, putting him under contract through the 2015 season.
The Giants have hired Danny Langsdorf as their new quarterbacks coach and re-assigned two others in a shuffling of their offensive coaches.
While we all recognize that new coordinators prefer to bring in their own guys as well as their own playbooks — and heaven knows, the Giants need a fresh voice in the offensive meetings — there is still a sadness about Pope’s departure.
Well-regarded tight ends coach Mike Pope is out after two stints and a total of 23 seasons with the team. “These are very difficult decisions,” coach Tom Coughlin said.
“I think this is the best coach for the job,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “With his experiences, I think he brings a lot to the table. Our players are going to be excited to hear what he has to say.”
The man who will be in charge of revitalizing Eli Manning’s career is the same coach who helped Aaron Rodgers maintain his excellence.