E-Giants Bye Week Special - 60 YEARS OF COVERING THE GIANTS
This is Dave Klein, and that book I've been working on for three years is finally going to be published. It's a compilation of anecdotes and memoirs from 60 years of covering the Giants, from 1961 through this season, from Sam Huff and Frank Gifford to Alex Webster and Allie Sherman, from Kyle Rote to Rosey Brown. And on and on and on.
It is mostly anecdotal - no statistics, no canned releases, no publicity dispatches - and I assure you, it's all personal and until this moment, unshared. Limited Autographed Copies available until Amazon release. $12.95 plus $5.00 postage and handling.
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Nov 23 Inside story on what led to Giants and no-nonsense Joe Judge firing Marc Colombo -- and how it happened. The firing of Colombo occurred last Wednesday morning, following an ugly, verbal altercation between Judge and Colombo on Tuesday night, according to multiple sources.
Nov 22 The modus operandi that overtook the college game and spilled over into the NFL did not exist in the world the Giants occupied on offense. The increasing thirst for quarterback mobility left the Giants parched, of their own volition. The zone-read trend did not infiltrate their thinking as long as Eli Manning was under center or back in the shotgun. The Giants are in it now, though. Daniel Jones took off and ran a career-high nine times as the Giants beat the Eagles, 27-17. He ran for 64 yards and led the team in rushing for the sixth time in 10 games. For the sixth time this season, he had the longest run (a 34-yard touchdown) of the game for his team.
between Giants coach Joe Judge and fired offensive line coach Marc Colombo
began over strategy and boiled over more than once before the ugly separation
earlier this week. The breaking point came during a typical weekly meeting where
Colombo, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and Judge were supposed to review
Nov 20 The New York Giants are Joe Judge's team, entirely. That's all anyone needs to know as the rebuilding Giants head into their bye week after 10 games. Forget a 3-7 record. Don't bother mentioning they are riding a two-game winning streak and somehow have a chance to win the pitiful NFC East. This is a tough, hard-working team that is invested in their 38-year-old rookie coach's demand to focus on the little things, improve every week, and put the team first.
Report - Some call it shocking, others say stunning. At best, for those who
even know a little bit about Joe Judge, it was surprising. The Giants announced
Wednesday that their head coach had fired offensive line coach Marc Columbo after
a reportedly heated discussion concerning first-round draft pick offensive tackle
Andrew Thomas, and that Judge told Columbo he was going to make a change.
Nov 18 Kicker Graham Gano became the second Giants player to go on the Reserve/Covid-19 list in the last three weeks. Guard Will Hernandez was placed on the list on Oct. 29. He was activated on Nov. 10 and played in the Giants' 27-17 victory against Philadelphia on Sunday. The Giants signed kicker/punter Ryan Santoso from their practice squad, which he joined on Sept. 6.
Nov 17 We are starting to see what the winning formula is for the 2020 New York Giants: "Do not beat yourself". The Giants have not turned the ball over for two straight weeks, and it should surprise no one that they won both of those games.
Giants fans woke up Monday morning feeling like the best 3-7 football team... ever. After eight straight games and four years of losing to the Eagles, the streak is over. It's a new dawn, a new day, a new life for the New York Football Giants.Nov 16 Giants win over Plihadelphia 27-17
On the Game - Game 10
Gamegirl ..."Two games in a row, the Giants hung in again. They need to keep doing it..."
Mikefan ..."Daniel Jones is playing smart. That's definately showing up in the win column..."
Recap: Giants fend off Eagles in 27-17 victory
Giants keep foot on the gas to defeat Eagles
Giants finally beat Eagles to boost shocking playoff hopes
This Giants situation is almost unbelievable
Giants show encouraging signs of maturing with win over Eagles
New York wins crucial game against Philly, 27-17
Eagles make Giants look like beasts of the NFC East
Observations from the Eagles' first loss to the Giants since 2016
Eagles stumble out of the bye week in lifeless 27-17 loss vs. the Giants
10 Preview - Giants
(2-7) Philadelphia (3-4-1)
Nov 14 Will Hernandez is a go, Devonta Freeman is a no and Golden Tate and Isaac Yiadom are maybes for the Giants' home game Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Hernandez did not miss a snap in any of his first 39 career games, but that is likely to change against the Eagles. The Giants have recently rotated tackles Cam Fleming and rookies Andrew Thomas and Matt Peart.
Nov 13 Giants rookie left tackle Andrew Thomas has improved dramatically over the past two weeks, but that hasn't come without making a major change. According to Pro Football Focus, has had his two highest-graded performances in back-to-back weeks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Football Team.
Nov 12 When it comes to Daniel Jones and the New York Giants, too often throughout the first eight games of the season mistakes by the second-year quarterback cost the Giants opportunities to win games on several occasions. So, after the Giants defeated Washington on Sunday with Jones playing his first turnover-free game of the season, averaging his highest yards gained per passing attempt (6.24) of the season and making several good decisions to throw the ball away, dump it short or take a sack to avoid a bad play the reaction has been, in my view, incomprehensible.
Nov 11 The last time Golden Tate was on the field with the Giants, he was shouting "Throw me the damn ball!' Tyke Tolbert, the wide receivers coach, said. "Show me one receiver that don't want the ball, then you show me the first one... Because that'll be the first one I've seen. But with Golden, the fact that you keep preaching to him about the team, the team, the team. I have a phrase I always use with those guys - if you think you're getting open and you don't get the ball, just keep getting open, we'll find you."
Nov 9 Giants win over Washington 23-20
On the Game - Game 9
Gamegirl ..."This game was following the same old script where the Giants have the lead and then blow it in the second half..."
Mikefan ..."What can I say? Daniel Jones did not turn the ball over for the first time in his career, and the Giants came away with a win..."
Recap: Giants force 5 turnovers in 23-20 victory over Washington
Notebook: Giants sweep season series vs. Washington
Logan Ryan seals Giants' victory after 'extremely emotional' week
Giants defense saves the day in nail-biting win
Washington QB suffers gruesome leg injury vs. Giants
Was Jabrill Peppers' leg-whip that caused Kyle Allen's injury a dirty hit?
Giants completing Joe Judge challenge puts NFC East back in play
Giants, learning how to win, finally close out victory, at Washington.
Giants Takeaways from 23-20 win over Football Team
Giants defeat Washington: Winners, losers and those in between
New York hangs on to win, 23-20.
Game 9 Preview
(1-7) Washington (2-5)
Nov 7 Special
Report - It's difficult to attach any real significance to a game played by
a team with a 1-7 record against a team with a record of 0-8, which will take
place Sunday when the Giants travel to Washington to play the No-Names.
Nov 6 Giants claim speedy WR Dante Pettis off waivers from 49ers. Could this spell the end for Golden Tate? Just as the Giants told one wide receiver to stay home, they brought another one into the fold.
Nov 5 Giants trainers helped save the life of Logan Ryan's wife. The Ryans - college sweethearts who met at Rutgers, where he played football and she played softball - have two children. They relocated to their native New Jersey after Logan signed in August with the Giants and reunited with coach Joe Judge. Ryan played for the Patriots from 2013-16, when Judge was an assistant coach.
Giants tell Golden Tate to stay home after on-field outbursts. The 32-year-old receiver was told to stay home from Giants practice Wednesday as discipline for bringing to life the title page from Keyshawn Johnson's book via his outbursts during Monday's loss to the Buccaneers. Tate, who has at least one reception in 122 straight games dating to Oct. 28, 2012, was not targeted by quarterback Daniel Jones during the first three quarters Monday. After he made his first catch early in the fourth, Tate looked to the Giants sideline and said, "Throw me the damn ball!"
Nov 4 Joe Judge takes no solace in almost winning and has no illusions about what it will take for the Giants to begin earning victories. For the fourth week in a row and the sixth time this season, the Giants last night played in a one-score game. They lost at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 25-23 It was the fourth consecutive Giants' game and third straight loss decided by three points or less.Nov 3 Giants lose to Tampa Bay 25-23
On the Game - Game 8
Gamegirl ..."The Giants were playing well and leading at halftime, but the way this season has been going, I knew it couldn't last..."
Mikefan ..."Daniel Jones did a lot in winning in his first career game against Tampa Bay. Tonight he did a lot in losing this one for the Giants..."
Giants lose another close one, fall 25-23 to Bucs
Tampa Bay wins behind Tom Brady's two TD passes and Daniel Jones' two INTs
Giants are teasing us in the cruelest of ways
The Daniel Jones doubts grow after blown Giants chance
Daniel Jones can't finish Giants rally in heartbreaking loss
Daniel Jones goes from hero to goat in loss ... but did Giants get hosed by zebras?
Giants almost took down Tom Brady (again!), until Daniel Jones got in the way
Giants Takeaways from 25-23 loss to Bucs
NY Giants studs and duds vs. Buccaneers
Bucs escape from New York with sixth win, first place
Rapid Reaction: Buccaneers 25, Giants 23
Game 8 Preview
(1-6) Tampa Bay (5-2)
Nov 2 Against the Buccaneers on Monday night Wayne Gallman will likely start and get the bulk of the Giants' rushing attempts, though not all of them. Veteran Dion Lewis will likely fill in on passing downs, if not more, and Alfred Morris will get some touches too. Morris was called up from the practice squad for Monday's game, and the eight-year veteran already has the trust of Garrett after playing two seasons (2016-17) for him with the Cowboys.
Nov 1 Sterling Shepard was surprised to learn he had been listed as limited in practice earlier this past week. He fully intends to play for a second straight game Monday night against Tampa Bay. Shepard has been dealing with turf toe since Week 2, missing four games before returning to the lineup for last week's 22-21 loss to Philadelphia. The $41 million slot receiver had six catches for 59 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter, against the Eagles.
Oct 31 A sense of normalcy returned to the Giants, or at least as normal as possible after one of their players was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. That player, left guard Will Hernandez, remains in quarantine and will be away from the team for an undetermined period. But the five offensive linemen on the active roster who were instructed to stay home returned to practice and are on track to play Monday night, when the Giants will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in MetLife Stadium.
Oct 30 COVID-19 reached its chilling tentacles into the New York Football Giants huddle on Thursday, tapping Will Hernandez on the shoulder pad and forcing seven fellow offensive linemen and a pair of Joe Judge's assistants into isolation. It serves as a sobering and chilling reminder that the virus does not care if you are Daniel Jones, does not care if you are Saquon Barkley - you are fair game just as anyone else is, and what you think is an innocent dinner with friends in Manhattan can jeopardize your team and your teammates when you let your guard and your mask down.
Oct 29 For Giants tight end Evan Engram, it's critical that he doesn't allow the pass he let slip through the fingers of both of his hands define him. The one that, if caught, could have clinched a rare victory in Philadelphia a week ago on national television. "I've been there," Mark Bavaro, the greatest tight end in Giants history, told The Post. "I had a big drop against the Eagles on a Monday night in Philadelphia. If I had caught it, I might have scored and we might have won the game."
Oct 28 Joe Judge will see a familiar face on MNF: Tom Brady. "This guy is clearly one of the best to ever play the game," Judge said of Brady... "He's playing at a very high level. He has the guys around him playing at a high level as well." Judge credits Brady's football knowledge with contributing as much to his success as his physical skills.
Oct 27 Having played Thursday night, this is like a mini-bye week for the New York Giants. With seven of 16 games in the books, it is also not quite the season's halfway point. It's close enough, though, for us to take stock of the 1-6 Giants.
Oct 25 Aftermath of crushing Giants loss was telling look at Joe Judge. Judge admitted his team is not good enough to win unless it does everything almost perfectly - which almost never happens, and which is why they almost never win. Judge did not come out and say it, and he has yet to offer up any excuses for losing six times in his seven games. But this is telling...
Giants investigating video of maskless Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley at social gathering. According to multiple reports, a small group of Giants players gathered for a dinner with a few friends in a private room at a restaurant. They were then invited to drinks at the bar closed to the public.Oct 24 The Giants didn't wait for the trade deadline to make their first in-season deal of the year. Eleven days before the Nov. 3 deadline, the team announced it has traded outside linebacker Markus Golden to the Arizona Cardinals for a sixth-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. Golden returns to the team for which he played his first four NFL seasons before joining the Giants as a free agent in 2019. He led the Giants with 10.5 sacks last year.
Oct 23 Giants lose to the Eagles 22-21
On the Game - Game 7
Gamegirl ..."I can't believe we were up 21-10 halfway in the fourth quarter, and lost this game..."
Mikefan ..."Once again the Giants showed some spark, and then fell short on performance and points.."
Recap: Giants lose late lead, fall 22-21 to Eagles
Giants can't close out rival Eagles in Philadelphia
Giants' brutal futility in Philadelphia hits new low
Sterling Shepard thrives in return despite limited action
Giants let so much more than a win slip through their fingers
Giants suffer brutal defeat
Forget NFC East dreams for Giants
Giants lose to Philadelphia, 22-21
Giants collapse in heartbreaking fashion, fall to Eagles, 22-21
Cason Wentz scores 12 unanswered points in fourth quarter
5 takeaways from the devastating 22-21 loss to the Eagles
Daniel Jones makes pair of elite throws in loss to Eagles
7 Preview - Giants
(1-5) Eagles (1-4-1)
Oct 22 The Eagles are barely holding onto a second-place standing in the division behind the Dallas Cowboys (2-4), and the Giants could leap Philadelphia in the standings with an upset win on the road. Will the Eagles pick up momentum in the NFC East race? Or, will the Giants take the second-place baton from their rivals?
Oct 21 Backup struggles have Giants hoping for Sterling Shepard return. Shepard remains on IR (and off the official injury report) for now, and the Giants have a 21-day window to add him to the 53-man roster. His status for Thursday could be decided 90 minutes before kickoff.
Tae Crowder had a moment in the sun this week, but the Giants' rookie linebacker was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury suffered in a 20-19 victory against the Washington Football Team on Sunday. Crowder, the Mr. Irrelevant honoree from the 2020 NFL Draft, earned his first bit of professional fame by recovering a Kyle Allen fu.