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Jan 31 Joe Schoen, Giants must stay steadfast in stance with star RB Saquon Barkley You feel for Barkley, you do. He's done everything right since the Giants selected him second overall. The poor drafting and roster mismanagement of the last regime are why his tenure in blue hasn't been more successful. It's no fault of his own. But that doesn't matter now. This isn't a charity.

Jan 30 The New York Giants traded up one slot in the 2023 NFL Draft to ensure the selection of Maryland cornerback Deonte Banks. The Giants now have an effective young player on their roster for possibly five years. However, the future of the Giants' cornerback room is not dubious, and it remains one of the many positions due for help in the 2024 offseason.

Former Giants
Phil Simms believes the New York Giants could be the wonder story of the next NFL season. Simms maintains the Giants actually had a decent year despite their offensive inefficiency and a 6-11 finish in the regular season. "I think they were a little unfortunate about three games," the CBS Sports star and The NFL Today analyst said.

Jan 28 Giants unrestricted free agents and dates to know: | Feb. 20: Beginning this date through 4:00 p.m., New York time on March 5, clubs may designate Franchise or Transition Players. | Feb. 27-March 4: NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis. | March 5: Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

Jan 27 Kayvon Thibodeaux expressed his belief in Daniel Jones and the Giants front office as another draft approaches, but he was admittedly "mad" about Barkley not getting long-term security given what he has done for the organization.

Jan 26 Giants hire Michael Ghobrial as special teams coordinator. The Giants' new special teams coordinator won't need a tutorial on the unpredictable winds in MetLife Stadium. Michael Ghobrial, who spent the previous three seasons as an assistant on the Jets' staff, has been hired as the Giants' new coordinator. With the Jets, Ghobrial coached under coordinator Brant Boyer and fellow assistant Leon Washington as the team fielded one of the NFL's best special teams units.- More.

Jan 25 The offensive line wasn't good last year and hasn't been good in a while. Is it talent, coaching, or both? Since 2018, the Giants have drafted nine offensive linemen in virtually every round of the draft, Of that vast group, only one player, Andrew Thomas, has blossomed into anything close to resembling an All-Pro, and people were questioning if he'd ever admit to being anything more than a hill of beans after a dreadful rookie campaign.

Jan 24 Defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence continues to rack up accolades following his dominant 2023 campaign. Lawrence was named to the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) All-NFC Team for the second consecutive season. The fifth-year lineman was once again one of the most dominant interior defensive linemen in the NFL this season. He registered 4.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss, 21 quarterback hits and two passes defensed to go with his 53 total tackles (32 solo).

Jan 23 Over the last five NFL Drafts, the New York Giants spent two top-seven overall draft picks on offensive tackles to bolster their offensive line moving forward. In 2020, the Giants selected Andrew Thomas fourth overall; in 2022, they drafted Evan Neal seventh overall.
Even after spending two top draft picks on offensive linemen over the last few seasons, the Giants offensive line still allowed the most sacks of any team in the National Football League this season. It ranked near the bottom of the league in many statistical categories. Injuries were a large part of the reason for the unit's struggles.

Jan 22 Special Report - You've had time to shake it off now, wash the 2023 season away clean. You are now ready to move on, forward into the offseason and 2024. Welcome to the Great Reset. Again. We, like general manager Joe Schoen, have to remain focused and vigilant to get the Giants to a better place. Scattershot is not a strategy. But where do we begin? The draft already? Free agency? Coaching? Yes to all of the above, but with restraint.

Jan 21 After finishing last season with All-Pro honors, New York Giants offensive tackle Andrew Thomas solidified himself as one of the better tackles in the National Football League. This season, however, Thomas missed a career-high seven games with injuries, the worst of which was a strained hamstring suffered in the team's Week 1 blowout loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Even when he was healthy enough to return, Thomas didn't look quite the same, though Thomas at 50 or 60 percent is probably better than most at or near 100 percent.

Jan 20 The New York Giants have a problem that's beginning to boil over, and their attempts to control the narrative have failed. After months of denying that tension exists inside 1925 Giants Drive, it's now apparent that the environment, as some staffers have suggested, has become toxic. Offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, who has reportedly faced the brunt of Daboll's eruptions, is unhappy. And even if he doesn't land any of the head coaching jobs he's interviewed for, Raanan expects him to take his leave from East Rutherford as well.

Former Giants
Antonio Pierce will be an inspirational story to every interim head coach for the foreseeable future. The Las Vegas Raiders have officially named him the full-time head coach. If you get a chance to coach an NFL team for part of a season, you have a shot to impress, and Pierce certainly did. The Raiders responded to him, and a strong half-season as interim coach has led Pierce to get the job on a permanent basis.

Jan 19 The New York Giants haven't been able to build a stable offensive line over the past decade. It's not for a lack of trying. They have dipped continuously into the draft (a league-high five top-100 picks in the past four drafts), dabbled at the top of free agency and even tried to develop talent internally. Nothing has worked. Coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen hired Carmen Bricillo from the Las Vegas Raiders last week as the seventh offensive line coach in the past 12 years for the Giants.

Jan 18 New York Giants general manager Joe Schoen spent much of last offseason trying to add playmakers at the wide receiver spot. He landed Jalin Hyatt in the draft and Parris Campbell in free agency, to mixed results. Let's review the performance of the wide receiver position in 2023, and look ahead to what the position could look like in 2024. The roster Darius Slayton, Wan'Dale Robinson, Jalin Hyatt, Isaiah Hodgins, Sterling Shepard, Parris Campbell.

Jan 17 The Giants are selecting sixth in the upcoming draft. Picking so high and hitting on the selection can be a franchise-altering event. Truly special players can go a long way in changing the trajectory of a team, even if that player is not a quarterback.

Former Giants
Odell Beckham Jr. believes the New York Giants were trying to sabotage his career by shipping him to the Cleveland Browns in 2019 ... revealing he felt his old team made the trade just to "f*** me over."

Jan 16 Giants' Brian Daboll has 'no composure,' assistants warned to stay away. In the aftermath of defensive coordinator Wink Martindale "parting ways" with the New York Giants, several reports have surfaced suggesting that head coach Brian Daboll is erratic and irrational, and regularly dressed down his assistants in a personal fashion.

Jan 15 The Wink Martindale era as defensive coordinator of the New York Giants seems to have reached its end. Instead of diving into all of the conjecture surrounding his departure, this seemed like a good time to reflect on his tenure with the team and his effect on the defense. A look at what worked in former defensive coordinator Wink Martindale's scheme, and what would a new defensive coordinator need to change.

Jan 14 The New York Giants had a disappointing 2023-24 NFL season. With a record of 6-11, they came up well short of the playoffs after reaching the divisional round the year prior. There was speculation that there was tension inside the locker room this season. Now, a new report reveals that there was even more tension than we originally thought. Xavier McKinney reportedly threatened to not re-sign.

Jan 13 The NY Giants and defensive coordinator Wink Martindale parted ways this week after tensions between head coach Brian Daboll and him boiled over. Martindale exploded on Daboll following the firing of his most trusted assistants, Drew and Kevin Wilkins, leading the veteran defensive coordinator to head home to Florida. But the issues between Martindale and Daboll began long before that fiery exchange. In fact, they started to butt heads during their very first training camp together in 2022.

Jan 12 Giants hire former Raiders offensive line coach Carmen Bricill. Bricillo is a 20-year coaching veteran, including five in the NFL. Like Daboll, he has ties to Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. Bricillo was the O-line coach of the Las Vegas Raiders in 2022-23 and the Patriots the two seasons prior to that. Only 11 teams allowed fewer sacks in 2023 than the Raiders' 40 in 2023.

Jan 11 It is now official that the New York Giants and Don "wink" Martindale have reached an agreement to mutually part ways, so the top defensive coordinator will have a job somewhere else next season. The Giants held out hope that would be able to to make things work with the defensive coordinator but now it has officially been reported that they have agreed to part ways. The coach is now free to head elsewhere and he should get many opportunities as there are a plethora of open coaching jobs and more are coming.

Jan 10 The 2023 season is over for the New York Giants, and it is already time to start speculation on what this roster will look like when the team opens the season in 2024. There are 26 unrestricted free agents on the roster currently, and if the Giants want to see more success next season, a good number need to return. They have big decisions to make with some big names and some names that may not jump off the page.

Jan 9 Special Report - No rest for the weary, I guess. Not 24 hours after the Giants' stunning win over Philadelphia on Sunday evening, change has come to East Rutherford. After the team and media gathered at the team facilities Monday morning for a wrap-up press conference, general manager Joe Schoen announced that Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey, offensive line coach Bobby Williams, outside linebackers coach Drew Wilkins and his brother, defensive assistant Kevin Wilkins, had been let go.
And just a few hours later, several reports came out that Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale would resign. It is thought that the Wilkins brothers, who both coached under Martindale in Baltimore, were let go after the team was aware that Martindale would step down. You asked for change, you got it. Earlier in the day, Daboll told the media that he expected both Martindale and Offensive Coordinator Mike Kafka to return in response to a question about further changes.

Jan 8 Giants win over the Eagles 27-10
On the Game - Game 17
Gamegirl ..."I don't care about draft picks. The Giants gave me what I wanted to see, a win over the Eagles..."
Mikefan ..."The Giants ended the season on a good note..."

Eagles complete late-season collapse, finish 1-5 stretch with 27-10 loss to Giants
Instant Analysis: Giants defeat Eagles, 27-10, in season finale
Notes and statistics from the Giants 27-10 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles
Giants dominate Eagles in season finale, 27-10
New York Giants 27 - Philadelphia Eagles 10
Four things we learned from the Giants' 27-10 win over the Eagles
Giants-Eagles - A fun way to end the season, but the real work has yet to start
Eagles embarrassed by Giants in Week 18
Philadelphia media rips Eagles, Calls for coach Nick Sirianni firing
Seven takeaways as Eagles turn their focus toward the playoffs

Game 17 Preview - Giants (5-11) Eagles (11-5)
On Sunday the Philadelphia Eagles held a 21-6 lead at the half in their game with the Arizona Cardinals. They didn't score again until the fourth quarter, while the Cardinals added 29 points to hand the Eagles a 35-31 loss.
The Giants had opportunities to win in their game at home last week against the Los Angeles Rams. They also made mistakes that overrode their efforts, and took a 26-25 loss.

Jan 6 Dexter Lawrence has joined a small and very select group of Giants defensive linemen. The fifth-year pro was named the Giants' only 2023 Pro Bowler. He is the first Giants defensive lineman to receive the honor in consecutive seasons since end Jason Pierre-Paul in 2011-12, and the team's first interior lineman to be selected to multiple Pro Bowls since tackle Arnie Weinmeister went to four in a row from 1950-53. Lawrence is the first Giants player selected to successive Pro Bowls since safety Landon Collins from 2016-18.

Jan 5 It's the final week of the regular season, which means there are more than a few players who could be suiting up in a New York Giants uniform for the final time. There will be no playoffs this year. Instead, this week's finale for the Giants (5-11) is a Week 18 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Not quite the same as the divisional-round matchup the two teams had last January.

Jan 4 Saquon Barkley, Giants about to begin contract dance again. A second straight offseason of wondering if Barkley and the Giants will reach a long-term deal, if the Giants will let him head to free agency or if they will try to franchise tag him again is about to begin. Barkley, who has always said and continues to say he would like to spend his entire career with the Giants, knows Sunday's game at MetLife Stadium could be his last one as part of the home team.

Jan 3 Dane Belton again demonstrated that he's a ball magnet, intercepting two Stafford passes and recovering a fumble by Demarcus Robinson. His second pick set up Mason Crosby's 32-yard field goal that lifted the Giants to within 20-19 early in the fourth quarter.
Belton is one of five players with a team-leading two interceptions. He also has 23 defensive tackles (13 solo) and four special teams tackles. In two seasons, Belton has four interceptions and three fumble recoveries. How does the ball keep finding him?

Jan 2 Six New Year's resolutions for the New York Giants. Things the Giants must take care of this off-season to turn their season around. Ahead lies a fresh start for general manager Joe Schoen, head coach Brian Daboll, and the rest of the organization, starting with their being in the top five of the NFL draft order (barring anything screwy from happening) to having a healthy amount of financial assets with which to work in adding talent to a team that was strong in some areas but weak in others.

Jan 1 Giants lose to the Rams 26-25
On the Game - Game 16
Gamegirl ..."The Giants had a tie score at hand and were headed into overtime, but they blew that choice and lost the game..."
Mikefan ..."Once again the Giants put up a good fight, but it just wasn't enough..."

Rams win their third straight by holding off Giants 26-25
Instant Analysis: Giants fall to Rams, 26-25
Giants put up fight but fall short vs. Rams, 26-25
New York Giants report card: Close, but no cigar
Four things we learned from the Giants' 26-25 loss to the Rams
Giants could have won this game, but got in their own way
Giants can't overcome self-inflicted wounds, fall to Rams, 26-25
Studs and duds from Giants' Week 17 loss vs. Rams
Los Angeles Rams 26 - New York Giants 25

Game 16 Preview - Giants (5-10) Rams (8-7)
The Los Angeles Rams had a 30-7 fourth quarter lead in their Thursday night game with the New Orleans Saints. The Rams had to hang tough when the Saints added two scores, and they won the game with a 30-22 score.
On Christmas day the Giants were mostly stagnant in the first half of their game in Philadelphia. Trailing 20-3 to the Eagles, they made a quarterback change. The Giants scored three touchdowns after that, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 33-25 loss.