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Strahan and Coughlin reunite on “LIVE”

Posted by Dan Salomone on March 6, 2013 – 1:49 pm

Whether or not you think three minutes early is two minutes late, under Coughlin Time, the coach is always right. And it’s going to cost you.

Michael Strahan learned that the hard way with Tom Coughlin, and while the former Giants defensive end and current head coach’s relationship overcame its rocky start, there was still a matter of that 500-dollar fine. Coughlin rectified that Wednesday morning.

131570_WV2_3246Appearing on “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” — which Strahan has co-hosted since September – to promote his new book, Coughlin reunited with the Giants great, and at the end of the segment handed him a crisp 500 dollar bill – in Monopoly money.

“One of the greatest things this guy has said to me was,” Coughlin recalled, pointing at Strahan, “‘Coach, out of respect for you, I set my watch 10 minutes ahead.’”

Strahan, who wrote the foreword to Coughlin’s new book, confirmed it is still true and laughed: “I’m 500 dollars richer, yeah.”

Strahan introduced his former coach to begin the clip before co-host Kelly Ripa asked how two such likable people could not initially get along.

The answer: they are two very strong-willed people, Coughlin explained.

“I’ll never forget the first time he came in my office. Here he sits in front of me and he’s doing all the talking. I’m the head coach. I just got hired as the head coach, and here comes a guy into my office to tell me exactly what he thought and how we’re going to do things. He was representing his teammates, which he does very, very well. [He’s] a natural-born leader, all of the above, has a magnetic personality, but we didn’t hit it off too good at first. He didn’t like the rules, he didn’t like the rules.”

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Strahan eventually understood the method to his rules, which underscored Coughlin’s themes in “Earn the Right to Win.”

“What was important to me was I wanted everybody to come to work with passion,” Coughlin continued. “With eagerness, with a desire to learn, anxious to come into the building and be prepared to compete and have a great day and help the New York Giants win.”

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Tom Coughlin launches book tour

Posted by Dan Salomone on March 6, 2013 – 11:39 am

Coach Tom Coughlin’s “Earn the Right to Win: How Success in Any Field Starts with Superior Preparation” is now available in bookstores.


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SUNY’s DiGaetano named USA Football trainer

Posted by Giants.com on February 27, 2013 – 11:48 am

2957-1-usa-football-heads-up-footballSUNY-Maritime College defensive coordinator Vincent DiGaetano is taking a leading role within USA Football’s Heads Up Football program, promoting a better and safer game on youth levels nationwide.

USA Football will instruct DiGaetano and other football experts – including high school coaches and former NFL and college players – as Heads Up Football Master Trainers during a workshop March 2-3 in Indianapolis.

Following their training in Indianapolis, DiGaetano and other Master Trainers will teach USA Football’s Heads Up Football program to youth league leaders across the country. This encompasses teaching USA Football’s Heads Up Tackling techniques, educating leagues on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concussion recognition and response protocols and instructing on proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting.

“Heads Up Football promotes a safer, better game,” USA Football Executive Director Sscott Hallenbeck said. “We are proud to have Vincent help us lead America’s youth football community as a Heads Up Football Master Trainer, helping to set the highest standards of player safety and coaching education across youth sports.”

“USA Football is establishing a set of standards by which a person becomes certified to coach and I endorse that 100 percent,” New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. “Only allow your child to play when you know that USA Football certification is there for the coach and you know that your child is being taught the proper fundamentals of the game and that real intelligence has gone into the preparation of practices.”

DiGaetano has been the defensive coordinator at SUNY-Maritime since 2008 and has coached every defensive position as well as special teams since the program started nine years ago. The Maritime defense has had 16 first-team all-conference defenders under his watch. Prior to Maritime, he was the defensive coordinator at DeWitt Clinton (N.Y.) High School for four years. DiGaetano also is a recruiting coordinator for the Long Island and New York Public School Athletic League.

USA Football is the national governing body of the sport in the United States as well as the official youth development partner of the NFL, all 32 teams and college’s Atlantic Coast Conference. Youth tackle football is played by 2.8 million American children age 6-14. USA Football has trained more than 100,000 volunteer youth coaches to better teach the sport’s fundamentals and to address player safety with CDC protocols.

About USA Football: USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, hosts dozens of football training events annually offering education for coaches, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competitions and provides more than $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football (www.usafootball.com) is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.


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Tom Coughlin prepares for new NFC East

Posted by Dan Salomone on February 26, 2013 – 9:00 am

As Tom Coughlin prepares for the 2013 season, he will do so as the head coach with the most experience within the NFC East for the first time.

With Andy Reid’s departure from Philadelphia, Coughlin’s nine years in the division with the Giants now trump the other three teams who have all seen turnover in the past three years.

Reid previously held the Eagles post since 1999.

“Andy is a good friend of mine,” Coughlin said Friday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. “He went through a tremendous personal loss, very difficult season for him. Our hearts went out to Andy and his family, Tammy. He’s an excellent football coach. It’s very difficult to think that he was there for 14 years and probably won 70% of his games; I don’t know what the exact number is, but (he’s) just an outstanding football coach, outstanding person.

“It’s an unusual thing to say, but to not have him in the division, I’ll miss him. He’s on the Madden Committee and I’m on the Madden Committee, so we got the chance to spend some time together this week. It was good. I’m happy for him and his family. I’m sure he’s looking forward to his new adventure.”

Reid, who took over the reins in Kansas City, was replaced by Chip Kelly, the decorated coach from the University of Oregon. Before his time in Eugene, Kelly was in the coaching ranks at his alma mater of New Hampshire.

“I know Chip from his days at New Hampshire and the tremendous job he did at Oregon,” Coughlin said. “We interviewed him at one point here in New York and he’s done a superior job and he’s an outstanding football coach. He’s going to make it interesting.”

With the coaching changes come new schemes and new players. Just like the division had to try to solve Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris of the defending division champ Washington, teams will anticipate what Kelly will bring to the field this season.

Coughlin was asked if he’s working with defensive coordinator Perry Fewell to figure out a way to stop the read-option.

“You said it as well as I could,” he continued. “Absolutely, right in our division. It’d be foolish not to. We’re doing as much as we can.”

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Gettleman introduced as Panthers GM

Posted by Dan Salomone on January 16, 2013 – 9:00 am

gettlemanFormer Giants Senior Pro Personnel Analyst and newly-hired General Manager of the Carolina Panthers Dave Gettleman held his introductory press conference Tuesday in Charlotte.

The 15-year member of the Giants’ staff first introduced his wife and three children before talking about the similar philosophies between the organization he left and the one he recently joined — “doing business with integrity, honesty, as well as having a similar structure and a family atmosphere.”

Gettleman then opened it up to local reporters, who asked about building a championship-caliber team. Part of six Super Bowls himself – three winners – Gettleman knows something about that, most recently helping the Giants win two titles.

“I think that, really, in terms of building a team, you need a quarterback, you need touchdown scorers, you need pass rushers,” said Gettleman, who spent time with the Bills and Broncos prior to New York.  “And I’ll give Tom Coughlin credit on this one — he taught me big men allow you to compete.  So that, to me, is a winning structure.”

Gettleman will get a chance to see his former team in 2013 as the Giants and Panthers are slated to play each other.

It will be the seventh meeting in eight years between the Giants and Panthers, including Carolina’s shutout victory in the wild-card round following the 2005 regular season. Gettleman compared Coughlin’s early years in New York with the current situation of Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who fell short of the postseason in each of his first two years.

“I came from a place that when Ernie [Accorsi] retired, Jerry Reese came in for the G.M. job and we kept Tom. Now if you remember, Tom was under incredible heat,” Gettleman said. “We had gone to the playoffs and you folks [Carolina] had come up there in ’05 and just kicked our fanny – but we won’t go there. Then in ’06 we go 8-8 and we struggled to get into the playoffs. Tom was under a tremendous amount of heat and it’s the same situation. Listen, my responsibility is to make everybody better.”

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Coughlin helped Bills’ new head coach

Posted by Dan Salomone on January 8, 2013 – 9:00 am

coughlinFrom one Syracuse alumnus to another, Tom Coughlin has given his stamp of approval to the newest member of the NFL head-coaching ranks.

Doug Marrone, succeeding Chan Gailey, became the 16th head coach of the Buffalo Bills earlier this week after spending four years leading his alma mater’s football program, which most recently won the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in late December.

Coughlin, who began his coaching career in 1969 as a graduate assistant at Syracuse, follows the program and was more than willing to assist the 48-year-old Marrone during his time at SU.

“I texted Doug right after Syracuse won in the bowl game against West Virginia,” Coughlin said, according to BuffaloBills.com. “His team was very well-prepared, his team was very physical, and they continuously pounded the football.

“He’s proven that he can coach in the modern era in terms of the ability for his team to change tempo. They can speed the game up and then very obviously at the end of the game, they were able to take the air out of the ball and slow the game down.”

Marrone, like Coughlin, now heads a franchise in his home state of New York. Coughlin hails from Waterloo — where the local high school football stadium now bears his name – while Marrone is a Bronx native.

“Doug is a man who is very serious about his work,” Coughlin continued. “He has called me on the phone, he has stopped in here to talk football. There are a lot of issues that a young head coach is trying to get his arms around. He did an outstanding job of that. He is focused and he is disciplined and he certainly conveys a message of toughness. Doug has worked in the pro game, he’s worked in the college game and he’s been a head coach at the college level.

“Doug shares the work ethic that the people of Western New York have long been known for. When he came to visit me – which was the year before last – he had specific questions he wanted to ask. He was very direct. He was recruiting in the area and he took the time out to visit with us despite the fact he was obviously on a mission.”

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Daily Blitz: 2012 Milestone Recap

Posted by Dan Salomone on January 7, 2013 – 9:00 am

Here is a sampling of Giants records set and milestones reached in 2012:

tampa» Became the third team in NFL history with 650 regular-season wins (654).

» TOM COUGHLIN (83) surpassed BILL PARCELLS (77) for the second-most regular season wins in Giants history among head coaches, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE OWEN (153).

» QB ELI MANNING (211) became the Giants’ all-time leader in touchdown passes (PHIL SIMMS, 199). Manning threw 26 TD passes in 2012, his fourth season with at least 25. He is the only Giants QB to reach 25 touchdown passes in at least three seasons.

» WR VICTOR CRUZ collected 86 receptions for 1,092 yards with 10 touchdowns. Cruz is the first player in club annals to post at least 80 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards and 10 TD catches in a season.

» Rookie RB-KR DAVID WILSON set a single-game franchise record with 327 all purpose yards in Week 14. Wilson became the first player in NFL history with at least 200 kickoff return yards and 100 rushing yards in the same game.

» S STEVIE BROWN amassed an NFL-best 307 interception-return yards, a Giants franchise record. His eight interceptions tied for the second-most in the league.

» Cruz caught a game-winning 77-yard touchdown pass from Manning in Week 7, the longest game-winning touchdown in the final two minutes of a game in franchise history.

» Gained 604 yards of total offense in Week 2, the second-most in team history (609, 12/3/1950).

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Coughlin, Reid not looking past Sunday

Posted by Dan Salomone on December 27, 2012 – 4:22 pm

reidcoughlinCoaches don’t win a combined 300 NFL games by looking ahead. That’s why, true to form, neither Tom Coughlin nor Andy Reid can see past Sunday; their DNA won’t allow it.

While Coughlin (162-128 overall) doesn’t want to hear about any playoff scenarios and Reid (140-101) dismisses talk on his future in Philadelphia, both are focusing their energy on what they can control. And that is Week 17: Eagles at Giants.

“You know, I really haven’t gone there,” Reid said Wednesday on a conference call with Giants beat reporters. “I normally don’t do those kinds of things; it’s hard to look forward and look behind in this business, so you just look straight ahead and at the opponent. We’ve got the holiday weekend and all that stuff going on so I’m really focused in on just getting ready for the Giants.”

Sunday will be the 20th meeting, including postseason, between the two coaches since Coughlin took over the Giants in 2004. That’s more than enough time to figure each other out, but Coughlin is prepared for anything this week.

 “I don’t necessarily… The situation may call for something,” Coughlin responded when asked if he expects a lot out of the ordinary from Reid in the finale. “There may be something that comes up, which is a little bit out of the ordinary, but I think that they’ve played themselves to a pretty good spot and that they’ll play the game out and see how it goes. He may have something planned, like we do. If it’s not called for, then you’re not going to see it.”

Playoff implications aside, a win would pull Coughlin to an even 10-10 regular-season ledger against the Eagles all-time. He is currently 9-10 against them (7-10 with the Giants and 2-0 with Jacksonville) and 0-2 in the postseason, both of which were with the Giants.

Reid may have the upper hand, but he wouldn’t necessarily call their rivalry a “fun” one.

“I don’t know if fun is the thing,” Reid said. “But the rivalry… I think that’s one of the awesome things in the NFL that it’s developed into that or it’s probably always been that way, but it surely has been since Tom and I have been here and so I think both teams enjoy playing each other and look forward to the challenge of playing each other.”


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Daily Blitz: Giants inspired to play like champs

Posted by Dan Salomone on November 26, 2012 – 9:00 am

In the hallway splitting the weight room and locker room at the Timex Performance Center, the Giants recently installed a new mural commemorating the Super Bowl XLVI championship. Plastered on the opposite wall of a similar montage from the 2007 run, it will remind and motivate players as they walk through the practice facility.

But the bye-week renovation was part of a larger theme, which a 15-year-old fan from Barre, Vt., drove home better than any picture could.

Adam Merchant, diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma, attended Giants practice on Friday and Sunday night’s game against the Packers thanks to the Make-A-Wish-Foundation. With that wish, he also had a command. As the team wrapped up its final full practice before the Green Bay game, Adam huddled up the players and told them to “play like world champions.”

And they did.

In a primetime game between the past two Super Bowl champions, the Giants jumped out to an early lead on Green Bay and didn’t rest until the final whistle blew on a 38-10 victory.

“They freaked out,” Merchant recalled after the game, sitting in front a group of reporters at Justin Tuck’s locker. The defensive captain was seated on his left while his father was on his right. “It just came from the heart.”

“They get to do whatever they want to do with that wish and he chose to come to a New York Giant game,” said Tuck, whose team broke a two-game skid. “That’s kind of humbling, the fact that a kid’s only wish is that he wants to come see us play.  When he stepped out and we gave him the floor, he just came up and said we need to go out there and play like champions, play like the champions that we are.  It kind of hit home.

“You’ve got this kid that doesn’t know us but from watching us on TV every Sunday and it’s so profound because certain people can tell you that, but when you see a kid, an innocent kid, come up to you and say ‘you need to play like a champion’– I told him he needs to go into motivational speaking because he kind of woke us up a little bit.”


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Daily Blitz: Coughlin hopes for energetic week

Posted by Dan Salomone on November 21, 2012 – 9:00 am

It’s a six-week season, and the Giants have a one-game head start. That’s how the Giants are looking at it. And with that final stretch set to begin this Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers, Tom Coughlin joined Mike Francesa yesterday on WFAN on the players’ day off and assessed the state of his team.

“I think what we’ve done is we’re trying now to get ourselves ready to go for this very important stretch right here, down the home stretch we go,” Coughlin said. “We’re 6-4, we lead the division by one game, we have very difficult games week in and week out, and we know that we’re going to have to be at our very, very best. We have not been for a couple ball games. We gave some huge plays with our coverage teams, kind of anemic on offense, didn’t stop the run. The following week we go into a game where we’re plus-14 and the opponent, the Bengals, are minus-5 and we come out of the game minus-3. So a lot of the principles we believe in, winning the physical battle, that type of thing, the turnover battle, we did not do most recently and we’ve got to get back on track with that.

“So that’s where we’re starting. We came back from the bye week and players were rested. We had a nice session [Monday] with talking about our self-scout, reviewing some of that information, some research information as well, and had a short but crisp practice to bring us back into the idea of getting started again. Now Wednesday we’ll have hopefully a very, very energetic start to our week.”

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