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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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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Here is a sampling of Giants records set and milestones reached in 2012:
» 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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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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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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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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Somewhere along the way in preparing for San Francisco, Adrian Tracy’s name came up among Tom Coughlin and his staff. So they wrote the defensive-end-turned-linebacker-turned-whatever-you-need into the script on Sunday.
The payoff was high as the Giants 2010 sixth round draft pick turned his dozen snaps into four tackles, including his first career sack. Hampered by injuries throughout his young career (which included spending all of 2010 on injured reserve), Tracy has played in every game this season and made the most of his opportunity against the 49ers.
“They asked Adrian to step up this week and play a different role than what he had over the last couple weeks,” Michael Boley said Monday on a conference call with Giants beat reporters. “And he stepped up and played pretty well. Hat off to him.”
Tracy saw the bulk of his action as an outside linebacker, and got his feet wet early with a tackle on running back Frank Gore for no gain. He finished the game as strong as he started and sacked backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a loss of six yards on the 49ers’ last offensive snap of the game. Eli Manning and company took over in the victory formation and preserved the win.
Tracy was one of a handful of players asked to do more than usual in San Francisco.
“Guys played hard,” Coughlin said on a conference call. “Lots of people got to contribute and play. Adrian Tracy made a contribution in there, did a very nice job. We got to play a bunch of guys on special teams and they rose up and did a nice job of that. Michael Coe came back and was healthy and made a couple tackles on special teams, and Justin Tryon had three tackles on special teams. Lots of people played and contributed and we tried to be able to do some things with their personnel combinations. And we used lots of people on the field and they played well. So I was pleased to see that happen.”
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Coming off a blocked field goal before halftime in a defensive grudge match, the Giants offense needed a spark coming out of the locker room in San Francisco. David Wilson, who already had kick returns of 44 and 53 in previous weeks, stepped up to the plate.
The 49ers won the coin toss and elected to receive to begin the game, which gave the ball to the Giants to start the second half with a 10-3 lead. That’s when Wilson ripped off a 66-yard return and gift-wrapped the ball on the San Francisco 32-yard line for the offense to take over. Seven plays later, Ahmad Bradshaw scored on a one-yard leap into the end zone and gave the Giants a 14-point lead.
Wilson had two returns for 93 yards on the day, upping his season average to 28.4.
“The kickoff return after the half was huge,” Tom Coughlin said of Wilson, who also had a 46-yard return called back due to a holding penalty in the first quarter. “That was a momentum-changing play in that we came out, we knew what we had to do offensively. And they kicked the ball off and we had a super return. David again looked like he might go all the way, but [he] put us in excellent, excellent field position.”
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With Tom Coughlin one victory away from tying Bill Parcells at No. 2 on the Giants’ all-time regular season wins list as a head coach, Giants.com takes look at the top 10 winningest coaches in franchise history.
1) Steve Owen (1930-53) 153-100-17 .598
2) Bill Parcells (1983-90) 77-49-1 .610
3) Tom Coughlin (2004-Present) 76-55-0 .580
4) Jim Fassel (1997-03) 58-53-1 .522
5) Allie Sherman (1961-68) 57-51-4 .527
6) Jim Lee Howell (1954-60) 53-27-4 .655
7) Dan Reeves (1993-96) 31-33-0 .484
8) Alex Webster (1969-73) 29-40-1 .421
9) LeRoy Andrews* (1929-30) 24-5-1 .817
10) Ray Perkins (1979-82) 23-34-0 .404
*Andrews was replaced by Benny Friedman and Owen after 15 games in 1930.
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While much has been made about the Giants’ early schedule, it may not be as bad as it seems.
But don’t tell the coaches that.
The defending champs began with the first Wednesday game in 64 years (of the 93-year-old NFL), followed by an 11-day layoff for a Sunday afternoon game in Week 2. Then it was a quick turnaround and road trip to Carolina this past Thursday night. Now they pack up again and play in Philadelphia on Sunday night.
Rough for coaches. But there’s an upside for players.
“It’s actually been pretty nice, to say the least,” Cruz said. “We had a couple of weekends off to get our legs back and we’ve been playing well. That’s always a good sign. In the irony of it, it’s been pretty nice.”
That’s a testament to Tom Coughlin and his staff, which is driven by routine. Coughlin went as far to thank his coaches in his locker room speech following the 36-7 victory over the Panthers.
To their credit, both coaches and players have been thrown out of whack in the first quarter of the season but adjusted accordingly. The Giants currently sit at 2-1 and return to nothing but Sunday games, except for Monday Night Football against Washington in early December.
“It’s a little different,” Manning said. “Two of the first three weekends, we’ve had off. That’s a little different. I think everybody’s glad that we’re finally back to our normal routine for the next few weeks. We have a normal schedule. I’ve enjoyed the time off, we’ve had good work, and I’m excited to be back at practice, and getting ready to play Philadelphia.”
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