December 2011 - New York Giants Wiretap
Outgoing Jaguars Owner Says He Should Have Never Fired Coughlin
Outgoing Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver is in a reflective mood these days. He will hand over the ownership reigns to Illinois businessman Shahid Khan on Jan. 4. "Look at the first eight years with (then-head coach) Tom Coughlin. It was our most successful time, but we didn't do everything right and I learned a lot from him. ... "If hindsight you could change, I'll be honest with you: I probably would have never changed Coughlin," the Weaver said. "I would have tried to have Tom take a step back and just be the coach. I thought about it, but I didn't think Tom would do it. I thought Tom's pride would never allow him to take a step back and me take the general manager's position."
Lawrence Taylor Will Be 'Shocked' If Giants Don't Beat Cowboys
Lawrence Taylor fully expects his Giants to defeat the Cowboys on Sunday night with the NFC East title and a playoff berth on the line. "If the Giants lose this game I would be shocked," Taylor said. "I don't think it's even a question that the Giants are a better team than Dallas. "I know you think I'm biased, but the Giants have by far the better athletes, they are tougher mentally, and they have by far the better coaching. I guarantee you that Dallas ain't taking s--- away from the Giants. If the Giants lose this game, they'll lose it themselves. Dallas won't take it away from them."
Despite Not Being On The Ballot, Pierre-Paul Is Pro Bowl Bound
Despite not being on the ballot, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was named to the NFC's Pro Bowl roster. He made the team thanks to the votes from the players and coaches. Pierre-Paul, a first-round pick in 2010 viewed as a multi-year project, has had a major impact in his second NFL season.
Justin Tuck Still Hates Cowboys
Less than a week before the two teams battle it out for the NFC East title and a playoff berth, Giants defender Justin Tuck made it clear that he despises the Cowboys. "I've been quoted many times saying I hate the Dallas Cowboys, and I still do," Tuck said. "A lot of it's out of respect," Tuck added on Monday. "I think when you look at all of the history, all of the great players, the championships won, I think the two teams are probably more similar than a lot of people like to admit."
Report: NFL Won't Probe Jacobs-Ryan Confrontation
The NFL will not look into the altercation between Giants running back Brandon Jacobs and Jets coach Rex Ryan after Saturday's 29-14 Giants victory in the battle of crosstown rivals. Jacobs and Ryan exchanged heated words on the field after the final whistle, with Jacobs reportedly telling Ryan, "Time to shut up, fat boy!" among other choice bon mots. Ryan was fined $75,000 by the NFL for a confrontation with a fan at halftime of the Jets' 37-16 loss to the Patriots in Week 10.
Cowboys-Giants Moved To Prime Time
The NFC East title will be decided in prime time on New Year's Day. The Cowboys have announced that their winner-take-all regular-season finale against the Giants has been flexed to the Sunday night game on NBC. The game will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET, with the teams both at 8-7. The winner goes to the playoffs and the loser goes home.
Jacobs, Rex Ryan Trade Words
The Giants and Jets continued to trade words after Saturday's game at their shared home in New Jersey. Giants running back Brandon Jacobs and Jets head coach Rex Ryan exchanged words on the field after Jacobs helped lead his team to a 29-14 win. "We had a private conversation," Ryan said. "That's all I'll leave it as. He doesn't like me. I respect him, but I couldn't care less about him." Jacobs said he had an exchange with Ryan after the game in which the coach approached him, used an expletive and said, "Wait till we win the Super Bowl." Added Jacobs: "And I told him I'll punch him in the face." Jacobs told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio in an interview on the field right after the game that Ryan "is a very disrespectful (b------)." "I'm glad we came out here and gave it to him," Jacobs said. "I wish I got a chance to go over there on that sideline. He is disrespectful. I understand why (offensive coordinator Kevin) Gilbride and (Ryan's) pop (Buddy Ryan) got into it a long time ago because they all talk too much."
Jets Put Curtains On Super Bowl Logos
The Jets fired a final shot at the Giants on Saturday before their game at their shared stadium. They put black curtains in front of the Giants' four Super Bowl logos outside their locker room. Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes and running back Brandon Jacobs both removed the curtains, only to have a Jets official move them back in front of the logo. A security guard was put in front of the curtains to prevent further tampering.
Sources: Cowboys Could Rest Players
The Cowboys could rest some of their players in Saturday afternoon's game against the Eagles if the Giants beat the Jets earlier in the day, according to sources. Dallas linebacker DeMarcus Ware, running back Felix Jones and defensive tackle Jay Ratliff could all be sidelined. If the Giants lose to the Jets, the Cowboys can win the division with a victory over the Eagles. But if the Giants win, the Cowboys can accomplish almost nothing Saturday.
Revis Snaps Back At Giants Receivers
Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis had his opportunity to snap back at the Giants wide receivers who took shots at him from a safe distance, calling him a "decent" cornerback and noting that teams weren't afraid to throw at him anymore. "No it's not, it's not my turn to do nothing," Revis said. "That's all I got to say. We'll see on Saturday."
Rex Ryan Ready For Blame If Jets Fall
Jets coach Rex Ryan is ready to take the blame if his team falls to the rival Giants this weekend.
Kiwanuka Fires Back At Rex Ryan
Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka quickly fired back at Rex Ryan after the coach of the Jets declared his team the best in New York.
Rex Ryan: Jets 'Better' Than Giants
Jets coach Rex Ryan delivered the first public shot at the Giants, his team's opponent this weekend, on Monday.
Grossman: Rolle's Trash Talk Fired Up Redskins
Antrel Rolle said the Giants would beat the Redskins "99" out of 100 times.
Rolle To Collinsworth: 'Know What You're Talking About'
Cris Collinsworth had harsh words for Antrel Rolle when New York's safety was involved in an uncontested touchdown reception by Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant on Sunday night.
Pierre-Paul: Timeout Helped Me Block Kick
Tom Coughlin's timeout allowed Jason Pierre-Paul to devise a strategy to make a game-saving block of a Dallas kick.
Jones: Cowboys Have 'Our Work Cut Out For Us'
New York put together two touchdown drives in the final 3:41 and Jason Pierre-Paul preserved it with a blocked field goal for a 37-34 victory over Dallas.
Cruz Believes Giants Will Run The Table
Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz believes the team will qualify for the playoffs this season.
Rob Ryan: Eli Is An 'Elite' Quarterback
Heading into a huge game against the rival Giants on Sunday, Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan praised New York quarterback Eli Manning.
Tuck, Jacobs Sound Off On Cowboys
A day after two Cowboys had things to say about Justin Tuck and Brandon Jacobs, the pair responded in typical fashion for Dallas week.
Rolle Still Has 'No Doubt' Giants Will Make Playoffs
Antrel Rolle said that same thing last season when the Giants missed the postseason.
Photo Indicates Refs Missed Call In Packers-Giants Game
Tom Coughlin is upset because of a photo that appeared to show his tight end scoring a touchdown on a play in which referees ruled him out of bounds.
Cruz On Pace To Set Giants' Single-Season Mark
Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, an undrafted second-year player, is on pace to set the team's single-season receiving yardage mark.
Angry Fewell Rips Giants Defense
Giants D-Coordinator Perry Fewell says the Giants defense will show up against the packers this weekend.