December 2015 - New York Giants Wiretap

Tom Coughlin More Likely To Be Fired By Giants Than Not

Dec 30, 2015 12:34 PM

The vibe surrounding the New York Giants of late has been that they are more likely to fire Tom Coughlin than not.

The belief has been that Coughlin had to lead the Giants into the playoffs to save his job.

Because Coughlin remains well-respected and liked by his players and the owners and he won two Super Bowls, there may still be enough goodwill to give him one more chance in 2016.

Dan Graziano/ESPN

Tags: New York Giants, Misc Rumor

Tom Coughlin Not Worried About Job Security

Dec 28, 2015 5:05 PM

Tom Coughlin is not worried about his job security with the New York Giants knocked out of the playoffs and suffering a blowout loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

The Giants have now missed the playoffs in four straight seasons, their longest drought since the late 1970s.

"I am not worried about that," Coughlin said, via the New York Post, when asked about his job security. "It will all take care of itself. I do not coach worrying about that."

Coughlin has been head coach of the Giants for 12 seasons and he's won two Super Bowls.

"We have one week to go, there's some soul-searching that has to be done on everybody's part -- players, coaches, me," said Coughlin, who has one year left on his deal.

Tags: New York Giants, Misc Rumor

Odell Beckham Loses Appeal Of Suspension

Dec 23, 2015 5:56 PM

Odell Beckham Jr. has lost his appeal of a one-game suspension.

Beckham rushed across the field to deliver a helmet-to-helmet hit on Josh Norman at the end of a run play in which neither was involved.

The NFL called that play particularly flagrant in the statement that announced the suspension was upheld.

Beckham issued the following apology on Twitter:

"I appealed my suspension because it is a right granted to all players under the NFL's CBA and because I owe it to my teammates to do everything I can to be on the field this week. Regardless of the outcome of my appeal, I apologize for my actions on Sunday. I work hard to be great and accepting the Blessing of having the physical skills to play at this level brings the responsibility to conduct myself in a certain way on and off the field. Sportsmanship and respecting the game are as important as blocking, running routes, catching the football. I dropped the ball on sportsmanship on Sunday."

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Tags: New York Giants, Suspension

Ron Rivera Bans Panthers From Bringing Bats Onto Field

Dec 22, 2015 3:52 PM

Ron Rivera said he will no longer allow his team to bring bats onto the field before games.

Rivera also denied that any Carolina Panthers directed homophobic slurs at Odell Beckham Jr. before Sunday's game.

Rivera announced his new policy regarding the baseball bats Tuesday, one day after photos and videos surfaced of star cornerback Josh Norman and practice squad player Marcus Ball carrying a black bat on the field during warm-ups.

"[The NFL] is the 'No Fun League' for a reason," Rivera said.

Giants players on the field reportedly heard Panthers defensive players directing anti-gay slurs and expletives at Beckham before the game.


Tags: Carolina Panthers, New York Giants

Odell Beckham Jr. Receives One-Game Suspension

Dec 21, 2015 4:08 PM

Odell Beckham Jr. has been suspended for one game by the NFL for his actions during Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.

Beckham repeatedly had physical altercations with Josh Norman.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: New York Giants, Suspension

Panthers Swung Baseball Bats Pregame Taunting Odell Beckham

Dec 21, 2015 2:34 PM

At least one official from the Carolina Panthers, and possibly more, carried black baseball bats onto the field before Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

The Panthers were motioning with them towards Odell Beckham Jr.

Josh Norman grabbed the black bat and was swinging it in pregame warmups.

Beckham, according to a source, felt threatened and helped put him in his aggressive frame of mind.

The Panthers have carried bats onto the field for pregame of nearly every game this season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Carolina Panthers, New York Giants

NFL Likely To Suspend Odell Beckham Jr. One Game

Dec 21, 2015 1:10 PM

Odell Beckham Jr. will likely receive a one-game suspension by the NFL.

Beckham would be suspended for his actions during the Giants' 38-35 loss to the Panthers on Sunday, during which he delivered a deliberate shot to the helmet of Josh Norman after the play was over. Beckham also incurred three personal foul penalties Sunday.

"All the concussion stuff that's going around, they're trying to prevent head-to-head, and if that wasn't the blatant head to head, I don't know what is," Norman told ESPN's Mike & Mike on Monday, also calling Beckham "Two-Face."

Norman said Beckham should have been ejected and that he hoped the league would punish him.

"I hope the league office gets a chance to review the film and see what they can do, because players like that don't deserve to be in the game,'' Norman said. "I mean, it's ridiculous."

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: New York Giants, Fantasy, Suspension

Josh Norman: Odell Beckham Should Be Punished For Actions

Dec 21, 2015 12:11 AM

Josh Norman says Odell Beckham Jr. should have been ejected for the shots Beckham took at him.

Calling Beckham a "ballerina," Norman was particularly incensed that Beckham took a deliberate shot to his helmet in the second half. Norman said he hopes the league punishes Beckham.

"The guy ran 15 yards down the field, dead-on collision,'' Norman said after Carolina improved to 14-0 with a 38-35 victory. "The play was all the way to the left side. He came back and was hunting, and it was just, like, malicious in every way.

"I hope the league office gets a chance to review the film and see what they can do, because players like that don't deserve to be in the game,'' Norman said. "I mean, it's ridiculous."

They repeatedly got into it, shoving and wrestling with each other. Beckham was flagged for three unnecessary roughness penalties, twice on the same drive in the third quarter. Norman also drew an unnecessary roughness penalty on the same drive.


Tags: Carolina Panthers, New York Giants, Suspension

Joey Bosa, Paxton Lynch Go 1st, 2nd In First McShay Draft

Dec 16, 2015 2:08 PM

Todd McShay has Joey Bosa going first overall to the Tennessee Titans in his initial mock for the 2016 NFL Draft.

1. Titans: Joey Bosa
2. Browns: Paxton Lynch
3. Chargers: Robert Nkemdiche
4. Ravens: Jalen Ramsey
5. 49ers: Jared Goff
6. Cowboys: Jaylon Smith
7. Lions: Laremy Tunsil
8. Dolphins: Ronnie Stanley
9. Jaguars: Vernon Hargreaves III
10. Rams: Laquon Treadwell
11. Saints: Jarran Reed
12. Bears: DeForest Buckner
13. Buccaneers: Jack Conklin
14. Falcons: Myles Jack
15. Raiders: Tre'Davious White
16. Washington: Michael Thomas
17. Giants: Shaq Lawson
18. Bills: Taylor Decker
19. Texans: A'Shawn Robinson
20. Eagles: Sheldon Rankins
21. Colts: Kendall Fuller
22. Jets: Leonard Floyd
23. Vikings: Darron Lee
24. Steelers: Cameron Sutton
25. Chiefs: Reggie Ragland
26. Seahawks: Maliek Collins
27. Packers: Su'a Cravens
28. Broncos: Kenny Clark
29. Bengals: Will Fuller
30. Cardinals: Carson Wentz
31. Panthers: Emmanuel Ogbah
*No pick for Patriots

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Belichick Puts J.J. Watt In Similar Class As Lawrence Taylor

Dec 9, 2015 1:31 PM

Bill Belichick was defensive coordinator of the New York Giants during the career of Lawrence Taylor and he sees similarities in J.J. Watt.

"There's been very few players I would put in the same conversations with Taylor, but I would put Watt there," Belichick said. "It's early in his career and he's done a lot already. Taylor did it over a long period of time, but Watt's done it pretty consistently now. He's that same kind of player."

Watt so far has two defensive player of the year awards and three Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections in the first four years of his career.

"He's pretty special," Belichick said during his news conference Wednesday. "He does a lot of things well and everybody game plans for him every game. He gets a lot of double-teams, the line slides to his side, teams try to run away from him; he does a good job with all of it. They move him around a little bit, so he's not always in the same place. ... He's done a really good job dealing with a lot of extra attention, similar to some of the things we saw with teams dealing with Taylor in New York. He has that kind of disruptiveness."

Belichick still wasn't ready to rank Watt above Taylor.

"I wouldn't go above Taylor, because of the versatility that Taylor had in terms of pass coverage," Belichick said. "He was a pass-rusher, a run player and also a pass defender. It's really an elite player, and you're including the kicking game. Of course, Watt's blocked a lot of kicks too. But I think the position he plays, he's as disruptive of a defensive lineman as I've seen in the league, in the same general category as LT."

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Tags: Houston Texans, New England Patriots, New York Giants

Darrelle Revis Unlikely To Play Against Beckham, Giants
Darrelle Revis has yet to practice since suffering the concussion 11 days ago.

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