By PAUL SCHWARTZ
The Giants needed to add a running back with the loss of Andre Brown to a broken leg and they signed not one, but two of them: Ryan Torain and Kregg Lumpkin.
To make room on the roster, offensive lineman Selvish Capers was waived and is expected to sign back to the practice squad. Capers last week was signed off the practice squad.
LAST NIGHT WAS A GREAT GAME IF YOU WERE A GIANTS FAN! THE DEFENSE LOOKED AWESOME, THE RUNNING GAME WAS ON TRACK AND ELI WAS SPOT ON IN HIS PASSING!
ONE THING I HATE ARE EX-PLAYERS WHO FOR WHATEVER REASON FIND THAT THEY HAVE TO BAD MOUTH OR SAY SOMETHING OTHER THAN POSITIVE ABOUT THE CURRENT TEAM OR PLAYERS. THAT IS WHY I NO LONGER HAVE THE PICTURE OF TIKI BARBER AND MYSELF HANGING IN MY DEN.
FOR WHATEVER REASON ( I PERSONALLY THINK IT'S JEALOUSY AND A TINGE OF BITTERNESS) PHIL SIMMS HAS FELT IT NECESSARY TO SAY MANNING, "IS NOT ONE OF THE ELITES." IT'S FINE IF THAT IS WHAT HE BELIEVES, BUT HE COULD HAVE JUST KEPT IT TO HIMSELF.
WELL LAST NIGHT ELI SHOWED PHIL WHO THE BETTER QB IS BY THROWING HIS 200TH CAREER TOUCHDOWN PASS AND BECOMING THE ALL-TIME GIANTS RECORD HOLDER, PASSING SIMMS WHO HAD 199.
I'LL STILL LEAVE MY AUTOGRAPHED PHIL PICTURE ON MY WALL, BUT I'LL ALSO LEAVE THE ELI ONE IN THE HONORED CENTER POSITION!
By Ralph Vacchiano / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
As soon as the words were coming out of his mouth, when Phil Simms was telling the world he doesn’t think Eli Manning is an elite quarterback, he knew the mess he was creating.
He immediately thought “Oh boy, this will really create some controversy.”
It certainly did. And though Simms didn’t sound pleased with that on Wednesday morning, he still refused to back down.
“I still said it,” Simms said on WFAN’s Boomer & Carton morning show. “You know, when I got done I could’ve said ‘You know, let’s redo that,’ because at that time we were taping a little segment. But I do stand by how I meant it.”
The meaning seemed clear when Simms said Manning “is not one of the elites” during his “NFL Monday QB” show on the CBS Sports Network. He explained, “When I hear the word ‘elite,’ I’m thinking about guys that can make unbelievable plays on the field by themselves. There are very few quarterbacks in that category.”
Simms said he didn’t mean that as a shot at Manning (“Of course not,” he said on WFAN). And he added that there is a fine line quarterback and an “elite” one.
“You know, it makes headlines, but we’re splitting hairs here,” Simms said. “I get it asked all the time, ‘Is so-and-so elite?’ And I go, ‘Oh my gosh, please, somebody stick a needle in my eye.’ I’m just tired of answering it and hearing it.
Antrel Rolle has a message for Bengals receiver A.J. Green: Duck.
On what had been a usual quiet week for the Giants, Rolle turned up the trash talk Thursday after hearing that Green had said Big Blue’s secondary had “a lot of holes.”
That’s all it took to set Rolle off.
“I’ll talk with my pads come Sunday,” Rolle said.“That’s how I approach the game. If he sees me, he better duck. That’s it.
“If I get a chance,” he added, “I’m coming across.”
The warning was sent. The always-spirited Rolle will be hunting for Green on Sunday in Cincinnati, looking to make a statement for the entire Giants ‘D’.
By Hank Gola
By AFC North trash-talking standards, it was a mere spitball, hardly worthy of the high standards previously set by Joey Porter, Terrell Suggs, Chad Ochocinco or any of divisions’ the all-time greats.
Bengals receiver A.J. Green perhaps didn’t even think he was even talking out of turn Thursday morning when he told WFAN’s Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton that the Giants defense “has a lot of holes.” The Giants, in fact, had heard much more damning criticism from their own head coach when Tom Coughlin challenged their manhood by labeling their effort against the Steelers “soft,” and they don’t want to take his head off.
But it’s been a slow week, and the Giants are facing an out-of-conference opponent before the bye. And if they need something to snap them out of their bouts with inconsistency, maybe this is it, even if safety Antrel Rolle was the only one taking the bait in public.
Eli Manning dropped back and watched Victor Cruz working against a single cornerback on an empty football field. Manning delivered a throw in rhythm. And then he did it again, as another receiver worked one-on-one against another corner.
And again. And again. And again.
It’s a simple one-on-one drill that performed regularly in training camps. But this is what it’s come down to for the Giants’ struggling aerial attack. On Tuesday, coach Tom Coughlin met with Manning to discuss the team’s recent offensive doldrums. And then on Wednesday, midway through the regular season, the Giants took a mid-practice break from their preparations for Sunday’s game against the Bengals to work through a training camp drill.
By PAUL SCHWARTZ
This has been a long time coming for the Giants, who have been leaving little hints and displaying various signs that all is not well, despite their winning ways.
It all caught up with them Sunday. There was a will but there was not a way. They believed they would provide about three hours of relief for those dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, but instead they spent the better part of three hours showing the flaws they have gotten away with in previous weeks but not this time, as evidenced by a 24-20 loss to the Steelers and the end of a four-game winning streak.
“We’ve lost games around here where we’ve played really well and physically battled away and just got beat, but that wasn’t one of them,’’ coach Tom Coughlin said.
No, this wasn’t one of them. The Giants (6-3) actually weren’t playing all that well but still took a 20-10 lead into the fourth quarter, despite another strangely off-kilter game from Eli Manning and a run defense that made Pittsburgh’s No. 3 running back, Isaac Redman (147 yards), look like the second coming of Franco Harris. Perhaps Coughlin’s desire to win this one for the storm-battered region would be enough.
By PAUL SCHWARTZ
Justin Tuck said he really hadn’t thought about it before Thursday, when it was brought to his attention. So much of the New York/New Jersey area has been crippled and adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy that, come Sunday, they will welcome the diversion that the Giants playing the Steelers might bring.
Tuck considered that and liked the thought.
“That is a good point,’’ Tuck said. “I think a lot of people will kind of be lingering on what we do on Sunday, kind of get their minds off the effects of Sandy and hopefully we can oblige.
“We got a very veteran football team that understands that situation. We have been through it with Katrina and New Orleans coming up here, when our owner died, we’ve had some tragedy here and played through it and been successful. Hopefully we can rise to the occasion again this week.’’