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Wednesday Around The ‘Sphere

Too many good articles this morning to not give credit where it’s due, here we go:

• John Fennelly drops a truth bomb on the Jets’ plans to install their new ‘Ring of Honor’ during the half time of the preseason matchup with the Giants instead of their regular season opener against Baltimore.

this is more about sticking it to the Giants  and making money than it is about honoring past players.

Read more of the story here >>

• Charles Costello breaks down a New England reporters scathing preview of the 2010 Giants season which is of course, still bitterly tied to the 2007-08 season finally, and why not? Considering the fact that the Giants defeated their best shot at all time glory 3 seasons ago… who could forget that? Costello’s return to the dramatic knock on the Giants is simply excellent though:

Okay so it’s clear that New Englanders still can’t get over that Super Bowl loss. But to downplay the Giants’ accomplishment is absurd. The Giants may have gotten to Tom Brady, but they won the game because, on that day, they were the better team. Because they put together an unbelievable final drive. The Giants were average that year? Average teams don’t have the type of postseason the Giants did. Two seasons have passed since that Super Bowl. At this point, nobody who follows this team is caught up in that moment. We don’t do that in New York.

Read more of the story and the NESN ‘preview’ here >>

• Our own Mark Picucci posted the transcript of NFC East guru Matt Mosley’s Live Chat from yesterday and it makes for interesting reading.  My favorite quote:

Can Jacobs recover from a horrible season last year or does Bradshaw need to take the reigns and if so can he?

I think Jacobs will be much better this season, but Bradshaw’s the home-run back. He’ll get his chance to be The Man at some point this season. Maybe sooner than later.

Read more of the post here >>

• And finally, an oldie but a goodie.  Mike Garafolo over a month ago posted his take on the reasons why Bill Sheridan was a suborn, infuriating, and awful defensive coordinator. His report includes an interview with Giants secondary coach Peter Giunta and safeties coach David Merritt that is truly enlightening and one of the best retrospective late night reads I’ve had in a while, comments and all:

I would label Coach Fewell as a multiple-front, multiple-, multiple-coverage defensive coordinator,” Merritt said. “He is the furthest from a Tampa-2 guy.”

..

We’re rotating, we’re disguising, we’re moving around,” Merritt said. “I say, ‘Guys, I want you to push it. Stretch yourself as far as the disguise package. Give false calls, false dummy calls. Maybe it’s the correct call, but yell it out so loud that the offense may think it’s the incorrect call.’ That’s what these guys – Deon and Rolle – are bringing to the table.”

Now if that doesn’t make you excited about the changes made to this defense when it comes to scheme, I don’t know what will (short of Spags quitting the Rams and coming back to NY, or course).

Read one of the most recent ‘classic’ Mike Garafolo posts here >>


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