Giants CEO John Mara is at the end of his rope when it comes to the amount of injuries his team has incurred the past several seasons. One injury in particular is eating at him the most, the fireworks mishap this summer that left his star DE Jason Pierre-Paul with a mangled right hand.
Instant replay continues to be a hot topic and Mara stated that the committee is constantly seeking ways to improve the process. One solution would be to take the final call out of the hands off the officials on the field and hand it over to the replay command center in New York. The NHL and MLB have done this and the results have been favorable, for the most part.
"It's never going to be perfect," Mara said. "What you try to do is create consistency with all replays being reviewed by the command center...I think we're headed in that direction."
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It was press conferences galore at the QDTC Tuesday morning, with Giants CEO John Mara giving his take on a disappointing 6-10 season. In a nutshell, Mara said he and his partner, Steve Tisch, still believe GM Jerry Reese and coach Tom Coughlin -- who also met the media Tuesday -- are the right men to direct the Giants going forward. That is, for one more year at least.
"I do not think that is an unfair statement," Mara replied when asked if 2015 would be a "win-or-else proposition" for a lot of people.
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?Many of us were dissatisfied with the original two-game suspension of Ray Rice.? The Commissioner took responsibility for that in his August 28th memo to the owners when he stated, ?I didn?t get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will.? He then took appropriate steps to address this matter.? Our policy now on domestic violence has been strengthened.? We have all learned a valuable lesson from this episode.? We now have a strong partnership with anti-domestic violence groups, and we will be a better League for it going forward.
?My understanding is that the League and the Ravens made repeated requests to obtain the video of the Ray Rice incident and were denied each time.? The notion that the League should have gone around law enforcement to obtain the video is, in my opinion, misguided, as is the notion that the Commissioner?s job is now in jeopardy.? The video is appalling, and I believe that the team and the League took appropriate action after they finally had the opportunity to view it.
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On Kevin Gilbride: "Sometimes you have to have new ideas in there...." and "Fortunately it didn't come to any type of situation where he had to be forced out."
On Tom Coughlin: "He all of a sudden didn't forget how to coach," and still believes the team listens to his message....The guy is still as good a coach as there is out there. Let?s see if we can help him by getting him some better personnel"
Mara addressed the media with honesty, backing GM Jerry Reese and endorsing head coach Tom Coughlin stating that, "nobody wants to win more" that they do. He believes Reese is "the right guy" to take the organization forward.
"Certainly, there are changes within the organization that need to be made," Mara said. Asked if coaching changes were in order, he said he had
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"We've got a lot of guys on one-year deals who have a chance to reinvent themselves and re-establish their careers," Mara said. "They're going to be highly motivated. And we filled in some needs for ourselves. I think we had a good draft. So yeah, I'm excited about it."
Despite the number of players on one-year deals, Mara also specified that he does feel as if the window is closing on the Giants? chances to win a championship in foreseeable future:
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This time it was Giants chairman Steve Tisch, who met with the media in Boston Tuesday at the NFL's spring meeting.
Tisch echoed the sentiment of team co-owner John Mara when he said he was confident a deal could be struck. Quarterback Eli Manning also expressed optimism he could see his favorite target back on the field before OTAs.
The Giants quarterback told the New York Daily News he hopes next week's organized team activities will motivate Cruz to agree to the terms of a new deal.
Said Manning: ""We get into some real practices next week ... ?so hopefully as we get kind of into those live, going-against-a-defense practices, he will get back in so we can get back to work."
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Earlier today, Giants co-owner John Mara expressed confidence the two sides would agree to a deal soon.
The PFT report states the next seven to 10 days will be important to the progress of Cruz and the Giants reaching a deal, though the timeline is a bit head-scratching considering there are no significant deadlines or milestones approaching.
The April 19 deadline has come and gone, and should Cruz choose not to sign with the Giants he would be ineligible for the 2013 season.
Cruz has yet to make an appearance at team off-season workouts and is holding out in hopes of a receiving at No. 1 wide receiver-type payday; the Giants view him as a top-end slot receiver.
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Two new rules include the elimination of the "peel back block" and the "crown of the helmet rule.""I think most people feel like the game has never been better," said Mara as per the team's website. "You do read some criticism out there from certain quarters that the game is not as tough as it used to be, because we are restricting so many of these hits. I just don?t think that at all. And I have said this many times. If you were to stand on the sideline and watch a game, or even watch a scrimmage, you can?t tell me the game is any less physical."
Peel Back Block rule: If A player who is aligned in the tackle box when the ball is snapped, he cannot initiate contact on the side and below the waist against an opponent if: (a) the blocker is moving toward his own end line; and (b) he approaches the opponent from behind or from the side.Note: If the near shoulder of the blocker contacts the front of the opponent?s body, the ?peel back? block is legal.
In recent years, the Giants have been relatively soft up front compared not only to their teams of yesteryear, but to their current rivals and contemporaries. The Giants defensive line got trampled on the ground last year. In 2011, they were last in rushing offense. John Mara wants his team to re-establish themselves on the the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.
"We need to re-establish that toughness in front,? Mara told FOXSports' Alex Marvez and co-host Jim Miller on SiriusXM NFL Radio at the NFL owners meetings. ?Teams ran the ball against us too easily last year. That?s an area of concern. And the offensive line, that performance needs to get a little better, too.?
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According to co-owner John Mara, the Giants want to retain Cruz long-term, but "there's a limit" to what they'll pay him.
"If he took our offer, he'd be a very wealthy man," Mara said, adding, "if someone is willing to pay more than we are, then we'll have to say goodbye."
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One of the biggest surprises at the beginning of the off-season was the release of veteran running back Ahmad Bradshaw.
It was assumed by many that former first-rounder David Wilson, who impressed in Bradshaw's absence, would inherit the role of lead back. But Coughlin expects both Andre Brown and Da'Rel Scott -- a former Terp -- to compete for the job.
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"They?re both priorities for us...We hope they're both Giants for a long time," Mara said, via the Newark Star-Ledger.
Earlier this month, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the team wanted to first sign Nicks to a long-term deal, then address Cruz, a free agent.
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Tom Coughlin: ?I don?t think there?s any question that Bill Parcells is a Hall of Fame coach. He has Hall of Fame accomplishments throughout his entire career. Parcells coached for a long time, he worked for a lot of different franchises. It was kind of surprising to me, after the first go-around, I thought, ?Why isn?t he in??
John Mara:"I'm very happy for Bill. This is long overdue. He's one of the best coaches in NFL history. He turned our franchise around. We went through a long period in the 1960's and 70's when we were a laughing stock. When Bill took over in 1983 he survived a very difficult first year, but then turned us into a perennial playoff contender and won two Super Bowls for us. He coached three other teams and everywhere he went, he had great success. I'm very happy that he will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame."
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Earlier in the week, Giants owner John Mara said Cruz's agents was demanding too much money and "there's a limit"?as to much the franchise will pay.
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As the media gathers in New Orleans, New York Giants players are watching from their couches as a new king of the football world is crowned on Sunday.
Owner John Mara and GM Jerry Reese expressed their dismay with the team missing out on the playoffs this season. Obviously, change is on the horizon.
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As per Jenny Vrentas of The Ledger:
"He?s (32) years old; he?s got a lot of years left," Mara said today, at a press conference announcing the area's plans for Super Bowl XLVIII. "I think our window is still pretty wide. I think as long as he?s under center, we have a chance to win."
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What have you learned bout the PSL process several years in?
"People certainly expect more, and rightfully so, as they've had to pay a lot more money. Whether it be your parking situation or the traffic or your concessions or how they're treated while they're at the stadium, they definitely have higher expectations."
Yesterday, Mara decided to have a little fun. When he walked through the doors of the Indian Quad at U Albany sporting a band-aid on his head, he fired off a comment to reporters before they could even get a word in.
?You should see what Jerry Jones looks like,? he said, referring to the remarks the Cowboys? owner made recently about the Giants.
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Even Giants CEO John Mara got into the act today at Super Bowl Media Day in Indianapolis. If you think he was beaming during Super Bowl XLII, you should see him these days. In his session today, Mara praised both Eli Manning and Tom Brady, had some kind words for Pats' owner Bob Kraft, opened up about his long-standing friendship with Bill Belichick and continued to display his strong support for Tom Coughlin.
On if he could have imagined Tom Coughlin coaching the Giants after he turned them down once to stay at Boston College and then took the head coaching job with the Jacksonville Jaguars.... ?No, because he had success in Jacksonville so I thought we?d never have an opportunity to get him. But in this league, things have a funny way of working out sometimes. Coaches go from team to team and then all of a sudden they?re back with you.?
Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Thursday several changes to the leadership of league committees, with Mara replacing Panthers owner Jerry Richardson as head of the Management Council, which is the main NFL labor committee.
?Our committee structure has been very important and beneficial to the NFL over the years,? Goodell said. ?It has allowed us to address and study complex issues in depth and present our clubs with comprehensive information and thoughtful recommendations.?
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"That's an exciting development for us, whenever you see younger players get on the field and make plays, you get excited about their futures," Mara said. "The fact that they had an opportunity to play is a result of other people getting hurt, but they're making the most of it."
"The question is are we going to be able to move past the past and are we going to be able to live with each other moving forward," Mara said. "That is going to be up to him, it is going to be up to the coach, general manager and then we got to get to the salary considerations.
"I think he is a different guy now," he added. "The question is can he live within the system here and then once we get past that, can we make his salary number fit within our salary cap? It really is a two-fold step and that begins tomorrow night."
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We are obviously very pleased to be standing here today. It?s been a long and pretty difficult negotiation. But I think at the end of the day, neither side got everything they wanted. But what we did achieve was a fair deal that will stand the test of time and will be in the best interests of our league, our players, our clubs and our fans. I have a lot of respect for the players that we?ve been negotiating with. They were tough negotiators. They represented their fellow players very well as did De Smith.? I think at the end of the day we have something here that is going to serve the best interests of the National Football League for many years to come.
- Giants CEO John Mara after the owners and players announced they had reached an accord on a new CBA
Mara talked about the lockout's?resolution, what's in store for Giants fans, and some other?topics including his belief that the 18-game schedule debate, which the players?were against, will be revived at some point.
During the negotiations, Mara told?Dallas owner Jerry Jones that he'd wear a Cowboys jersey around Times Square if?Jones could get the players to approve an 18-game schedule.
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"He was one of the greatest players in franchise history, and one of the finest, most dignified gentlemen you could ever meet. Andy was a man's man in every respect." (John Mara, Giants co-owner)
"Andy was a great leader. When he came to us from the Rams, it turned everything around defensively. He fit perfectly into Tom Landry's defense. Tom Landry was such a leader in putting defense into pro football and Andy was one of the key components of that.?He was far and away above the other defensive ends of his era. Andy was not all that big, but he was very quick. With Andy and Tom Landry, it was almost scary the anticipation that they had of what was going to be run. He and Tom were very, very close. Whereas Tom was the overall defensive coach, Andy basically ran the defensive line along with the linebackers. He was the leader. Everyone knew that. He was the leader in the clubhouse. He was quiet, but when Andy talked, everyone listened." (Frank Gifford, former teammate)
Earlier that day on 1050, Giants wide receiver Steve Smith was on with Ryan Ruocco and Robin Lundberg?discussing the lockout and his?offseason rehab. That interview is?here.
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Mara is a low-key, high-class individual who thinks before speaks. ?I have a boatload of respect for the man. I don't, however, relish the idea of Mara acting as the front man for the owners.
His "essay" today (released on Giants.com) titled "Time to Get Back to Football" is a well-written account of the current condition of our great game, but I believe it will do little to generate any movement towards a settlement.
The NFL issued the following statement:
"It is now time to devote all of our energy to reaching a comprehensive agreement that will improve the game for the benefit of current and retired players, teams, and, most importantly, the fans. This litigation has taken the parties away from the negotiating table where these issues should be resolved. We remain confident that the appellate court will determine that this is a labor dispute that should be governed by federal labor law. But the league and players, without further delay, should control their own destiny and decide the future of the NFL together through negotiation."
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Gary Myers on Giants co-owner John Mara returning to the negotiating table on Monday in?Minneapolis: Mara was present for the final nine of the 16 negotiating sessions that were held in Washington and presided over by federal mediator George Cohen leading up to the March 11 decertification by the NFLPA and the start of the lockout hours later by the owners. He was the only owner who attended the last nine meetings. But when U.S. District Court Judge Susan Nelson ordered the sides back to mediation under the supervision of U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan on April 14, Mara was tied up in jury duty in lower Manhattan. (Daily News)
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Steve Bisciotti (Ravens), Jim Irsay (Colts), Jerry Jones (Cowboys), Arthur Blank (Falcons), and Woody Johnson (Jets) round out the list.
"The Steelers selection is a no-brainer," ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton said. "The Steelers under the Rooneys have been the model of franchise ownership in sports. They are successful, consistent and supportive. They don't undergo the constant changes of other franchises. Plus, the family has been so instrumental in doing things that help advance the league, sometimes at the expense of their own franchise. It's no secret that two Rooneys are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame."
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Mara was called to report for jury duty this week to sit on an international drug trial. ?His attempt to be disqualified was rejected by U.S. District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff.
according to the AP.....
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The Eagles host the Packers this afternoon in a game between two 10-6 teams that beat the Giants, who also finished 10-6.
And whatever body part coach Tom Coughlin suggests critics can kiss, he will watch today?s game with a notepad while the two teams that benefited most from the Giants? final three weeks begin the postseason.
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No surprise here.? Mara had been adamant all year that Coughlin was not on the proverbial "hot seat" and that his job was not in jeopardy.
As per Zach Berman of the Star Ledger, Mara claimed that there was "never any doubt in my mind, never any doubt in Steve Tisch's mind, never any doubt in Jerry Reese's mind" about Coughlin's status.
"I am disappointed in everybody, in everything," Mara said. "I am unhappy with everyone. It's just not acceptable to perform like that. There are 8-8 seasons and there are 8-8 seasons, but this one felt like more like 2-14 to me. We always used to pride ourselves on being a tough team, both physically and mentally, and I didn't see any evidence of that the second half of the season. There is no excuse for performing the way we performed over basically the last 11 weeks. The last two games were the worst, but when you have that many games where you get blown out there is something wrong and it means something has to be done.
How disappointed was he?
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SNY contributor Mike Garafolo
"John Mara just took a few mins to discuss tix/PSLs. Basically said individual tix that have been made avail are nothing new....Mara said those tix were put aside to resolve issues that popped up. Said eventually they'll be PSL tix."Ralph Vacchiano, Daily News
"Mara said today's ticket sale was far smaller than in past years. Usually #NYG have 3,000 single game tickets available...Only 1,250 PSLs remain, all in club seating. Called reports that non-club PSLs are available "Not true. You can't buy a non-club PSL."..."