Hue Jackson, Todd Haley Sacked. Are the Cleveland Browns Out of the Pound?

After two-and-a-half seasons as the leading play-caller for the historically doomed Cleveland Browns squad, Hue Jackson and Todd Haley got the boot on Monday morning. The staffing change comes after a 33-18 loss to division rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday—the same team with which they tied in their season opener. The win has likely cost the team their playoff contention for the season.

Jackson’s Browns team this season has doubled their record so far from the last two years under his leadership. The notorious losers have even acquired a bandwagon following this year, likely brought on by the decision to start wunderkind rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield of the Oklahoma Sooners.

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RIP to Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin’s New York Giants

The remainder of the New York Giants under the championship-winning leadership of Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning, after a long battle with locker room cancer and complications from transplants, died on Thursday night in the comfort of their own home.

Born in 2004 when Coughlin and Manning came on board the organization, Coughlin resigned in 2015, leaving the team in the hands of Ben McAdoo and Manning. Upon the massacre Manning endured on October 11th, 2018, what is left of this era is now deceased. As we move on from battle and into a happier place – the history books – we examine the legacy that these New York Giants leave behind; A legacy of loyalty, competition, and pride.

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Chad Wheeler and John Greco Gave the New York Giants Victory

At halftime, the New York Giants led 20-6, and had only one scoring drive in the second half. Eli Manning nailed the pass to Sterling Shepard with 2:08 left in the game, ensuring their win. With one second left, the Houston Texans pulled off a touchdown, but it didn’t matter. The Texans saw their third loss of the season in their first game at home. The Giants recorded their first win of the season, and gloriously so, despite the terrifying Houston defense featuring J.J. Watt. Watt recorded three sacks and three tackles but had difficulty pushing through the offensive line that the Giants debuted today. The additions of Chad Wheeler and John Greco on offense refurbished the line that was holding the crew back for the first two weeks. Finally, Eli’s protectors were the group that was proclaimed to carry the team to victory.

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Eli Manning Managed Against Jacksonville Jaguars Defense

The New York Giants debuted their revamped squad on a soggy Sunday afternoon in East Rutherford, NJ. And revamped it was. Resurrected into winning form? Maybe not quite yet. In an almost-there performance against the Blake Bortles-led Jacksonville Jaguars, the G-Men had serious protection issues. Despite a highly penalized Jags team, a full roster of receivers and runners and no injuries to speak of, Big Blue once again met defeat. Still, this defeat was of a very different kind than that which was suffered last season. Our old faithful Eli Manning managed the game and gave us a reason to look forward to greater days ahead.

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LWOS: What Losing Davis Webb Means for the New York Giants

The news broke on Sunday, the day after the Giants released their 53-man roster, which included four quarterbacks: Kyle Lauletta, (Eli) Manning, Alex Tanney, and Webb.

As of now, the Giants do not have a sufficient backup quarterback. Lauletta and Tanney both lack the moxie necessary to be immediate solutions should Manning go down. While Webb was a little too hyperactive in the first week of preseason to be productive, he had shown significant improvement in the past weeks, and nearly convinced the fans that he is, in fact, the right guy to take over the G-Men’s offense.

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LWOS: Preseason Week 2 Review: New York Giants at Detroit Lions

The New York Giants preseason victory over the Detroit Lions on Friday was the spectacle that fans needed to see that the second team is good enough to keep up with the troops that they’ll be supplementing once regular season hits. Eli Manning didn’t play. Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t play. Saquon Barkley didn’t play. And none of that proved to be a problem as Big Blue found victory at Ford Field. The game was “bad Lions.” But it was also very much “good Giants.”

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LWOS: What the New York Giants Proved in the Preseason Opener

As I watched the new New York Giants go through the motions for the first time in the first preseason game on their home field in East Rutherford, I couldn’t help but feel angry. What happened to all the hard work in OTAs and practice? And even before that, when coach Pat Shurmur jumped on board and began crafting the dream team? All the excellent moves made in the off-season, including free agency and the draft?

Of course, passing all of this work off as a waste is juvenile. Once I got over myself I was able to see what the G-Men walked onto the field to do this past Thursday. While a win against the long-broken Cleveland Browns would have been ideal, it wasn’t in the cards, because it wasn’t of interest.

Here are the biggest takeaways from Thursday night’s game.

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LWOS: Placing the New York Giants Projected Starters on a Field With Fewer Lines

I’ve never had much interest in soccer. My ex-boyfriend tried to get me into it years ago, when “his team” was considered a contender for the World Cup. I genuinely couldn’t even say what year or what team.

This year is different. This year, my own motherland is a contender for the first time since 1998. Croatia had only recently gained independence from Yugoslavia. The nation wasn’t even admitted into FIFA until 1992. Yet six years later, they made it all the way to the World Cup semifinals.

As I was watching the Croatian match against Russia on Saturday with baited breath—the teams going into penalties, mine with an injured goalkeeper, I began thinking about the complications that face this classy, aptly-named sport, in conversation with our “football.” If we put 11 New York Giants players on a soccer pitch, who might they be?

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LWOS: New York Giants All-Franchise Team

As the New York Giants revamp this off-season, preparing for championship contention after last season’s catastrophe, I’ve been thinking a lot about what this young team can take from its rich history and apply to a fresh start. The Giants’ legacy was built on greatness, both on and off the field, and there are clear attempts being made to revisit the times when the team was at its best.

In my most recent column, I explored how a change in morale is bringing the team together in ways that the organization hasn’t seen in recent years. The future of this team will be presumably a bright one, but there is much that can be learned from the Giants of the past.

When compiling this All-Franchise team, a few factors were kept in mind when considering each player in this club’s vibrant history, and how they might contribute to a modern Giants franchise. As the Coach Herb Brooks (played by Kurt Russell) says to Craig Patrick in the 2004 film Miracle, “I’m not looking for the best players, Craig. I’m looking for the right ones.”

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LWOS: New York Giants 2018 NFL Draft Review

In their first draft under their new general manager Dave Gettleman, the Giants continued to strengthen their roster, reportedly considering pick trades but ultimately holding to their assigned order for the entirety of the weekend. The six fresh faces are:

  • First Round, second overall: Saquon Barkley, running back, Penn State
  • Second Round, 34th overall: Will Hernandez, guard, UTEP
  • Third Round, 66th overall: Lorenzo Carter, linebacker, Georgia
  • Third Round, 69th overall: B.J. Hill, defensive tackle, N.C. State
  • Fourth Round, 108th overall: Kyle Lauletta, quarterback, Richmond
  • Fifth Round, 139th overall: R.J. McIntosh, defensive tackle, Miami

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