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Russell Wilson Off the Table for the New York Giants, Shushing Speculation

Ahh… springtime. Another year has come and gone, and along with that freshly cut grass smell and iced coffee, the season welcomes back draft speculation and off-season workouts for the NFL. The New York Giants have now officially dodged the chatter of a potential trade for Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, and it is once again time to get serious about whom to expect on the 2019 roster.

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LWOS: Season Review: What Odell Beckham’s Absence Taught Us About the New York Giants

Few franchises in 2018 had a buildup as steep as the New York Giants. Few franchises in history have followed such buildup with a season that reaped more disappointment than pride. After a highly rated draft and many effective offseason roster changes, it seemed “Big Blue” was ready to walk into the regular season and dominate all who dared to challenge the crew.

That, obviously, did not happen. One of the biggest question marks entering the season was Odell Beckham Jr. – the resident Giants drama queen who was out to prove his worth after a $95 million contract extension. Now that the Giants season has officially ended with a disappointing 5-11 record (finishing last in the NFC East for the second straight year), Beckham still remains somewhat of a red flag. Before we can look ahead, it’s time to look back over what we’ve learned from the star wide receiver this year.

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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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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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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: A Giant Attitude: How the “New” New York Giants Morale Has Received a Boost During the Off-Season

After a tumultuous season, new New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman made a few things clear about his intentions with his new team. Clashing personalities, confused responsibilities, and unnecessary egotism are all issues that need to be fixed off the field in order to adjust the athletic executions of the team. The poor performance that the Giants put on last season may be blamed on confused coaching by Ben McAdoo, or bad on-field production from injury-riddled players—but it is impossible to ignore how behind-the-scenes drama has had its effect on the uninspired squad. So far in the off-season, we’ve seen Gettleman and his staff in action, working with the G-men to improve morale and redefine the meaning in the word “team,” applying it to Big Blue in its new structure.

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LWOS: Addressing the New York Giants Quarterback Options

After the highly criticized benching of Eli Manning in Week 13 by the ostracized Ben McAdoo, questions began to arise about whether Davis Webb or Geno Smith are capable of carrying Big Blue to victory. Manning, the club’s 13-year veteran, has received support from Shurmur in his interactions with the press thus far. However, with a highly praised upcoming class of quarterbacks in this year’s draft, and interesting recent developments in free agency, the G-men have plenty of quarterback options, outside of those currently on their roster.

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LWOS: New York Giants Snag Pat Shurmur Post NFC Championship Blowout

After Sunday’s set of barstool-clenching championship tournaments, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Minnesota Vikings are officially eliminated from the postseason. Super Bowl dreams officially crushed, these teams join the other 28 organizations that are in offseason reconstruction. Less than 24 hours after the Vikings loss, offensive coach Pat Shurmur answered John Mara’s call, and the New York Giants announced their new play caller on Monday. Shurmur is inheriting a team that saw a more disastrous season this year than ever before in its 92-year history. So what can the G-Men expect from Shurmur as he begins his duties this week?

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LWOS: New York Giants Hire Pat Shurmur as Head Coach

Pat Shurmur has signed a five year contract as the new head coach of the New York Giants. After suffering a blowout loss in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has affirmed rumours by moving on to become the Giants coach. Following a highly reputable second season with the Vikings—which lead to being named the NFL Assistant Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association—Shurmur will take over the team from Steve Spagnuolo, who stepped into the role upon the dismissal of Ben McAdoo in December.

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