INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05: Mario Manningham #82 of the New York Giants reacts against the New England Patriots in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Good morning fellow Giants fans. It's getting quiet again on the Big Blue news front again, as evidenced by the fact that there is little to no news out there. Much of it has centered around Mario Manningham the last 24 to 48 hours, and of course it's interesting to see where Eli Manning's big brother lands. Anyway, if you are sleeping right now, you aren't missing much, but here goes.....
New York Giants begin search to replace Mario Manningham at wide receiver - NYPOST.com
Now that Manningham has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the 49ers, the Giants are officially in the market for a pass-catcher to augment the skills of Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. It is highly likely the Giants will turn to the NFL Draft to find a receiver, but probably not very early in the draft. Plus, rookie receivers rarely make much of an impact in the Giants offensive system, as coordinator Kevin Gilbride puts great demands on his receivers as far as making reads and adjustments. A veteran could also be imported in free agency but it won’t be a high-priced player who can be expected to make a huge difference.
Manningham is a receiver that has flashes of excitement. He has quickness and speed that QBs love in their receivers, but unfortunately, he also is a terrible route runner, and has bad field awareness (Super Bowl catch withstanding). He often was on the wrong page with Eli in New York, running incorrect routes, and failing to know where the sideline was on many occasions. Peyton, like his brother Eli, like to have a connection with their receivers, where they can read a defense and communicate with one another to know what route to run if the coverage is not what the initial play called for. Manningham does to not excel at that. What Manningham does bring is speed and shiftiness. He can turn a short yardage reception into big yards. He has a knack for getting behind defensive backs, as well. But one needs to look at the Giants lack of effort in contract negotiations to realize that he was expendable. Is he an upgrade with what they have? We will find out real quick.
49ers look like serious player in Manning pursuit - seattlepi.com
Jim Harbaugh coaching Peyton Manning. In the Bay Area, they're beginning to think about the possibility and believe it truly might happen. A former NFL quarterback, Harbaugh worked wonders with Alex Smith in a matter of months for the NFC West champions, and now all signs point to the 49ers being a serious player in the Manning sweepstakes. Smith, who had a three-year offer on the table to return, traveled to Miami on Sunday to meet with the Dolphins.
Report: Ogletree sticks with Cowboys after Giants visit - New York Giants - CBSSports.com RapidReports
The Cowboys have agreed to terms with WR Kevin Ogletree, ESPN's Adam Schefter wrote on his Twitter account. The Giants had an official visit with Ogletree earlier in the week, but the Queens native apparently is set to stay in Dallas, where he's played since 2009.
I hadn't seen this the other day, maybe you guys did. But I bet Jerry Jones didn't want another of his role players to land on an NFC East team.
Peyton Manning's Decision, and the Trickle-Down Effect - NYTimes.com
We expected the most decorated free agent in N.F.L. history to have selected a new team by now. We’re still waiting, and the fate of three franchises – the Titans, the Broncos and the 49ers – hangs in the air. The longer the wait, the tougher the failed Peyton Manning pursuit will be for two of those franchises – at least in terms of team morale.
Newtown SportsBeat: 20 Greatest Area Athletes - Newtown, CT Patch
7. ANDY ROBUSTELLI (Stamford) The late Pro Football Hall of Famer went to Stamford High School and attended Arnold College in Milford where he played football and baseball. A defensive end, Robustelli was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Rams, but made his mark with the New York Giants. He was a 7-time All-Pro selection and won the NFL's MVP award in 1962. He was part of the Giants championship team in 1958.
QB Matt Flynn reaches agreement with Seahawks - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The Seattle Seahawks are hoping another Green Bay backup turns into their franchise quarterback. The Seahawks reached agreement Sunday with Matt Flynn on a three-year deal, bringing one of the most wanted—yet unproven—free agents to the Pacific Northwest to try and solidify Seattle’s QB position.
Wannstedt says the approach used by the Super Bowl-champion New York Giants is the most effective -- if a team has the players to execute it. "I've always believed that you gotta mix that in," Wannstedt said of blitzing. "But if you can get to the point, like the Giants are, where you can create pressure with four guys, now in the secondary you don't have to run single coverage. You can run two or three different coverages. You can double guys, trap guys. It gives you a lot more flexibility back there. That's our goal."
Interesting. So Wannstedt is kind of patting Perry Fewell, and the Giants' defensive personnel, on the back. A few months ago we were talking about a sieve that gave up too many big plays and lost its pass-rushing mojo.