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New York Giants notes, 11.11.08

Here is a look at some news and notes about our New York Giants for today.

  • New York Daily News columnist Gary Myers says this Giants team has the 1986 team in its sights as the best Giants team ever. I have to see where this season goes before I am ready to take sides in that argument.
  • Steve Serby of the New York Post says the Giants have clearly taken on the personality of head coach Tom Coughlin.

Coughlin has taken a hunted defending Super Bowl champion and cut a swath of destruction through the ridiculously loaded NFC East, even after Strahan retired and Umenyiora, his lone Pro Bowler, was lost for the season, and Jeremy Shockey forced his way to the Saints.

And even when Plaxico Burress started rocking the boat, Coughlin steered the ship straight and steady.

If you think one Super Bowl championship will be enough for Coughlin, then you simply do not know the man. The bond he forged at the end of last season with his team has remained cemented. His team marches in lockstep behind him. Which is every coach's dream.

Serby is right. We have discussed it before, but even a year ago who thought that would be the case?

  • Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News credits John Madden and Al Michaels for their handling of 'The Challenge. I know this duo is always criticized, but I thought they were terrific all night.
  • The New York Times says running is the name of the game for this team.
  • Eli Manning is taking plenty of abuse from teammates for his weak effort at tackling Philadelphia's Mike Patterson after Sunday's first-quarter interception.
  • Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News had a nice piece Monday detailing the Giants belief in themselves. Here is a quote from Barry Cofield.

"We've played in tight games, we've played great passing teams, we've played teams that can run the ball, we've played great defensive teams. We've seen it all. We've been successful in a lot of different types of games and we draw from that every week."