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New York Giants' news and notes: A looooong off-season begins

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New York Giants' news and notes for Monday morning as the off-season begins.

Tom Coughlin and the Giants have a lot of questions to answer this off-season
Tom Coughlin and the Giants have a lot of questions to answer this off-season
Al Bello

Good morning, New York Giants' fans! Today is the first day after the Giants' reign as Super Bowl champions officially closed. Life, though, goes on -- and so does our coverage of your favorite team. With that in mind, here are your Monday morning links.

Osi Umenyiora leads pack of NY Giants free agents, team likely getting facelift in offseason - NY Daily News
The Giants’ 42-7 domination of the Eagles on Sunday at MetLife Stadium just may have been something else, and Osi Umenyiora knew it. The Giants’ soon-to-be free agent defensive end hadn’t pondered it in depth, but he knew that the rout likely marked the end of an era for the core that fueled Big Blue to two Super Bowl titles in the last five years.

It's up to coach Tom Coughlin to figure out why NY Giants didn't defend Super Bowl title - NY Daily News
Chris Snee heard from one of the equipment guys. Mathias Kiwanuka was told on his way to the shower. Eli Manning was informed in the locker room. Justin Tuck received official word at his news conference.

Eli Manning's five touchdowns wasted as NY Giants season comes to early end - NY Daily News
There was a moment late in the fourth quarter when Eli Manning looked up at the scoreboard and saw that the Lions had scored another touchdown in Detroit, closing to within two points of the Bears. There was still life in his season.

Giants rookies provide hope : page all -
First-round pick David Wilson and second-round choice Rueben Randle showed why they were such high selections. :

NY Giants Will Ask ‘Why’ And ‘What Now’ After Missing Playoffs " CBS New York
The only real answer to the current question is simple. Sometimes, things just don’t fall right, even for a defending Super Bowl champion.

Giants face tough decisions in the offseason |
Defensive and offensive lines among top priorities

Rapid Reaction: Giants 42, Eagles 7 - Giants Blog - ESPN New York
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants vowed to show pride and they did just that, finally snapping out of their funk and crushing the lifeless

Tom Coughlin, New York Giants begin search for answers to late season collapse - ESPN New York
When Tom Coughlin sits down with his captains and key players during their exit interviews on Monday, the head coach will ask a question that everybody wants to know the answer to.

"What in the world was the last two weeks all about?" Coughlin asked in an incredulous tone.

And it's a good bet Coughlin will see nothing but blank stares.

Eli Manning to blame for New York Giants failure in 2012 - ESPN New York
Blame Eli Manning, above all else, for the Giants' failure of a 2012 season.

Diehl not worried about his future - Giants Blog - ESPN New York
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- David Diehl isn't sure what the future holds for him. After failing to make the playoffs a season after winning it all, the

Five biggest questions facing the Giants in the offseason
For the first time in two years the Giants enter an offseason unfulfilled. Sunday's 42-7 win over the Eagles may have given them something of a high note to end on, but there will be plenty of questions