Justin Tuck was making the media rounds on Tuesday as part of a Subway promotional campaign, and Big Blue View did a light-hearted interview with the New York Giants' star defensive end. We left all the serious stuff to everyone else, and there was plenty of it to go around.
Tuck told WFAN that he is "fully ingrained in this community" and "would love to be a New York Giant" in 2014. I went on record Tuesday as saying I would like to see that happen. Will it? That is a good question.
Tuck told Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger that he is "definitely not retiring" after this season. Which, of course, will leave GM Jerry Reese and the Giants with a difficult decision on whether or not to bring the 30-year-old back to New York. Even if the Giants want him back, do they pay him big money or try to get him to accept a reduced contract? Tuck's cap hit this season is $6.15 million.
The Giants have Jason Pierre-Paul, Damontre Moore and Mathias Kiwanuka at defensive end already. Kiwanuka is under contract for two more years at a total cost of $14.5 million and if the Giants were to cut him next season they would still take a $5.25-million salary cap hit, so that seems unlikely.
What's up with JPP?
Will New York Giants' defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who missed Sunday's game with the Washington Redskins due to a shoulder injury, play again this season? It certainly sounds like JPP wants to as he tweeted Monday night that he was undergoing acupuncture treatment. Would the Giants be better-served in the long run by shutting Pierre-Paul down for the rest of 2013?
We will find out more about Pierre-Paul's status as the week progresses.
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The Giants, having won five of six after a terrible 0-6 start, have been lauded for their resilience. They have spoken proudly about sticking together and continuing to fight. Paul Schwartz of the New York Post ripped the Giants' bravado.
Schwartz wrote, in part:
"The 0-6 start’’ cannot be treated like some infection that has been flushed away by antibiotics. The 5-1 record since has been tremendously better but hardly tremendous, with four wins over teams with a combined record of 15-31-2 and a fifth coming against the Eagles without Nick Foles, the hottest quarterback in the land. ...
"This will be four times in the past five seasons the Giants failed to make the playoffs, unquestionably a trend, and this effort is far and away the worst of all."
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated lists Tom Coughlin among coaches on the hot seat, then writes "Coughlin will stay with the Giants if he wants to stay with the Giants. He will go out on his terms, and he's not going to get fired by a New York ownership or front office that feels indebted to him for the work he has done in his 10-year tenure with the organization. And make no mistake, Coughlin will be back on the Giants' sideline in 2014. He has made that abundantly clear."
So, how is it that Coughlin is on the hot seat, then?
The Daily News lists five young players who need to get playing time the rest of the season.
Art Stapleton of The Record says the time for the Giants to move on from David Diehl is coming, but that the veteran lineman deserves credit on his way out the door.
Ralph Vacchiano points out that the Giants can be eliminated from the playoffs this weekend.
The Star-Ledger spotlights the impact Will Hill has had on the Giants' defense.
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