Good morning, New York Giants fans!
This is a fantastic piece by Dan Duggan on the friendship between Judge and Graham.
“I’d say above all, the thing that probably made us the closest is we both just love talking ball,” Judge said.
“I was drawn to him because I like to surround myself with people who I think are better than me at what I do,” Graham said. “I was just always impressed by how Joe was able to get the information in, make it relatable to players, make it easy to learn. I was always amazed by his teaching technique.”
NFLPA president J.C. Tretter wants a return to daily testing:
Since the beginning of training camp, we have been testing our vaccinated players once every 14 days. It has been ineffective as we’ve had significantly more incidents of transmission inside the building this year than last year. The NFLPA saw this coming months ago and has been advocating for a return to daily testing because it is more effective way to stop and prevent the spread of the coronavirus in our locker rooms. However, the NFL decided to move to weekly testing; and while that is a step in the right direction, it leaves us open to many of the same problems we’ve been facing.
Tretter also expressed players’ frustration with the new taunting rule, something Giants co-owner John Mara championed at the beginning of training camp.
The majority of fans feel that this is a bad idea – and so do the majority of players. It is frustrating to read comments like the ones reported last week saying that the NFLPA were the ones who wanted this change. I can assure you, as an attendee of the competition committee meeting myself, that was not the case. On the contrary, we would support the removal of this point of emphasis immediately.
Fans enjoy the intensity and the raw emotion that our players show on the field; and the overwhelming majority of the time, players understand the line between that emotion and bad sportsmanship. For example, some time ago, the league banned the throat slash celebration, which made sense. It was easily enforced and clear to all. But as we saw in a Colts preseason game – and a number of other preseason games – this attempt at controlling “taunting” is going to be a weekly issue that takes away from the spirit of the game.
This year, don’t blame the players who show too much emotion, and cut the refs a break for doing their jobs. Blame the people who push for rules like this time and time again. We’ve seen this before. In 2006, the NFL wanted to eliminate touchdown celebrations — a move that most players, fans and media members thought was a bad idea. It took the fans continuing to push back for the league to finally give in and allow everyone to have a little more fun. This is the league’s second bite at the apple and if fans want to see more emotion, I encourage them to continue to voice that to the league.
Patrick Graham is no ordinary football coach. This tremendous story details why, and how he got where he is.
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