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  • Thu., Dec. 18, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

    Big Blue Kickoff Live is the Giants only web radio show and is the perfect way to start your morning if you’re a Giants fan. Every weekday at 9:30AM, our hosts talk for sixty minutes about the latest Giants news and take your calls about the Big Blue. John Schmeelk, Lance Medow, Anita Marks and Paul Dottino are joined by special guests, break down each week’s game, and get your opinion on the New York Giants. Participate by calling in at 201-939-4513 or by sending questions to #giantschat

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  • Thu., Dec. 18, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

    Big Blue Kickoff Live is the fans way to talk to the insiders at the Giants. The sixty minute live daily show is hosted by a rotating panel of experts and insiders talking the latest Giants news and information. Our hosts take your calls and twitter questions about the Big Blue. John Schmeelk, Lance Medow, Anita Marks and Paul Dottino are joined by analysts Shaun O’Hara and Roman Oben to break down each week’s game, and get your opinion on the New York Giants. Participate by calling in at 201-939-4513 or by sending questions to #giantschat

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  • Fri., Dec. 19, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

    Big Blue Kickoff Live is the Giants only web radio show and is the perfect way to start your morning if you’re a Giants fan. Every weekday at 9:30AM, our hosts talk for sixty minutes about the latest Giants news and take your calls about the Big Blue. John Schmeelk, Lance Medow, Anita Marks and Paul Dottino are joined by special guests, break down each week’s game, and get your opinion on the New York Giants. Participate by calling in at 201-939-4513 or by sending questions to #giantschat

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  • Fri., Dec. 19, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

    Big Blue Kickoff Live is the fans way to talk to the insiders at the Giants. The sixty minute live daily show is hosted by a rotating panel of experts and insiders talking the latest Giants news and information. Our hosts take your calls and twitter questions about the Big Blue. John Schmeelk, Lance Medow, Anita Marks and Paul Dottino are joined by analysts Shaun O’Hara and Roman Oben to break down each week’s game, and get your opinion on the New York Giants. Participate by calling in at 201-939-4513 or by sending questions to #giantschat

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  • Sat., Dec. 20, 2014 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM EST Access Blue

    “Giants Access Blue,” hosted by Bob Papa is a backstage, behind the scenes all access pass to the lifestyle of the Giants players, coaches and organization. Fans get in-depth, up-close and offbeat interviews away from the field and the locker room with the Giants. The program gives Giants fans insight into their favorite players’ interests in pop culture, music, and entertainment.

  • Sun., Dec. 21, 2014 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM EST Giants Chronicles

    Host Bob Papa talks to the biggest stars and legends in Giants history and looks back at the franchise’s greatest moments and rivalries. Episodes feature current players and legends in an up close and candid storytelling setting. Players and legends like Eli Manning, Mark Bavaro and Lawrence Taylor discuss their Big Blue careers, greatest moments and Super Bowl titles.

  • Mon., Dec. 22, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

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  • Mon., Dec. 22, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

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  • Tue., Dec. 23, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

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  • Tue., Dec. 23, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

    Big Blue Kickoff Live is the fans way to talk to the insiders at the Giants. The sixty minute live daily show is hosted by a rotating panel of experts and insiders talking the latest Giants news and information. Our hosts take your calls and twitter questions about the Big Blue. John Schmeelk, Lance Medow, Anita Marks and Paul Dottino are joined by analysts Shaun O’Hara and Roman Oben to break down each week’s game, and get your opinion on the New York Giants. Participate by calling in at 201-939-4513 or by sending questions to #giantschat

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  • Tue., Dec. 23, 2014 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM EST Live Giants Rewind

    The Giants most recent game broken down and condensed into 30 minutes with Bob Papa and Carl Banks premieres every Tuesday night. Exclusive camera angles and player interviews tell the “inside story” of the game. Bob and Carl break down the key plays that changed the game and decided the outcome.

  • Wed., Dec. 24, 2014 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST Live Press Conference Live

    The Wednesday, “Giants Press Conference Live” show is hosted each week by Paul Dottino and Roman Oben. The show starts with Coach Tom Coughlin’s press conference “live” from the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Giants’ fans get all the critical insight from Coach Coughlin, all-access interviews with the players in the locker room and exclusive highlights from practice.

  • Wed., Dec. 24, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

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  • Wed., Dec. 24, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

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Coaches

David Merritt, Sr.
Secondary Coach/Safeties

Biography

David Merritt is in his 11th season on the Giants’ coaching staff and his ninth as the team’s secondary coach/safeties. He joins Pat Flaherty and Jerry Palmieri as the only assistant coaches who have been with the Giants for Tom Coughlin’s entire tenure as head coach.


In 2013, safety Antrel Rolle was again one of the Giants’ best and most valuable players. Rolle led the Giants in tackles for the third straight season, finishing with 106 stops (85 solo), the third time in four seasons with the Giants that he had at least 100 tackles. Rolle was named second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press and he played in his third Pro Bowl. Merritt overcame the preseason loss of Stevie Brown (knee surgery) and molded a unit that helped the Giants finish eighth in the NFL in total defense and 10th against the pass. Will Hill started 10 of the last 12 games and became one of the defense’s most productive players. On Dec. 22 in Detroit, Hill had nine solo tackles and an interception of a Matthew Stafford pass he returned 38 yards for a touchdown with 4:57 remaining. The score tied the game and the Giants won in overtime. The safeties helped the Giants finish sixth in the NFL in defensive quarterback efficiency, holding opposing quarterbacks to a 78.3 passer rating.


In 2012, Rolle and Brown were two of the top performers on the Giants’ defense. Rolle led the Giants with 104 tackles (85 solo). He was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his work in a Week 6 victory in San Francisco, where he intercepted two Alex Smith passes in the third quarter, returning the first to the 49ers’ 12-yard line and the second to the five-yard line. Both takeaways led to Giants field goals. Rolle also tied Prince Amukamara and Michael Boley for the team lead with six unassisted tackles.


Brown intercepted eight passes, the most by a Giant since Willie Williams had 10 in 1968. His 307 interception return yards broke the former Giants’ single-season record of 251, set by Hall of Famer Emlen Tunnell in 1949 and matched by Dick Lynch in 1963.


Brown was twice selected NFC Defensive Player of the Week. He was honored after his Week 8 performance at Dallas, where he intercepted two passes, recovered a fumble and had six solo tackles in a victory over the Cowboys. Brown was cited a second time after the Giants’ Week 17 rout of Philadelphia, when he had six tackles and, on the fifth play of the game, intercepted a Michael Vick pass and returned it 48 yards to the Eagles’ 26-yard line. Four plays later, Eli Manning threw a touchdown pass to Rueben Randle, and the Giants were on their way to a 42-7 triumph.


In 2011, the safeties were one of the most reliable and consistent units on the Super Bowl champion Giants. Rolle and Deon Grant played in all 20 regular season and postseason games - Rolle started every one – and Kenny Phillips missed only one. The three safeties were often on the field at the same time. Rolle led the team with 96 tackles and intercepted two passes, Phillips had 72 tackles and four picks and Grant had 58 tackles, an interception and a sack.


The safeties were the most improved unit on the team in 2010. Rolle and Grant – newcomers that year - teamed with Phillips (who missed most of the previous season after undergoing knee surgery) – to form a versatile and productive trio. Rolle started all 16 games, was the Giants’ second-leading tackler with 100, and was voted to the NFC Pro Bowl team. Phillips started 15 games and had 88 tackles. Grant had eight starts and, like Rolle, was often deployed close to the line of scrimmage. He had 68 tackles. The Giants were ranked seventh in the NFL in total defense and ninth in pass defense that season.


In 2009, Merritt molded a functioning safety unit after Phillips was lost for the season following the second game because of knee surgery. Five different players started at safety for the Giants that year, including converted cornerback Aaron Ross. Despite the shuffling, the Giants were ranked 15th in the NFL in pass defense.


Merritt has demonstrated a knack for developing players who were not highly-touted entering the NFL. When the Giants won the NFC East title in 2008, the starting safeties were Michael Johnson, a seventh-round draft choice, and James Butler, who joined the team as an undrafted free agent. That season, Johnson and Butler tied for second on the team with 76 tackles apiece. They also combined for five interceptions.


In the Giants’ 2007 Super Bowl season, one of the team’s best defensive players was free safety Gibril Wilson, who arrived as a fifth-round draft choice. Wilson led the club with 33 postseason tackles, was second with 96 regular season tackles, and was one of the top free agent safeties in 2008.


Merritt assumed his current position prior to the 2006 season. In 2005, he was the Giants’ defensive assistant coach. The previous year, he had the additional title of quality control coach. Merritt was hired by Coughlin on Jan. 26, 2004 after spending three seasons with the Jets as a defensive assistant/linebackers coach.


Before joining the Jets, Merritt coached at the collegiate level for four seasons. In 1997, he was the outside linebackers coach at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. The following year, Merritt moved to the Virginia Military Institute, where he coached the defensive ends and outside linebackers for one season and the defensive line for two.


A linebacker, Merritt was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1993. He played for the Arizona Cardinals from 1993-96 and for the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe in 1997. Merritt was an All-ACC linebacker at North Carolina State in 1992, when he led the conference in tackles. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from N.C. State.


In 2012, Merritt was a member of the inaugural class of the Millbrook (N.C.) High School Sports Hall of Fame.


Merritt and his wife, Yolonda, have three sons, David Jr., Devin and Dawson, and a daughter, Drayah. He also has an older daughter, Nkechi (Kiki), who lives in Atlanta.

David Merritt is in his 11th season on the Giants’ coaching staff and his ninth as the team’s secondary coach/safeties. He joins Pat Flaherty and Jerry Palmieri as the only assistant coaches who have been with the Giants for Tom Coughlin’s entire tenure as head coach.


In 2013, safety Antrel Rolle was again one of the Giants’ best and most valuable players. Rolle led the Giants in tackles for the third straight season, finishing with 106 stops (85 solo), the third time in four seasons with the Giants that he had at least 100 tackles. Rolle was named second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press and he played in his third Pro Bowl. Merritt overcame the preseason loss of Stevie Brown (knee surgery) and molded a unit that helped the Giants finish eighth in the NFL in total defense and 10th against the pass. Will Hill started 10 of the last 12 games and became one of the defense’s most productive players. On Dec. 22 in Detroit, Hill had nine solo tackles and an interception of a Matthew Stafford pass he returned 38 yards for a touchdown with 4:57 remaining. The score tied the game and the Giants won in overtime. The safeties helped the Giants finish sixth in the NFL in defensive quarterback efficiency, holding opposing quarterbacks to a 78.3 passer rating.


In 2012, Rolle and Brown were two of the top performers on the Giants’ defense. Rolle led the Giants with 104 tackles (85 solo). He was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his work in a Week 6 victory in San Francisco, where he intercepted two Alex Smith passes in the third quarter, returning the first to the 49ers’ 12-yard line and the second to the five-yard line. Both takeaways led to Giants field goals. Rolle also tied Prince Amukamara and Michael Boley for the team lead with six unassisted tackles.


Brown intercepted eight passes, the most by a Giant since Willie Williams had 10 in 1968. His 307 interception return yards broke the former Giants’ single-season record of 251, set by Hall of Famer Emlen Tunnell in 1949 and matched by Dick Lynch in 1963.


Brown was twice selected NFC Defensive Player of the Week. He was honored after his Week 8 performance at Dallas, where he intercepted two passes, recovered a fumble and had six solo tackles in a victory over the Cowboys. Brown was cited a second time after the Giants’ Week 17 rout of Philadelphia, when he had six tackles and, on the fifth play of the game, intercepted a Michael Vick pass and returned it 48 yards to the Eagles’ 26-yard line. Four plays later, Eli Manning threw a touchdown pass to Rueben Randle, and the Giants were on their way to a 42-7 triumph.


In 2011, the safeties were one of the most reliable and consistent units on the Super Bowl champion Giants. Rolle and Deon Grant played in all 20 regular season and postseason games - Rolle started every one – and Kenny Phillips missed only one. The three safeties were often on the field at the same time. Rolle led the team with 96 tackles and intercepted two passes, Phillips had 72 tackles and four picks and Grant had 58 tackles, an interception and a sack.


The safeties were the most improved unit on the team in 2010. Rolle and Grant – newcomers that year - teamed with Phillips (who missed most of the previous season after undergoing knee surgery) – to form a versatile and productive trio. Rolle started all 16 games, was the Giants’ second-leading tackler with 100, and was voted to the NFC Pro Bowl team. Phillips started 15 games and had 88 tackles. Grant had eight starts and, like Rolle, was often deployed close to the line of scrimmage. He had 68 tackles. The Giants were ranked seventh in the NFL in total defense and ninth in pass defense that season.


In 2009, Merritt molded a functioning safety unit after Phillips was lost for the season following the second game because of knee surgery. Five different players started at safety for the Giants that year, including converted cornerback Aaron Ross. Despite the shuffling, the Giants were ranked 15th in the NFL in pass defense.


Merritt has demonstrated a knack for developing players who were not highly-touted entering the NFL. When the Giants won the NFC East title in 2008, the starting safeties were Michael Johnson, a seventh-round draft choice, and James Butler, who joined the team as an undrafted free agent. That season, Johnson and Butler tied for second on the team with 76 tackles apiece. They also combined for five interceptions.


In the Giants’ 2007 Super Bowl season, one of the team’s best defensive players was free safety Gibril Wilson, who arrived as a fifth-round draft choice. Wilson led the club with 33 postseason tackles, was second with 96 regular season tackles, and was one of the top free agent safeties in 2008.


Merritt assumed his current position prior to the 2006 season. In 2005, he was the Giants’ defensive assistant coach. The previous year, he had the additional title of quality control coach. Merritt was hired by Coughlin on Jan. 26, 2004 after spending three seasons with the Jets as a defensive assistant/linebackers coach.


Before joining the Jets, Merritt coached at the collegiate level for four seasons. In 1997, he was the outside linebackers coach at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. The following year, Merritt moved to the Virginia Military Institute, where he coached the defensive ends and outside linebackers for one season and the defensive line for two.


A linebacker, Merritt was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1993. He played for the Arizona Cardinals from 1993-96 and for the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe in 1997. Merritt was an All-ACC linebacker at North Carolina State in 1992, when he led the conference in tackles. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from N.C. State.


In 2012, Merritt was a member of the inaugural class of the Millbrook (N.C.) High School Sports Hall of Fame.


Merritt and his wife, Yolonda, have three sons, David Jr., Devin and Dawson, and a daughter, Drayah. He also has an older daughter, Nkechi (Kiki), who lives in Atlanta.

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