The regular season may be over, but there is still a ton going on around the New York Giants. Here are some of the big stories surrounding the Giants from Tuesday, January 14.
Tyree's 'Helmet Catch' ranked as one of ESPN's top NFL postseason plays
ESPN put together a panel of NFL experts to rank the best postseason plays of the Super Bowl era. It should come as no surprise that one of the top plays was David Tyree's famous helmet catch against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. With the Giants down 14-10 with just over one minute remaining, Eli Manning escaped several sack attempts and completed a pass 32 yards downfield to Tyree, who caught the pass by pinning the ball on his helmet. The Giants would go on to score a touchdown and emerged with the victory, 17-10.
As ESPN wrote on what the play meant to NFL history, Tyree's amazing catch "kept alive the Giants' improbable winning drive and allowed the undefeated 1972 Dolphins to pop some corks. Yeah, the Giants beating New England ended the Patriots' epic season, one in which they won their first 18 games before losing in the Super Bowl. Oh, and those Dolphins? They are still the only team to go unbeaten and untied in a season at 17-0. Manning, who was nearly sacked three times on the play, called it the "luckiest" play in NFL history."
Judge sits down for Q&A with Steve Serby
New Giants head coach Joe Judge sat down with Steve Serby of the New York Post for a Q&A on everything from his influences to his coaching philosophies to why he thinks he is the right coach to turn the team around. Here are just a few questions from Judge's interview with Serby.
Q: What adjectives would you use to describe yourself?
A: You probably gotta ask other people. I could just tell you that I'm very committed, I'm very urgent, I'm very honest and I'm very loyal. If you work hard for me, I'll have your back forever. I'm gonna be honest to ya, I'm not gonna waste time trying to confuse you with anything but the truth.
Q: What drives you?
A: I'm most driven through the teamwork of people knowing that people are dependent upon you to do your job. And I think that peer pressure of knowing that you have to do your job in order for someone else to be successful in theirs is the best motivation.
Q: Why are you the right man for this immense job in this huge city?
A: At this point, I'm very humbled and I'm focused on getting everything built to hold this organization to the principles and values that they hold dear. I want to get our team on one accord with one vision going forward.
Q: This team hasn't won in a while. How do you break a losing habit?
A: This is a blank slate. Every year is different, every team is different. And we're starting the season off, and the focus is day by day doing what you do to be fundamentally sound and to be able to play together as one unit.
PFF says Williams undervalued compared to 2019 sack total
Leonard Williams collected just 0.5 registered sacks this past season. However, according to Pro Football Focus, the 25-year-old's success as a pass rusher was actually much better than his numbers showed.
Williams finished the year with a 11.3% pressure rate. Among the 87 interior defenders with at least 200 pass rushing snaps, this ranked 13th. The 6-foot-5, 302-pound defensive lineman also led the position with 19 quarterback hits. As PFF mentioned, if Williams would have been able to get to the quarterback just a few fractions of a second faster on some of those plays, his sack numbers would have looked a lot different.
While his sack totals were low in 2019, Williams showed the ability to get to the quarterback in his first four NFL seasons. From 2015-2018, Williams put together campaigns with sack numbers of 3.0, 7.0, 2.0 and 5.0. If he is re-signed this offseason, the Giants' interior DL group of Williams, Dexter Lawrence, Dalvin Tomlinson and B.J. Hill would be one of the deepest in the league.
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