New York Giants Slide Further As Ogletree Calls Players Only Meeting

New York Giants, Alec Ogletree

It’s not a great thing when a team is in a position where they have to call players only meetings. It’s not something that happens when things are going well for a team – the Patriots, Chiefs, Ravens, and any number of other good teams aren’t having their own players only meetings right now, halfway through the season. But the New York Giants are.

According to NJ Advance Media, outside linebacker Alec Ogletree felt the need to call one following the team’s loss against the Detroit Lions. The meeting, of course, follows a result that has led to heavy criticism of head coach Pat Shurmur, who hasn’t offered much improvement from week to week and hasn’t led the Giants to anything during the last two seasons except for a firmer place among the league’s rebuilding teams.

Shurmur has a decent collection of young players and players in their prime on this team, whether that’s Saquon Barkley, Daniel Jones, or others, but has seemed to only get the minimum out of them in terms of production – Jones has had some success amid mixed performances in his rookie season, but it’s been weeks since it’s felt like the Giants have actually been in a position to perform competitively because of Jones.

And now, it’s gotten to the point where players are taking things into their own hands. A players only meeting, after all, wouldn’t be needed on a team where the head coach was trusted enough to sort out things like the current losing streak on his own.

Is Shurmur on the hot seat? Possibly. There’s been a grace period, but the Giants are a demanding team to coach for, and fans expect some improvement between years. So far, however, the Giants have barely shown that they’re a better team than they were last year despite making improvements to the roster.

When the talent level of the players improves and the results are about the same, the coaching is often the next thing to take the blame. And this recent development following the Lions game is just the latest thing to worsen Pat Shurmur’s case for keeping the job when this season is all said and done.

Why The New York Yankees Should Resign Didi Gregorius

New York Yankees, Didi Gregorius

After a disappointing 2019 season, there’s a lot of speculation to whether the New York Yankees will resign shortstop Didi Gregorius. He’s finally a free agent, but many fans say that the team should let him walk. I think that the Yankees would really regret letting him go, and here’s why:

Perfect Swing

I know it’s one of the most basic and cliche things to say about a lefty, but Didi really does have a perfect swing for Yankee Stadium. He usually pulls the ball, and with the short porch in left, it doesn’t take much for the ball to go out.

Losing him would really affect the run production at home.

Tommy John

Didi missed the first two and a half months of the season due to undergoing Tommy John surgery. He never really got a Spring Training like the other guys, and he also just wore out at the end of the season.

If he had a full offseason to prepare, he would of played a lot better. He only had a few weeks of training to get ready for the season, and that’s not nearly enough for a pro player.

Great Glove And Smarts

Didi has a really good glove and is a smart player. He had a .979 fielding percentage in 2019, just six total errors and most were early on.

He’s a great base-runner and always knows where to throw the ball in the field. On offense, he is very disciplined and doesn’t chase a lot compared to his teammates.

Helps Solve First Base Problem

By keeping Didi Gregorius, it helps solve the first base dilemma. Didi and Gleyber would be up the middle while DJ LeMahieu would get most of the starts at first.

First base is where DJ played in the postseason, and he played magnificent. Maybe the Yankees trade Luke Voit and Greg Bird while keeping Mike Ford for lefty power.

Overall, I think that the Yankees would really benefit from resigning Didi Gregorius. He’s in the prime of his career and still has a lot of potential. I would only not sign him if he wants an unreasonable amount of money.

New York Giants: Proof Pat Shurmur is losing his team

New York Giants, Janoris Jenkins

If the October 29 trade deadline didn’t cause enough emotional trouble for players on the block, losing to one of the worst teams in football doesn’t help either. The New York Giants fell to the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon 26-31, and after the game, it was clear that the locker room is close to falling apart.

Head coach Pat Shurmur was asked about rookie quarterback Daniel Jones being hit, and he shot back at a reporter, “wasn’t his fault he got  f****** hit.” He quickly apologized for his unprofessional response, but the reality is, the Giants’ head coach is quickly becoming overwhelmed with frustration.

Soon after Shurmur burst out, veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who has been involved in trade rumors stated:

“Tuesday’s my birthday. I don’t give a f*** what they do. I’ll just come and play football like I do every week. So whatever happens, happens.”

When players and coaches cannot control their outbursts to the media, it takes away from the culture of the locker room and team. General manager Dave Gettleman will be upset with Shurmur for his lack of professionalism after the game, and especially for throwing the offensive line under the bus and failing to take responsibility for the lackluster play of his team.

Building a culture takes time and consistency, and the Giants are already unraveling after 1-1/2 seasons. This is concerning given they’re less than two seasons into a rebuild, and the head coach is setting a lousy example after a tough loss is unacceptable.

The New York Giants need their veterans to step up:

Jenkins stated that the team will be holding a players-only meeting this week ahead of their week nine matchup against the Dallas Cowboys at home. Desperately in need of a win, the players need to rise to the occasion and force themselves out of a funk that could result in the demise of the locker room once again.

New York Mets: Eduardo Perez vs Tim Bogar

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Reports suggest the New York Mets are leaning towards hiring Eduardo Perez as their next manager. Other reports say the search is not quite complete. Tim Bogar is still high up on the totem pole of potential managers.

Rumors state Perez could have the job within the next couple of days. Half the teams who were searching for new managers have already made their hirings. It has featured an interesting mix of experienced and brand new managers. The biggest issue surrounding the future Mets manager is the unknown amount of power they will receive.

Mickey Callaway Finds a Job

Former Mets manager Mickey Callaway has moved on to the Angels as their new pitching coach under new manager Joe Maddon. Callaway came into the Mets organization as a “pitching guru” but it never quite showed through his two years in Queens. Callaway played two seasons in LA when Maddon was their bench coach and should be able to help out a weak Angels pitching staff.

The new Mets manager will have an interesting relationship with Brodie Van Wagenen and Jeff Wilpon, much like Callaway. Since Terry Collins was replaced, we have seen their increased involvement in every aspect of the team. This led to Callaway garnering criticism he may not have deserved.

The one thing Van Wagenen and Wilpon will not have any input in is the clubhouse atmosphere. Perez is known for his great character throughout baseball. He has a very extensive background in the game and is one of the best baseball personalities the Mets could interview.

The on field decisions is a different discussion. Perez certainly has the knowledge to manage, but will the front office trust him enough to leave him alone?

 

New York Giants: Former Giant Pierre-Paul An Inspiration to All

New York Giants, Jason Pierre, Paul

Former New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was a force to be reckoned with taking down opposing teams with vigor and agility and even though he may be with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his dynamism and endurance have not changed one bit!  For his intensity and skills, he received a spot on the NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2018.

What really speaks about Pierre-Paul is his love and appreciation for life! Pierre-Paul is a very friendly person and is so down-to-earth with everybody he meets.  As soon as he enters a place he commands it with his effervescence and good spirit!  His smile can light up the whole room.

No matter what adversity he faces, Pierre-Paul handles everything life throws at him with grace and respect.  He takes any negativity and spins it in a positive way.  Pierre-Paul is an inspiration to all and an embodiment of how we can all choose to see the good in life.  Through his Instagram posts, Pierre-Paul tries and uplifts others by letting us all know that we all have the power to live our best lives possible.

Pierre-Paul is a dedicated husband to his incredibly supportive wife, Louise and an amazing father to his precious kids, Josiah and Joline and values his family over everything.  He and his wife have a bond that is unbreakable, as they are truly best friends.  It is so heartwarming to see how they make each other so happy and have such a beautiful dynamic!  He considers all of them his gifts and a true blessing and it shows.

With each and every opportunity Pierre-Paul embarks on, he does it with such heart and determination and always gives it his all.  He is a role model in every sense of the word and strives at being the best husband, father, teammate, and person he could be!

Pierre-Paul serves as a true testament to the fact that when we remove ourselves from all of the negativity, we can truly shine!  He always stands tall and handles everything with pure positivity!  He has a beautiful outlook on life and cherishes every day his eyes open and makes you feel that way too!  His gratefulness and appreciation for life are one we all should adopt!  Pierre-Paul is truly special, not just for what he does on the field, but off of it as well!

New York Giants: Daniel Jones Proving He Was the Right Choice

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

When the New York Giants drafted Quarterback Daniel Jones with the No. 6 overall pick last April, many questioned the selection. The majority of fans wanted a different QB, Dwayne Haskins, a 6’4″ gun-slinger from Ohio State. Haskins, who started 14 games for the Buckeyes in 2018, was the clear-cut No. 2 QB in the draft according to many. So when the Giants took Daniel Jones, a player who threw only two more touchdowns in three seasons than Haskins threw in one, it looked as though Big Blue had made a mistake. But through week seven of this season, it looks as though the Giants actually made the correct selection. Haskins’ struggles and Jones’ success are proving that the Giants made the right choice at QB, and here’s why:

How Dwayne Haskins’ Struggles and Daniel Jones’ Success have Proved the Giants Made the Right Choice:

Dwayne Haskins’ struggles

Haskins has appeared in two games this season, neither of them being starts. In those two games, he has thrown for 140 yards, completed 54.5% of his passes, and tossed four interceptions. He has a passer rating of 36.4, the lowest of any player with at least 20 pass attempts. He is yet to throw or run for his first NFL touchdown. Nothing has been going well for the No. 15 overall pick in last year’s draft.

As mentioned above, Haskins has not made a start for Washington yet. This is another red flag, as it brings to question if he was even ready to make the jump to the NFL. On a team that boasts Case Keenum as the starting QB, it doesn’t take much to earn the keys to the offense. It is clear Haskins still has a great amount of work to do before he is ready to be a starting QB in the NFL.

Daniel Jones’ Success

Jones took over the offense in week three when he was named the starter. Since that day, he has shown flashes that the Giants might have chosen the best QB in the 2019 draft. Through five games, he has thrown for 1,144 yards, completed 61.1% of his passes, and has accounted for eight total touchdowns.  He has also made a number of mistakes though, including seven interceptions and six fumbles. Yet during every game, he makes multiple plays that prove he is on the path to being a franchise quarterback.

The Giants were under fire when they selected Jones before Haskins last April. But to this point in their respective careers, it is clear that not only Jones is the better player, but that the Giants made the right choice by taking him over Haskins.

New York Giants: Former Giant Marcus Harris is SOUPer

New York Giants, Golden Tate

Former New York Giant wide receiver Marcus Harris may be out of football but the game is still in him.

He is always seen posting workout videos and working towards his goals. He never gives up, no matter how difficult life becomes or how many hardships and tribulations he faces.  He uses this as a source of power and determination. Harris always remains positive through it all as well. His personality is so effervescent and he just booms with life. When looking at his TwitHis Twitter biography alone lets you see just how pure he is.  It states “Love is my religion…#Blessed”. And that is something that is true. Harris is full of love and spreads so much cheer and joy to his followers and beyond. Each and every day no matter what he faces, he tweets something uplifting whether it be a quote or a song lyric, he brightens his followers days.  He also never has anything negative to say about his troubles, seeing them as a sort of guidance and is always thankful through it all. Harris is also not a bad sport and constantly supported each and every one of his fellow teammates and showed tremendous respects for his opponents as well.

Harris is also extremely kind to his fans both in person and through social media.  During training camp, he was always so pleasant and made sure each fan got an autograph, a picture or both.  When someone tweets him, he responds either with a favorite, a retweet or a reply or all three. While some may consider that simple to a fan that can truly make their day.  To top it all off, Harris calls his fans friends because he considers them just that and treats them in that way. His followers actually feel like they are his friends and it does not feel like an athlete and spectator.  He gets on a more personal, deeper level with you instead. It really is no wonder why he has such a strong following and so many supporters who constantly use the hashtag TeamSoup.

Even though the journey has been anything but easy, by looking at Harris you would never know it.  He always remains happy and upbeat through it all and even inspires and helps others. He has participated in football camps for youth and has done other charitable ventures such as donating toys and other goods to the underprivileged during the holidays with fellow teammate and absolute sweetheart, Julian Talley.  In his spare time, he gardens and shows his progress to his followers. He also is into fashion and has a clothing line. Harris is an amazing player and an all-around great guy and it was an honor to have met him and for him to have been part of the New York Giants!

Former New York Giant Akeem is on the Hunt

New York Giants, Daniel Jones, Jon Hilliman

Former New York Giant Akeem Hunt is working hard to find the opportunity he so very deserves!

Hunt is so very versatile when it comes to the game of football and can make great plays as a running back and on special teams.  He can run routes with such agility and speed and has the footwork to be a great blocker.  He is very adept when it comes to being a play maker-whether it be on offense, special teams or even defense!

No matter what life throws his way, Hunt handles everything by working hard and trying to be the best he could possibly be!  Whenever adversity comes his way, he stands tall.  When things may not work out in the game of football, Hunt perseveres and goes back to training, forging the path to greatness!

Hunt is so very grateful and appreciative of every single opportunity he is given and works to prove himself each and every time he gets out on that field.  No matter what team he is with, he shows his gratitude for the organization as a whole and the fans.  He has the skills and the talent to be great but what sets him apart from the rest is his heart and drive.

Hunt is a pillar of positivity and is always spreading good vibes to all.  He always posts such positive quotes that truly make my day!  His outlook on life is truly infectious!  He is kind and so very nice to each and every fan, which makes it a no-brainer to want to root and support him.

Being close to his mother, Hunt’s number one goal in life is to “retire momma”.  With his determination and outlook on life, Hunt’s dream will most certainly come true!  He is a family man through and through and it shows!

His clothing line, S.O.O.N. which stands for Superior Out of Nothing, serves as a way to spread good vibes to all.  He makes us all believe in ourselves and know that with hard work and determination success will surely come our way.  Hunt uplifts all through his clothing line and beyond.  His faith is what leads him to be a source of strength for others.

Hunt is truly special and such a beacon of light.  He is an inspiration to all and a role model.  There are honestly not enough good things to say about Hunt, both as a player and person!  No matter what team he may be on, he represents them well!  He is a class act and I hold the utmost respect and admiration for him!  He makes you proud to be a fan of his!

New York Knicks: Dennis Smith Jr. falling down the depth chart

New York Knicks, Dennis Smith Jr.

After the New York Knicks fell to the Boston Celtics, 118-95, one reality became apparent. Point guard Dennis Smith Jr. is not mentally prepared or physically capable of being a starter in New York.

Hopefully, Smith will break out of his cold-streak sooner rather than later, but his inability to impact games positively through three games is hugely disappointing. Over 11 minutes on Saturday night, Smith went 0-for-3 from the field, scoring zero points. His -15 +/- on the night ranked third-worst on the night behind Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier.

The former Maverick’s defense was putrid and his offense even worse, and that could result in him dropping down the depth chart behind Elfrid Payton and Frank Ntilikina. His body language after being pulled late in the game was a clear indication of his frustration, which was also noticed during his time in Dallas.

Can the New York Knicks extract the most out of Dennis Smith Jr.?

Smith spent the entire summer of 2019 working on his jump shot in an attempt to improve his offensive production. This was meant to ensure he won’t the starting point guard job and help elevate a position that has been a weakness for the Knicks for quite some time.

While Smith does have elite athleticism and speed, his mental attributes are weak. Bad shot selection, lousy court vision, etc. The young Knick has plenty of potentials, but he must overcome his wrongdoings. Improving his mentality and efficiency in the categories mentioned should be a priority.

“I feel like I’m in a space right now, I look at everything as nothing happens to me, it happens for me,” Smith said, according to Newsday. “That’s just how I’m moving.

“That’s the only thing that I’m missing right now, continuing to know that the next one is going to fall,” he said. “That’s the only thing missing. Other than that everything is good.

The changes he made weren’t significant this offseason, but just enough to help improve his game.

“[I’m confident] because the tweaks I made weren’t anything major, not like that. I know that it works because I shot the ball really well this summer. I shot it well coming into training camp. I know it works. It’s just taking me time to get back to it.”

New York Giants: Dave Gettleman has a big decision on Pat Shurmur looming

New York Giants, Pat Shurmur

When New York Giants ownership hired Dave Gettleman to act as the general manager of the organization, he had the ability to choose his next head coach, and ultimately a coach that would be integral in rebuilding the franchise from top to bottom.

In year two of the rebuild, the team is sitting at 2-5 with plenty of talent on offense and a quality young core on defense. Some positions are more prevalent than others, but the team is moving in the right direction, nonetheless. The offense is stacked full of talent at most positions, and the Giants have their rookie quarterback in Daniel Jones at the helm. However, coaching mistakes and lack of time management has been the demise of the team in recent weeks, especially in the loss to the Arizona Cardinals last weekend.

Falling to Arizona exposed several deficiencies and how important good coaching is the winning games, and Shurmur hurt the team in numerous ways. Calling a draw play on 3rd-and-18 and letting Darius Slayton return a kick out of the endzone in the pouring rain with no timeouts are two that caught my eye.

Success starts with the head coach, and Shurmur’s inability to manage the game correctly puts the team at a disadvantage right off the bat. This doesn’t mean he cannot further develop his game and become a quality coach, but his decisions have been questionable thus far.

The New York Giants need to proceed with caution:

If the New York Giants continue to lose games and show signs of regression, Gettleman will have to decide on the head coach. Keeping him after losing more than 65% of games in two seasons is hugely concerning, and it should force the Giants brass to make a difficult decision on whether to let him go.

The remainder of the season is vital for Shurmur to justify he has the team moving in the right direction. For the sake of argument — Shurmur is working with a young quarterback and a lack of talent on defense, which makes winning difficult, but good coaches find ways to put their team in the best position to win. Eliminating mental mistakes should be a priority for Shurmur because he’s running out of time to prove he’s a capable option.