New York Rangers, NHL, can handle players testing positive for COVID-19 when games resume

New York Rangers

When the New York Rangers open their training camp with the rest of the NHL on July 10, players who should test positive for COVID-19 will not result in a massive shut down of the NHL per a statement by Commissioner Gary Bettman.

The Commissioner was a guest on an ESPN special airing Monday night.  In the interview hosted by Mike Greenberg,  reported by Andrew Gross of Newsday, Bettman along with other sports league leaders talked about how their sports are planning on returning to play following the suspension of games issued in early March.

Bettman told Greenberg, “If there’s one positive test, – again, this will be under the strict guidance of the medical people- that person will be isolated and we will be monitoring anybody, through contact tracing, that was in close proximity. Obviously for any sport, if you have a major outbreak it’s going to change everything. But we’re being told that an isolated case or a couple of isolated cases shouldn’t interfere with the plans and we should be able to move forward.”

The Rangers have begun voluntary workouts at their team facility in Tarrytown, NY. when the league began Phase 2 of their Return to Play plans on June 8. Chris Kreider, Adam Fox, Marc Staal, Brendan Lemieux, and Artemi Panarin have been on the ice in different sessions with more to follow as players find their way back to New York.

Once the league begins the playoffs, testing will be of the utmost importance, with the NHL commissioner stating that the league will test all players and members of the 24 teams participating daily. That is approximately 25,000-30,000 administered tests.

The Rangers won’t know where they will be playing their games until sometime in July with the NHL and NHLPA still discussing different venues. Las Vegas has been a popular mention for a hub city. The NHL still would like to have a hub city come out of Canada, but that may be a difficult trick to pull off if the Canadian government insists on a 14-day quarantine once players head to their country.

“If players would have to quarantine for 14 days between training camp and going to the hub, that wouldn’t work,” Bettman told Greenberg.

There are so many issues yet to be decided before the league is able to begin the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but they have time on their side. The NHL is willing to extend this current season well into October or November if need be. The NHL realizes fans won’t be able to attend games in such places as Madison Square Garden or any other NHL arenas for a long period of time.

The league is willing to sacrifice the start of the 2020-2021 season until December or even January 2021 if they feel they can have fans attend games next season.

In the meantime, The Blueshirts will continue to hold voluntary workouts and begin to recall all of their players across the United States and overseas to retune home in the next weeks or so. Some like Henrik Lundqvist and Mika Zibanejad will have to sit in a 14-day quarantine when they arrive from their home countries per CDC and state guidelines.

Igor Shesterkin and his teammates are scheduled to face the Carolina Hurricanes in their Qualifying Round when the season returns to play.

Watching Rangers hockey and their chance to make a run at the Stankey Cup is a great thought, but there can be several issues that could derail their journey. The team will have to follow the guidelines and hope that the emergence of the pandemic doesn’t return.

BREAKING NEWS: MLB likely to cancel season

In a wild turn of events, it’s very likely that the 2020 Major League Baseball season will not happen. League Commissioner Rob Manfred told ESPN that he is “not confident” that there will be a 2020 season.

“Unfortunately, I can’t tell you that I’m a 100% certain that’s gonna happen,” said Manfred. This comes after he promised that there will be a baseball season in some capacity during Wednesday’s MLB draft.

The league sent the Players Association a letter today saying that unless the MLBPA waives potential grievances, then there won’t be a season, reported Bill Shaikin.

Throughout the entire pandemic, and especially the past week, players have told the league that they are ready to go. “Just tell us when and where,” said many players.

All of this comes after a long money struggle between the players and owners. The players have requested prorated salaries all along, while the owners have been very reluctant to pay them. Owners wanted to pay the players significantly less than prorated salaries.

The players have stood firm on prorated salaries and made the owners be more reasonable with their offers. They don’t care about how long the season is, they just want to make sure they have their prorated salaries.

And it isn’t like the owners can’t afford the salaries. The billionaire owners would only undergo a one year revenue loss, and it’s something that could be made up in 2021 once fans return to the stands.

This is certainly disappointing for baseball, and hopefully it’s something that can be worked out. While the news of the likely cancelation is currently unofficial, things sure seem to be heading that way.

WNBA unveils their plan for a Florida-based return

The WNBA rolled out a plan for return on Monday, which involves players getting 100 percent of their salaries and social justice initiatives.

The WNBA is inching closer to tip-off after a Monday announcement, in which the league revealed that it is closing in on an agreement to stage a 22-game season without fans at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Players are set to receive their full 2020 salary and benefits, according to WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert.

“We are finalizing a season start plan to build on the tremendous momentum generated in the league during the offseason and have used the guiding principles of health and safety of players and essential staff to establish necessary and extensive protocols,” Engelbert said in a statement. “We will continue to consult with medical experts and public health officials as well as players, team owners and other stakeholders as we move forward with our execution plan.”

“Despite the disruption caused by the global pandemic to our 2020 season, the WNBA and its Board of Governors believe strongly in supporting and valuing the elite women athletes who play in the WNBA, and therefore, players will receive their full pay and benefits during the 2020 season.”

The WNBA’s 24th season of competition was originally scheduled to begin on May 15 but was indefinitely delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. A virtual draft was help without incident in April with the New York Liberty choosing Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu with the top overall pick. The Washington Mystics are the league’s defending champions, having taken a five-game set from the Connecticut Sun last fall. Over the offseason, the league and its player’s association agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement that includes new benefits such as increased salaries ($68,000 being the new veteran minimum) and full paid maternity leave.

IMG is a private preparatory boarding school and sports training facility based in Bradenton. The 450-acre property will serve as the site for games, practices, and housing for each of the league’s dozen teams. League statements indicate that they will be in constant contact with medical specialists, public health experts, and government officials to ensure the plan can be safely conducted.

The league will also include “a devoted platform led by the players that will aim to support and strengthen both the league and teams’ reach and impact on social justice matters”. Numerous players, including Kia Nurse and Amanda Zahui B of the local Liberty, have spoken in support of the nationwide demonstrations against police brutality against African-Americans. This support will continue on the court if and when the games get rolling in Bradenton.

“The WNBA opposes racism in all its forms, and George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are the latest names in a list of countless others who have been subject to police brutality that stems from the systemic oppression of Black Lives in America,” Engelbert said. “It is our collective responsibility to use our platforms to enact change.”

“In our discussions with the league, we emphasized and they agreed that a strong commitment to a 2020 season will give the WNBA the chance to show the world that it's taking the steps needed to secure our livelihood and well-being, while also providing the opportunity to amplify our collective voice,” WNBPA President and Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike added. “This is not only necessary from a humanitarian perspective, but it may be one of the biggest opportunities that this league has and will ever have.”

While a starting date has not been announced, Engelbert told Doug Feinberg of the Associated Press that she’s hoping that her original target start date of July 24 (six days prior to the tentative resumption of the 2019-20 NBA season in Orlando) “will stick”. A potential postseason would follow the WNBA’s traditional playoff format, in which the top eight teams advance regardless of conference. The top couple earns byes to a best-of-five semifinal round while the first two runners-up get a single bye to the single-elimination quarterfinals. They play the winners of a five vs. eight/six vs. seven single-elimination first round en route to the WNBA Finals.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags 

 

 

 

New York Yankees: Paul O’Neill and the players’ need to always get “more games”

New York Yankees

Right now, uncertainty reigns in the baseball landscape, as the rocky negotiations between the league and the players’ association hasn’t delivered any good news recently. As the country slowly overcomes the COVID-19 pandemic, the primary obstacle for a season to occur seems to be how MLB owners compensate players. Will we see the New York Yankees play this year? The answer is no one knows.

And, as there are no games, players are beginning to appreciate those days in which they would play without any bumps in the road or compensation issues. But as Yankees’ legend Paul O’Neill can teach us, no one knows how to truly appreciate something until it is gone and it will nor return.

MLB.com’s Mike Lupica talked to O’Neill about his last game for the Yankees, which turned out to be Game 7 of the 2001 World Series in Phoenix.

The New York Yankees’ right fielder back then had announced he would be gone after the 2001 season, and the home crowd gave him a huge ovation in Game 5 at the old Yankee Stadium.

“I never thought baseball was lucky to have me,” O’Neill said Sunday. “I always knew how lucky I was to have baseball.”

Three days later, he thought he would be going out in style as the Yankees were defending a lead entering the last inning.

“I went back to the locker room and put my bats in my locker and thought, ‘What a cool way for things to end,’” O’Neill said. “’Mo (Mariano Rivera) will get the last three outs and we’ll win one more Series, and then I’ll go home for good.’”

Then, he laughed.

“You know what I remember even better than putting my bats away for the last time? George Steinbrenner yelling at the guys at Fox who were putting up the stage for the trophy presentation,” he said. “He said they were going to jinx us. And guess what? About 15 minutes later, that stage was gone.”

After a series of broken-bat singles and a couple of outs, Luis Gonzalez’s blooper above derek Jeter’s glove gave the Arizona Diamondbacks the victory. O’Neill and the Yankees went from winners to losers

“We’d always been the ones having that kind of celebration,” O’Neill said. “Now I was watching them do that. It had happened to us as a group before, and killed me both times. We’d watched Junior [Ken Griffey Jr.] score the winning run at the end of Game 5 in ’95. And then in ’97, the Indians came back and beat us on their field in Game 5 of that Division Series. But never in the Series. Just like that, we went from winning to losing.”

O’Neill paused and said, “In the Series, that was the kind of game we’d always won.”

He considered one last dance with the Yankees

He was gone after that fateful night, but as a player, he considered the option of coming back. You see, players always want to get more games.

“Joe Torre called me the next season and asked how long it would take for me to get in shape,” O’Neill said. “They’d had some injuries and some guys had underperformed. Stick [Gene Michael] called, too, and said, ‘This might work out great, you’ve had some time to rest and heal and you’d only have to play half the season.’ That was all it took. All of a sudden, we were on a family vacation and I’m running and throwing and thinking I could do it. Then they decided to sign [Raul] Mondesi, and that was the end of that.”

He was, as it becomes evident by now, eager to return to the New York Yankees. “Even then,” he said, “even after it was over, I was thinking about getting a few more games.”

New York Yankees Legends: Mickey Rivers and Graig Nettles

Mick the Quick the Yankees base stealer

Micky Rivers had a fifteen-year baseball career for three teams, the California Angels, the New York Yankees, and the Texas Rangers. Known to Yankees fans as “Mick the Quick” because of his baserunning speed, he had his best years with the Yankees. While with the Yankees, he was an All-Star and three-time Yankee MVP.

Mickey was born in Miami, Florida, and attended Miami Dade Community College, where he played baseball. He emerged as one of the team stars for his fast base running, ability to steal bases, and his high hitting contact. Being a team star, his teammates were surprised on the day when he didn’t come to base when called. He was found under a nearby tree fast asleep. Mickey was a fun guy and always appreciated by his fellow players.

He was selected by the Braves but started his major league career with the Angels, where he played center field and at times handled the hot corner. As a center fielder, he was praised with this speed and ability to cover a great range. Also, this wasn’t the best. In 1974 and 1975, He led the American League in triples both years and stole a career-high 70 bases in 1975, tops in the American League. In the offseason of 1975-6, he was traded to the Yankees for Bobby Bonds. Rivers had a career year in 1975. Rivers was named to the All-Star team, batted .312, stole 43 bases and posted then-career highs in home runs.

Rivers contributed to two World Series teams for the Yankees in 1977 and 1978. In 1977 he hit to a batting average of .326. Just before the trade deadline in 1979 he was traded to the Texas Rangers. In 1980 he set a single-season hitting a record for the Rangers with 210 hits. Rivers had amazing strike zone recognition and was a great contact leadoff hitter while with the Yankees. Because of his buoyant personality, he was a real Yankee fan favorite during his time with the team. He still attends the Old Timer’s Day at Yankee Stadium.

New York Yankees #1 Third baseman Graig Nettles

For eleven New York Yankee seasons, Graig Nettles graced the hot corner at 3rd base. With unequaled range, cat-like reflexes, and an accurate throwing arm, he was one of the best third basemen in the business for an unbelievable twenty-three years.

Graig Nettles was born on August 20, 1944, in San Diego, His father, who worked as a San Diego police officer for ten years, then became a high-school teacher, was away on active duty in World War II when he was born. He was the second of three sons. His mother, who did not like the names Craig or Greg, combined them to form Graig. He attended San Diego High School, where he played baseball and basketball, excelling in the latter sport and earning a scholarship to San Diego State University. He continued to play both basketball and baseball for the Aztecs, but as he grew and his body filled out, baseball took over as he found power in baseball.

Nettles blossomed into a power hitter while playing semipro ball for the Alaska Goldpanners in Fairbanks in the summer. On the advice of a bird-dog scout, Pete Coscarart, the Minnesota Twins selected Nettles in the fourth round of the June 1965 amateur draft. The following Thanksgiving, he would marry the love of his life, Virginia Mechling, whom he had met while in college at San Diego State. They would eventually have four children, three sons, and a daughter.

A twenty-year love, hate relationship would start between Graig and Billy Martin when he played for the Denver Bears 7-22. Billy Martin was the new manager of the Bears and would frequently yell and scream at Nettles, and it didn’t matter if it was in private, on the field or in the dugout in front of other players. He called Nettles a dummy, among other things.

Nettles had never experienced that type of behavior from a Manager. He outright hated Martin for the first couple of months. But slowly, all that changed when Martin, with his rough treatment of players, turned the Bears into a winning team. Martin was aggressive and had players bunt, steal bases, and perform squeeze plays. Nettle soon saw Martin as a great team leader.

Nettles played solidly all year and was named the Pacific Coast League Rookie of the Year and played on the All-Star team. In his three years in the minors, Nettles had hit 69 home runs and had 169 RBIs. Billy Martin also played Nettles in the outfield, insisting that a player should be able to handle two positions to make it in the majors. Nettles earned a call-up to the Twins in September 1968, and never returned to the minors. He hit a hit in each of his first seven games, five of them for home runs. Nettles was a fastball hitter, but soon learned he would have to learn to hit curves too to be successful. There were only 22 games left in the season, and Nettles ended up hitting a .224 average.

Before the beginning of the 1969 season began, Billy Martin was named manager of the Twins, and Graig and Billy were back together again. 1969 under Martin would see the Twins win the American League West Championship. Nettles played mostly in the outfield, and on occasion, backed up Harmon Killebrew at third base. At the end of the season, the Twins decided that Killebrew was their man and traded Nettles and three other players to the Indians for pitcher Luis Tiant and Stan Williams. Nettles would again be traded this time, to the New York Yankees in 1973.

Manger RalphHouk was pleased with the move and made Nettles the Yankees’ third baseman. Soon after the trade, George Steinbrenner’s group bought the Yankees. Nettles was to become a star in New York. Nettles made his presence felt early in the 1973 season. He clubbed four home runs and drove in seven runs in an Easter Sunday doubleheader at Cleveland. He finished the season with a team-leading 22 home runs. In the first three years of Steinbrenner’s ownership, while the team improved, they didn’t reach the World Series. During the time they picked up the likes of Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, and others.

In 1977 the New York Yankees repeated, defeating the Royals again in the ALCS and this time winning the World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games. Nettles was selected to play in the All-Star Game, was named the top third baseman in the American League, and won a Gold Glove. (He won all three honors again in 1978.) In 1977 and ’78, Nettles had a total of 64 homers, drove in 200 runs, and scored 180 runs. During the 78 season Billy Martin was fired.

The players went on strike over free-agency issues on June 12, 1981, and 713 games across MLB were canceled. Play resumed in August, and a split-season format was adopted, with the first-half division winners playing the second-half victors. The Yankees dispatched Milwaukee in the first round and swept Oakland, managed by Billy Martin, in the League Championship Series. Nettles was named MVP of the LCS after batting .500 with one homer and nine RBIs.

In the World Series, the Yankees won the first two games at home. But Nettles broke his thumb diving for a ball in Game Two and did not play when the series shifted to Los Angeles. The Yankees lost three straight at Dodger Stadium, in LA, all by one run. Nettles came back in Game Six, but the Dodgers thrashed the Yankees and won the Series. The Yankees didn’t get back into the World Series until 1996.

Before the 1982 season, George Steinbrenner named Nettles Captain of the Yankees. The title would be short-lived because Nettles had co-authored a book criticizing the New York Yankee owner for recent losses. Nettles was traded to the Padres. Nettles said after the move that he loved that team and would always be a Yankee.

William Parlee is a member of The Society for American Baseball Research. Follow me on Twitter @parleewilliam

The accompanying photo is of Mickey Rivers, my Nephew Charles Parlee, and Graig Nettles at Yankee Stadium.

New York Mets’ Dominic Smith writes deep personal note on systemic racism

After the death of George Floyd, a black man, in the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis named Derek Chauvin – who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for roughly nine minutes – America has protested for weeks, asking for equality and no more racism. Several sports figures have stepped up and defended the cause, and the latest to do it was New York Mets‘ first baseman/outfielder Dominic Smith.

Smith, the Mets’ first-round pick in the 2013 Draft, went to his personal Twitter account to post a long, meaningful message on Sunday afternoon, telling his own experiences with systemic racism in the country. He knows what it is to be a black man in America and in th world of baseball.

His tweet had the message “Silence kills” and the hashtags of some of the victims of racism, violence and death.

The Mets’ star has a message for you

“As a black man in America, you encounter racism on every level,” he wrote. “Your parents prep you for it. They prep you for routine police stops. They prep you on how to talk to people with respect. When you have one strike against you (your skin color), you have to make the people you come across like you, and you do it with respect, with a smile, with love.

“I didn’t understand it as a kid. I went to predominantly black schools my whole life, so when I got into the real world, it hit me. I saw how we were oppressed firsthand. Whether it’s education, job opportunities, healthcare, mass incarceration, social programs, financial hardship, and more. I saw how I wasn’t equal and treated unfairly because of my skin color.”

One of the New York Mets’ most talented young hitters, Smith is just beginning life in MLB baseball.

He also explained that it’s a duty for people to speak up when they encounter injustice at any level.

“The system has been killing African-Americans and minorities for hundreds of years, and enough is enough!” he said. “I don’t want to fear being stopped by a police officer or looked down (on) because of my skin color! It shouldn’t have taken the death of so many innocent men and women for the world to take notice. And if we didn’t have social media or smartphones, how many more innocent lives would we have lost?

“Silence kills.”

New York Jets are getting a ‘grinder’ and ‘worker’ in Denzel Mims

New York Jets, Denzel Mims

When the New York Jets drafted Denzel Mims out of Baylor with the 59th overall pick, they were looking for a potential No. 1 wide receiver who can help Sam Darnold in the passing game. After losing Robbie Anderson in free agency, supplementing his departure was essential, and Mims fits the bill perfectly.

On the “The Last Stand Podcast” with Brian Cluster, Mims’s former coach Matt Rhule advocated for the Baylor standout. Rhule previously was the head coach for Baylor, having plenty of experience with Deznel on offense and seeing first-hand what he is capable of at the NFL level.

“I grew up in that area, and I know one thing about Jets’ fans: They want toughness,” Rhule said on the podcast. “They want someone who’s going to compete. They want grinders and workers, and that’s what Denzel is… He’s not going to be some guy who’s all about the headlines. He’s a worker.”

It takes a special player to excel in New York, considering the media attention and negativity that is constantly swirling in the air. The media will always try and find a way to slander players and put them down after a bad performance. One bad game can significantly hurt a player’s state of mine, but Mims is in a great position to take advantage of developmental time and a solid young quarterback in Darnold.

Mims is bringing speed, consistency, and toughness at the wide receiver position. His 4.38 40-yard dash at the NFL combine was solic, and at 6-foot-2 and 207 pounds, he has the ideal size to contest balls in the air and remain physical at the line of scrimmage.

His ability as a route runner is exciting and promotes an uptick in efficiency for the Jets on offense. In addition, he is a willing blocker in the run game and puts his body on the line to help expand the field. Le’Veon Bell will undoubtedly benefit from his proactive approach. While dropped passes were a big issue for Mims at Baylor, he cut his total down significantly in 2019.

His issue of dropped passes is way overblown, as he posted an 11.4% drop rate in his career, but cut down that number to 4.3% in 2019, dropping just five passes. In comparison to players like Ceedee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy, he ranked better than both in the category.

New York Yankees land two right-handed pitchers in free agency

New York Yankees, Larry Rothschild

New York Yankees land two right-handed pitchers in free agency:

The New York Yankees have spent the last few days prowling the free-agent market for young pitchers coming out of college. They’ve already grabbed a few arms they can add to the minor league system, one of them being a starter and the other a relief option.

According to the New York Post, the Yankees snagged Carson Coleman. Coleman threw 53.2 innings with the Wildcats in 2019, logging a 4.19 ERA and earning five saves. He landed 81 strikeouts, which is good for a 13.58 SO/9 rate. He will start at the bottom of the minor league system and hopefully work his way up. It is important to note that he is a young arm that went undrafted, so his probability of success remains low but crazier things have happened then an underdog player reaching the majors.

Despite going undrafted, Coleman return to the UK after passing on joining the Tampa Bay rays last season. He was drafted in the 33rd round but decided to stick to his guns and pass on the opportunity. Coleman has a fastball in the low 90s range but has solid accuracy.

The Yankees also landed Brigham Young University starter Jarod Lessar. Lessar pitched 65 innings over his career, earning a 4.43 ERA and 59 strikeouts. The young starter grew up a Yankee fan, as his favorite player was Alex Rodriguez.

With the 2020 season in Jeopardy, the Yankees will likely have to begin their development of the two players in 2021. The minor-league season has already been called off as many teams/players have been cut without contract deals in place. The loss of revenue in baseball could be catastrophic moving forward, which demands the two sides (MLBPA and team owners) find a solution quickly to salvage whatever’s left of a regular season.

Hopefully, Lessar and Coleman can begin their progression through the minor’s system in 2021.

New York Yankees and MLB appeal order to reveal details of letter about possible sign-stealing

New York Yankees

Both the New York Yankees and Major League Baseball have appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit about a federal judge’s order to make a 2017 letter that could link the Yankees to sign-stealing public, per information reported by The Athletic’s Evan Drellich cited here by The Score.

Last Friday, judge Jed Rakoff gave the New York Yankees until Monday noon to reveal what is in the letter sent by commissioner Rob Manfred to general manager Brian Cashman.

The Yankees, however, don’t want to do it since it would result in “significant reputational injury.”

Everything was originated by a now-dismissed lawsuit filed by fantasy sports contestants against MLB and the New York Yankees.

The league determined that the Yankees were guilty for minor infractions in the 2017, specifically in the improper use of a dugout phone.

The Yankees misused a dugout phone, but is there really more to it?

Yankees lawyer Jonathan Schiller wrote, according to The Athletic, that “there is no justification for public disclosure of the letter. The plaintiff has no case anymore, and the court held that what MLB wrote in confidence was irrelevant to the court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s case. Under established law, this supports the Yankees’ right to confidentiality required by the Commissioner of Baseball.”

“It is the Yankees’ understanding that the press release about the investigation reflects the Commissioner’s final determinations,” Schiller said. “Those determinations were that the Yankees had committed a technical violation of MLB’s rules by misusing the dugout phone. The Yankees were not found to have violated any rule involving sign stealing. The press release is accurate and states MLB’s conclusions.”

Rakoff wrote Friday that “plaintiffs alleged that the 2017 press release falsely suggested that the investigation found that the Yankees had only engaged in a minor technical infraction, whereas, according to plaintiffs, the investigation had in fact found that the Yankees engaged in a more serious, sign-stealing scheme.”

New York Giants’ OL coach Marc Colombo one ‘tough son of a gun’

New York Giants, Marc Colombo

The New York Giants needed to bring in some fear and discipline to their offensive line, a unit that has run rampant over the past few years. Lack of efficiency and production has severely limited the quality of the offense. Hal Hunter was formally the offensive line coach, and his unit underperformed, taking several steps backward in 2019.

Nate Solder, who is expected to fill the left tackle spot for multiple years on a huge contract, reverted back to an infant version of himself, allowing 11 sacks, which ranked at the bottom of the NFL. While he was dealing with some significant personal issues, Solder is in flux heading into training camp in a few weeks, as the Giants drafted Andrew Thomas with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, potentially putting the former New England tackle in a position to swap over to the right side.

Nonetheless, new offensive line coordinator Marc Colombo, who is coming from the Dallas Cowboys, should help in that category. He is a pure disciplinarian with an exorbitant amount of knowledge to help refine the Giants’ protection scheme and hopefully build one of the best units in the NFL. Having worked with Dallas, who consistently features a dominant unit, should give him the expertise in how to reinforce a Giants’ group that hosts zero Pro Bowlers on the line.

What does Marc Colombo bring to the New York Giants?

The New York Post interviewed several OL legends from Giants’ past, and they seem stricken with fear from their experiences with Colombo.

“He was actually one of the first guys I saw at BC,’’ Chriss Snee told The Post. “He scared the s–t out of me. Just the size of him and his demeanor.’’

“They were good buddies so I got to know him through osmosis,’’ said Shaun O’Hara. “I felt like I was buddies with [Colombo] even though I never played with him. I’m a big fan of him as both a guy, as a player and a coach.’’

“Plus, he’s a tough son of a gun,’’ O’Hara said. “He’s got the Boston accent, he’s got his gruffness, it’s a good fit from a culture standpoint, from a philosophy standpoint, and he’ll be good with those guys.’’

Columbo will bring anger, discipline, fear, and strength to a line that has been weak, void of quality, and borderline sad over the past few seasons. The Giants must develop this portion of the team and give Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley the support they need to excel moving forward. Columbo seems to be the right fit for the Giants, especially with the hiring of OC Jason Garrett. Stealing two influential names from the Dallas Cowboys is always a positive, as Garrett will fill a lesser role with the Giants and hopefully turn over their offense. If anyone can solve the puzzle that is the Giants OL, it is Colombo, who has the experience to get it done.

New signing by Big Blue, Cam Fleming, loves what Colombo brings to the team and the energy he instills in his players. He doesn’t just coach, he leads, which is a difference the team has been lacking in previous years.

“He really does love what he does,’’ Fleming said. “He comes in with so much energy, so much juice every single day, week after week, throughout the whole season. I don’t think there is ever a lull in it for him. He’s just a damn good coach.’’

Joe Judge made it a priority to find quality people and teachers in his coaching staff. Signing veterans players to help coach younger guys is not a part of the Giants’ game-plan anymore — rightfully so. The coaches need to step up and get the job done.