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Giants come back from bye with players-only meeting

Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora AP

Here’s a new one.

Not really.

After coming back from their bye week, the Giants held a players-only meeting Monday to set the stage for the final six games. Such theatrics are generally reserved for teams that are abject disasters, or full of guys who feel compelled to put on a show, but the Giants look at it differently.

After a group of U.S. Air Force pilots visited them last fall, they had a “debriefing,” and Monday’s was more in the style of last year’s, which led into the Super Bowl run.

It was us just going over some things that we’d like to see changed,” defensive captain Justin Tuck said, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star Ledger. “It’s something that we did last year, and we’re hoping to build on a little bit. All players just going in, and being able to clear the air about what we feel can make this team better, that’s all.”

While Tuck and quarterback Eli Manning generally take the lead, the floor was open to anyone who had anything to say.

Tackle Sean Locklear called it a “a focus thing” — which is the same thing Tuck said they lacked in losses to the Steelers and Bengals before the bye.

But Tuck said he didn’t think the team lacked confidence.

“I think everybody on this team feels that we can be the best team in the league when we’re playing our style of football,” Tuck said. “It’s just unfortunate that we haven’t played our style of football the last couple of weeks. We have to find a way to get back to playing that, because it’s going to be needed leading up to these next weeks.

“But confidence, no, I think we’ve always been very confident. Sometimes maybe too confident — borderline cocky a little bit.”

The Giants have a difficult closing stretch of games. Of their six remaining opponents, the Eagles are the only one out of playoff contention, and they’ve beaten the Giants eight of the last nine. The Giants also play the Packers, Redskins, Saints, Falcons and Ravens.

That should be enough to get a team’s attention, meeting or no meeting.

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6 Responses to “Giants come back from bye with players-only meeting”
  1. east96st says: Nov 20, 2012 8:19 AM

    A lot of those guys have two rings. The team is healthier at this time of the year than they have been over the past five years. If they fail to make a run, no one to blame but themselves. It’s there for the taking. They play like they did in San Fran, it’s all good. But if they think it’s going to be given to them, and they play like they did in Cincy, then a lot guys with two rings will be looking for a new team in the offseason. Time to put up or shut up.

  2. inthearex says: Nov 20, 2012 8:32 AM

    If this were the other New York team, no meeting would have taken place and all the blame would have been put on tebow… Anonymously. In all seriousness this meeting is the difference between the two teams and why one team is in the hunt every year and the other one is not.

  3. S.Nevada says: Nov 20, 2012 9:06 AM

    Wow, that’s a tough stretch to end the season. Looks like 9-7 will win the East this year.

  4. enrifer says: Nov 20, 2012 9:06 AM

    I hope they get the same result the Eagles got from their players only meeting.

  5. butkus54 says: Nov 20, 2012 9:28 AM

    I know that this is an article about the Giants but I hope the Lions can somehow FOCUS on what they have to do.
    They have dug themselves a deep hole but if they can run the table they can still get back to the playoffs.
    It starts Thanksgiving day…
    Signed , long suffering Lions fan.

  6. bkostela says: Nov 20, 2012 10:23 PM

    enrifer says:
    Nov 20, 2012 9:06 AM
    I hope they get the same result the Eagles got from their players only meeting.
    ___________________

    there’s a big difference between the two – the eagles have “talent.” the giants have heart.

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