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Mara wants the Giants to get tougher on the line of scrimmage

New York Giants President John Mara speaks to the media after recieving his newly designed ring commemorating their Super Bowl victory earlier this year  arrived at Tiffany & Co.'s flagship store in New York Reuters

Giants owner John Mara believes that toughness was the element that was missing in 2012 as the team failed to repeat as Super Bowl champions, and failed to make the playoffs.

Mara told Alex Marvez and Jim Miller on SiriusXM NFL Radio that the team’s offensive and defensive lines have to get tougher if the Giants are going to get back to the Super Bowl.

We need to re-establish that toughness in front,” Mara said. “Teams ran the ball against us too easily last year. That’s an area of concern. And the offensive line, that performance needs to get a little better, too.”

Mara said the addition of defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins is one of the steps toward getting tougher.

“Our defensive line we feel like we have improved with Cullen, who all of our [personnel] people just loved,” Mara said. “He’s been a terrific player and very durable. Actually, one of the biggest proponents to bring him was [Giants guard] Chris Snee, who’s had to play against him. He said this guy is a heck of a player.”

Now Snee will be practicing against Jenkins. And Mara can only hope they make each other tougher.

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  1. menumber1 says: Mar 19, 2013 9:14 AM

    Could not agree more

  2. drewfl says: Mar 19, 2013 9:16 AM

    If Butt-Head were real and middle aged, he would look almost like John Mara.

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 19, 2013 9:18 AM

    Take away our cap space but we’ll beat the Big Blue off those helmets AGAIN and win Lombardi #4 next February in YOUR Stadium with RGIII as MVP. #RespecttheRedskins

  4. timbuttrum says: Mar 19, 2013 9:18 AM

    Skins fans hope Snyder gets tougher with Mara at this weeks owner’s meetings……

  5. stormcrow44 says: Mar 19, 2013 9:20 AM

    They can probably steal some linemen from the Redskins with some more BS cap penalties.

  6. fresh1120 says: Mar 19, 2013 9:25 AM

    John Mara making a play to be the new Jerry Jones…..why don’t you let your gm and your coach make football decisions

  7. bigbluegmen says: Mar 19, 2013 9:31 AM

    Lets all hope Cullen Jenkins can stay healthy and on the field. Not like his predecessor Chris Canty.

  8. tyreeshelmet says: Mar 19, 2013 9:31 AM

    Maybe the Redskins should not have violated rules in the uncapped year? Oh well, an undersized banged up gimmick qb, no cap space and few picks surrendered for the aforementioned banged up acl again qb. Good luck skins, back to 6-10

  9. buffi001 says: Mar 19, 2013 9:33 AM

    I think the offensive line should scrimmage
    against Mara himself. Hope they would beat the crap of this silver spooned jerk who inherited everything in his life……..I’m a pissed off Redskins fan!

  10. blutbaddenbill says: Mar 19, 2013 9:39 AM

    maybe he will step out of his office and get run over by a dump truck! mara is the league’s biggest whining crybaby and resident coward!

  11. n0hopeleft says: Mar 19, 2013 9:43 AM

    Redskins fans still crying, even though they had the unfair advantage 2 years ago. Too bad your team did nothing with that advantage. Now lets see if 30 teams can do something with the advantage over your sorry organization.

    Go cry.

  12. giantsfanlewis says: Mar 19, 2013 9:44 AM

    Redskins fans are funny.

    Illogicalloser. You should hope your qb even makes it back to play next season, and that he doesn’t rush it and get injured again, or just that he doesn’t get injured again since his style of play leads to many injury and little success and if you wanna tell me I’m wrong then remind me why rgiii has had 2 knee surgery before he has even started his SECOND SEASON

  13. n0hopeleft says: Mar 19, 2013 9:46 AM

    Think about this. The Redskins had more cap money 2 years ago than 30 other teams, still played awful, and as a result, gained RGIII from their awful play.

    Does this fan base ever stop crying?

  14. east96st says: Mar 19, 2013 9:49 AM

    One of the things I love about Dan Snyder is how he chased away the intelligent, college educated, old money Skins fans and attracted such trailer trash. Educated fans don’t go to games where an owner tries to sell them expired airline pretzels as food. They flee as fast as they can and they sell their tickets to the local pond scum. That’s what makes reading the rants of these losers so enjoyable. These aren’t the fans of the Hogs and Gibbs, who had earned our respect; they’re the worse that Washington and the surrounding areas have to offer. Sad little front runners who couldn’t name anyone on the Redskins roster if you met them five years ago. So, please, keep ranting and crying. It really is a lot of fun to see you throw your tantrums and STILL get absolutely nowhere in the postseason.

  15. nebster21 says: Mar 19, 2013 9:52 AM

    If they do not get tougher on the line Mara will just take away cap money of any team that beats Goodell and his Giants.

    The funny thing is when Giants fans are being serious they admit that Mara is a douche for doing this but are still happy because it makes it easier for the Giants.

  16. romosmicrodongs says: Mar 19, 2013 9:57 AM

    mara could get the polumbus contract voided and sign him from the redskins after imposing a contract violation for signing polumbus before mara could

  17. logica1voicesays says: Mar 19, 2013 9:57 AM

    He also wants to take more cap space away from the Cowboys and Redskins.

  18. imbetterthanyou says: Mar 19, 2013 9:59 AM

    Redskins fans seem to not realize that the NFL had been advising teams not to take advantage of an uncapped year since 2007. Also, it was a 29-0 vote by the owners to have the cap penalties applied. But, just sit there, pout and blame big bad John Mara .

    Is it any surprise that the only 2 teams penalized have 2 of the most laughable owners in the league?

  19. topwonk says: Mar 19, 2013 9:59 AM

    If the Giants wanted to get tougher on the D-line, they sure did not help themselves by adding Cullen Jenkins. There was a reason the Eagles, and Chip Kelly in particular, let him walk. He averaged less than 2 tackles per game last year and had three sacks. And, he was not very good the season before either. Major disappointment as a FA pickup by the Eagles. Rotational, backup player at this point in his career.

  20. lightcleric says: Mar 19, 2013 10:04 AM

    Well, this is a pretty good draft for d-linemen, he should just ask Goodell to give him more draft picks this year.

    It’s sad how a few owners basically run the NFL…

  21. mazblast says: Mar 19, 2013 10:10 AM

    What would John “Silver Spoon” Mara know about toughness? He INHERITED his ownership interest, for gosh sakes.

  22. NJJohn says: Mar 19, 2013 10:17 AM

    Wow. Whine much? You guys complain more than a soccer player with an imaginary injury.

  23. NJJohn says: Mar 19, 2013 10:23 AM

    It sounds like a harbaugh family reunion in here.

  24. szwhtsup123 says: Mar 19, 2013 10:34 AM

    Wow who knew there so many Skins fans out there before they drafted R2D2 and automatically became champions of the universe! Snyder and Jones (quality individulas that they are) attempted to sneak around cap limits and Mara simply called them on it, and the league recognized and enforced it. Either would have done the same thing to Mara if the situation was reversed. Mara is too ethical for that, something Jones nor Snyder know anything about. Want some cheese with that whine?

  25. toonloonboon says: Mar 19, 2013 11:02 AM

    why would giant fans whine abiut this? after all, its their owner has the power to request fines for their opposition. if the giants were guilty of a similar fine (like maras father once was) do you think john mara is going to go to goodell and request that he fines himself??

    giants , from lucky fumbles in title games, to catches off of peoples helmets on alley oop passes in the super bowl, to the nfl awarding them an extra home game while dressing up their staidum as if it were the saints stadium…of course giant fans arent going to complain. its been handed to them.

  26. blu4l1fe says: Mar 19, 2013 11:07 AM

    How did this comment and article become a skins issue?

    Sorry, for a moment there, I forgot that skin fans love, I mean LOVE, to whine and complain and blame their inability to WIN on everybody!!!

    Spare us the whole violin music. But I guess I’ll just have to get used to it coz’ they won’t be winning anything anytime soon, well, maybe, the cellar dweller award, AGAIN!!!

    Let me just end it with some encouraging words to comfort these sore losers. Enjoy your semi-healthy QB next season, enjoy the few wins you may get, and enjoy, even for a flicker of a moment, something resembling a successful season. EVERYONE KNOWS, once injured, NEVER the same, and that goes for any athlete, no matter what sport they play.

    Good Luck!!!

  27. ahsinnyc says: Mar 19, 2013 11:15 AM

    To east96st:

    True, the new Skins fans are not those of the Hogs and Gibbs.

    Then again, the new Mara certainly is NOT Wellington.

    Skins fans did respect the old Giants leadership as well. But your silver spoon’d owner is nothing but a tool that has Goodell in his pocket. Don’t deny it.

    Tell me .. if the Giants had those cap penalties levied on them by Snyder, how would you feel? I thought so.

  28. deeceefan says: Mar 19, 2013 11:28 AM

    Thats enough owner talk mara. The skins have owned the smurfs for the past couple seasons and will continue to do so for years to come.

  29. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Mar 19, 2013 11:34 AM

    If what the Cowboys and Redskins did was so “illegal” then why did the NFL and NFLPA sign off on it?

  30. normaneinstein7 says: Mar 19, 2013 11:36 AM

    east96st says:
    ————————————————————–
    One of the things I love about Dan Snyder is how he chased away the intelligent, college educated, old money Skins fans and attracted such trailer trash. Educated fans don’t go to games where an owner tries to sell them expired airline pretzels as food. They flee as fast as they can and they sell their tickets to the local pond scum.
    ————————————————————-
    Snyder chased away the educated and intelligent fans? By educated and intelligent, do you mean the wine and cheese crowd that seem to grow in numbers after the Skins left RFK? Do you mean the wine and cheese crowd that whines and cries for fans to sit down and be quiet when the visiting team’s offense is on the field? Good let them stay home. I’d much rather have the old school RFK blue collar fans show up than the Polo sweater crowd. They can stay at home and cook their game day goodies with their fondue sets if they don’t like the pretzels. Besides, if you go to a game for the pretzels, you’re going for the wrong reasons.

  31. pologroundsvet says: Mar 19, 2013 11:50 AM

    Only March – not even the draft yet – and look at these comments. Ought to be fun with the ‘Skins fans this year!

  32. uwsptke says: Mar 19, 2013 12:02 PM

    Although I’ll give him credit for remaining on the field for the past two years in Philly, most Packer fans will probably agree that this is the first time we’ve seen “Cullen Jenkins” and “durable” used in the same sentence.

  33. george10112003 says: Mar 19, 2013 12:13 PM

    Long, long time Giant fan thinks that John should keep his thoughts private and not be so chatty with the media! He’s starting to, God spare me for saying this, remind me of Jerry!

  34. salventuri says: Mar 19, 2013 12:19 PM

    There’s a few owners that control the league. Mara is at the top of the list.

  35. kev86 says: Mar 19, 2013 12:35 PM

    NYG gave the Skins a chance last year and they embarassed the division in the playoffs. Time for big blue to rep the East again. We know how to get it done.

  36. cmonelisha says: Mar 19, 2013 12:39 PM

    hes right except our offense really wasnt the issue most of the year..it was our SOFT defense.. it was horrendous.. starting with our d line who couldnt get a lick of pressure up 2 our d backs who got burned worse than a prostitute in vegas..

  37. firesnyder says: Mar 19, 2013 12:45 PM

    Clowns! This is about the INTEGRITY of the NFL, not which team you support. If Mara is able to prompt other owners to vote on cap penalties for teams within his division, then why can’t Snyder ask for a cap penalty against the Giants? The NFL is allowing for blatant conflicts of interest to occur.

    Giants fans – This is wrong no matter how biased you are. Turn it around and pretend this happened to your team. If it happened once, it can happen again.

  38. rgtre10 says: Mar 19, 2013 1:05 PM

    Well next to Logicalvoicesays: this has to rank up there as one the most dumbest post…

    tyreeshelmet says:
    Mar 19, 2013 9:31 AM
    Maybe the Redskins should not have violated rules in the uncapped year? Oh well, an undersized banged up gimmick qb, no cap space and few picks surrendered for the aforementioned banged up acl again qb. Good luck skins, back to 6-10

    If anything you have a gimmick wuss owner a.k.a. John Mara, and it seems to me that gimmick qb outplayed the adopted Manning in both games and won the division! So where were your gimmick GI ants and the gimmick owner? Ah year sitting at home watching the Redskins play in the playoffs…

  39. Mr. Wright 212 says: Mar 19, 2013 1:18 PM

    Skins fans spend more time whining about the shady dealings of their owner instead of the condition of that slop track they call an NFL field.

    Or actually winning meaningful games. They spend more time focusing on how to become the Eagles — making splash deals, bragging about games in the regular season that only they care about — and other nonsense, instead of winning when it matters.

  40. timbuttrum says: Mar 19, 2013 2:08 PM

    “the cellar dweller award, AGAIN!!!”

    Ummmm….how did the Giants do again in the playoffs last year?

  41. timbuttrum says: Mar 19, 2013 2:11 PM

    “We know how to get it done.”

    The Giants had 16 opportunities to “get it done” last year. They didn’t. Better to make it to the playoffs and lose than to not make the playoffs at all.

    It used to be fund to debate with people that actually had an actual argument.

  42. musicman495 says: Mar 19, 2013 2:35 PM

    tyreeshelmet says: Mar 19, 2013 9:31 AM

    Maybe the Redskins should not have violated rules in the uncapped year?-
    ——————————–
    Yeah, how dare anyone violate selectively enforced, unwritten, illegal rules, with contracts pre-approved by the league office.

    And while we are on the subject, the Cowboys and Redskins are not the only teams that dumped salary in the uncapped year – see the Chicago Bears and Julius Peppers. But of course, the Bears do not play in the NFC East.

    Finally, the excuse for the penalties was that the Cowboys and Redskins gained an unfair competitive advantage with the salary dump. But of course, the teams who violated the salary cap FLOOR during the uncapped year, and who therefore gained an unfair advantage after the new CBA was signed were also not penalized. But of course, they do not play in the NFC East either.

    This was illegal collusion, plain and simple, and the whining was done by sonny boy John Mara, who was born on 3rd base and thinks he hit a triple.

  43. NJJohn says: Mar 19, 2013 5:20 PM

    I don’t remember this much complaining during the first year of this penalty. Why is that?

  44. axespray says: Mar 19, 2013 6:13 PM

    You brought in Cullen Jenkins to stop the run ?

    The dude can ball – but he’s more of a pass rush guy than a run stuffer.

  45. dezolationangel says: Mar 19, 2013 6:16 PM

    Did someone seriously say John Mara was ethical? Isn’t he the same guy who promised no PSL’s to get the new stadium funding and then turn around and stick it to his own fan base by charging PSL’s? As his father once said ” it’s good to see arrogance humbled”. Your time is coming Johnny boy.

  46. Mr. Wright 212 says: Mar 19, 2013 7:05 PM

    Jenkins wasn’t brought in to stuff the run. Everyone (especially the quoted Snee) knows he gets off the ball quickly in order to rush the passer. Linval is the run stuffer, and presumably, Rogers and Kuhn are to man that role, while Jenkins and Austin will be rotated in to help with pass rushing from DT. Fewell’s system is a hybrid with regards to the duties at all four slots on the defensive line. When it’s clicking, it is a thing of beauty. When it’s not, it’s ugly — i.e. last year. No run stuffing, no pass rush. Just jerseys moving in slow motion (and often out of position).

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