Things definitely didn’t go the way Pat Shurmur

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Things definitely didn’t go the way Pat Shurmur

par zhangzk » Ven 26 Juil 2019 à 4h23

EAST RUTHERFORD Dexter Williams Jersey , N.J. (AP) — wanted in his first season as New York Giants coach.The Giants (5-11) finished last in the NFC East for the second straight year. They missed the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons and were among the NFL’s worst teams despite a spectacular rookie season from running back and No. 2 overall draft pick Saquon Barkley.The bottom line is there are lots of problems to be fixed and major personnel issues to be resolved.For general manager Dave Gettleman, it starts with what to do with two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, linebacker Olivier Vernon, cornerback Janoris Jenkins and Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins, who finished the season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury that required surgery.Manning, Vernon and Jenkins all might be salary-cap casualties. Collins is at the end of his rookie contract and might be hit with the franchise tag.The soon-to-be 38-year-old Manning, who has a $23 million cap value, is the biggest decision. The veteran quarterbackfinished his 15th season and had his ups and downs, in large part because of his lack of mobility and inconsistent play by an offensive line that remains a work in progress.There is no one waiting in the wings to replace him, and the quarterback class in the draft is not nearly as good as last season’s.The Giants, who have the No. 6 pick overall in April’s draft, also have a greater need for a pass rusher or an offensive lineman.After a 1-7 start, New York showed flashes after its bye week. It won four of five, including a win over NFC North champion Chicago. The season ended with a three-game losing streak, the final two games each decided by point.It’s no wonder players packing their belongings in the locker room Monday showed the optimism of a team reporting to training camp.“I believe that we’re very close, and to be completely hones the third rookie in league history to crack the 2,000-yard plateau.“I wasn’t here the year before, but we’re not the team that we were when we went 3-13,” Barkley added. “Obviously, we went 5-11 and that’s not the record that we would like, but we’re close. We’re really close, and I believe that’s going to show next year if we continue to believe in each other, continue to work and continue to grind and have that dog mentality that we showed this year.”Shurmur and Gettleman did a solid job of turning over last year’s roster. There were fewer than 15 players from the 2017 team on the roster at the end of the season.The offense has playmakers with Barkley, wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr and Sterling Shepard, and tight end Evan Engram, who rediscovered his game late after an early-season injury.James Bettcher’s new 3-4 defense played hard but it failed too many times to hold leads. New York lost eight of its 11 games by seven points or less.The biggest surprise was special teams. Aldrick Rosas mur said. “What we did well is we took a young team and a new team and a new staff and we competed, and we had some good victories. But we’ve got to do a better job of winning those close games. We’ve either got to get a stop or get a score, and that’s where we need to get better.”Center Spencer Pulley will be a restricted free agent. He wouldn’t mind coming back; this team reminds him of the one he played on last season with the Chargers. They went from 5-11 to 9-7 and just missed the playoffs. Los Angeles went 12-4 this season and got a wild-card berth despite tying Kansas City for the top record in the AFC.“This is probably the most excited I have been at the end of a season, to come back and be back into the thing,” Pulley said. “I can look at the Chargers team I was on last year and things started getting a little better at the end of the year. I look at them now and they are doing pretty well. I don’t want to say I see even more here, but I see a lot of the same things. There are some many young players here and veterans, I can see special things happening.”Next year will tell. NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Moving from Oakland to New Orleans was as much a personal choice as a professional one for 2018 Pro Bowl tight end Jared Cook.“Location. Quarterback. Offense,” Cook began. “It’s important that at this point in my career — I think it’s awesome — that I’m closer to home. Drew Brees is a great quarterback, approaches the game like true vet and like a true perfectionist. He does all the little thigs right.“I also have a chance to come in right now and make an impact,” Cook added Wednesday, a day after formally agreeing to a reported two-year, $15.5 million free-agent contract with New Orleans. “I have an opportunity to come in and be a huge part of a prolific and high-powered offense.”Cook complimented the Raiders for the way they played to his strengths and helped him have the best campaign of his 10-year career last season. He knew there were inherent risks in leaving a good situation. But he said those risks were mitigated considerably by what New Orleans had to offer.The Saints have been among NFL leaders in offense since coach Sean Payton began designin n. Three tight ends — Ben Watson, Josh Hill and Dan Arnold — combined for 63 catches for 735 yards and four touchdowns. And Watson, who led the position group with 35 catches for 400 yards and two TDs, has retired.The 6-foot-5, 254-pound Cook caught 68 passes for 896 yards and six touchdowns with Oakland last season and was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time.“The last few years I’ve been able to kind of learn under one offense, play with one quarterback, get to know that one quarterback pretty well,” Cook said. “That’s been the biggest different in the transition of my career as of late — and they actually used me what I’m good at.”Cook said Raiders coach Jon Gruden “found ways to expose matchups all over the field. He found ways to move me around in different positions to actually help me and make me more versatile.”In Payton’s first NFL job in Philadelphia, he worked under Gruden, and the two offensive-minded coaches have philosophical similarities. Payton also is known for shifting players’ roles — sometimes considerably — from week to week in search of favorable matchups.Cook was well aware of that because his tight ends coach in Oakland was Frank Smith, who worked on Payton’s staff in New Orleans from 2010-14. Cook said Smith often would touch on his experience with New Orleans when they talked football.“So, I knew a lot about the Saints and the guys in that building before I got down there,” Cook said.Another attraction was the opportunity to stress a secondary in tandem with Saints top receiver Michael Thomas.“It’s going to be huge for both of us,” Cook said. “I like his mentality. That’s something that you don’t find in a lot of receivers —that, ‘I’m going to go get mine, an raft.He spent his first four seasons in Tennessee, where in 2011 he had 49 catches for 759 yards and three touchdowns.Cook later spent three seasons with the St. Louis Rams and one season with Green Bay before joining Oakland two seasons ago. In his career, Cook has 425 catches for 5,464 yards and 25 touchdowns.Being back near the Southeast puts Cook, who is married with children, in more manageable proximity to extended family and friends, he said. He sees that not as a distraction, but rather as a way to focus on football with greater peace of mind.“I have a bigger support system. I have more people around me and more family around me that can kind of help with daily life a little bit more,” Cook said. “It’s going to help me and my family out quite a bit.”
 
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