Word on the Street: Giants week; Edsall talks

Word on the Street: Giants week; Edsall talks
December 16, 2011, 2:08 pm
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By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comTalking Giants week, plus Randy Edsall's in-depth Q & A, Ovie nets the game-winner and the Wizards add a veteran presence...Redskins Roundup - behind enemy lines, Giants weekEli thriving as the only Manning this season (Daly - Washington Times)New York's run defense needs quick improvement, especially with Roy Helu entering Sunday's contest with three straight games over 100 rushing yards (Newark Star-Ledger)Brandon Jacobs downhill running style propelled the veteran back to his first 100-yard rushing game of the season last week (NY Times)Justin Tuck's toe woes have the Giants pass rusher unsure whether he will play Sunday. I'm thinking Rex Grossman is suggesting a week of rest for the big fella (Newsday)LaRon Landry's season is kaput and surgery is coming. Read on for what it all means for the Redskins and theveteran safety (O'Halloran - CSNwashington)Edsall, in-depth Q&AMust read article for all Maryland football fans or Randy Edsall bashers as the coach talks about the Terps rough (understatement, I realize) first season. The coach talked for three hours with the Washington Post - the entire transcript is here - about losing, the perception over his disciplinary ways and criticisms from parents. Here's one portion that stood out to me since I was there during the season when the Post's Eric Prisbell asked the question referenced below. Edsall would not provide specifics as to areas of progress within the program despite having generally referenced them. When specific morsels of positivity are withheld from fans during a losing season, all they have to latch onto are the mounting negative ones, which is clearly what transpired this season and yet Edsall never seemed to grasp that. Read on for his take...Eric PrisbellI think the fans want honesty. I just think they want more information. I remember one question that I asked you in a news conference. You said the team is losing but you are seeing a lot of progress in a lot of areas. So I asked what those areas were, and I was ready to write about all those areas. You declined to specify areas, saying it stays within "the family." How is that level of secrecy advantageous to building a relationship with the fans.Randy EdsallThe one thing is, with those types of questions, Eric, there are going to be some things, and I probably could have answered that a little bit better than I did. There is no question about that. But I do think that there are going to be some things that you want to give and some things that you don't want to give out there. Like I said, I have learned things through this year, and we will be doing some more things to let things get out there because of the fact that you feel a little bit more comfortable in terms of your dealings and your approach. Again, you are year two into your program and you are not as new.Breakfast BuffetAlex Ovechkin silenced the feisty Winnipeg crowd with the lone goal in the Capitals 1-0 win (Beninati - CSNwashington)Don't sleep on the Wizards latest transaction, reportedly re-signing veteran forward Maurice Evans to a one-year contract. The 33-year-old small forward, who averaged 9.7 points last season and was a key figure in the National Basketball Players Association during the recent labor battle with the league, provides a heady and tough element up front. Also, in a year in which the season is incredibly compact, the Wizards appear toward carrying a full15-man roster assuggested by owner Ted Leonsisduring Thursday's media session. (Washington Examiner)George Washington hits the offensive boards, but the Colonials cannot rebound their way to a win at home against Bradley, losing their fifth straight.(Washington Examiner)The D.C. area's Nationwide Tour event switches dates and venue, moving to Avenel for early October 2012 (Washington Examiner)Virginia and Virginia Tech struggling with ticket sales for their respective bowl games (Washington Post)League "looking into" the case of Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd, arrested on drug charges. Other NFL players could be involved. (Pro Football TalkAssociated Press)USC offensive tackle Ryan Kalil, arguably the nation's top lineman, announced he's entering the NFL Draft (Pro Football Talk)