Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Big Blue Morning: 'Sulking day'
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants:
The news of the day: Justin Tuck called Monday "a day to sulk," and the Giants were not very upbeat in the locker room after their morning meetings. There seems to be some agreement that they need better performance on both lines, offensive and defensive, if things are to improve. And while they're not blaming Eli Manning and his seven interceptions for their two losses, Manning isn't absolving himself of responsibility. He says he needs to play smarter.
Around the division: Lots of talk in Washington about what's wrong with the Redskins, what's wrong with Robert Griffin III, why he and the offense don't look like they did last year. I still say it was a mistake, by almost everyone in the world, to assume the start to the season would be seamless after Griffin missed offseason practices and the entire preseason schedule following reconstructive knee surgery. Obviously, it's hard to imagine the first two games going any worse than they have for the Redskins. But a lot of that has been about defense. As for the offense, I think it's fair to assume it will look more exciting and complex as the season goes along than they're able to make it look now with a rusty quarterback
Around the league: Lots of suspension and discipline news Monday, from Dashon Goldson to Brandon Meriweather to Ndamukong Suh, whose appeal hearing for his $100,000 fine is today. I will be on "NFL Insiders" today (and Thursday!) from 3-4 p.m. ET on ESPN if you'd like to see and hear me discuss these and other league-wide issues on your television. Thanks in advance for tuning in.