Breakfast links: Giant turnaround

January, 18, 2012
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Morning, all. Figure I'll head over to East Rutherford today to see what's going on. I imagine I won't be the only one with this idea. Will keep you posted. Meantime, links.

New York Giants

On the morning of Dec. 24, the Giants were 7-7 and coming off a tough loss to the Redskins. The Jets were 8-6 and hoping to win their final two games against what appeared to be a couple of weak opponents and get into the playoffs. Ohm Youngmisuk writes that what happened that day at MetLife Stadium changed the fortunes of both teams as dramatically as anyone could have imagined.

Filip Bondy points out that no team has ever won the Super Bowl after posting a regular-season record as poor as the Giants' 9-7 mark. And before anyone gets upset, Filip is merely pointing out a statistical oddity, not saying the Giants don't belong here. As he says, there was no 10-6 or 9-7 team in another division that missed the playoffs because the Giants won the East. They had one of the six best records in the conference and earned their way in. To me, his column simply points up the fact that this is a team currently playing like a Super Bowl champ after not playing like one for much of its regular season.

Philadelphia Eagles

Everybody in the league seems to believe the Raiders will hire a Packers assistant -- likely Winston Moss -- to be their new head coach. But Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is going for an interview. Mornhinweg has also come up as a possible candidate to coach the Colts, who fired head coach Jim Caldwell on Tuesday. So while fans are wondering if and when Steve Spagnuolo would be hired as defensive coordinator (a job that's not currently open in Philadelphia), it's possible they'll need to replace their offensive coordinator first.

Amid all of this, as Martin Frank writes, Eagles head coach Andy Reid has remained silent for the past two weeks, and no one knows when he'll show his face to answer any questions about the season just past or his plans for the next one.

Dallas Cowboys

Todd Archer writes that, if Laurent Robinson is serious about Dallas being the right "fit" for him, the Cowboys have a good chance to re-sign their breakout wide receiver. If Robinson just wants to cash in on the success he had in Dallas via free agency (which is, of course, his perfect right), then Todd is less optimistic about the team's chances to bring him back.

And speaking of Cowboys wide receivers, the latest Dez Bryant off-field incident -- and the fact that it's happened so soon into an offseason in which Bryant knows his every step is going to be watched and scrutinized -- has Calvin Watkins wondering if the guy is ever going to learn.

Washington Redskins

John Keim takes a look at what the Redskins need to do this offseason at defensive back. He says they need to decide what to do about LaRon Landry, need to sign a third cornerback (he throws out the name of the Giants' Terrell Thomas as a possibility) and need to add speed at free safety. The idea of using that No. 6 overall pick on a defensive player, such as LSU Morris Claiborne, hasn't really been raised much around these parts, since we all seem to agree that this year's Redskins offseason needs to be about offense. But a lot's going to depend on what they decide to do in free agency, and what needs are left when the draft rolls around. Cornerback may just be one of them.

Jason Reid is looking at the quarterbacks remaining in the playoffs and what lessons the Redskins might learn from them. The two guys left in the NFC were both picked No. 1 overall in the draft, of course, and Jason believes it's time for the Redskins to do what they can to move up to one of the top two spots and get a franchise QB this time around.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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