Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

31 Aug 2007

Strahan to Suit Up

Adam Schefter of NFL Network is reporting that Michael Strahan will rejoin the New York Giants. (The NFL's official website doesn't seem to have anything up yet, so the link will take you to profootballtalk.com's second-hand report of Schefter's scoop.) Isn't the Friday afternoon before a holiday weekend supposed to be a slow time for news?

Posted by: Ben Riley on 31 Aug 2007

13 comments, Last at 01 Sep 2007, 8:43pm by Becephalus

Comments

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by Insancipitory (not verified) :: Fri, 08/31/2007 - 7:14pm

Allow me to summerize. No new money. Strahan wants to get out of paying the fines for not showing up. Translation: Old man doesn't like training camp; avoids it.

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by kevinNYC (not verified) :: Fri, 08/31/2007 - 7:25pm

The funniest thing is the NFL "experts" are guaranteed to say he avoided a "tough" Tom Coughlin minicamp when in fact his camps are easier than Jim Fassel's were. Strahan used his only piece of leverage (talking about retirement/holdout), the Giants called his bluff, and now they'll welcome him back with open arms.

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by Jon (not verified) :: Fri, 08/31/2007 - 7:26pm

Strahan will be the third end at this point. The big question with Justin Tuck was about recovering from his foot injury. He looks primed for a big season.

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by ZS (not verified) :: Fri, 08/31/2007 - 7:41pm

Huzzah! I assume this is the opposite of the feelings of Jags fans right now.

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by Becephalus (not verified) :: Fri, 08/31/2007 - 7:45pm

sounds like everyone got what they wanted

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by Chris (not verified) :: Fri, 08/31/2007 - 7:58pm

I was on the radio in Philly last week saying how this would all get blown over and how he just didn't want to go to camp.

I do think Justin Tuck is a player to watch. It was interesting to see him moved over to DT on 3rd down passing situations. I remember last year the Giants were toying with the idea of throwing Osi, Stra, Kiwi, and Tuck on the same D_line to rush the passer.

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by Jimmy (not verified) :: Fri, 08/31/2007 - 8:56pm

#3

That Giants Kool-Aid must be tasty.

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by DolFan 316 (not verified) :: Fri, 08/31/2007 - 9:55pm

Old player doesn't want to go through camp, spends all summer threatening to retire without ever actually doing it. Personally I don't even understand why this was ever news to begin with.

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by Zac (not verified) :: Fri, 08/31/2007 - 11:00pm

If I were the Giants, I'd make Strahan pay the fines for skipping training camp. How can Coughlin consider himself tough if he doesn't?

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by DolFan 316 (not verified) :: Sat, 09/01/2007 - 12:35am

Coughlin has NEVER been tough. It's all an act.

If I'd been in charge of the Giants I'd have cut Strahan on the spot. I mean, he was going to retire anyway, right? That would've showed him who's boss.

Anytime someone threatens to perform an action instead of actually doing so, it means they're not going to do it and likely never intended to.

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by Chris (not verified) :: Sat, 09/01/2007 - 9:24am

10- Cutting that star player is easier said than done.

If Strahan was cut, the "coughlin is an idiot" threads would start.

Stud defensive ends that play the run and pass are hard to come by. Strahan is aging, but if he were even to bring home 10 sacks, he would have a lot of value.

Sometimes you have to just understand that he is old, and been there done that, and didn't want to do the whole 95% heat with full gear on. Of course as a coach you don't like that, but Coughlin is on the hottest of hot seats and needs all the talent he is given. The Year 1 head coach might cut him as an example.

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by OMO (not verified) :: Sat, 09/01/2007 - 11:46am

"I was on the radio in Philly last week saying how this would all get blown over and how he just didn’t want to go to camp."

What do you mean by "on the radio"?

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by Becephalus (not verified) :: Sat, 09/01/2007 - 8:43pm

Chis has a website IIRC.