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Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

Posted on: August 11, 2011 11:55 am
Edited on: August 11, 2011 12:27 pm

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The reaction to the Eagles signing of former Giants WR Steve Smith has stirred emotions across the NFC East. We thought it was a strong signing by Philadelphia’s front office, and it was interesting that Smith revealed that the Eagles showed “MUCH more” interest than the Giants did in signing him.

That led to Giants fans lambasting Smith -- coming off microfracture surgery on his knee that could keep him out the early part of the season. Smith wrote Thursday on his Facebook page: "Instead of cursing at me and wishing my family and my knee harm, i wish you could understand that i truly wanted to stay here but that the giants DIDN'T want me here unfortunately.. thank you to my true fans for standing by me and offering your support during this time.”

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Even some of his old teammates got into the act.

Via the Philadelphia Daily News, Giants CB Terrell Thomas tweeted the following: "Hate to see a [Steve Smith] sign with any team. But glad we get to play against him two times a year and show him the grass ain't GREENER* on the other side.”

*As an aside, I think that tweet would have been more effective if Thomas had put “ain’t” in all caps instead of “greener.” Like this: “But glad we get to play against him two times a year and show him the grass AIN’T greener on the other side.” See what I mean?

Meanwhile, New York coach Tom Coughlin pointed out to reporters that Smith’s surgery was performed by a Giants team doctor, and the New York Post’s Bart Hubbuch tweets that Coughlin sounded betrayed by that notion. Coughlin also said the Giants never had a chance to match the Eagles offer of one year, $4 million ($2 million of that guaranteed) and that Smith’s representation told the Giants they would have a chance to counter. He said it was akin to competing in a race that you didn’t know had started yet (to be fair, though, the Giants had plenty of time to sign him once free agency began).

We have yet to see how Eagles RB LeSean McCoy -- who engaged in a Twitter war with New York DE Osi Umenyiora, which then led to Smith getting involved and posting a pretty sweet picture of him celebrating the Giants Super Bowl victory while featuring an empty Eagles trophy case (as you can see in the above picture) -- reacts to his newest teammate. But Smith is pretty sure everything will be cool between the two.

"Yeah, it’s going to be funny," Smith said Wednesday night during a conference call with reporters. "I’m going to go up to LeSean the first day I see him and just shake his hand and give him a hug and tell him that was all just Twitter beef and it was just all in fun. And you know, it’s just a great rivalry and I’m thankful to be a part of it. And having switched sides it’s a little different but still it will be exciting to see what it’s like on this side.”

The Newark Star Ledger’s Mike Garafolo also had interesting analysis on why the Giants let Smith get away to an intra-divisional rival, writing, “I'm completely baffled on this one. What is going on in the Giants' front office? I mean, seriously, what is going on right now? I'll tell you what's going on: for the first time, Jerry Reese's seat must be getting warm. … How do you let Smith become so discouraged by your efforts to retain him that he goes to see your arch rivals?”

Garofolo then argues that Smith was a potentially valuable asset who the Giants should have squared away (even if Smith had to miss half the season while recovering from his surgery).

Instead, Smith goes to the Eagles, and once he gets his hug from McCoy, he can begin the process of finding a place in a WR corps that includes DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant. The Eagles just got a little bit stronger, while the Giants, competing for the same NFC East title, potentially let a star get away.

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Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 5:19 pm

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

Chuckwagon - good analysis, especially when it comes to the LBs and DBs, but you can't deny that Smith leaving the Giants was a big blow, and not just because he went to the hated rival eagles.  Smith and Boss were two of Eli's favorite targets.  I like Eli, but let's face it, he gets happy feet back there sometimes when the pressure is on, and Smith and Boss were great outlets.  I'm not sure how Reese lets BOTH guys get away.  The o-line needs consistency, and because Seubert and O'Hara were oft injured they were not necessary to keep around.  But you can't let a proven third year WR walk to a division opponent, even if he was coming off microfracture surgery and his status this year was uncertain.  And I don't buy this garbage that the Giants weren't given the opportunity to match the deal.  While that may be technically true, you can't convince me that they didn't have ample opportunity up front to try to get him back in blue.  But at least they know BEFORE the season that they'll be minus these two guys, as opposed to...I don't know...let's say a WR shooting himself in the leg just before the playoff run.  Not that this would ever happen...oh, wait...But enough looking back.  I'm looking ahead.  The jerks in green may be the team to beat in the NFC East this year (definitely not the class of the division though), but that's preseason on paper (hear me Washington fans?) and the G-Men are still one of the six or seven best teams in the NFC.  Get to the playoffs, anything can happen - right Pats fans?

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:06 pm

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

I think when he wrote GREENER, he was referring to the eagles team color of being green.

Since: Jul 21, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:22 am

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

@ jessesmash and babyfarmer.. Yes little brained people , I do watch football. And unlike you two morons I actually pay attention instead of playing video games. The Eagles do like to run the ball, thats why they led the NFC with 2,324 yards and a avg. of 5.4 per carry. Only Rams, Giants, Tampa, and Atlanta had more attempts. So yes, I do think they like to run the ball and if you two boneheads knew anything, you would too!

Since: Jul 21, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:41 am

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

If you think Vick cannot take this team deep into the playoffs then you have been watching too much womens softball. This guy is playing fantastic, better then he ever has. Now he has a bruising back and hes loaded at WR. Plus this defense is gonna give him ample time to shredd opposing defenses. Granted , the Giants will put a decent team out there its clear the Eagles are the team to beat. So put down your milk glass and turn off softball and you might get a clue.

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: August 12, 2011 10:43 pm

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

Ok, simply put. Vick is still not gonna take any team far enough..he had a 4 game strech, and yes he looked unstopable...then he finished the last six and looked like a lost soul. It doesnt matter who ya put there, ya have an undicipline team, and an idiot as  a coach..

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2011 7:41 pm

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

Think of the threat of a 4-man O-line, McCoy in the backfield with Vick, Jackson, Maclin, Avant & Smith spreadout and Celek at TE.........That's a legitimate 2 runner, 6 receiver threat!  I LOVE IT!!!
You're gonna love that illegal formation flag when it lines up, then.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2011 2:43 pm

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

It's a tough league to balance and the risks outweigh the benefits with all of these non-signings this year.  O'hara and Seubert were instrumental on the line BUT they are old.  Baas is going to be solid, Beaty should round into form and the line will be great.  Smith is a tough one to let go but it was apparent by the end of last year the Nicks is the go to guy.  he might just be the best WR in the league this year.  Manningham is a legit #2 and someone will rise up for the 3rd spot.  Cruz wants it, Hixon has potential and then some young and hungries are righ there.  Osi is a crybaby.  Good season here, terrible injury there then a mediocre season to say the least and then last year.  He has a contract, he got paid for being hurt or mediocre and now he wants a raise after one solid year?  Paul-Pierre and Tuck will own it.  Osi should enjoy his money and play football.  No one is talking about the special teams.  They were terrible last year and cost a lot of position and potentially games.  Also, LB is still soft and the CB's are thin.  These talks are the least of the G-Men's worries. 

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