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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: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:50 pm

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

I think GREENER was in caps to imply Eagles green.  E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!!!  Eli Manning head makes the Lombardi trophy look small that mongoloid.

Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: August 12, 2011 11:54 am

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

A lot of people are wondering why Jerry Reese let go of a lot of players and didn't resign or redo other players contracts. At first I was PO'd to but when I sat back and took a deep breath I realized that most of the players who left or were let go we either hurt of have been ineffective for a few years. For some of those players who  aren't there anymore to say the Giants organization is not loyal needs to retink that. The Giants could've cut Suebert and O'hare last year since they've both have been hurt for the past few years and missed big parts of the season but they didn't. being in their mid 30's and having lingering constantly reoccurring injuries made it easy to see why they got cut. And if I'm not mistaken both received extentsions while they were battling those injuries. As for Osi, Steve Smith and Boss, all have been hurt. Who in there right mind would sign a player coming off MICROFRACTURE knee surgery not knowing what the player can do? Boss never lived up to his billing, he was good but definitely replacable. It's not like he was a game changer! As far as Osi, he's good but he too has been battling injuries but he's the main one I would resign, but I'd do it mid season so I could get some idea of where he is healthwise.

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2011 10:25 am

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

This is a great signing by Philly.  It is a one year deal with 2 million guaranteed and they can fit him easily under the cap.  This provides insurance for Maclin since no one has a clue what kind of illness he has...  and this is also a good signing in case DeSean decides to walkafter the season.   You showed Smith loyalty and as long as you make him a fair offer, he will re sign.  The microfracture surgery seems crazy though and no one has yet to get back to pre-surgery form so this is a risky move, but alot more reward than risk if Smith does come back at full speed.  We will see how this one turns out, but imo, the Giants let a pivotal player on their team walk for not alot of money and that could turn out to be a big mistake.  

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2011 10:10 am

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

GreenPitBull that is a violation of NFL rules you are a moron.

Since: Aug 12, 2011
Posted on: August 12, 2011 9:50 am

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

I agree with you 100% whitetrash17. Smith was looking for a big payday and it came witht he Eagles.  I also believe the Eagles were simply trying to eliminate some of the Giants' weapons.  A healthy Steve Smith can be dangerous against a weak or tired secondary.  I also think he is now just a 3rd, 4th or 5th option for Vick.  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!!!

Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: August 12, 2011 9:33 am

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

maggot-coach, if you followed the Giants, you'd realize that the O-Line will be better this year than in last year.  Much of this is addition by subtraction.  O'Hara was simply awful last season and is coming off foot and ankle surgeries which he may never fully recover from. Releasing an equally banged-up Seubert frees Diehl to go back to his natural position at left guard, and lets the Giants get younger with Will Beatty at left tackle.  Baas is a younger and much healthier alternative at center.  This offensive line will be improved

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2011 12:08 am

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

Bitter much...I don't even care about either team, but my team loses players to our rivals all the story! Ain't this #$^% hurt?

Since: Aug 7, 2011
Posted on: August 11, 2011 11:48 pm

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

did you honestly just say that philly likes to run the ball?? have you even watched football for the last decade? If Philly likes to run the ball then pittsburgh loves to throw the ball...

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 11:37 pm

Many More INT's for Eli in 2011

Giants didn't upgrade their O-Line and let their possession receiver and tight end go, so I guess INT Eli will be lining up from shot gun with an empty back field and throw deep all season again.  And where did that get the Giants?  Well here we go again.  I guess Gerry Reece is drinking the Gilbride cool aid again.  Until Gilbride goes, the Giants are doomed.

Since: Jul 27, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 11:33 pm

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

Plus Philly likes to run the ball so why stock pile at this position?
Do you watch football at all? The Iggles, Andy Reid in particular, have utilized a pass-happy offense for years. Their RBs always catch a ton of balls, so it may seem like they run alot, but in reality, they don't.

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