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Giants did what they had to do

Posted on: December 2, 2008 6:56 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2008 7:05 pm

Well, no surprise here. I don't think Burress plays another down for the Giants anyway.

When I spoke to someone with the club this week and asked if coach Tom Coughlin had tired of the wide receiver I was told, "he tired of him weeks ago." Translation: Burress was cooked.

The Giants had warned the guy that he was walking a fine line, with Coughlin suspending him earlier this season, but the message didn't seem to get through. Now Burress not only has thumbed his nose at them and New York City law, he brought linebacker Antonio Pierce into the mess with him. Pierce on Monday described it as "a headache," but it's much, much more -- as he and Burress are about to find out.

But Burress is where this all started, so it's where the Giants start by getting him out of their sight the rest of the season. Look, it's one thing to be a menace to yourself; it's another to affect -- or infect -- the rest of the team, and that seems to be what happened here.

I don't care that he and Pierce pal around together, but I do wonder what they're doing out at a nightclub at 1 a.m. two nights before a game. Burress wasn't going to play, but Pierce would. And did. Oh, yeah, there's also that matter of what in the world anyone is doing carrying a loaded gun into a nightclub.

At this point, I don't think the Giants care about answers. By putting him on the reserve/non-football injury list they don't have to pay the guy. I know his lawyer said Burress could play if he were allowed, but a league source told me that he would first have to pass a team physical ... and if he didn't this could happen. Well, it did, and Plaxico Burress has no one to blame but himself.

But this is just the beginning, folks. If you listened to New York mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday you heard someone who promises no restraint in pursuing this incident. The least of Burress' troubles are with the Giants. Now Burress can answer to the NFL and the city of New York, and good luck.

The Giants will miss him on the field, but Burress pushed them until Coughlin and the club could bend no farther. This isn't about what Plaxico Burress means to the locker room or the huddle; this is what he means to an organization that prides itself on doing the right thing. And the right thing here was ending his season now so Plaxico Burress can focus on what matters most -- and that's his future.

Category: NFL

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2008 10:56 pm

Giants did what they had to do

Giants are looking at a championship season essentially without burress anyway. defense and a sick ground game carry us to back to back superbowl titles.

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2008 10:55 pm

Giants did what they had to do

Cowboys won't exit in the first round.  They won't make it to playoffs.

Since: Nov 8, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2008 10:03 pm

Giants did what they had to do

to be honest, I'm a Patriots fan and I am not exactly fond of the Giants.  But I have to hand it to them that it takes a lot of guts to suspend your star receiver for the rest of the year and probably ending his career.  But under the circumstances it was a very good decision.  Tom Coughlin had warned him [and suspended] him earlier in the season and he just went out and did something stupid again.  Plaxico needs to clean up this mess right away before he's unanimously hated by the state of New York.

Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2008 9:58 pm

The Colts did what they had to do as well

At the beginning of the season the Colts best defensive tackle was suspended for off field reasons. Just because he is not a high-profile player I think they did the right thing by suspending him. Ed Johnson was a very goo player at Penn State and was a very good playe for the Colts and the first time any trouble came from him, they cut him. I applauded that move and I applaud the Giants for this move because these players will be nothing but headaches for the rest of their season and/or careers. Some people learn how to grow up but the vast majority never do and it is good to see some people have learned when enough is enough.

Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2008 9:36 pm

Giants did what they had to do

As an Eagles fan I'm proud to be in a conference with a team that is willing to do what is right in any situation, even if it is the stinkin' New York Giants. Anyhow I don't think you have to worry about the Giants season going down the tubes. You may lose a very slight edge without having Plaxico to catch passes and make clutch plays. However the Giants still have one of the top defenses in the league. You also still have Eli Manning and Hixon filled in pretty well for Burress last game so he'll be there. Toomer is a veteran and its always great to have those around. I hate to say it but its almost like the Giants are destined to win. They lost Osi and Strahan retired. Two big hits to this defense. Now a hit to the offense occurs. You are right about this team being what it really is, a team. It's nice to see that its not just all about winning in the NFL for some teams. It seems that Dallas will sign just about anybody, ex con or not, just to get back to the glory days. The Giants though are setting a good precedent for how teams need to handle disgruntled and unruly players. At the same time they continue to dominate on the football field which is highly unfortunate for us Eagle fans and anyone else in the league and their fans.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2008 9:17 pm

Giants did what they had to do

Go into the tank? Are you for real? They don't need that guy...they're fine and with him away from them they'll be better. This coming from a "Skins fan. You guys are scary good and well the 'Skins didn't make you look like you missed him. LOL The G-men are poised for another SB run and the 'Skins I think are A-N-O-T-H-E-R season away from doing something. When I say another that means unfortunately next year is out of the question. Go for it and bring it back to the NFC East.

Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2008 9:14 pm

Giants did what they had to do

It really doesn't matter.  If the Giants really needed Plaxico Burress they would be in his corner, but they don't.  Will Burress play again?  As soon as his legal woes are over, yes he will. 

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2008 9:09 pm

Giants did what they had to do

Yes the Giants did what they needed...its unfortunate because Plax will miss out of what can be another special season...its his own doing....but listening to the mayor and say that he will be prosecuted to the fullest....well mayor there are bigger issues in the city than this one....look at the front page of the Post this morning, besides Plax's picture....or should I say page 3....a bus that is someone who should be prosecuted to the fullest extent....I am not saying what Plax did was right, but priorities other issues bigger in the city than this one....

The Giants can win without him, already proven that....but not to have him on the field as another weapon., could hurt, but I doubt it.....

Just take one game at a time, put this in the past and that is what the Giants did tonight......focus and dont lose that focus.,....

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2008 9:09 pm

Giants did what they had to do

He'll end up in Dallas next. Jerry Jones has shown that he couldn't care less about character.

Since: Aug 30, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2008 8:52 pm

Giants did what they had to do

The Giants organization did the right thing by acting swiftly and in the best interest of the club.  This guy proved to be a cancer long before this incident but they caught it early enough to treat effectively.  I'm tired of hearing about egos out of control who don't appreciate the millions of $$$ to chase a da*n ball around while the rest of the country is struggling to save a few pennies here and there to make sure they can put together a mortgage payment.  A few of the guys get it I'm sure, but there are still too many that don't and Plax is a poster child to highlight their ignorance.  Unfortunatelly he also casts a cloud of negativity for responsible gun owners everywhere who shake their heads in collective disbelief.

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