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By: Eran Fabian

Tom Coughlin has won two Super Bowls in his eight years with the New York Giants.

Ok, honestly, the Giants only signed him through 2014 but I think we would all be surprised if Tom is still able to talk without urinating on himself by the end of this contract.

Since becoming a head coach in 1995 for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tom Coughlin has had his fair share of successes but with little recognition. His 142-114 (.555) is certainly nothing to be sniffed at. Going 12-7 for his career in the playoffs, Coughlin has coached the Giants to two Super Bowls (2007 & 2011). In both appearances he faced a highly favored New England Patriots team and both times he came out ahead.

There are few coaches out there whose successes are as overlooked as Coughlin’s. The Giants have all the pieces and, with Coughlin coming back, there is no reason for them not to be expected to playing well into the playoffs.

Tom Coughlin’s contract will keep him as head coach through the 2014 season but the terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed.

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By: Eran Fabian

Since 2001 when the Baltimore Ravens were featured in the first ever season of HBO’s Hard Knocks, NFL fans across the country have been tuning in to watch some of the best personalities in the game light up the screen. The show has allowed us into the locker room and has let us get a better look at who these guys truly are. We don’t have to wade through their politically correct answers to the media, we get to watch them struggle and fight and say things that could make Howard Stern blush.

Antonio Cromartie struggles to remember the names of his 7 kids.

That is what makes this next season so exciting on Hard Knocks. I am not, nor will I ever allow myself to be, a Miami Dolphins fan BUT there are very few teams that would have me this excited to watch. Sure, the Jets’ Antonio Cromartie won’t be there to tell me about his seven children (four of which are all four years old) and the man formerly known as Chad Johnson won’t be running around throwing out catch phrases like ‘Child Please!’ and ‘Kiss Da Baby!’ but the Dolphins do have a lot to keep viewers tied in from start to finish.

Rookie Quarterback and 1st round draft pick, Ryan Tannehill will battle Matt Moore and David Garrard for the starting gig (I don’t care too much about Tannehill but if it will keep his fiancée on screen, I’m all for it). Daniel Thomas will try to hold off Lex Hilliard and the once great Steve Slayton to keep his job at tailback. Brandon Marshall has moved on to greener pastures, which will leave the door open at receiver for guys like Davone Bess, Bryan Hartline, and, rookie wideout, B.J. Cunningham. Not to mention the rumors that Plaxico “Sharpshooter” Burress is seeking a tryout with the team.

The defensive side of the ball lacks the star power of Hard Knocks’ teams from previous seasons but the Dolphins are deceptively good. Ranking 3rd against the run last year (and 15th in total defense), the Miami Dolphins are good enough to force teams to be one-dimensional. Unfortunately, that dimension happens to be their biggest weakness as the finished 25th against the pass last year. If the Dolphins’ secondary can come together, the Dolphins may be able to provide the rookie QB some room for a learning curve.

Let’s also not forget that the conductor of this circus will be rookie head coach Joe Philbin. The former QB coach out of Green Bay(where he worked with 2 future HOFers) will look to groom Tannehill and help him break the mold of the perennial loser that is a Miami Dolphin QB. Sure Joe might not discuss his odd foot fetish, like that of Jets’ coach Rex Ryan, or have an extremely short fuse, like former Ravens’ head coach Brian Billick, but his energy and experience with a high-powered offense, like Green Bay, may be just what the doctor ordered.

New head coach Joe Philbin must get his young team ready for a tough season.

HBO may have struck it rich this year with the underperforming and extremely young locker room in Miami. It has been 40 years since the ’72 Dolphins tore through the NFL en route to the only undefeated season in NFL history (No Patriots fans, second place doesn’t count). Maybe it is time for the Dolphins to give the city of Miami something to cheer about.  Now, ‘Let’s go get a God damn snack!’

Hard Knocks will premiere on HBO Tuesday, August 7th at 10pm.

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Posted: May 31, 2012 in NFL
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Morris Claiborne was selected 6th overall by the Dallas Cowboys.

You can never have too much of a good thing and that rule really holds true in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys made some serious moves in the draft and jumped up to take CB Morris Claiborne (51 tackles, 6 INTs as a senior) out of LSU with the 6th overall pick. That selection paired with the signing of former KC Chief CB, Brandon Carr (45 tackles, 4 INTs in 2011) means that the Cowboys will have three corners that could easily be the #1 on any other squad.

Mike Jenkins made it clear that once the Cowboys drafted Claiborne he wanted out. But Jerry Jones has made it clearer that he has no intention of trading him any time soon. In a league that has gone pass happy over the last few years, it is no surprise that Jerry Jones wants to form the greatest secondary possible.  And let’s not forget about the 4th man on the roster, Orlando Scandrick (49 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 INT in 2011), who just signed an extension through 2017.

Despite having a poor performance last year (24 tackles, 1 INT in 12 games) there is no denying that Jenkins makes them better defensively and, with QB Tony Romo having a tendency for turning the ball over, defense may just be where the Cowboys want to keep their focus. Especially considering they will be forced to face Michael Vick, Eli Manning, and the brand new Robert Griffin, III a total of six times this season.

If Jenkins can return to his 2009 form (49 tackles, 5 INTs), or even show flashes of the way he played back then, the Cowboys will surely shut down the passing game against all of their opponents. Maybe this will finally be the Cowboy’s year (eventually it has to be, right?)

By: Eran Fabian