The Giants will clash with the Bucs this afternoon and if Tampa’s offensive scheme looks familiar, it’s no mistake. Their offensive coordinator, Mike Sullivan, was a Giants assistant under Tom Coughlin for eight seasons.
From USA Today’s Game On!…..
“……last Sunday when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scored the first touchdown of coach Greg Schiano’s regime, a 6-yard pass from Josh Freeman to Mike Williams.
What made the moment simple is it’s an old, reliable play new Bucs offensive coordinator and former New York Giants assistant coach Mike Sullivan brought with him from East Rutherford, N.J., where the Giants have been running it successfully for years under coach Tom Coughlin and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.
In fact, David Tyree’s touchdown in Super Bowl XLII (i.e. the pass he caught with his hands, not his head) was this very play…”
Some quick hits…….
K Lawrence Tynes has made a franchise-record 160 consecutive extra points. The last miss was vs. San Francisco on Oct. 21, 2007. The team mark had been held by Pete Gogolak (133) from 1967-72.
Tom Coughlin is tied with Jeff Fisher for 19th on the all-time regular season win list with 142. With a victories today, both will move into a tie with former Bills’ coach Marv Levy. Only two other active coaches have more wins: Bill Belichick (176) and Mike Shanahan (158).
Eli Manning will be starting his 121st consecutive game at QB this afternoon, which is the longest of any active signal-caller. San Diego’s Philip Rivers, ironically, is second with 104. Eli’s streak is third all-time behind Brett Favre (297) and brother Peyton (208).
Last week, RB Ahmad Bradshaw moved into ninth place on the Giants’ all-time rushing list, passing 1950′s HB Eddie Price. With 86 yards today, he will move past fan favorite Doug Kotar (3295).