New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin delivered a passionate, 18-minute speech to his team yesterday at the end of a 3-day minicamp.
The message? Do not forget the disappointment of last season. Coming off a Super Bowl win, the Giants (12-4) posted the best record in the NFC and then flopped at home in their first playoff game against the Eagles.
"They need to think long and hard about the disappointment of January in terms of what we have created for ourselves and how badly we want to prioritize our 2009 season," Coughlin said.
Veterans said there were four key points to Coughlin's message heading into the 6-week vacation before training camp.
Remember last year. Work hard to be ready for camp. Be accountable to your teammates on and off the field both, a clear reference to receiver Plaxico Burress letting down the team last season by shooting himself in the leg.
The final thought pertained to the team as a whole. Coughlin let the players know this was a group that still had all the ingredients and was capable of winning another Super Bowl.
In other NFL news:
* New Orleans coach Sean Payton has moved out of his home in suburban Mandeville because of Chinese drywall. Certain wallboard imported from China is suspected of causing a chemical reaction - which gets worse with heat and humidity - that gives off a rotten-egg stench and corrodes metal. Payton is suing the drywall manufacturer, the supplier and the home builder.
* Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has not surrendered to authorities in West Texas to face burglary and drug-related charges.
* Junior midfielder Jimmy Sinnott, a La Salle High product, this season shared Catholic University's top spot for goals scored with 24.
* Point guard Ramone Williams, of Math, Civics and Sciences, has committed to play basketball at Gwynedd-Mercy.
* Longtime Philadelphia University women's basketball assistant Paul Stadelberger has accepted the head coaching position at the University of the Sciences.
* Police in Dallas said Jeffrey Fleming, a 20-year-old UCLA tennis player, was in a coma after somebody punched him following a country music concert.
* NASCAR driver Carl Long's suspension has been reduced to eight races from a record 12, but his record $200,000 fine remains. *
* Florida State said the NCAA infractions committee intends to uphold sanctions against the school that would take away wins in 10 sports, including as many as 14 by football coach
* The Phoenix Club of Philadelphia, founded last year by Michael G. Horsey, a certified public accountant, tonight will honor Public League basketball players of the year during a dinner at the Union League. Athletic and academic achievement are considered. The honorees: male, Sam Prescott, Imhotep Charter; female, Janaa Pickard, Central. This year, the club also will honor suburban players Khalif Wyatt (Norristown) and Shante Evans (West Chester Henderson).