New York Sun columns

I covered pro football for the New York Sun for five years. Click here to visit my column at the Sun’s website.

2007 Season
Giants Fans Can Relish Dawn of the Manning Era – January 29, 2008
Two Quarterbacks Forever Linked Together – January 17, 2008
Giants Go to Dallas With Momentum on Their Side – January 11, 2008
In Playoffs, Manning Must Meet Expectations – January 4, 2008

Pressuring Brady Is Only Way Giants Can Prevail – December 28, 2007
As Jets Play Out String, Titans Fight for Wild Card – December 21, 2007
Giants Must Refocus Around Power Running Game – December 21, 2007
Jets Need Everything To Click, or Rout Is On – December 14, 2007
Rusty Redskins QB May Be Giants’ Ticket to Playoffs – December 14, 2007
Giants Should Overwhelm Eagles in the Trenches – December 7, 2007

Giants Need To Silence Talk of Late-Season Slide – November 30, 2007
The One Team That Makes The Jets Look Good – November 30, 2007
Giants Must Slow Viking Run Attack – November 23, 2007
Jets Must Do Everything They Did Vs. Steelers, Plus More – November 21, 2007
Victory For Giants Hinges on Lions’ Secondary – November 16, 2007
Romo Interceptions Are Essential to a Giants Win – November 9, 2007
Clemens Needs To Be Perfect To Have Shot Against Skins – November 2, 2007

Run Defense Will Determine Winner of Jets Vs. Bills – October 26, 2007
In London, Giants May Eat Dolphins and Chips – October 26, 2007
With Smith Out, 49ers Will Lean on Run – October 19, 2007
Jets Want To Avoid Shootout Vs. Bengals – October 19, 2007
Giants Must Limit Turnovers To Win in Prime Time – October 15, 2007
Jets Meet Another Team Desperate To Salvage Its Season – October 12, 2007
Giants’ Red-Hot Defense Poised To Ground the Jets – October 5, 2007

Jets, Giants Must Keep Momentum Vs. Division Foes – September 28, 2007
Jets Need Running Game To Awaken Versus Miami – September 21, 2007
Eli or Not, Giant Pass Defense the Biggest Concern – September 14, 2007
Jets, Giants Draw Bitter Rivals First – September 7, 2007

2006 Season
Uphill Playoff Battles for New York Teams – January 5, 2007

The Giants’ “Groundhog Day” Effect – December 29, 2006
Giants Must Not Let Saints Dictate Tempo – December 22, 2006
Harrington Mistakes on the Jets’ Christmas List – December 22, 2006
Two Division Rivals Are Back From the Dead – December 15, 2006
Jets Must Be Aggressive to Sink Vikings’ Ship – December 15, 2006
Giants, Jets Need Wins to Keep Wild Card in Reach – December 8, 2006
At 6-5, Very Little Room for Error for Giants, Jets – December 1, 2006

Giants, Jets Must Capitalize on Winnable Games – November 24, 2006
Jags May Actually Have More Injury Problems Than Giants – November 20, 2006
Welcome Back: Bears Return to Take on Surging Jets – November 17, 2006
Giants Need to Follow Miami’s Blueprint vs. Bears – November 10, 2006
Giants Must Avoid Overlooking Texans – November 3, 2006

Jets, Giants Each Draw a Beleaguered Offense – October 23, 2006
Putting Pressure on Bledsoe Essential for Giants Tonight – October 23, 2006
Jets Must Finish the Game Strong Against Toothless Lions – October 20, 2006
As Giants Try to Stop Vick,Jets Look to Fry Fish – October 13, 2006
Giants, Jets Look to Erase Disappointing Losses – October 6, 2006

Jets Face Their First Real Test With Colts – September 29, 2006
Jets, Giants Travel to Unfriendly Confines – September 22, 2006
Jets and Giants Both Have a Date with an Old Friend – September 15, 2006
Brothers Forced to Do Battle (Oh Yeah, Jets Are Playing Too) – September 8, 2006

2005 Season
Panthers Shut Mistake-Prone Giants Out of Playoffs – January 9, 2006
Injuries or No, Jets Were Never Going to Contend in ’05 – January 6, 2006
With Kansas City Calling, Jets Mull End of Edwards Era
– January 5, 2006

Giants Looking for Rhythm, Jets Looking for the Exit
December 30, 2005
Rival Redskins Stand Between Giants and NFC East CrownDecember 23, 2005
Giants Try To Jump Hurdle, While Jets Try To Be HurdleDecember 16, 2005
Philadelphia Freedom
– December 9, 2005
It’s Playoff Time Already for Giants & Cowboys – December 2, 2005

Giants Clash with NFC’s Strongest Team – November 25, 2005
Eagles Stumble into Meadowlands – November 18, 2005
Gang Green, Big Blue Face Midterm Exams – November 11, 2005
California Dreaming- November 4, 2005

Calling All Defenders for Division Battle – October 28, 2005
Autumn Winds Carry Changing Fortunes – October 21, 2005
Giant Reunion Awaits in Dallas – October 14, 2005
Testaverde Fills One of Many Holes – October 7, 2005

It’s All About the Quarterbacks
– September 30, 2005
Jets and Giants Take to the Air – September 23, 2005
Giants, Jets Rev Up the Running Games – September 16, 2005
Sunday Preview: Jets/Chiefs and Giants/Cardinals – September 9, 2005

Can Pennington Shoulder the Jets Hopes for 2005? – August 3, 2005
Four Questions for the 2005 Giants – August 2, 2005

For Jets, Giants Second Day Provides Depth – April 25, 2005
Making the Most of a Weak Hand
– April 14, 2005
Jets Need Spare Parts to Contend in 2005
– April 13. 2005

Big Blue Taking Giant Steps Despite Lack of Big Names – March 15, 2005

2004 Season
Atlanta’s One-Trick Pony Stumbles – January 24, 2005
A More Aggressive Approach
– January 20, 2005
With Heavy Heart, Jets Look to 2005
– January 17, 2005
Four Simple Ways to Beat the Steelers
– January 14, 2005
Shaky Jets Offense Earns A Reprieve – January 10, 2005
Jets, Chargers Defying Expectations
– January 7, 2005
Was Eli Manning Worth the Playoffs? – January 4, 2005 
Gang Green Puts Its Weaknesses On Display
– January 3, 2005

Warner is First to Jump Giants’ Ship – December 30, 2004
Gang Green Should Go Long – December 24, 2004
Peyton Manning and the Greatest Season Ever – December 22, 2004
Aggressive Jets Put it All Together – December 20, 2004
A Familiar Fade at Giants Stadium – December 17, 2004
Squandered Opportunities
– December 13, 2004
Jets Toughest Test Waits in Pittsburgh – December 10, 2004
Jets, Pennington Back on Track
– December 6, 2004
Time For Giants to Focus on Youth
– December 2, 2004

Jets Won’t Go Far With Dull Offense – November 29, 2004
Thanksgiving Preview: Peyton Manning and Lots of Turkey
– November 24, 2004
Mixed Emotions for Giants Fans as Eli Arrives
– November 22, 2004
Jets Offense Must Revisit West Coast
– November 19, 2004
Manning Will Make A Difference
– November 16, 2004
Giants and Jets Moving Backwards – November 15, 2004
Are the Giants a Playoff Team?: Mid-season Report Card – November 11, 2004
Strong Jets Team Faces Biggest Test Yet: Mid-Season Report Card – November 9, 2004
Jets, Giants Give Away Games – November 8, 2004
Giants’ Foundations Built From Draft’s Middle Rounds – November 5, 2004
Big Blue Victory Begins and Ends with Defense
– November 1, 2004

Giants Improvement is Deceptive – October 28, 2004
Flat Giants Among Week 7 Victims
– October 25, 2004
Enigmatic Giants Should Roll Over Paper Lions
– October 22, 2004
Key Adjustments Help Jets Eke Out Win – October 18, 2004
NFL Secondaries Contribute Quietly
– October 15, 2004
Giants Bend But Don’t Break
– October 11, 2004
Push Comes to Shove: Great Defense Starts with Line – October 7 , 2004
Martin Powering Jets’ Fast Start – October 4, 2004
Offensive Lines Clear Paths to Success – October 1, 2004

Coughlin’s Get-Tough Approach Paying Off for Giants – September 27, 2004
Decade’s Two Best Quarterbacks Square Off
– September 23, 2004
Welcome to the Golden Age of Coaching
-September 22, 2004
Jets, Jaguars Highlight NFL’s Early Surprises
– September 20, 2004
Griffin Looks to Keep Broncos Feet on the Ground
– September 17, 2004
Giants and Jets Moving in Opposite Directions – September 13, 2004
2004 NFC Preview – September 9, 2004
On Target: Previewing the AFC – September 8, 2004

Giants Struggle to Adapt in Evolving NFC East - August 31, 2004
Another Reprieve For Giants’ Dayne – August 17, 2004
Warner Holds the Reins… for Now
– August 12, 2004
Encouraging Signs at Jets-Giants Session – August 9, 2004
Revamped Jets Squad Heads to Camp – August 3, 2004

Looking Up: 2004 Giants Head Into Training Camp – July 29, 2004

As Giants Cut Collins, Veteran Backup QB Becomes Necessary – April 29, 2004
Accorsi’s Manning Deal is Story of the Decade – April 26, 2004
First Class: Sean Lahman Projects the First Round Picks – April 23, 2004
Cornerbacks, Wide Receivers Highlight Draft Class – April 19, 2004
Giants Need to Make a Bold Move – April 9, 2004
Defense is Key to Jets’ Draft Plan – April 1, 2004

Clarett’s Behavior Raises Questions – February 23, 2004

2003 Season
Patriots and Panthers Offer a Blueprint for Jets Turnaround – February 9, 2004
Super Surprise: Defensive Battle Becomes Exciting Quarterback Duel –  February 2, 2004

Panthers may Be Boring, But Could Give Patriots a Pounding – January 30, 2004
How John Fox Led Remarkable Panthers Revival – January 23, 2004
Defense Rules the Day as Patriots, Panthers Advance to Super Bowl – January 19, 2004
Quarterbacks Take Center Stage
– January 16, 2004
Upsets Mark Wild Playoff Weekend
– January 12, 2004
As NFL Playoffs Progress, Home Field Advantage is Crucial
– January 9, 2004
Coughlin Era Begins with Challenges
– January 7, 2004
Manning Silences Critics With Historic Performance – January 5, 2004
Irresistable Rushers Meet Immovable Defenses
– January 2, 2004
BCS Still Needs a Playoff System
– January 2, 2004

The Year of Parity – December 29, 2003
Handing Out the NFL Hardware – December 26, 2003
Shifting Weather, Changing Fortunes
– December 22, 2003
Cursed by Offseason Mistakes – December 19, 2003
Who Will the Giants Turn to Next? – December 18, 2003 
Manning Playing Like MVP; Martin, Bettis Climbing All-Time Rushing Ranks
– December 15, 2003
What Have You Done For Us Lately, Coach?
– December 12, 2003
The Risks and Rewards of Rookie Quarterbacks – December 8, 2003
NFL’s Big Weekend Will Settle Playoff Picture
– December 5, 2003
NFL’s Hottest Teams Don’t Need Superstars
– December 1, 2003

Harrington, Lions Look to Brighter Future – November 28, 2003
Stingy Defense and Balanced Offense Mark NFL’s Hottest Teams – November 24, 2003
Untapped Talent on NFL Sidelines – November 21, 2003
Bengals Roar Back From Decade of Slumber – November 17, 2003
Magic Numbers: Decoding the NFL’s Playoff Picture – November 14, 2003
Why QB Depth is Crucial – November 10, 2003
Midseason Review: Big Surprises in Division Leaders
– November 7, 2003
Back to the Playoffs? Don’t Count On It – November 3, 2003

Jets. Giants Put Playoff Hopes to a Test – October 31, 2003
When the Fans Deserve A Letter of Apology – October 27, 2003
Is There Any Hope for the Giants? – October 24, 2003
How the Falcons Have Fallen – October 20, 2003
Bears Stumbling, Barber Fumbling – October 17, 2003
Lombardi’s Wise Words – October 13, 2003
From Famine to Feast – October 10, 2003
Many Unhappy Returns – October 6, 2003
Wear and Tear Will Catch Up With Ricky Williams
– October 3, 2003

Bills Getting Run Over, Cowboys Running Wild
– September 29, 2003
Falcons Faltering, Holmes Sparkling – September 26, 2003
Coach on the Couch (Week 3) – September 22, 2003
When 30-Year Old Running Backs Break Down – September 19, 2003
The Uses and Misuses of the 3-4 Defense – September 17, 2003
Coach on the Couch (Week 2) – September 15, 2003
Rookie QB Woes Not Necessarily Bad Omen – September 12, 2003
Coach on the Couch (Week 1) – September 8, 2003
Does Running Game Still Matter in NFL? – September 3, 2003

Young Beats Old Among Backup QBs – August 27, 2003