December 28, 2014 |
By the time he traded for Eli Manning at the 2004 NFL draft, Ernie Accorsi was already an old newspaper guy and knew how the game worked. A former sportswriter at The Inquirer, Accorsi was the New York Giants' general manager from 1998 to 2007, and his signature decision over that period was to bank that, in a draft class that included Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger, Manning was the true crown jewel. "I remember the Harrisburg paper - it's my local paper, where I grew up - said, 'Accorsi bets his future on Eli Manning,' " Accorsi, a native of Hershey, said in a recent phone interview.
January 30, 2012 |
Ernie Accorsi spent more than 30 years working in NFL front offices. As general manager of the New York Giants, he hired Tom Coughlin as head coach and worked the draft day deal that brought quarterback Eli Manning to the team. And whenever he needed advice, he consulted his old friend, Joe Paterno. "I can't tell you how many times I called him and said, 'How do you think I should handle this?' " Accorsi said in a telephone interview Friday, five days after the passing of the former Penn State head coach at age 85. "He always had something good to say. He was right on the money every time.
September 17, 2006 |
The first thing Ernie Accorsi does is apologize for missing the call, and then asks breathlessly, "Do you want to know what I've been doing for the last 45 minutes?" Uh, yes? "I've been filing my formal application for Social Security and Medicare," Accorsi says, "and if you don't think the word red tape applies, you just don't know. " It is that time, sad as it is. Accorsi is less than two months away from his 65th birthday, and after this season, his ninth as head of the New York Giants' football operations, Accorsi will retire.
November 25, 2005 |
When Brett Favre thinks about his future after this season, he says he won't be swayed by Green Bay's 2005 record - even though it almost certainly will be the first losing season of his career. The Packers are 2-8 going into Sunday's game against the Eagles. "Whether we're 2-8 or 8-2, really will not play a part in my decision," Favre said at his weekly news conference, asked if his play over the final six games of the season might determine his interest in returning. "I feel like I'm playing as well right now as I've played in previous years.
August 18, 2005 |
It was a simple question Michael Strahan wasn't prepared to answer. After losing seven of their last eight games against the Eagles, including four straight, how much ground, if any, have the New York Giants gained this off-season on their NFC East rivals? "I don't know," Strahan said after a recent training-camp practice here. "We'll have to figure that out when we play, because they're a tough team and they're playing with a lot of confidence. We're just trying to find ourselves.
December 30, 2004 |
Two-time MVP quarterback Kurt Warner plans to leave the New York Giants after this season rather than remain a backup to Eli Manning. "I am not going to be content being a backup, that's just the bottom line," Warner said yesterday. "I loved my year here, but I am not content being a backup. I think I showed people and did things here and won games and that I have proven I can play and start in this league. " Warner, 33, said the Giants know how he feels. "I think that everybody's thought process right now is I want to be somewhere starting next year, and they know it's not here with the New York Giants," said Warner, the onetime Arena League player who led the St. Louis Rams to two Super Bowl appearances, including a championship after the 1999 season.
April 29, 2004 |
Kerry Collins, who led the New York Giants to the 2001 Super Bowl, was released yesterday after refusing to take a pay cut to help the team stay under the National Football League's salary cap. The Giants asked Collins to restructure his contract after acquiring quarterback Eli Manning - the No. 1 pick in this year's draft - in a trade with the San Diego Chargers on Saturday. When Collins refused, the Giants had to release him because he was set to count $8.95 million against the team's $80.6 million payroll limit for 2004.
April 27, 2004 |
With Eli Manning in town, Kerry Collins is ready to leave. Collins, who took the New York Giants to the 2001 Super Bowl, said his goodbyes yesterday after 5 years with the team. While the quarterback wasn't officially released, Collins and the Giants said that would almost surely happen in the next few days. On Saturday, the Giants traded North Carolina State quarterback Philip Rivers and three draft choices to the San Diego Chargers for Manning, the No. 1 overall pick. Manning's salary will make it almost impossible for the team to have cap room for two highly paid QBs. Collins, 31, will earn $7 million next season but will cost $8.95 million against the $80.6 mil-lion salary cap. "I figured there was no reason to hang around," Collins said after turning down a request by Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi to restructure his salary.
April 8, 2004 |
The New York Giants, known to covet Mississippi quarterback Eli Manning, have spoken with the San Diego Chargers about obtaining the first pick in the NFL draft on April 24. Chargers general manager A.J. Smith confirmed yesterday that he got a call from Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi on Tuesday. "They would like to move from four to one," said Smith, who would not discuss specifics. In a move to shore up their defensive line, the Giants signed veteran tackle Norman Hand to a two-year, $2 million contract yesterday.
October 22, 2003 |
They are worse than the Cincinnati Bengals, the NFL's gold standard for futility. And the Chicago Bears. And the Detroit Lions. Yes, things are so bad with the Eagles that they are dead last, in the cellar, with nowhere to go but up in total offense and, to add insult to injury, in passing offense. In six games, the Birds have managed 246.8 offensive yards per game, while Detroit (267.2), Cincinnati (294.8) and Chicago (253.7) have posted better numbers. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my. While the sky is black in Philadelphia - Just how do Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb get up every morning?