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Giants are in action Friday night (7 p.m. ET/NFLN Color Rush Landon Collins Jersey , WNBC) at Ford Field in Detroit as they take on the Detroit Lions in Week 2 of the 2018 NFL preseason. The regular season is creeping closer, which means each week and each game is gaining importance. Here is why you should be watching tonight’s game.Starters will play moreCoach Pat Shurmur is evasive when it comes to playing time. Still, it is logical to believe we should see more of the Giants first-teamers vs. Detroit. Offensive starters played only two series vs. the Cleveland Browns, with defensive starters getting a third series after surrendering a Cleveland touchdown. Don’t be surprised to see some starters play into the second quarter Friday night.Davis Webb vs. Kyle LaulettaIs the door open, at least a crack, for Lauletta to steal the No. 2 quarterback job that has been assumed for months to belong to Webb? Maybe, but probably not. Yet. Webb had a rough preseason opener vs. Cleveland, while Lauletta played well. No matter what, it is fun to watch these two young quarterbacks develop, and compete. I have said before and will say again, though, this is a long-term competition and not a three- or four-week one.Position battles Chris and Dan did excellent offensive and defensive “what to watch” breakdowns looking at the various position battles. You can find those here:Giants vs. Lions: Giants offensive players who need strong performancesGiants at Lions: 11 Giants with the most to prove on defenseI just want to highlight a few of the position battles, and players, I am most interested in seeing Friday night.Wayne Gallman — The second-year running back has been the third-team back behind Saquon Barkley and Jonathan Stewart. Coach Pat Shurmur said this week he has been “gaining an appreciation” for Gallman. With no Barkley tonight, Gallman has a big opportunity to force the Giants to consider getting him more snaps once the regular season starts.Amba Etta-Tawo — A spring and early-summer sensation, Etta-Tawo drew a big pass interference call vs. the Browns last week but had no catches. He would seem to be on the bubble between 53-man roster and a likely practice squad spot, and could use a big game.Starting offensive line — The revamped group didn’t play badly against the Browns, but there were a couple of communication issues picking up stunts and blitzes. With a little more game-planning going into this game, will that issue improve? Also, to be honest I’m still looking for Jon Halapio to show me why the Giants believe he can be their starting center.Backup offensive linemen — We talked about this position battle earlier in the week. The snap counts tonight might give us an indication of who might be in and which guys should maybe make sure they don’t sign any long-term leases.A.J. Francis vs. Robert Thomas — Good friend and Giants beat writer Patricia Traina said the other day on ‘Locked on Giants’ she thinks there is only room for one of these guys on the 53-man roster. With Josh Mauro suspended for the first four games and R.J. McIntosh still on the Active/Non-Football Illness list I believe there is room for both. If nothing else Youth Sterling Shepard Jersey , though, they are competing for snaps as part of the defensive line rotation.Can Curtis Riley grab his chance? — After two years as a backup corner with the Tennessee Titans, Riley came to the Giants without high expectations. With Darian Thompson not really impressing, and now missing time with a hamstring, Riley has a chance tonight to cement his status as the starting free safety.Backup cornerbacks — Who’s it gonna be? Donte Deayon is frittering away his chance as he deals with a hamstring injury. William Gay, B.W. Webb, Grant Haley, Leonard Johnson and Chris Lewis-Harris all remain in the fray when it comes to figuring the corners behind Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple. The New York Football Giants are responsible for the tradition of folks in the stands chanting, “De-fense! De-fense! De-fense!” This began in 1956 because the Giants had so many stars on the defense and basically controlled the outcome of many a contest. Before then, only offensive players were the darlings of the crowd as well as the newspapers. One of those stars was a DT by the name of Dick Modzelewski. On Friday, Richard Blair Modzelewski passed away at his home in Eastlake, Ohio at the age of 87. They called him “Little Mo” because of his older brother Ed who also played in the NFL. He grew up in Pennsylvania the son of Polish immigrants where his father was a coal miner. In 1955, the defense played a 5-2-4 formation which was held over from former head coach Steve Owen who retired after the 1953 season and was then hired as head scout for the franchise. CB Tom Landry was then installed as the defensive coordinator and was a player/coach until 1956 when he hung up his cleats to devote his attention to coaching full-time. Jim Lee Howell was hired as head coach. In the 1956 NFL draft, the Giants selected a center from West Virginia in the third-round named Sam Huff. After struggling to learn the offense with only a 235-pound frame, Landry liked Huff’s mean streak and ability to follow instructions and asked Huff to play linebacker. In round four, the team had selected DE Jim Katcavage. They also made a trade with the Los Angeles Rams for DE Andy Robustelli. Modzelewski was added to this mix in a trade with the Detroit Lions and suddenly the defense was stocked with players such as LB Bill Svoboda, CB Emlen Tunnell, DT Rosey Grier, S Jimmy Patton, and CB Dick Nolan. Suddenly Alec Ogletree Jersey , the Giants’ defense was the finest in the NFL. Landry had just installed his own defense which he labeled the 4-3. The front four were Walt Yowarsky, Modzelewski, Grier and Robustelli. The linebackers were Svoboda, Huff and Harland Svare while the defensive backfield consisted of Ed Hughes, Nolan, Tunnell and Patton. The club went 8-3-1 and won the Eastern Conference. They were matched up with the Chicago Bears in the NFL Championship Game. The two teams had met during the regular season five weeks earlier in Chicago and had played to a 17-17 tie, a game in which the Giants had led 17-0.The 1956 NFL Championship Game was played at Yankee Stadium in New York, and the temperature at game time was 20 degrees. The field was a complete sheet of ice while 56,836 brave souls sat in the stands. A cold wind was blowing in from the bleachers situated in centerfield. The Bears had the league’s best scoring offense. The 1934 NFL Championship Game is well-known for being the “Sneakers Game” in which at halftime the Giants’ players switched from cleats to basketball sneakers and won the game. Robustelli owned a sporting goods store and Howell had asked him to get enough sneakers for the entire squad if needed. After warmups for the 1956 Championship Game, Howell got DB Hughes to go onto the field in a pair of cleats while RB Gene Filipski ran around in sneakers. The end result was that the Giants once again wore the sneakers and dominated the Bears 47-7 for their fourth NFL title. For Little Mo, that would become his first of two NFL titles. 1963 Kahn’s Weiners football card - courtesy Barry ShuckModzelewski was drafted in the second-round of the 1953 NFL draft by the Washington Redskins. Little Mo had instant conflicts with head coach Joe Kuharich and after two seasons, Modzelewski signed with Calgary of the Canadian Football League. The Redskins filed an injunction to stop him from leaving his contract and Calgary rescinded their offer. Instead of playing him, the Redskins traded his rights to the Pittsburgh Steelers. In those days, the Steelers were always the worst and most dysfunctional club in the NFL, so when a player was traded there it was like going to Siberia. The following year, the Steelers traded Little Mo to the Lions who then traded him to the Giants three days later. Little Mo was an instant starter and a key component to the Giants. Despite other defensive players that received quite a bit of attention such as Huff and Robustelli, he was the rock of the center of the defensive front. During the eight years he played in New York, the Giants would play in six NFL Championship Games, with 1956 the only title won. He even opened up a local restaurant. Beginning in 1962, now-Giants head coach Allie Sherman began to trade off the key defensive players for more offensive firepower as he believed anyone could be plugged in and play defense. LB Cliff Livingston was the first one traded to the Minnesota Vikings 4Dalvin Tomlinson Jersey , followed by Grier to the Rams, and then Little Mo was traded to the Cleveland Browns for WR Bobby Crespino. Known as being tough and reliable, the news of Little Mo’s trade shocked Huff. Because of the trade, Huff then went into Giants’ owner Wellington Mara’s office and fumed about the changes, and then asked Mara if he was next in line for being involved in a trade. Mara assured him that he was safe and a valued member of the Giants. One month later while eating in Little Mo’s restaurant, Huff received a phone call from his wife informing him he had been traded to the Redskins. In the 1976 book written by Gerald Eskenazi entitled They Were Giants in Those Days, Mara spoke about the various trades and admitted that he was influenced way too much by Sherman who hated defense and only wanted to focus on the offense and scoring. Mara mentioned the Huff and Modzelewski trades as the two which eventually dismantled the Giants from going to the NFL title game three years in a row, to the beginning of the “Wilderness Years.” Modzelewski would win his second NFL Championship in 1964 with the Browns and retired after the 1966 season. He became the Browns’ defensive line coach and then defensive coordinator in 1976. In 1977, Cleveland fired head coach Forrest Gregg and named Little Mo as the interim head coach for the final game of the season. The following year new head coach Sam Rutigliano offered him the DL coaching position. Instead, he accepted the DC position with the Giants. After that, he had coaching positions with the Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers and the Lions before retiring in 1989.Dick Modzelewski was inducted into the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame in 1986 and then the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993 (University of Maryland). Little Mo was named to the 1952 College All-America Team and was the starter in eight NFL championship games, a record he now shares with New England Patriots QB Tom Brady.Modzelewski’s funeral is October 26, 2018 in Mentor, Ohio. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy Jane, and four children.Barry Shuck is a pro football historical writer and a member of the Professional Football Researcher’s Association
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