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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Giants Remain Undefeated as Reeves Retains Modesty

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey -- There is only one undefeated team in the National Football Conference and it isn't the Dallas Cowboys or San Francisco 49ers.


It's the New York Giants.


They have found a way to open the season with a 3-0 record despite the retirement of Lawrence Taylor, the salary-cap decision to let Phil Simms go and the loss of six other starters to free agency.


"People didn't expect us, of all people, of all teams, to be sitting here," linebacker Corey Miller said Tuesday as the Giants left for a five-day vacation. "It really feels good going into the bye week, having beaten three divisional teams and sitting at the top all by ourselves. It's early, but we have to be excited about what we've done."


What the Giants have done is totally unexpected, considering the changes to a playoff team that went 11-5 in 1993. Many predicted nothing better than an 8-8 record and coach Dan Reeves' best estimate was 9-7.


But the Giants have found ways to win. Special teams and Dave Meggett did the job in the opener against Philadelphia. The defense stepped up the following week against Arizona. Then Meggett and Dave Brown came up big this past weekend against Washington.


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Reeves is not gloating, even though his Giants are 3-0 and his former team, the Broncos, are 0-3. While Reeves seems headed for his second straight Coach of the Year award, people in Denver are calling for Wade Phillips to be fired.


"I don't enjoy people's misery," Reeves said. "I've got a lot of friends there. I hired Wade Phillips. I think Wade's an excellent football coach. He proved that last year by taking them to the playoffs. All of a sudden you don't become a bad coach."


Reeves hired Phillips as defensive coordinator in 1989. When Reeves and owner Pat Bowlen parted ways after the 1992 season, Phillips was named head coach. The Broncos finished 9-7 last year and lost to the Raiders in the first round of the playoffs.


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There is sorrow in Switzer-land this week.


Barry Switzer's Dallas Cowboys finally found out what it was like to lose a game. And agonizingly so.


"I told the team this is just the start of a long journey and there will be setbacks along the way," Switzer said. "We've been in deeper holes before."


Switzer suffered his first NFL loss Monday night when Jason Hanson finally got a field goal attempt over the big hands of Leon Lett to give the Detroit Lions a 20-17 overtime victory. It was the first loss for the Cowboys in 11 games.


Dallas defensive end Charles Haley was preaching patience after the defending Super Bowl champions' hard loss on a 44-yard field goal with 27 seconds left in overtime.


"This is a veteran team and we'll bounce back," Haley said.


"It is hard to do when you lose in this fashion. Both sides of the ball lost this game."


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Tony Casillas ended a three-week flirtation by signing a one-year contract with the New York Jets.


"I think I can be a big impact," said the 6-foot-3, 275-pound (190.5 centimeters, 125 kilograms) defensive tackle after signing Monday. "I had a big impact in Dallas, and I anticipate doing that here."


When Casillas is happy, he is a very good player. He is not Cortez Kennedy in the middle, but he is a productive run stuffer. The Jets also plan to play him in third-down passing situations, something the Cowboys never did. It's up to the Jets' coaches to keep their moody tackle smiling.