1996 New York Giants season

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1996 New York Giants season
Head coachDan Reeves
Home fieldGiants Stadium
Results
Record6–10
Division place5th NFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro Bowlers

The 1996 New York Giants season was the franchise's 72nd season in the National Football League (NFL).[1] With a 6–10 record, the Giants finished in last place in the National Football Conference East Division.[2]

In the 1996 NFL Draft, the Giants selected defensive end Cedric Jones with the fifth overall pick.[3] The Giants' first game of the season was at home against the Buffalo Bills, and resulted in a 23–20 loss in overtime. After being shut out by the Dallas Cowboys, New York fell to 0–3 with a 31–10 defeat to the Washington Redskins.[2] Against the New York Jets, the Giants earned their first victory of the season; a 15–10 win over the Minnesota Vikings left them with a 2–3 record heading into their bye week. The team then lost four of its next six games.[2] After defeating the Cowboys, the Giants' record entering December stood at 5–7.[4] They ended the season by losing three of their last four games.[2] The Giants fired head coach Dan Reeves after the season, and hired Jim Fassel as his replacement.[5]

Quarterback Dave Brown started all 16 games for the Giants in 1996, throwing for 12 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. New York's leading running back was Rodney Hampton, who had 254 carries for 827 yards. Wide receivers Chris Calloway and Thomas Lewis led the Giants with four touchdowns and 53 receptions each; Calloway had a team-high 739 receiving yards.[2] Defensively, Chad Bratzke and Michael Strahan had the most sacks among Giants players with five apiece, while Jason Sehorn had five interceptions to lead the team.[2]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

1996 New York Giants Draft Selections
Draft order Player name Position College
Round Choice
1 5 Cedric Jones DE Oklahoma
2 34 Amani Toomer WR Michigan
3 66 Roman Oben T Louisville
4 130 Danny Kanell QB Florida State
6 171 Doug Colman LB Nebraska
6 182 Scott Galyon LB Tennessee
7 214 Conrad Hamilton CB Eastern New Mexico

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1996 New York Giants staff

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Al Miller

Roster[edit]

1996 New York Giants final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 1, 1996 Buffalo Bills L 23–20
74,218
2 September 8, 1996 at Dallas Cowboys L 27–0
63,069
3 September 15, 1996 Washington Redskins L 31–10
71,693
4 September 22, 1996 at New York Jets W 13–6
58,339
5 September 29, 1996 Minnesota Vikings W 15–10
70,970
6 Bye
7 October 13, 1996 Philadelphia Eagles L 19–10
72,729
8 October 20, 1996 at Washington Redskins L 31–21
52,684
9 October 27, 1996 at Detroit Lions W 35–7
63,501
10 November 3, 1996 Arizona Cardinals W 16–8
68,262
11 November 10, 1996 at Carolina Panthers L 27–17
70,298
12 November 17, 1996 at Arizona Cardinals L 31–23
34,924
13 November 24, 1996 Dallas Cowboys W 20–6
77,081
14 December 1, 1996 at Philadelphia Eagles L 24–0
51,468
15 December 8, 1996 at Miami Dolphins W 17–7
63,889
16 December 15, 1996 New Orleans Saints L 17–3
52,530
17 December 21, 1996 New England Patriots L 23–22
65,387

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(3) Dallas Cowboys 10 6 0 .625 286 250 L1
(5) Philadelphia Eagles 10 6 0 .625 363 341 W2
Washington Redskins 9 7 0 .563 364 312 W1
Arizona Cardinals 7 9 0 .438 300 397 L1
New York Giants 6 10 0 .375 242 297 L2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New York Giants Franchise Encyclopedia". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "1996 New York Giants". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on April 23, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009.
  3. ^ "1996 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  4. ^ Whittingham, Richard (2005). Illustrated History of the New York Giants. Chicago: Triumph Books. p. 277. ISBN 1-57243-641-7.
  5. ^ Whittingham, pp. 277–278.
  6. ^ "New York Giants NFL Draft History". National Football League. Retrieved April 4, 2010.