State drops case against former Titan Keith Bulluck

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Last month when Keith Bulluck was arrested for an incident with cab driver Habib Hashi in Nashville, from the very beginning he stated the whole thing was “simply a misunderstanding” and that he was innocent.

This morning Bulluck appeared in court where he was notified that the state will be dropping the case.

Bulluck’s lawyer team planned on presenting several witnesses including Hashi’s former boss at Yellow Cab, Doug Trimble. Several reports have stated that Hashi’s former boss has referred to Hashi as a “perpetual liar”.

When news of Bulluck’s arrest broke a lot of people jumped to conclusions and had a whole lot to say about the situation without having all the facts.  *Cough, cough* Boomer Esiason!!!

Lets hope the news of the case being dropped will get as much attention as the arrest did!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Keith Bulluck looks towards 2011 season…

Keith Bulluck

“A full-time role is the only way I’m playing football next year…”

This is the mindset of Keith Bulluck when he looks at the prospects of the 2011 season; coming off ACL injury in 2009 Bulluck was able to return to the football field 7 months after surgery in 2010 and played 12 games without any set backs stemming from the injury (he did miss 3 games with turf toe).  Now Bulluck is looking for a return back to a full-time role and why not!

In a limited role (playing running downs) Bulluck was able to amass 31 tackles, 2 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery.  For someone only regulated to defending running plays he was able to show that he can still defend the pass.  In this era of players like Terrell Owens complaining Keith handled his situation like a professional.  Without a doubt this 11 year vet wanted more playing time but he understood that as long the team was winning he was more than willing to do what he could do to help the team win.  GM Jerry Reese acknowledged on Monday that Bulluck in a role where he was in and out of the game was steady for the Giants… In my opinion not many LBs would have been able to be as effective in such a limited role.

So after assessing his season Bulluck made his case for what his role should be in 2011 where ever he lands,

“I was able to get out there and I did make a few plays this year. There are probably a lot of full-time starters that didn’t have two interceptions all year”

“My history speaks for itself and my play, just to come out and show up to work every day, knowing what I was coming off of, should say a lot. … I was never a liability. I came on more toward the end of the year and made some plays. For me to come back off ACL surgery. Seven months off surgery and to practice every day and compete at this high level, for me personally, I’m very happy. Now, I can go into this offseason and start next season as the player I’ve always been and I’m very excited for that.”

The Giants without a doubt need a young dynamic play-making OLB as it has been a way too long since our last; Jessie Armstead! As of right now the prospects are not very promising; Clint Sintim will be recovering from ACL surgery and Gerris Wilkerson can’t seem to do any better than special teams so unless the Giants fall flat on their face during free agency I don’t see Wilkerson coming back.  Other than unproven Phillip Dillard there is not much in the Giants linebackers corp; so I would not be surprised if the Giants offer Bulluck a contract.

The key is will the Giants offer Bulluck  full-time role?

Bulluck stated,

“I’m someone that needs to be on the field all the time. That’s just how I feel. So yeah, that’s the only way I’d play football next year.”

and if you (Bulluck) don’t get that…

“I’ll go buy a boat. I’ve played 11 years and I’m good financially and happy with the career I’ve had. Football doesn’t make me who I am.”

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

Keith Bulluck returns to the field…

NY Giants LB Keith Bulluck

After a 3 week absence Keith Bulluck looks to make his return to the field against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.  Bulluck last saw game action when the Giants lost to the Titans.  In that game Bulluck suffered a turf toe injury; with Bulluck out of the lineup the Giants were able to post some impressive victories against the Bears and Texans.  What was most impressive about those victories was the play of the defense; the Giants seem to have come into their own as the defense has settled in nicely with Perry Fewell’ defensive scheme.

Fewell has incorporated a defensive scheme that adjusts depending on the team they are playing.  Against a pass happy offense the Giants run a nickel package that includes a 3rd Safety; this works out well for the Giants as they have 3 quality safeties in Antrel Rolle, Kenny Phillips, and Deion Grant.  Against teams who run the ball the Giants will go with the traditional setup of 3 linebackers.

And that is where Bulluck comes into the picture, the Bears and Lions predominantly throw the ball so Bulluck was not necessarily missed.  The time off allowed Bulluck to rest and make sure the toe was good for the stretch run.  The Giants will need Bulluck as they will begin to get into the part of their schedule where they will face teams with strong running games; Redskins, Vikings and the Cowboys.

Best believe Bulluck can’t wait to get back on the field; before his knee injury he never missed a game so not playing on Sundays is something he is not used to.  I expect Bulluck will look to make his presence felt against the Cowboys.  With the improved play of middle linebacker Goff the overall play of the linebackers will continue be on the rise.

When asked about the Dallas Cowboys Bulluck simply said, “I will be ready to play…”

As always….
If there is something to be said, “Its On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

Takeover Thursdays – Keith Bulluck vs. Tennessee Titans

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With this Sundays matchup between the NY Giants and Tennessee Titans has opened up a wound that had barely healed. Keith Bulluck will be facing his former team (Titans) for the first time since signing with the NY Giants. Bulluck spent the first 10 years of his career with the Titans; his departure from Tennessee was not received well by fans as reports surfaced that Bulluck was not even offered a contract by the Titans. Those reports were backed by Keith in his first statements to the media after signing with the Giants. Head coach of the Titans Jeff Fisher gave a different version of the story when he stated that Bulluck had desires of playing for his hometown team and that the Titans had interest. Up until this week that was were the story ended… When Bulluck met with the Nashville media earlier this week he reiterated he side of the story.

“You know what, honestly that’s (expletive),” Bulluck said of the team’s claims. “I was working there for 10 years. I have a house there still. Those people know my numbers. So if they were really trying to get in touch with me, trying to sign me and do all that stuff, I’m sure my phone would have rang, my agent’s phone.”

“I was laid up in the training room and I actually asked (Titans General Manager) Mike Reinfeldt what was up,” Bulluck said. “The answer he gave me was somewhat of a joke.”

“I asked my agent several times if the Titans gave him a shout,” he said, “and that didn’t happen.” – via Tennessean

I predict Bulluck will have a strong game as he will not only be up to play against his old team, but he will also be looking to help the Giants bounce back from the disappointing lost to the Colts.

As always….
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

Hines Ward says, Tennessee Titans ‘not same’ without Bulluck

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They say the highest form of respect is the respect you receive from your peers. With the Pittsburgh Steelers preparing to face the Tennessee Titans this Sunday Hines Ward talked to the Tennessee media about Keith Bulluck…

“He would put guys in certain spots. He sees things and he just has a great knack for football. I remember going up against him and he’s calling out routes and stuff like that. You can’t replace that. They have some great talent, but losing Keith Bulluck, they’re definitely not the same defense that they were when he was there.” -via The Tennessean</strong

Bulluck now with the NY Giants will face a familiar foe on Sunday as the Giants will go up against Peyton Manning and the Colts. Hopefully Bulluck's experience will help in positioning the defense against the 4 time league MVP in Peyton Manning.

As always….
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

Keith Bulluck to be honored by ‘New Yorkers for Children’ organization

Keith Bulluck

 

Seven years ago Keith Bulluck started ‘The Keith Bulluck Believe and Achieve Foundation’, growing up a foster child Keith understands the challenges that face foster kids.  

“Young people in foster care often figure they will be stuck in minimum-wage jobs after they leave the system. I’m proof it doesn’t have to be that way. Sure, I had natural ability, size and a lot of breaks, but you also need focus in life, someone to bring you along, someone to help you develop job skills.” 

Bulluck’s foundation has hosted charity fundraisers, toy drives, holiday parties for foster kids and their families and donated school supplies for kids over the years in both Tennessee and New York.  Keith’s work off the field garnered him the “Titans Walter Payton Man of the Year” back in 2007. 

“I am pleased that Keith is being recognized for more than he does on the field.” 
  
“He is a terrific player and is committed to making our community a better place.” – Jeff Fisher 2007
As Bulluck now continues his football career with the NY Giants he will be honored next month for his charitable work with foster kids by ‘New Yorkers for Children’ organization; Keith will receive the Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Award. 
 
Past honorees of the Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Award include Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mary J. Blige, Geoffrey Canada, and Russell Simmons.
 
As always….
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

Competition at the linebacker spot for the NY Giants

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As reported by Ohm Youngmisuk (ESPN) Keith Bulluck took snaps at outside linebacker in certain packages during Monday practice. As Ohm noted Bulluck was brought into to replace Antonio Pierce in the middle; with Bulluck taking snaps at outside linebacker adds a wrinkle to linebacker situation for the Giants. I don’t believe this is alarming in any way or a sign of what type of camp Bulluck is having, as I think this is just a testament to the strong camp that Jonathan Goff is having for the Giants. If anything this is more of a statement against Clint Sintim and his play up until this point. Bulluck is a versatile linebacker that can play both the middle and outside; Sintim is trying to find his way and Coughlin comments sort of allude to that…  

The head coach said Sintim played better on Saturday and praised the way he attacked the line of scrimmage.   

But Coughlin said Bulluck could provide Sintim with competition at outside linebacker.   

“The competitive aspect of it… the way we have gone all camp, if that creates a little bit of competition over there, then so be it,” Coughlin said. – via Ohm Youngmisuk   

Bulluck saw his first game action since suffering the ACL tear and was able to make his presence known during his 6 snaps when he stuck the running back. Hopefully the number of snaps he will play will increase versus the Ravens, but all in all it was a good start. One thing for sure is that Keith will not be satisfied with just providing competition for others, as he has stated in the past he would not have put in all the rehab work if he didn’t think he could play at or near the same level before the injury. Right now the only spot amongst the linebackers solidified is Michael Boley’s; at the end of day Bulluck will definitely be the other starting linebacker. I think we will see Bulluck moved around by Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell similar to how Bulluck was used with the Titans.  

When asked if he still considers Bulluck a middle linebacker, Coughlin said, “I consider him a linebacker.” – via Ohm Youngmisuk   

It’s up to Sintim and Goff to see who will be the 3rd starting linebacker; if they don’t step up be prepared to see Bulluck playing both middle and outside.  

As always….
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!