ProFootballTalk.com wrote:Word out of New York is that there's a budding new couple odd enough to make Oscar Madison and Felix Under hang a rainbow flag by the front door.
A league source tells us that coach Tom Coughlin and running back Ron Dayne are quickly developing a solid relationship, which has blossomed as Dayne has shed 20 pounds and worked hard in minicamps.
In fact, there's already talk that Dayne will have a key role on the team this year, and that he might even end up with more touches than Tiki Barber.
Dayne has been, to date, a bust in New York. Taken with the eleventh overall pick in the 2000 draft, the former Heisman Trophy winner formed a formidable "Thunder and Lightning" combination with Barber in Dayne's rookie season. But as the season unfolded, Dayne's role diminished.
Since his rookie year, in which he rushed for 790 yards on 228 attempts, Dayne's carries have dropped, culminating in a 2003 season in which he was on the inactive list every single week, as Delvin Joyce took his spot on the game day roster. Marring Dayne's tenure was an awkward effort by his agent, Terry Lavenstein, to get Dayne into a better position, including a letter from Lavenstein broaching the issue of a trade -- and a denial from Dayne that he had authorized such a communication.
But after a season of rotting in street clothes while his team stumbled to a 4-12 record, Dayne now gets an unexpected fresh start with a new coach who's by all appearances giving him a clean slate.
Source: New York's New Odd Couple