Tom Coughlin has had a day to digest his team’s second win of the season and addressed the media as his team heads into the bye week with a little momentum. This will be his last presser of the week. He is not scheduled to speak again until next Monday.
On the win…
“It’s nice to win in the division. It was a very good football game, but it certainly leaves us with a lot of stuff we can do better, let’s put it that way. I thought our defense was outstanding. Six tackles for a loss. Four sacks. Two interceptions. Five pass deflections. 10 quarterback hits. McCoy was 15 (carries) for 48 (yards). That’s a pretty good effort. 58 snaps is all they had.”
“Special teams was five for five in field goals. Two punts of 50-plus in the third quarter. That was huge. Just to see that ball out of bounds at the five and ball out of bounds at the three. Now they’re forced to drive the whole length of the field, which is something they forced us to do the first game as we had very poor field position and, of course, we had four touchbacks on kickoffs.”
“Offensively, zero turnovers, which was outstanding. 38:05 time of possession. 71 plays. 31 runs. Four good drives, but unfortunately the drives did not finish the way we wanted them to with touchdowns. But we did put ourselves in position, particularly in the first half, where I felt we had the ball pretty much the whole first half and had we come away with a couple of touchdowns there, I’m sure we would have felt a little bit better about ourselves.”
“Finishing the game… it wasn’t quite as smooth as I would like it to be. We’ll get better at that, hopefully, but we did pin them back deep and forced them to have to drive a long way and we accomplished that. We have given up two special teams touchdowns the last two weekends and that’s got to cease right there and, as I mentioned yesterday, it was very uncharacteristic of our long snapper to have a play of that nature in a game, particularly at that time. We’re pleased to win. We know we have a long way to go. We know we have a lot of things that can be improved upon, but it’s nice to win in the division.”
On if he’s frustrated the Giants’ momentum is being interrupted by the bye week….
“I don’t know. That question always comes up one way or the other. I have not heard it from this end, thank goodness. Let’s face it, when I look at the schedule, you have things something you can do about and those you don’t have any control over. Let’s take advantage of it. We’ve played 12 straight games. Yes. Your point is well taken. We probably came out of the game as clean as we’ve come out of a game, too and so maybe that concept, too… We’re playing our way into (it) and we are more physical now. There’s no question we’re more physical than we were a few weeks ago. I just believe we’ll maintain. We’re going to have to maintain. And so the theme was, yes, this is the time for a break and there’s no question they need that. But while we’re having this rest and downtime get us healthy as we possibly can and come back with that great energy.”
Talk about Antrel Rolle’s leadership role and what kind of effect he’s had on the guys around him?
Antrel takes his captaincy very seriously and he has complete ownership and so he’s very energetic. He’s a very energetic individual. He’s very positive. He’s very uplifting. He’s upbeat all the time. He’s not afraid of reality, so there definitely has been an impact by his personality alone on our team and it’s a very good thing.
Some of your defensive players said they had a meeting with Perry Fewell. Justin Tuck said some things were simplified on the defense. What do you make of that and the effect it’s had on the way the defense has performed?
The only thing I make of it is people trying to be the best they can be and the voice, the honesty, the openness about being able to discuss those kinds of things with your coach and the coach making a very serious attempt, without putting us in a position where we’re not doing enough, to do some things to help simplify.
Is Andre Brown at the point where he might be able to play?
I’m going to have to wait and see. This will be a good week for him. He’s going to continue to be here. To rehab, to workout, condition. I’ve been impressed with this last couple of weeks and I’m looking forward to see where he is next week.
Do you see the offensive line now starting to settle down a little bit and the cohesion starting to develop?
Yeah, but there’s more work to be done. There are some things going on sometimes that are a little bit unexplainable. Not that it’s easy, it’s not. We do see a lot of pressure, but we’re well prepared for it. We really are. Just on occasion, things are not as well communicated as they should be, so we’re working towards that end.
Can you talk about Will Hill and you guys standing by him since he’s come back? It seems like he’s made contributions.
He’s made a strong contribution. He’s worked hard and he has tried to go about his business the right way. In other words, to prove the quality of person that he is, rather than talk about. He’s not one to volunteer a lot of verbal, but he loves football and he’s a very good football player. Interestingly enough, the more you ask him to do, the more he can handle. He doesn’t miss many special teams’ plays and he started and played the whole game, played very well, had the pick at the end when they were trying to get it to 10. He’s gone about his business and we’ll stand by him and we encourage him. I think he feels a great deal of responsibility to his teammates now and hopefully that will just continue to grow.
I know Victor Cruz went back into the game yesterday. Are there any follow ups this morning?
They’ve assessed and looked at and that type of thing, but the fact that he came back in the game was a good sign.
Do you have any issue with that hit on him?
Not that I would say, no.
How does a player get traded during the season, for a late round pick by the way, and walk into a locker room and so quickly develop such respect and leadership qualities and essentially quarterback your defense like Jon Beason has?
He’s again upbeat, has that personality, an outgoing personality, a very confident personality. He’s had success in the game. He loves the game. He speaks with an aura of authority of having been there. I think the players have responded well to his aggressive style. Let’s face it, he’s an aggressive football player. He’s looking to make hits and tackles and I think the players have responded to that.
How did the whole Beason thing come back to you guys? How does that work?
That’s basically what happened. (Jerry Reese) came forth and presented his thoughts on that and ownership was involved, but that credit goes to Jerry.
We haven’t had a chance to speak to Jerry Reese. Can you just talk about how he’s handled this difficult period? Everybody has been taking a lot of shots about personnel moves and things like that.
My relationship has never changed. We’ve worked very hard together. Jerry is a very optimistic, solid guy that finds a way to put a positive spin pretty much on everything. He doesn’t deny, he doesn’t try to hide the issues and what’s not being done well and what is. When it’s all said and done, he is a standup guy that moves forward and does so with optimism.
Coach, you had Jacquian Williams in the game a lot. I know he had some injury issues in the spring. Can you talk about how he’s progressed and what he can bring moving forward?
Right now, the other day, that’s probably as well as Jacquian has played. That fumble recovery that he made, that was as good a play. You talk about the timing and when you talk about that, you have to talk about Terrell (Thomas). The way I introduced it today, he was one of the Game Ball recipients, and it was, ‘Welcome back, Terrell.’ He played well. That play he made in that particular situation, knocking that ball out when they were in point blank range. That was a denial of touchdown, field goal, whatever it might be, and to have that ball recovered the way it was, an effort play like that was a very good thing.
Is there any more clarity on David Wilson?
No. No one has provided me with anything.
Any evaluations with him?
Not that I know of.
Has Will Hill sort of leap frogged Ryan Mundy on the depth chart?
No, you look at the way in which the strategy involved in playing a team from a week in and a week out situation. We need everybody, without a doubt. Everybody gets involved.
Tom, are you aware yesterday in your visiting locker room, there was great reaction, not just players, but some front office folks as well, when the Lions beat the Cowboys?
I wasn’t aware. I didn’t find that out until I came back in and Jerry told me about the end of the game.
With the CBA limiting the amount of time you can have these guys, how do you do it in this time when you don’t have a lot of time with them?
Well the priority is getting them rested and healthy. That’s what is going to happen here.
Do you do a lot of self-scouting on the bye?
We do. That’s what we do. We’ll be into that heavily and when the players come back, that’s the first thing they’ll be offered in the meeting, which will be a worst to best evaluation of where we are.
You’ve missed the playoffs with a 10-6 record, do you kind of sit there and shake your head that you’re 2-6 and still there?
No, I’m not to that point yet. One at a time for me.