John Fennelly, Lead Writer
“We have some guys who can go and Aaron is the guy that would go right away,” said head coach Tom Coughlin. “We have, fortunately, a couple of guys who can play in there.”
Ross was asked if his mindset is different today now that he will start: “The same as it is every week. I go in preparing like I’m a starter. You never know what’s going to happen, like the first week when Prince went down and I had to step in and know the plays, know what was going on, know the formations, know what Romo likes to do. So I prepare like I’m a starter every week, no matter if I play or not.”
Coughlin was asked what exactly was the issue with Webster: “ he has an issue with his hip flexor, in that area somewhere. and he couldn’t practice yesterday and couldn’t practice today.”
Ross is under no illusions that the starting job is his. He told us yesterday he wasn’t sure what his role was. Today, he has more clarity: “No, it wasn’t. Of course, I’m a competitor and I want to play, but Prince and Web are the starters, Terrell is the nickel and when they need me I’m ready.”
C David Baas perhaps summed up the Giants’ situation best this afternoon:
“First, you can’t turn the ball over. And then if you add in the fact that when we need those crucial plays and we’re not executing them, and that’s all areas, it hurts. It doesn’t help our defense, it doesn’t help our team, so that’s the biggest thing. There’s no reason to panic. We just have to do things better and we will. Obviously a couple of years ago we heard the same song and dance, we were last in the league in rushing, whatever it was, and we won the Super Bowl. Things take time to click but we don’t really have that time. This will be a sense of urgency. We need to get it fixed right away because we have to dig ourselves out of this hole that we dug ourselves into.”
Some more Coughlin….
Q: What has your team done to help your spirits in this very tough week for you?
A: Let’s not go there, please. Everybody’s working hard to get to where we want to be.
Q: What was the key to your success against Cam Newton last year?
A: The five turnovers helped.
The Giants will be facing a Panthers defense which will be missing three of their four starters in the secondary. DJ Moore (knee), Quentin Mikell (ankle) and Josh Thomas (concussion) have all been ruled out for Sunday.