One thing the Giants have begun to rely on is the punting of Steve Weatherford. Lately, he’s been a little erratic. On Sunday, he committed the cardinal sin of punting the ball in front of the returner.
In this case, the returner was the speedy Trindon Holliday, who picked up the punt on a bounce and then traveled 81-yards unfettered into the Giants’ end zone.
“Obviously he’s got to punt the ball better,” said special teams coordinator Tom Quinn yesterday. “He knew that coming out of the game. His technique wasn’t what it needs to be or can be. So he went back and looked at some of the little things he’s doing; his stance, weight distribution, where the drop is and everything else. He’s done a much better job so far on Wednesday and Thursday.”
Tom Coughlin agreed, but he sees this as a stand-alone bump in the road.
“He’s punted the ball better. We’ve worked hard at it just like we always do. The number one thing we always do is punt team. That’s the number one thing we do. The first thing we do is punt team. That sends that kind of message. That’s why it’s so disappointing from last week. He has worked hard. He’s been very serious about it, so we’ll see.”
With Ted Ginn awaiting them in Carolina, Quinn says Weatherford must be more cognizant of the task at hand.
“We try to keep the ball outside the numbers and if you can get it out of bounds, that’s even better, but that’s easier said than done. Yeah. You definitely don’t want to give him the field. You give him the field and then you’re playing right into his hands because he can attack you so many different ways. So we try to keep it on one side with a lot of teams. You try to do that and so we’ve been studying exactly where the ball is and how he handles it. It’s a tough job, but we’re going to be ready for it.”
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