Special Teams Report: Giants wary of ‘Boys’ Harris, Wind

Tom Quinn

Tom Quinn

The Giants’ struggle on special teams this season has been well-noted, having given up four TDs on punt coverage. In the opening game against Dallas, the Giants held Cowboys’ fleet PR Dwayne Harris to just 19 yards on two returns.

Giants’ special teams coordinator Tom Quinn is aware that Harris is capable of beating his team with a long return, like he did earlier this season against Washington with an 86-yarder for a TD.

“It is the NFL, so you better be ready to play every week and this week we better be on our toes for sure. They’re a very good special teams. Dwayne Harris continues to get better since he’s come into the league and he’s really hit his stride with both punt returns and kickoff returns, but they’re blocking exceptionally well and he runs hard, straight and fast. He’s a vertical returner…He’s got excellent vision. He can stick his foot in the ground and change direction on you and then the blocking. They’ve done a really nice job with the units with both punt return and kickoff returns.”


It will be windy and cold here this Sunday and punter Steve Weatherford, who has had his issues this season, will have to be extra attentive.

“I hope he learned his lesson. I think he has. He’ll be ready. He’s just got to deal with it,” said Quinn. “He’s just got to catch and kick it. The wind is going to be the wind and the truer ball you hit, the better ball. So kickoffs, if you have rotation, it won’t move as much, but if you have poor rotation, then it will move it quite a bit; same thing on punts. If it’s a tight spiral, it won’t move it as much, but if it’s loose, then it will take it and blow it all over the stadium.”

Weatherford understands what he needs to do….

“Usually the night before the coach will go over what the wind is going to be, who the referees are and just kind of give you a feel for what to expect the next day. There’s no use in losing any sleep over it earlier in the week,” the punter told reporters yesterday. “When it’s super windy like that you just want to hit a good punt and you want to hit something that they can cover. You don’t try to, when it’s really windy like that, to get too cute and try to hit balls out of bounds. I think that’s maybe something the last time we played. I was trying to do too much instead of just trying to hit a clean ball.”

Quinn said the KR spot will be handled by Michael Cox and Jerrel Jernigan, who could be out of the doghouse after fumbling the opening kickoff against the Raiders two weeks ago. Cox has been steady, but not spectacular last week. Quinn was not pleased with the overall blocking on kickoffs, either:

“We didn’t block it very well. I’m upset with the blocking because I thought we had a couple of chances, but it was very, very poor and so we’ve addressed it and we’ve got to get that fixed.”

On if Rueben Randle, who had a 32-yard punt return last week, has taken a step forward:

“I hope so. It’s been a long time since we’ve finally did that, but he’s got good courage back there. He’s aggressive. If we get the blocking a little bit better, then we can get a few more of those, but we’re happy with what he’s doing.”

Quinn’s units are benefitting from the Giants getting healthy, getting some players back. Better players equate to better play. Ryan Mundy and Spencer Paysinger, both former starters, are now primarily contributors on teams.

“They’ve kind of come back to special teams. They started their career as special teams players, as core guys, and they understand that role,” Quinn explained. “It’s a little bit hard emotionally when you are a starter and then your start transforming into another role and then you come back. So that probably took them a little bit of time, if you’d ask them. It takes a little bit of time emotionally to get back, but I really feel good about where they’re at and what they’re doing.”

55 comments
zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

No Chandler, no Amare, no Bargs, no KMart...it will be very difficult to beat Boston tonight.  Sullinger will have a field day against.  This was the scenario when we loss by 39 points to them....SMFH!!

Melo is going to need to score 50 points for us to beat Bos.  Bos plays so hard...they are not a walk over.

SuperDuper
SuperDuper

Let Stat play until the wheels fall off. I don't understand babying him. Unless he is really hurt, play him. I don't care about his knees. If it's an issue, put him on the disable list. I would feel more satisfied if he played and got hurt rather then not play so he doesn't get hurt. either way, he is responsible for the state of this team, not Melo or Dolan or CAA. Ok maybe Dolan for agreeing with Walsh to sign him to that contract.

Marko polo
Marko polo

Hopefully none of ya'll or ur loved ones affected by the gas explosion in Harlem...... prayers to those involved

saintknick
saintknick

Anyone have any indication that maybe Chandler is taking time off for the "personal reason" of hating the Phil jackson move and what it means for him somehow?

knickstape
knickstape

Stat is fragile we all know that you'd like him to pley because he's played welw lately but not if it gets him hurt, as far as Tyson the whole situation is a little sketchy we will need him down low tonight.



I guess its time for Jeremy Tyler to get his chance to shine like everybody's wanted all year

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

The Knicks are probably going to be the first team in pro sports history to be paying 3 GM's at the same time.

Grunwald, Mills, and Phil will all be on the payroll.

tommy2b
tommy2b

You knew it was going to happen.  Every time Stat starts to play well he hurts himself.  But even this can't get me down JAX IS HERE!

chudogz
chudogz

Stat is back..........said no one with any brains..........

Anti_u
Anti_u

Amazing..$155 million for unreliability

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman

Carmelo says told Phil will be joining franchise, They came to him couple of days ago.

Chris Herring @HerringWSJ

Carmelo says it couldn't hurt to have Jackson involved in front office

Chris Herring @HerringWSJ

Melo, on whether it makes a difference to him if Phil was coaching instead of in front office: Says he has enough knowledge to help anyway

Chris Herring @HerringWSJ

Carmelo says he doesn't see the Jackson acquisition as impacting his FA decision a ton

lpeezy31
lpeezy31

"  Da fduck !!!!! "


-- Baby Joker ( Next Friday) voice

jjokerman
jjokerman

Don't know what they r up to. Did Stat request this or is a team decision. This Sucks. That not a warrior mentality.

jjokerman
jjokerman

r u kidding me. Do they really want to make playoffs.

thatsagoodpoint
thatsagoodpoint

@saintknick Yeah I think it's more likely his 'personal reason' is the flu and he doesn't want it to be known that he's missing games yet again because of it while Melo is playing through his illness.

rico
rico

@Knicks_Fanatic  Also Warken-something, another guy and Allan Houston are the others.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@orlando_knickfan That's odd because the Jackson Deal probably was done a week or so ago and if he hasn't spoken to Phil then that's telling for those that say Phil needed assurance from Melo. 

If what is stated above, Melo is gone!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@orlando_knickfan No Sh#t, Melo better wise up and realize that he better make the best deal for his chance to win a ring.  Karl might be totally off base to be talking about Melo, but he does make sense about him not being Phil's type of player.

As a Knicks Fan, I hope he stays and allows Phil to trade him for something. If Phil has a master plan to keep Melo and still get a key player like LBJ, then so be it.  I just want to have us win finally.

As a person sympathetic to Melo having his best chance to see if he can win a ring,  he should look to go to a team like the Bulls.

omega_red
omega_red

@Seth Nadler  Rondo is out for tonight as reported a few days earlier b/c he doesn't want to play back to backs due to his recovery hence why i think they're sitting stat but I don't think its a good idea against this team (even as weak as they are)

SuperDuper
SuperDuper

@carl hill @saintknick 

Aliens snatched that plane from the sky. terrorist caused the gas explosion or greedy owners wanting to get rid of residence to sell property.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @orlando_knickfan

A week or so ago??? They are still finalizing it lol.


You are really slow my friend...that's not how it works...the Knicks team would say they haven't spoken to him...with woodson still on board.  If Melo says he's spoken to him, it would show him going behind his coaches back...because the knicks offered a job to coach at first,.


It was reported Phil wanted a guarantee of Melo staying...I doubt he guaranteed it..but its clear Phil wants Melo to stay.  Don't make up scenarios in that mind of yours lol.

HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

@xmenreturn

Carmelo is going to win a ring playing for his "home team" in the City of his "place of birth", and when he do you are going to have to bend down and kiss his Jordan Melo M10s!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Knicks_Fanatic @xmenreturnLMAO!   I stand corrected!   My badd!
You really got me on that one! Luv it!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Knicks_Fanatic Get real! This is not about disabled children. This is about people here who refuse to think or elect to ignore things. That's why I call them ree-tarded!  It's self induced. Don't get it twisted. 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@xmenreturn @Knicks_Fanatic 

I worked with children that were labelled as developmentally disabled back in the 1970's. Those who suffered from seizure disorders wore helmets. I wish you would refrain from insulting them. They were all actually wonderful human beings.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Knicks_Fanatic Surely. My pt wasn't about a player sitting. My pt was about Biggie forever finding an excuses our team who he predicted would have more than 54 wins.  

If I predicted that bad, I would .........well, be wearing a huge Helmet. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Biggie @xmenreturnLOL  Please stop. STATues is playing on many nights and we are still a losing record. 

My pt is that STATues would make a difference, that he sucked and he gives up more than he makes. 

I will surely admit that he has been our best inside scorer but he still sucks and we won't win anything with him.

Correction: I didn't want him to have a uniform this year. 


HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

@xmenreturn

Said the one whose fixation is upon protective helmets! You know one day you'll put two and two together and realized the reason you have a fascination with protective helmets is because you were more than likely practically born with one on, and you know how important your helmet has been in keeping you from being an even bigger  psycho!  

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @MeloStat301 No,it was reported PHIL WANTED ASSURANCE...getting it and wanting it are two TOTALLY different things.  As far as everything else you say, its not based on facts so it really doesn't matter...what I'm saying is.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@knicks50  You can't figure a lot of things. You never figured out why you ride in the back of the short bus either.  

But I'll tell ya!  That's because you're one of  Backseat Boys!  You'll always be there for singing "I'll never break your Helmet!"

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 LOL Can't answer that can ya! 


Melo is now saying he was only told about Phil a few days ago and that his FA plan are still the same and he hasn't still hasn't spoken to Phil

Yet many here have been stating that Phil got assurance from Melo that Melo is staying before he signed the deal. 

I keep saying some people refuse to think period. 

HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

@xmenreturn

You know I still can't figure out how you get out of that rubber room and that dam strait jacket of yours, and then find you a computer to log in on! 

I don't know if that is a sign that you are getting better or are getting worse! 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@knicks50 LOL I at least have the guts to put ideas out there. You stay hidden and still make very little sense when you appear. 

Bring it on playa! 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 LOL Melo is supposedly now saying that he hasn't spoken to Phil and he was only told a few days ago about Phil.

So how in the heck does he give Phil assurance that he plans to stay?

Also, Melo says having Phil does not change his FA plans.

LOL You're guys are toooooo much! 

If you think this deal wasn't done at least verbally some time ago, you are clueless.

HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

@MeloStat301  


In his "Mind?" ...That's just it, there is no mind in his swollen head! Just hot, stale air that force it's way out everyday and all day on to the Knicks blog!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@knicks50 Please seat in that beat seat, shut up and sing. 

Melo is gone playa!