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.”





78 comments
Darryll McBride
Darryll McBride

A Goalie Is Only As Good As The Guys In Front Of Him.. Price 0 Cups.... Really...

Don22
Don22

@Darryll McBride That is true to an extent Darryll, but a goalie can also steal a series and even a cup.  

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@Don22 i agree - but while price is magnificent, i still dont see him as the #1 player in the NHL. 

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@Darryll McBride The only player on the ice can steal a series is the goalie. 


That is why goalies can make the team look better, or worse.

steviel
steviel

well this should help with his next contract negotiation! 8 yrs 100 million?

Dave SchuItz
Dave SchuItz

Nah man no way he is gotta be top 5 at the very least

Eddie Brust
Eddie Brust

Dont worry he and seguin are gonna be one and two real soon

mrcisback
mrcisback

Thats exactly where I had John Tavares rated a year ago and some people jumped all over me. If Tavares had one true 1st line winger he would be a 100 point player every year. Tavares plus minus will improves as the Islanders defense improves. John Tavares is not the reason why the Islanders haven't won a playoff series yet.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@mrcisback who jumped all over you for calling JT a top 10 player? hes been there for a couple of years now. 

mrcisback
mrcisback

@slapshot18_rs @mrcisback Several people Slapshot. I'm not going to mention names because it wasn't that big of a deal. Everyone has there own opinions. The main theme was that he was a terrible defensive player and thats why he shouldn't be in the top 6. I disagreed. Watch some people will still say he's not a top 6 player.

rmvacation
rmvacation

He has been a Hart finalist 2 of the last 3 years. The year he missed he had a damaged knee. Outstanding player..

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@mrcisback that to me is people disagreeing for the sake of disagreeing.  john tavares is easily top 10 in the league and probably more like top 5. 

shlo
shlo

@mrcisback @slapshot18_rs Hi mrc, I was part of the discussion, my feeling was that Toews was the best player because he won the cup twice, (now it's 3)and was his team mvp. Great Captain.

There was no question that Tavares is an elite player and will be for a long time. I don't think the issue was if he was top 10, I think it was who is no. 1

Do I remember it correctly?

Anthony Vela
Anthony Vela

He's better than Ovechkin who ranked at number three.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

crosby is not the 4th best player in the league. 

Cooper12
Cooper12

Just to play Devil's Advocate here and stir it up...... if JT is the 6th best player (and I would vote him 4th) in the NHL, maybe it's about time for him to win his first playoff series??  No??? Too much to ask for?

rmvacation
rmvacation

Team sport. Hard for one man to do it by himself.

The player who has the single greatest influence on the game is the goalie.

Price recently had a season for the Ages- and his team faltered early...

Mike Lembo
Mike Lembo

1) Price 2) Toews 3) Ovie 4) Sid 5) Keith....I can live with JT being 6.

James Harding
James Harding

6th? and crosby and ovie 3rd and 4th? what are they on? where is the list i can't find it on their site

James King
James King

No surprise Baby Cindy & Ovi are ranked over Johnny T,but who ate the rest?

Greg Mase
Greg Mase

Interesting rank since JT has been a top 3 finalist for the hart the last 2 seasons.

primus
primus

The Hart trophy is for the league MVP, most valuable player, not best player. JT is incredible but six sounds about right imo.

Tommy Trump
Tommy Trump

Frank Bukman Mano Lpc Tom Stalaj Laura Cass

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.

rico
rico

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

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. 


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. 

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 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. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

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

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!

chudogz1
chudogz1

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