Tom Coughlin addressed the media today at QDTC, a clear, sunny day in the high 60′s…
Tom, obviously we make a big deal about the turnovers, but how about the number of takeaways by the defense?
“It balances out pretty well. Field position, the frustration of not getting the short field and then when we’ve gotten the short field, we haven’t done much with it. It’s disturbing. The turnovers, you can talk all you want, but it has to happen. It has to happen on the field. Take care of the ball, get the ball away from the other guy, get yourself in some field position, take advantage of it.”
Well, you have a new quarterback who is dealing with new elements on his team. Does that present an opportunity for the secondary to make plays like that?
“Well, (Freeman)’s a veteran. He’s played right up to this week and he’s had a couple of weekends off where he hasn’t played, but he’s been learning a new system. You would hope so going into any game. I’m sure if he wasn’t ready to play in their system and know exactly what they require him to do, then he wouldn’t be in a position he’s in as a starter.”
Q: Tom, I know Eli said the other day that he’s not going to get gun shy. You guys like to throw the ball down the field. When things are going so badly with the turnovers, is there any way you can try to be more conservative that might limit the big plays, but also maybe limit the other?
A: The only thing is you have to look at, for example take the last game…the turnovers came on basically a quick throw, five-step drop, on both of the first two and basically a five-step drop seam route in which the ball traveled a little further than 12 yards, but not a whole lot further. I understand what you’re saying and in an attempt to tighten things up and not get into the tip ball stuff and that business, the reads and the misreads, that’s what you attempt to do. You’re not going to take the ball, the opportunities, away if they’re there.
Q: With a young quarterback you might do that.
A: You might.
Q: But this guy you just won’t, with the way the offense is set up?
A: We’ve tried to put ourselves in a little bit of a better position in terms of what we want, how we want it and where etc. You’re not going to take away from the opportunity to take advantage if it’s there. Like the ball he threw down the sideline is a great example of that.
Q: I guess also it plays into it how the game is going.
A: You’re right.
Q: If you’re down by ten points, sometimes you have to take more chances.
A: At some point, yes.
Q: Tom, with a guy like Adrian Peterson, how big of a role does Jon Beason have in stopping him?
A: All 11 of them have big roles. You have to be in the right place at the right time. If you’re not, you could pay for it because obviously his speed factor has been shown with a 78-yarder and a 60-yarder, that type of thing, the nose for the ball and being at the right spot at the right time and coming out of the man in the middle, yeah, very important.
Q: Is there any sense in the locker room that some of the luck hasn’t gone your way and you guys just might be due for a win?
A: I don’t sense that’s what people are thinking. We’re pretty much realistic. We have to make our own breaks, if that’s what you’re getting at. I think we’re taking that position.
Q: Jason Pierre-Paul was sick?
A: Yes, he was sick. He’s actually been sick since Monday, I guess.
Q: Is it something that could threaten to keep Jason out?
A: I don’t think so. You always wonder about that, it’s been beautiful, but that little change in the temperature, I don’t know. He should be okay.
Q: So it’s like a head cold or something? It’s nothing with his …?
A: My degree is not in medicine, he’s sick. He went to the doctors and the doctors said he has to take …
Q: It’s not a knee, it’s not an elbow?
Q: What is the significance of getting David Baas back this week?
A: I think it’s very important. They’re very good upfront. The inside people have good size and can play with power. Anytime you can add David Baas to that formation, or that type of front, you’re going to be in better shape.
Re: Baas being re-inserted into a line that has improved over the past couple games
A: Jim Cordle has done a heck of a job. He really has. The more working parts we can have, the better.
Q: Does Baas look fine?
A: He had a good day yesterday, seemed to be doing well today. I always say you have to find out the next morning.
Q: Seems like the first time in a while where you have decisions to make on the inactives, not medically related.
A: We’ll see about that. I mean, I wasn’t able to do it Wednesday.