Some highlights from Tom Coughlin’s media session at QDTC today…
On the Eagles…QB Nick Foles has been ruled out of Sunday’s game, so Michael Vick, who has practiced in full the past few days, will get the start and is assumed to be 100%.
Coughlin: “I go on the assumption that if he’s playing, he can go because a lot of what he does is not scripted. A rush lane will open up and he takes off.”
The Eagles have lost nine straight games at home, last winning on Sept 30, 2012 vs the Giants – 19-17 victory. The coach was asked if spoke to the team about the streak:
“Just what’s most recent. That’s all we talk about.”
Q: When it’s only three weeks between facing an opponent, does that change the preparation because you know them so well or not so much?
TC: Part of it is that and part of it is whatever the circumstance might be as they approach us and we approach them. It will be the same thing. Both teams will make some adjustments. We’ve had a chance to look at other teams against them since our first meeting and so you’ll make adjustments based on that, too.
Q: Did you look back at that game and figure out why Vick was able to get the big running lanes?
TC: Yeah. We knew that following the game as we evaluated it and we’ve worked hard on those kinds of assignments. A lot of that depends on how many people are rushing. There’s going to be a gap if there’s x amount of people rushing. There’s going to be a gap and he does a good job of finding it.
Q: Can you talk about the job Jim Cordle has done for you?
TC: Cordle has been a man who’s ready to go and he’s demonstrated that many times this year. He never knows when he’s going to be called upon, such as last week, and all of a sudden, ‘boom,’ he’s in the game for the majority of the game. He’s done that on a number of occasions and whether he knows he’s going to start and play or whether he doesn’t, he’s prepared and that’s the best thing you can say about him.
Q: Your run defense has been pretty good against elite running backs in recent weeks. What does that tell you about your run defense?
TC: We’ve done a good job of stopping some of the premier runners in the game and, of course, it’s an objective for us every week. It was an objective coming out of last season, so it’s very important to us. Now, on the other hand, Michael Vick ran for 79 yards (against us last time), so there you go.
Q: Can you talk about having to lean on Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox again with Jacobs being doubtful?
TC: The two guys that carried the load a week ago will have to do it to a certain extent. (John) Conner does know what to do in those situations if it ever came to that, and Bear can play fullback, as you know, so we have a little bit of leeway there.
Q: When you talk about your run defense, how much of it has been the emergence of your defensive tackles?
TC: A big part of the actual tight interior runs have been the ability of those guys to control the inside and they’ve done a pretty darn good job of it.
Q: Could you have expected to get as much as you’ve gotten out of the veterans that you brought in?
TC: That was the reason they’re here. If we didn’t believe they were going to play well, we wouldn’t have them here.
Q: How has Jon Beason impacted the run defense?
TC: He’s been a huge plus.
Q: Do you sense that the offensive line is coming together and finding its way?
TC: I do.
Q: Do you imagine a similar split between Hillis and Cox?
TC: We’ll see about that.
Q: Is it more of a hot hand kind of thing?
TC: No. There’s some strategy involved.
Q: Even Hillis’ first game?
Q: You mentioned that you can compliment and then correct when you are making corrections after a win. Have you found that this week? Has there been a different atmosphere at all?
TC: I don’t know that it’s been a different atmosphere because, to be honest with you, the players have been pretty good by Wednesday. But they have been very receptive, let’s put it that way.
Q: Are you going to be interested to see how the fans react tonight at the Jay Fund dinner with a different record than in previous years?
TC: I think anyone there tonight will be pretty sincere about why they’re there. So if they boo me off the podium… That’s a pretty steep ticket to want to come and do that. I’m prepared for most things. I don’t know about that.