Notes from Tom Coughlin’s Thursday presser at QDTC…
On CB Corey Webster (groin): “He worked a couple of plays yesterday and came out today and he was sore, so they held him out.”
On OL David Diehl (thumb): “Diehl is coming along well.”
On DT Linval Joseph (ankle): “He’s in a boot. He actually has made pretty good progress, but at this point in time he does not have the green light.”
Q: There are a lot of cornerbacks out. Would you have to go with Trumaine McBride or maybe bring somebody up?
A: We’ll see.
Q: If you have to juggle the cornerbacks, are you more likely to leave Terrell Thomas in the slot?
A: We’ll see. Let’s see who we have tomorrow. Let’s see who can practice and who can’t. We’ve worked in two or three different versions, so I think we’ll be okay.
Q: Have you done anything special in practice to prep for the Eagles’ tempo?
A: Yeah. We’ve been mimicking the tempo. We’ve been practicing what we will see in the game, on the clock, the whole deal. But we did that in training camp. You were standing right there watching it in training camp. It’s the same thing as went through periods of what we call ‘mach’ at that time as well.
Q: Has John Conner gotten to the point where he might be able to get some reps?
A: I think probably he has.
Q: Will that help? Would Bear Pascoe be more comfortable at just playing tight end?
A: Not necessarily. Bear takes on whatever role you ask him to take on and he does it with the same amount of energy and effort. There have been years when we’ve had injuries and he’s done it all.
Q: Are you thinking about staying with the same offensive line?
A: We’ll see.
Q: With so many guys fighting to get on the field on Sunday through injuries, does next week factor in at all with the short week?
A: We’re trying to worry about this week. I’m not trying to be funny here, but we’re trying to prepare ourselves this week. When we have this game and play this game, then we’ll… I mean I have it all mapped out. We’ve done this before for a Thursday night game following a Sunday game. That’s all prepared. It’s just a question of your focus has to be right in front of your eyes. It better be.
Q: Hakeem Nicks hasn’t seemed to be himself in spots this year. He had a couple of drops last week. Is there any concern on your part or discussions about what might be able to get him going?
A: There are always discussions. He’s a very confident young man who recognizes right away whatever it is you’re trying to point out to him and tries to do something about it. There were certainly discussions after the game. He took full responsibility for whatever involved him and hopefully he’s made the adjustments and so on and so forth, learning from one game into the next.
Q: When you see the ball go through his hands like it did a couple of times Sunday…
A: Rare. That’s really rare. He usually gobbles those balls up.
Q: A lot of us thought when JPP came back he’d be the JPP of old. Was that asking too much after back surgery?
A: I would think so. You’ve got to give him time to work into it. He’s really tried to take a lot of practice and he’s been doing this for over two weeks where he’s taking more than the normal number of reps just trying to catch up with exactly what you’re saying. We were fortunate to get him back when we did, realizing he had no training camp, nothing. We tried to hold back on his reps and then we brought him along and currently he’s pretty much taken everything he can take trying to catch up.
Q: You mentioned yesterday one possible situation for the running backs is Brandon Jacobs could see more goal-line situations.
A: Do you remember what I said before with that? I’d like to be in those situations.
Q: When he was here a couple of years ago, that wasn’t something he was consistently successful at. Is there any reason to believe he could be better at that should you be in those situations?
A: We hope to find out.
Q: How concerning is to not have your normal defensive depth when you’re going up against an offense that’s so…
A: You need me to answer that question? You certainly do need to have a full complement, but the guys that are ready to go will give it their best shot.
Q: Where is David Wilson at mentally after what he’s been through early on?
A: He doesn’t get down. That guy is pretty good about being up and staying up. He’s a battler and a fighter, so I really think David is fine. I told him the other day we need him to get in the end zone and that’s what I’m looking for. But I don’t see any emotional setback or anything. As a matter of fact, after the first week he came rolling right back and tried to solve all those issues.