A rainy Saturday here in the NYC area, and the Giants are practicing inside. Tom Coughlin is presiding over a truncated practice today before heading out to Canton for the Hall of Fame induction of his former boss, Bill Parcells.
“We are in the rain. We’re going to have to go inside again, it looks like. So two of our first seven, thank God we have (the field house). Look at it that way. I doubt if anybody has any questions, so I’ll just move to practice if you don’t mind.”
How excited are you to go to Canton and to see Bill Parcells?
“I’m excited. I’m excited to celebrate Coach Parcells’ induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I’m going to honor him, but we’re there to celebrate with him and his family on this incredibly nice occasion; a celebration of the apex of someone’s career; the idea that we do throw this ‘great’ word around in common usage today much, much too often, but Bill Parcells is a great football coach.”
Q: When you go there, is there any part of you that maybe someday…
A: I don’t even want to hear that kind of stuff today. I’m sorry to say it that way, but that’s not what this day is about. This day is about Coach Parcells, period.
Q: Is there anything in particular that really sticks out that you learned from him?
A: It was just the way that he went about his business and the organization went about their business; continuity, the winning, the high expectation level put by Bill on his players and his ability to gauge right away whether it was championship quality or not and his ability to communicate that in a fluent ‘New Jerseyan’ to the players.
Q: A couple of years ago, a young kid like Justin Pugh trying to earn a starting job probably wouldn’t have reported a headache the next morning. Can you talk about how that’s changed with concussions and the awareness?
A: This situation here would have been reported at any time. He didn’t feel well when he got inside and coming to the meeting was not an easy thing for him, he did. I don’t think there’s any question about that… That was proper. That’s the thing that he should have done. I don’t think even at any time would anyone, who couldn’t really function to capacity, would not bring that to the attention to the trainers or doctors.
Q: How is Justin doing today?
A: He’s getting better. He’s feeling better.
Q: Are you happy with the way David Diehl has kind of re-sculpted his body after 11 years?
A: Slim and trim. We may want him a little bit heavier. Whatever way he can perform to the best of his ability, that’s where we want him.
Q: Do you know if he can perform at this weight?
A: We’ll see, won’t we? We’re going to have a chance to see, but he moves really well and he’s done a good job that way and he knows himself the best. He’s been doing this a long time. We have confidence in that, but we’ll see how that goes.
Q: What about just his ability to be there every day?
A: That’s a nice thing to be. That’s a good thing to be in our business. Be there every day, be reliable, be dependable, and know what you’ve got. It’s still a huge factor in our profession. It really is.
Q: Of all the factors that went into having camp here as opposed to Albany, how big of a factor was a day like today and your ability to move into your field house with the rain?
A: It was a big factor. No doubt about it. However, it was one of the factors. That shouldn’t be used in any kind of a way against the University at Albany. Mayor Jennings told me that if that was the case, they’d find a way to have one of these facilities there. The fact that the CBA and the way it’s conducted today and the fact there’s only one practice, that had an awful lot to do with it; at least the argument that was posed. I didn’t make that decision. Naturally, Mr. Mara and Mr. Tisch made the decision, but that was the way that I would present it with the CBA the way it is in one practice.
Q: How is Corey Webster doing? Is he feeling better?
A: Yeah, he does. But he seems to be doing okay. Hopefully it’s not going to be long.
Q: Is Hakeem still going to practice on Tuesday?
A: I would hope. That’s the plan.
Q: What have you seen from Damontre Moore in camp?
A: He’s been a young man that’s gotten our attention and we’re excited about watching his progress.
Q: What have you seen from both Jonathan Hankins and Shaun Rogers?
A: They’ve both had their days and times when they’ve been impressive and both are working hard. And again… some idea about what the possibilities are when you utilize that kind of talent, so going forward it’s going to be interesting to watch.