It’s Eagles week – again – and Tom Coughlin and his streaking Giants are beginning their preparation for their trip down the Turnpike to play Michael Vick and Philly for the second time this month. The Giants lost to the Eagles here, 36-21 on Oct. 6.
Highlights from Tom’s presser:
On C David Baas, who was placed on season-ending IR today:
“We start out today again with the injury list. It’s sad to report that David Baas, as you know, has been put on IR. It’s a very unfortunate thing. I feel bad for David. I’m trying to get his spirits up. He’s down. It’s a very frustrating outcome to the season for him.”
“Hosley will do a little bit. We’ll see how that goes. Jacobs, no today. Paysinger and Shaun Rogers, no today. But Adrien Robinson, Cooper Taylor, Terrell Thomas, Corey Webster, they’ll work. David Wilson, of course, will not.”
Did Brandon Jacobs have a setback with his hamstring, or was he just not comfortable?
“I think we were all hoping that he felt good. He was feeling good, feeling good, and then all of a sudden, he got sore. Then there wasn’t enough time.”
On special teams, do you feel that the players are winning their one-on-one matchups? What’s going on there?
“The unfortunate thing is that it almost goes week to week. One, I will say you’re playing against outstanding returners week in and week out. If you look at last weekend, the kickoff aspect of their game was outstanding. The punt return aspect of the game wasn’t where they expected it to be; however, the year before that same guy had a long return for a touchdown. In our situation the other day, they did a good job of holding the side that the return was at. Our coverage wasn’t good. When you looked at the return of the touchdown we were following color behind color, instead of where we should have been dispersed. They got a nice block right off the bat on the gunner, a nice block on actually the right wing. The sideline was there for him. He went to the sideline. We didn’t have anybody coming over from the big field into the sideline to defend against a punt that I thought was a very good punt. It was outside the numbers. It was in position where we should have been, so you’re back to the drawing board.”
What do you think a win does for your team, just to get that win now?
“Positive reinforcement. It’s outstanding, hopefully a confidence builder. Continue the enthusiasm. We’ve had really good enthusiasm and the enthusiasm will continue. Hopefully we’ll build on the win.”
Could you talk about Jim Cordle and how he has played?
“He’s done an outstanding job. Originally he started to play, then Baas came back, then he had to go in for him during the course of the game, as well. He’s very smart. He keeps up with everything. He’s prepared to go. He has a nice demeanor about him, in terms of going into the game at whatever point. We would hope that would continue.”
With the running game, there are still some bumps and tackles behind the line of scrimmage there. Is that frustrating, why those breakdowns are happening on some of the negative runs that you get?
“There was penetration. We didn’t handle a lot of the penetration. When you do have that, you’re not going to have the kind of success you’re looking forward to. We had the number of carries we wanted, but we didn’t have the yardage.”
The way Trumaine McBride is playing, is he now your starter or is Corey Webster going to stay?
“When this situation came up, our corners were pretty much wiped out, yes. He started and he played well. As long as there’s any kind of concern for health issues or length of service or how many snaps, then he’s heavily counted on.”
Is it unusual to see a linebacker come in here, not having any training camp, and being able to provide something for your team like Jon Beason has?
“Not with the quality of linebacker that we have. The quality of the player that came in, no, I’m not surprised.”
Do you see Hakeem’s performance on Monday as just a poor game, or are there any big picture concerns with him?
“Just get him going. Let’s go, let’s play better.”
Is there an explanation for, seemingly, several balls bounced off his hands.
“I haven’t had a sit down with him. (The players) were off yesterday, except the medical. This is the first day. I haven’t talked to him about it, but the competitor that he is, he’s very much aware. Quite frankly, he’s always gobbled those balls up. Explanation? I wouldn’t offer an excuse, and I’m sure he wouldn’t, either.”
Physically does he look like the same player to you?
“I hope so.”
What do you see?
“What do you see? Just like we do with everyone else: Improvement, improvement, improvement. He’s got to improve. He’s got to get better. He’s got to get to a point where the reliability factor is there as strongly as it always has been. Has it been there up to this point? No, but we’re saying let’s work. Let’s get back to work and get this done. We count on this guy.”
Are you concerned that he maybe has some big picture thoughts running through his mind?
“I’m not. Anybody who thinks that way, fundamentally, you better take care of your business on the field. You better get your job done to the fullest of your ability.”