The Giants have tried to keep things as normal as possible at TIMEX, but it has been difficult. General Ray Odierno, the Chief of Staff of the US Army and a close personal friend of Tom Coughlin’s, was at the Giants’ facility yesterday. Coughlin was asked what the General had to say to the team.
“I think that the message is the toughness here, the resiliency,” said Coughlin. “We will not be stopped by the storm. We will come back. We will fight our way through this. We will get things right again. Just the pride that has been demonstrated to the General this morning, I think he verbalized very well for us out here.”
The coach was asked if it was a problem keeping the troops focused:
“No, I don’t think so. I think they’ll come back and be focused and I think that not only will they be focused, I think the mission will be quite clear. Trying to provide a few hours of enjoyment for so many that have been devastated. I think they’ll do a good job of that.”
The Steelers may find it hard to focus as well. Their routine has been altered to the point where they are coming into town on game day. They were originally supposed to arrive today and stay in a hotel near Jersey City. That hotel has no power, so the Steelers opted not to take more hotel space away from locals by relocating. Coughlin commended the notion…
“The word that comes to mind is ‘noble.’ They were very noble about that. They wanted to do their part to help the folks, the people in our area.”
The Loudmouths, Adam Schein and Chris Carlin, debate if the New York Giants are ready to play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.