The Giants are preparing for their trip to Carolina this Sunday. Head coach Tom Coughlin addressed the media at QDTC this morning. He was not available yesterday as he and his family were dealing with the loss of his his brother John, 63, who passed away Monday. Out thoughts and prayers go out to Tom and his family.
During the presser today, an old theme reared it’s head – “Finish.” Some things never go out of style.
On if offensive balance is attainable for this team:
“We’re going to work towards it, for sure. I believe it is. We’ve got a lot of work to do to get there, obviously. But it’s something that we have to have. That’s critical to the ability to be in position to where we can at least hold the defense at bay in terms of what we’re going to do. So, It’s very important. We’ve understood that. We’ve not had a lot of success but that means we have to put more emphasis into it.”
On players stating publicly that the team is not showing enough emotion:
“I’d like to see better play. I think they’ll be plenty of emotion…Thursday last week was a very good practice for us. We’d all like to see that. I’d like to be able to say that as well, but the fact of the matter is we need to play better. Through three quarters of that game the other day, it’s a very, very good football game. Finish the game. I’d rather talk about finishing and playing four quarters than I would about needing more of this, needing more of that. I know the guys who said that are trying to encourage that on the sideline. And that’s a good thing and I’m all for that….the number one thing we stand for is ‘team’. That would be a very good example of more people being involved in singleness of purpose. One team. I’d like to see us play better, too…”
Is the pass rush where you’d like it to be?
“No, of course not. How could it be? We didn’t sack the guy the other day. We’re better than that and when we do get there, we’ve got to get him in our grasp. We had two or three times the other day where we had the quarterback in out grasp but didn’t quite get it done.”
Have you thought to trying (Damontre) Moore to jumpstart the pass rush?
“That’s a novel thought. Whoever is on our team is going to be in that position. Let’s have a good week of practice there. Let’s make sure the kid is really ready to go and then let’s see what we can do about that.”
Through two games how much has your team beaten itself?
“I don’t think there’s any question. Any time you have turnovers like we’ve had, I don’t think that’s even…I don’t think anybody in the room over there would say any different. Let’s face it, we played two very good football teams as well. You cant ace the field position, the lack of opportunity. Even if it hasn’t been something crippling in terms of the other guy taking advantage of it, it’s kept us from being what we need to be.”
On of this week will be about correcting football issues or stressing about going 0-3:
“We’ve got to get out football right. We’ve got to stop hurting ourselves. We’ve got to play as one. We’ve got to finish the fourth quarter and we got to play four solid quarters. Ye,s we do have be focused and in tune on the sidelines and engaged on the sidelines and supportive of each other throughout the full four quarters and all those things that go along with being a good teammate as well.”
This week, do you talk about being being 0-2 and being here before?
“I don’t think so. That statement was made and over and done with. It’s a who new season, a whole new year. Fortunately, we came out of the one you’re talking about. But, it’s a challenge for all of us to get this right.
On the young players’ reaction to the poor start:
“The young players are going to look to the older players. That’s how it always works. They don’t know how to act. The first year players don’t know what’s expected of them right now. They know it’s not good.”
On if he can fix a lot of those football problems:
“Sure. We can fix a lot by holding on to the ball. A lot of what we can accomplish for ourselves would be to able to take better care of the ball. “
On only two players being on the injury report:
“This may be a week, God willing, we have a good week of practice. Everyone stay son their feet, we don’t get in any trouble out there in that regard and perhaps that will happen. Perhaps we’ll have some good choices to make at the end of the week.”
On the running game being a mentality that has to be developed…
“It’s a mentality, but it’s also a physicality. You have to communicate well, you have to recognize in split seconds. You have to be physical enough to reject the fronts and the LBs as they attack the line of scrimmage. You have to knock a hole in the defensive front. You have to break an arm tackle, which very few have we. You have to block downfield. Your receivers have to get their faces in front of somebody downfield push toward the opponents goal line. You got a lot of things you have to do very well.”