Coughlin Calls Team Inconsistent; Lauds Cruz’ Off-Field Efforts

Highlights from Tom Coughlin’s presser at TIMEX this morning….

Although the Ravens have lost three in a row and already in the playoffs, Coughlin still cited Baltimore as a big, physical football team. He called Joe Flacco an “excellent deep ball passer.”

He called the Giant’s defense inconsistent: “Like the rest of our football team. I’ll leave it at that.”

On Eli’s performance this season compared to last season: “Let’s wait till it’s over, then we’ll talk about that.”

On the struggles of K Lawrence Tynes:We’ve missed a FG in each of the last three games….I don’t know if you’d call it a slump….there’s been a different reason in each case. We thought his timing wasn’t very good the other day. …It’s the time of the year where we can’t afford any misses. We need to be able to come away with points when we’re down there…”

On missed tackles: “It’s concerning any time I see missed tackles…”

WR Victor Cruz payed tribute to six-year old Jack Pinto, one of the victims of last week’s shooting in Newtown CT by wearing the young man’s name on his cleats in the game vs Atlanta Sunday. Cruz also visited the family personally.

“I’m incredibly proud of what he’s done,” said Coughlin. “That family will remember that all their days….the fact that he went and did that speaks volumes about what he has inside.”

Injuries

On CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring) and S Kenny Phillips (knee): “They’ll both practice, but it will be limited to the point where we’ll test Prince a bit. With Kenny we feel like he’s rested and ready to contribute.”

On RB Ahmad Bradshaw (knee): “He won’t practice today…..it will be a medical decision. If the doctors feel he can play without hurting himself, they’ll let him play.”

Chris Snee (hip) and David Baas (hip/shoulder) also will not practice today. Neither will Hakeem Nicks (knee).

On Chris Canty (neck): “I think he’s going to go, although you can’t quote me until I see it.”

On Justin Tuck (shoulder): “We think He can deal with it.”