Tom Coughlin’s comments from his presser this afternoon:
Q: Any update on David Wilson?
A: David will be week to week. He has a neck issue, so it will be week to week.
Q: So is it going to be a no-go for David?
Q: Any update on (Corey) Webster?
A: No. I don’t see any change there.
Q: What is (Brandon) Myers’ health status?
A: He’s getting better. He went through some things today and I’m encouraged by that.
Q: Do you think he’ll play?
A: I wish I had that kind of ability. I’d be sitting somewhere, you’d be calling me.
Q: What do you do with the running game now? There’s nobody really here who’s done much so far this season.
A: Brandon had some good runs the other day and Da’Rel had some good runs when he was here. We have the young rookie that’s done a good job in preseason on kickoff returns, so I’m trying to project that further down the road. He did a nice job last week by the way, scout team-wise.
Q: You called the turnovers correctable, so what have you seen recently that may shed some light on them being corrected?
A: Not much. They are correctable, but it’s a ball security issue. Sometimes when you see an opportunity, but percentages are against you, you can’t take a chance.
Q: Your rush defense has improved this year. How much of a responsibility does Paysinger have in his increased role in doing that?
A: They all do. Like I said the other day, to hold a runner with the ability of McCoy to 46 yards is quite an impressive thing. We worked hard last week. The guys worked very hard at that and they took great pride in the preparation and we’re going to have to continue to do that.
Q: Spencer has the helmet though, so is he helping line up guys more efficiently than what you might have expected?
A: He’s done a good job. There’s no question about that, but it’s a full team group. Everybody’s involved in stopping the run. As far as lining them up, I think we’ve advanced a little bit, but beyond that I think we can lineup.
Q: What do you expect from (Jon) Beason?
A: He’s learning fast. He’s ready to contribute.
Q: On defense as well as special teams?
A: I hope so.
Q: What are the concerns about Chicago? What do they do well?
A: They’re a very good football team. They started off 3-0 and they played extremely well. They beat some very good football teams, on the last series, or the last drive of the game. Actually had a ton of yards the other day, but New Orleans had the ball for 36 minutes. New Orleans did not turn the ball over. New Orleans had two penalties in the game. That sounds like a reasonable formula.
Q: They’ve also had some trouble rushing the passer and I think they’ve given up a lot of deep passes. Is that something you feel you can exploit?
A: I’ve noticed that and I’m hoping that we can protect the passer. They’ve got some outstanding pass rushers. They spread it around, too. Their sacks, I know their linebackers have four of them. They spread it around. The front is physical and tough. The corners are tough. They play hard and they’re very good ball strippers. As a team, they have that kind of a commitment. Of course, Tillman is outstanding at it.
Q: How has the emergence of Alshon Jeffery kind of changed the way teams are defending Marshall and the receivers there?
A: Well they have two of those big guys who can run. Physical receivers who do a nice job blocking downfield, they’re big targets for the quarterback. The tight end Bennett is a big target, the runner Forte is a good target out of the backfield. Bennett comes in on third down and he’s made a strong contribution as well.
Q: How big of a concern are those two wide outs?
A: They’re a tremendous concern. They’re outstanding players and they’ve got the numbers to back it up. Jeffery just set a big record out there. They’re good players.