From Tom Coughlin Wednesday morning presser….
The Giants listed 11 names on the initial Week 5 injury report. Couch Coughlin opened with an brief rundown of the infirmed and wounded:
“David Baas and Chris Snee, it doesn’t look like a whole lot of improvement there. We’re holding our breath as we move into this week.”
“David Diehl will practice. Mark Herzlich seems to be a lot better today with the toe, and hopefully by tomorrow, he’ll be ready to go. (Jayron) Hosley’s hamstring is probably going to be an issue.”
“(Cullen) Jenkins looked better today. He won’t practice, but he did look better today. Jason Pierre-Paul will practice. Shaun Rogers should be able to go tomorrow.”
“Aaron (Ross) probably can’t make it. Cooper Taylor is practicing. Terrell Thomas is going to have one day a week off now. He’ll have this day. Corey Webster is going to practice and Jacquian will practice.”
“So that clears up some of the list for you as we prepare to play in the division against Philadelphia, and we’re excited about that.”
Q: What are your thoughts here going into this football game needing a win and just getting something going?
A: You asked me that two weeks ago with I think the exact same question. My thoughts are: let’s get a win. Let’s practice hard. Let’s work hard. Let’s improve. Let’s take some of the issues that I pointed out the other day and improve on those. The players are anxious to go to work. We had good meetings this morning, so I’m looking forward to today.
Q: What are your thoughts on the Eagles’ offense?
A: Very good. A very good offense. Obviously, lots of numbers. Very, very skilled athletes. An outstanding offensive line that’s obviously blocking very well. They’re the number one rush team in the NFL. As I said, very good skill with a very unique pattern that all of us have been scrambling to work on all throughout the winter, and they’ve been very effective with it. But when you study and you watch, you see again the skill that we’ve always seen when Michael Vick is at the controls and (LeSean) McCoy and so on and so forth as far as their football team.
Q: Are there a lot of similarities between his offense now and his offense at Oregon? Has that helped you?
A: It always helps. Yeah. You’ve just got to get a feel for that and you have to do, obviously, more than just the plays because of the clock and so you have to get into that, too. But that being said, I think there are some games that have been played prior to us and there’s some information and some studying that we were able to do in the offseason, and the way we practiced in preseason hopefully will have helped us, as well.
Q: With all the injuries on the defensive line, there are opportunities for the younger players to help out. Can you talk about where they are in their development and how confident you are with them going forward?
A: I liked Hankins’ work a week ago. I thought he was a really difficult guy for us to block from an offensive standpoint. I really felt like John was ready to contribute and I feel the same way right now, so I’m looking forward to watching him play. Moore, obviously if you’re talking in that direction, will get an opportunity to contribute as well. He’s done a nice job on special teams. He has good energy, and hopefully we can build on that.
Q: How critical is it that your special teams help you win games?
A: All phases. Offense, special teams and defense. Everybody has to work in harmony together. We’ve been, quite frankly, in three of the four games at the end of the third quarter mark and had a chance to win and haven’t done it. Yeah. There’s no question we do have to do that. I would simply provide an answer for the punt return the other day. Hopefully we’re not punting that much. That’s an answer to that question.
Q: You took Da’Rel Scott off the roster, does that mean that you have confidence that Jacobs and Michael Cox can handle more?
A: Well, certainly Jacobs can get more. Michael Cox has to learn everything, he’s been used more on special teams than anything else. But yeah, those two, and in terms of blocking, the same combination of tight ends that we’ve always used.
Q: So Wilson and Jacobs seem to be your one-two punch right now?
A: Yeah, I think that’s safe to say.
Q: So what have you seen from Brandon? He hasn’t had a lot of opportunities.
A: He did have a nice run the other day. When called upon, I think he’s still a powerful guy that we’re going to utilize in those short-yardage and goal line situations. I wish we had more of them. But he’s had a couple weeks to get himself orientated again back into the routine, etcetera, etcetera. He actually has played on a lot of special teams and contributed a week ago.
Q: How do you assess your offensive line? Do look at changes again this week?
A: Well, we’ll see. It looks similar to that. We’ll see where we are with regard to how far Diehl can come along.
Q: You get Will Hill back in practice this week. What does he have to show you in order for you to activate him and get him in the lineup on Sunday?
A: Well, he’s been conditioning and running and working and been in meetings, which is a huge plus. So I’m expecting that he will fall right into the routine, and certainly his contributions a year ago were major on special teams, so I’m looking for that to be a plus. We’ll work him right back in.
Q: If there’s been one constant on offense this year it’s been Victor Cruz. Has he just taken his game to another level?
A: He has. He’s playing as well as we’ve seen him play. Thank God for it.
Q: When you were talking about the Eagles you said that there were things you did in the preseason that might help you. What do you mean?
A: Speed up. Up-tempo. Our offense against our defense was up-tempo.
Q: Is there any other way to prepare for…
A: Well, that’s one phase. The other phase is you’ve got to stop it. Obviously that’s the other issue. McCoy has jumped out to almost 500 yards in four games and certainly is playing extremely well, catching the ball really well. If you notice the numbers, their receivers all have outstanding per catch averages, which is interesting in itself. They have 24 plays for over 20 yards in the air so you have a lot to defend.
Q: Can you condition your players to be ready for that thing? Is it possible in a week?
A: Yes, yeah. There have been certain parts of it that we’ve been working on all along. You do have to be able to… you have to be very wise in how you go about it. Obviously there are times where there are no substitutions and other times you can.
Q: Besides Antrel Rolle, how is the confidence of the team?
A: Obviously, a win would help a lot. I do believe that their focus is in the right spot and that starts it. You’ve got to have some success. Success would help tremendously.
Q: Trumaine McBride seemed to play well last weekend.
A: He did, he did play well.
Q: Do you have to work on Chicago this week as well, too?
A: No. No, no, no. The end of the week, when we’ve completed our study and our preparation, then we do have to do some things, primarily Saturday afternoon, for example, so that we’re ready for Monday becauseMonday becomes just another day really. Players come back in and go right back to work on the next opponent.
Q: After two on the road you’re back at home. You often talk about these fans being the 12th man. They might be frustrated right now, what can you expect from them?
A: I’m hoping that our fans are as boisterous and supportive as they’ve ever been, maybe even more. I just hope everyone rallies around our team right now. The players need it, we all need it, we all need to feel that great support and the 12th man, playing at home in the division, there’s certainly every reason in the world to be excited about that. A 1 o’clock game, I’m hoping that they help us, that the fans help us win.
Q: How about the fact that the players are sticking up for each other, they’re sticking up for you? There doesn’t seem to be any finger pointing or division at this point.
A: Well, that’s what I would expect. It’s a good group of people. If anything, you have to stick together when times are tough. It’s easy when everything’s going well. Things are not going well so how do you act? How strong are you? How much do you believe? What is your character? What is your bottom line? That’s what you’re seeing in terms of us sticking together.