Tom Coughlin gave his last presser before the Giants head out to Kansas City tomorrow. This could very well be the turning point of the season. As Bill Parcells used to say, ‘the bus is leaving…get on it…’
The coach feels he sensed a rallying of his troops after last week’s debacle in Carolina (“I did. I definitely did.”)
Q: How would you assess this week?
A: The guys came out and their attitude was good. They went to work. We’ve had some good practice days trying to overcome some of the obstacles that we have in terms of the way we’ve been playing and our execution, and they’ve grasped and tried hard and worked hard this week. We’re trying to advance some of these younger offensive linemen along, as far as guys that haven’t played much, as fast as we can. We’re just working the best we can and the players have a good attitude about it.
Q: How difficult is it to play in Kansas City and that environment?
A: The fans are right on you, but it’s a good environment. It’s a loud, boisterous NFL community and it will be a good experience for us. There will be some issues, obviously, with the goal line and that part of the field. Hopefully we won’t have issues hearing, but I’m sure we will.
Q: In your 10 years here, is this the youngest offensive line you’ve gone into a game with?
A: You’d have to check. You’re probably right, but I wouldn’t be able to say.
Q: Is there anything definitive along the offensive line in terms of who’s going to replace Snee and Baas?
A: You’ll have to see.
Q: Do you have any doubt Will Beatty will put last week behind him?
A: No. I think he can.
Q: Is that the kind of person he is? He forgets about bad stuff?
A: That’s kind of what you have to do. You can’t dwell. Yesterday is gone. You’ve got to take care of the moment and he seemed to be in a good place this week in practice. He’s not alone.
Q: What kind of problems does Alex Smith present?
A: He’s the second-leading rusher. Over the years, he really has had a successful career. He does a good job in taking care of the ball. He will pull the ball down and run and they run the option and do those kinds of things.
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(back to Alex Smith)
A: He’s a very, very good, experienced, veteran quarterback who is being utilized for his legs as well as his mind and his arm.
Q: You’ve been around successful teams and teams that have struggled. Is it important to flush the negative stuff out?
A: It’s a constant. You’re battling to get your team to focus on the things that have prevented us from getting to where we want to go. But once the game has been discussed and you have gone ahead and pointed out the things that were not done properly or need to be improved on, you’ve got to apply them to the next opponent and do so in such a way that brings your guys back up. It’s easy to stay down and feel sorry for yourself, but the difficult thing is to come back and stand up and again be positive and try to inspire people to overcome the obstacles that are there and to do it together as one. That’s the only trick that I know.
Q: The margin for error narrows as you lose. How difficult is it when you know you’re facing that kind of situation?
A: I think that if you start dwelling on all that stuff… They are young people, young athletes. The main thing is you don’t want people tied up. They’ve got to go play. They’re not going to be able to be successful unless they come out of their shell and play and don’t worry about it. Let me worry about the errors. Let me worry about what to say. You go play the game. I’ll take it on my shoulders. That’s been the way we’ve approached it.