The Giants begin preparing for their trip to Kansas City this Sunday to play the 3-0 Chiefs and old adversary Andy Reid.
Tom Coughlin vows to keep on plugging away in hopes of turning his sagging team’s season around. The coach was animated and more demonstrative than usual in his weekly presser this than usual this morning at QDTC:
Injuries - Diehl will be at limited capacity. No Baas, no Robinson, no Snee (other hip). T2 needs to be managed. No Webster today. Jacquian tomorrow.
The difference between the Chiefs this year..?
“37 giveaways and zero this year…they are plus 9.”
Is your season on the line?
“No. It’s a long season. We played three games. We have a lot of games to go. Certainly we want to win and that’s our entire objective. We’re standing on the edge of the cliff, I don’t look at it that way. I see a lot of football to be played.”
How is Eli holding up?
“He’s like a rock (smiling). He’s okay, really. He’ll tell ya that and I think he is. Sometimes you get hit a little bit, you knock the cobwebs out…”
On John Conner:
“We need a fullback, we need a blocker. He is a physical guy. We think he’ll go up in the hole and clear the hole for the running back. We hope he’ll be a good pass protector and contribute on special teams as well.”
On T2…“The accumulation has gotten to him a little bit.”
On if he has spoken to Hakeem Nicks:
“I really didn’t have a great discussion with him. I mentioned something to him this morning. By the time I got here yesterday afternoon he was gone, so I really haven’t had that opportunity yet….I will tell you this – the information that is coming forth to me, this is from, believe it or not, writers who are present and one of the people that was in Carolina. They think a little bit of this has gotten out of proportion. He didn’t mean it that way or intend it that way. I know it doesn’t matter. It’s what you say. But there’s some evidence to say that he was really trying to be humble and understanding in realizing he didn’t make a great contribution and blah, blah, blah..”
Some Tom Coughlin – Andy Reid factoids….
Tom Coughlin and Andy Reid will square off from opposite sidelines in a regular-season game for the 20th time, more than any other matchup between two active coaches. Reid leads the series, 10-9. He also won the two postseason games between their teams, in 2006 and 2008.
Coughlin and Reid first met in 2002, when the former was coaching the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville defeated Reid’s Philadelphia Eagles, 28-25.
In 2004, Coughlin became the Giants’ coach, joining Reid in the NFC East and commencing a nine-year streak in which they faced each other twice every season. Reid’s team won 10 of those 18 meetings.
Reid was fired by the Eagles following the 2012 season. He moved to Kansas City, where he has led the Chiefs to a 3-0 start, including a victory last week in Philadelphia. Because the NFC East and AFC West are facing each other this season, Coughlin and Reid will resume their rivalry outside of the familiar confines of their division skirmishes.
Coughlin, now in his 18th season as an NFL head coach, is also a participant in the second most frequently-contested rivalry among current coaches. He has faced St. Louis’ Jeff Fisher 18 times in the regular season, most often when they were division rivals at Jacksonville and Tennessee, respectively. Fisher leads that series, 11-7.
In third place on the list are Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin and Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis. The Bengals beat the Steelers last week, but Tomlin leads the series, 9-4.
Since the 1970 merger, few head coaches have competed against each other as often as Coughlin and Reid. Two pairs of coaches met 23 times apiece – and all four coaches are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Former Giants coach Bill Parcells, who was enshrined in the Hall last month, was 14-9 in regular-season games against Washington’s Joe Gibbs (including six meetings from 2003-2006, when Parcells coached the Dallas Cowboys and Gibbs was in his second stint with the Redskins). Also, Marv Levy, who coached the Chiefs for five seasons and later led Buffalo to four consecutive Super Bowls, was 17-6 against Miami’s Don Sula, the winningest coach in history.
Courtesy Giants Public Relations Dept.