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Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/10/2015 12:21 pm

Head Coach Tom Coughlin

September 10, 2015

Q: Any update on Victor Cruz?

A: Nope.

Q: Are you ready to rule him out at this point? He hasnít run in three-plus weeks.

A: Iím not ruling anything out.

Q: Howíd Jon Beason look yesterday?

A: Okay. Moved around okay.

Q: Now that the roster is setÖ

A: You mean, set for the moment?

Q: Yeah. What do you think of the collection of talent and players you have?

A: I think weíre ready to start the season.

Q: What makes you feel that way?

A: Weíre ready to start the season. Whether you like it or not, itís right there. Weíre going to start the season. Thatís what I mean.

Q: Do you see anything from your team that makes you optimistic that you think theyíre ready to go out there and play well?

A: I see a good practice, and Iím looking for another one today.

Q: The offensive line was a level of concern or question coming into training camp. How do you feel it has come together?

A: As I went through yesterday, I think that weíre ready to start the season. I think weíll steadily improve throughout the season. I think that theyíll come together even more as they have an opportunity to compete and communicate under game circumstances.

Q: The players have described Steve Spagnuoloís defense as complex, and he obviously had a couple of hurdles the last time he installed it here. Have you seen anything that has indicated you wonít have to go through that again?

A: Boy, you guys are working hard to come up with it, arenít you? Complex is probably a term that you can apply to any defense at this level, and the sophistication of which to try and defend the talented athletes that are part of the National Football League. Under those circumstances, whatever word you want to use. I doubt it will be verbalization that will hold us back. Once we get to a game plan and we zoom in and we feel like the players can handle the plan, then I think weíll go and play and play hard.

Q: Obviously Antrel Rolle had a big voice in that defensive room. Who do you think sort of stepped into that role?

A: There are different people, there are different people that have done it from day one. Youíve had Jon Beason, youíve had Cullen Jenkins. In the secondary, some of the corners have come in with positive comments from time to time. So thereís different guys that have stepped up. Hankins has been in that position. So different people.

Q: Do you view it as beneficial that there are different voices?

A: I think it is. I think it is. Itís beneficial from the standpoint that more people contributing feels like more people have ownership.

Q: Speaking of ownership and leadership, I assume youíre having your captains vote this week or maybe even today.

A: I wouldnít assume anything, but itíll come. Itíll come.

Q: Do you anticipate keeping the same format as in past years with season-long captains or is it going to be rotating? Have you thought about that?

A: If we have the captainsí vote, the captains will be representatives. Occasionally, thereís been another player thatís been out with the captains. If so, that will be the case.

Q: Is there any reason you wouldnít do that before Opening Day?

A: No. Not really.

Q: Damontre Moore is a guy that you guys have liked, assumed to be a good pass rusher. Have you seen signs of improvement from his this summer?

A: Yes. Even though his spring was limited, he did show that pass rush ability. And I think based on his last preseason game, youíve seen it. Hopefully it will continue.

Q: Are there specific areas he improved in? Things that he didnít do so well before?

A: He has a natural feel for it. Whether heís developed other types moves or not, I think that remains to be seen. What heís been able to do is get on the edge, and he has long arms. Thatís been effective.

Q: Youíve spoken in the past about him, about not being able to get him to practice like you want him to practice; therefore, game opportunities have been limited. Has that changed?

A: Iím not sure that I would have said it that way. When he was restricted, obviously, in the spring, it was physical.

Q: Right, but in yearís past.

A: But the more he learns and the more he understands, he does have some new things to learn, the better off heíll be. Focus and concentration and repetition are the keys for him.

Q: Dave Merritt talked a lot in the spring about with Landon Collins and the trust factor. The veterans around him will listen to what heís saying, trust what heís saying. Have you seen that growth as youíre getting ready for opening night?

A: I think heís more concerned about his job. The communication back there is a natural thing between the safeties. As far as being someone who is one of the defensive guys who is pulling people together, I donít think that will happen until heís really sure of his own job.

Q: How difficult of a spot is that for a rookie on opening night?

A: Well, Iím sure it is. Anytime the potential of the ball in the air, and youíre not in the right spot, itís pretty serious business. Thereís a lot to be prepared for.

Q: How confident are you that heís ready?

A: Oh, Iím confident in him. You bet I am.

Q: Why?

A: Why? Because heís a good football player. And heís demonstrated that throughout his collegiate career and he was taken in the second round.

Q: What has Markus Kuhn showed you to gain your trust?

A: Heís anchored better, heís moved a little bit better, and heís more conscious of his footwork. Heís doing a better job with that.

Q: What have you changed about your week? Tomorrow is different.

A: Yeah, itís what we call a GPS week. Weíre going to follow through with that. We did that for our third preseason game, and weíll do it here, too.

Q: Tomorrow will be that recovery day?

A: Tomorrow will be a recovery day. This will be a much longer practice. This will be a 23 mod practice today.

Q: Saturday changes?

A: Saturday changes. Saturday becomes a full-speed drill for a minimum amount of time. But it does put them in the mode where theyíve gone full speed the day before they play.

Q: What did you see that prompted you to stick with it?

A: All these things are being done for the health issue, thatís what this is all about.

Q: You said you wanted a better punt return game. Has Dwayne Harris given you that?

A: He hasnít had many opportunities, but he will. He will.

Q: It seems like you obviously put a strong emphasis these past couple weeks on special teams, even with regards to the roster composition.

A: Weíve put a high regard on special teams and expectations on special teams all preseason. Thatís nothing new. People are here because of special teams, youíre right about that. But the emphasis has always been to improve and give ourselves better field position.


3 questions  
Big Blue '56 : 9/10/2015 12:31 pm : link
on the Captains
Worst questions  
Randy in CT : 9/10/2015 12:40 pm : link
ever.
Re Coughlin: I see a good practice ...  
Trainmaster : 9/10/2015 12:45 pm : link
Now I'm worried.

How many times in the last two years have the Giants gotten blown out, didn't show up with any passion, didn't execute worth a damn etc. and in the post game presser Coughlin seemed perplexed because "we looked so good in practice during the week"?

I think I'd rather him say, "I haven't seen the kind of passion, dedication and execution in practice that this team needs to make the playoffs. Players will lose their starting jobs or their roster spots if it is not corrected on Sunday!"
it's almost as though BBI's negativity  
ColHowPepper : 9/10/2015 12:47 pm : link
has seeped into the beat reporters' mindsets, as reflected in some of their questions lol
Randy  
Trainmaster : 9/10/2015 12:48 pm : link
I agree, lousy questions.

How about:

Tom, you've said the team had a good week of practice many times before and yet the team came out flat, executed poorly on game day etc. Are your practices not properly preparing the team for game situations on Sunday? Are you having trouble adjusting to the amount of time and level of contact allowed by this CBA compared to the prior CBA?
Ask Coughlin...  
rptl530 : 9/10/2015 12:50 pm : link
that question and you'll end up in the fetal position if he's in the wrong mood.
Not much confidence in this wording  
giantgiantfan : 9/10/2015 1:22 pm : link
Quote:

Q: Now that the roster is setÖ

A: You mean, set for the moment?

Q: Yeah. What do you think of the collection of talent and players you have?

A: I think weíre ready to start the season.

Q: What makes you feel that way?

A: Weíre ready to start the season. Whether you like it or not, itís right there. Weíre going to start the season. Thatís what I mean.
RE: Randy  
BillT : 9/10/2015 1:25 pm : link
In comment 12466503 Trainmaster said:
Quote:
I agree, lousy questions.

How about:

Tom, you've said the team had a good week of practice many times before and yet the team came out flat, executed poorly on game day etc. Are your practices not properly preparing the team for game situations on Sunday? Are you having trouble adjusting to the amount of time and level of contact allowed by this CBA compared to the prior CBA?

Or why not just cut through all the above BS and ask him directly if he's a moron and an completely incompetent coach?
It seems that The Giants fan base  
TyFromQueens : 9/10/2015 1:30 pm : link
And not just on BBI have collectively given up on this season.

Even the beat writers and we haven't even played a game.

Am I the only one that feels that way? Is our season doomed before it starts?

RE: Re Coughlin: I see a good practice ...  
nicky43 : 9/10/2015 2:34 pm : link
In comment 12466495 Trainmaster said:
Quote:
Now I'm worried.

How many times in the last two years have the Giants gotten blown out, didn't show up with any passion, didn't execute worth a damn etc. and in the post game presser Coughlin seemed perplexed because "we looked so good in practice during the week"?

I think I'd rather him say, "I haven't seen the kind of passion, dedication and execution in practice that this team needs to make the playoffs. Players will lose their starting jobs or their roster spots if it is not corrected on Sunday!"


Seriously? Do you really think the statements and themes he discusses with the media is the same stuff he's feeding his players? Really?

Do you think he thinks for a second there is any connection between the answers he feeds the media and the performance of the team in the next game?

Do you honestly think the players pay more attention to what he says to the media then on what he says to them directly as a group and individually?
RE: It seems that The Giants fan base  
nicky43 : 9/10/2015 2:45 pm : link
In comment 12466617 TyFromQueens said:
Quote:
And not just on BBI have collectively given up on this season.

Even the beat writers and we haven't even played a game.

Am I the only one that feels that way? Is our season doomed before it starts?


I think what happens to us fans is we see the off season as the time for the FO to correct and resolve all the teams problems and weaknesses and because you really can't address it all in one season due to the Cap and who might be available, then you add on the injuries, and we can only come away disappointed. I know this is what makes me disappointed with almost every off season.

Now that the season starts and the roster is set, we have to accept that we have what we have and hope for the best. This is the point were I turn from disappointment to becoming an optimist and simply enjoy the games no matter how they go. It is what it is and I'm not going to get upset if we don't win but I assure you I will be very delighted with any win we do earn.
RE: it's almost as though BBI's negativity  
Big Blue '56 : 9/10/2015 2:48 pm : link
In comment 12466499 ColHowPepper said:
Quote:
has seeped into the beat reporters' mindsets, as reflected in some of their questions lol


You mean your negativity..*GRIN*
I recall a few years ago a broadcast cited Coughlin as saying that you  
BrettNYG10 : 9/10/2015 2:51 pm : link
Need about four games to figure out what you have with your team.

I think there's a lot of reactionary pessimism here. People are myopic and ignore that other teams have similar issues at this stage. I watched other preseason games and many teams seemed in total disarray. There's a lot of mediocrity in the NFL and on our schedule. I believe we have ten games against teams with 8-8 or worse records last year.
Roster is set for the moment  
Steve Filipowicz : 9/10/2015 2:52 pm : link
I guess we can expect more turnover as the season progresses.

I also guess that Collins won't be calling defensive formations for awhile
That was as downbeat a transcript from the Coach  
SwirlingEddie : 9/10/2015 3:40 pm : link
as ive heard in a long time. Lots of tempering of expectations, players are still learning their jobs, etc.
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