Head Coach Tom Coughlin
September 10, 2015
Q: Any update on Victor Cruz?
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.
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.