Head Coach Tom Coughlin
October 2, 2015
Q: You’ve got four guys out for Sunday?
Q: What was it with Robert Ayers? He just wasn’t able to get going this week? Was it a setback when he got back out there that first day?
A: It was the end of the week, like I told you. He just strained it three-quarters of the way through the (Wednesday) practice. It set him back. So with an injury like that, we’re trying to get him over.
Q: Can you handicap Ereck Flowers’ chances of playing Sunday?
A: You know, he was better. He was better yesterday and seems to be a little better today. We’ll put our heads together on that one, for sure.
Q: When you look at the Bills, maybe you were asked this earlier in the week, I apologize if you were. Do you look at everything? Are they more the team from last week?
A: No, we look at the whole preseason and everything as long as Rex has been there. They are a good football team. They run the ball, they defend the run, they give you multiple looks, like I’ve said over and over. They have two outstanding returners on special teams. They showed their ability to come back in the fourth quarter against New England. So they’ve been plus-three in their two wins and minus-one in their loss to New England.
Q: When you look at that team, are they sort of like the old Jets teams that Rex had? Is there a lot there that is similar, even though the players are obviously different?
A: The theory and the concept behind how they play is there definitely. That’s Rex’s team, Rex’s concept of X’s and O’s.
Q: After Tony Romo and Matt Ryan and Kirk Cousins, is Tyrod Taylor a whole different type of quarterback?
A: He is in that he is 4.5 or in that range and it’s very important to keep him in the pocket, otherwise he definitely can hurt you whether it’s the option or just plain pulling the ball down and taking off. They do a lot of moving with him, which gives him the perimeter if it’s blocked up right. And he has the option of throwing on the move. Obviously, 74 percent completions after three games is outstanding.
Q: With Ayers out, does that sort of expand the expectations for what you’re going to look for out of Owa Odighizuwa maybe? It’s his first game back.
A: It puts that whole thing into play, for sure, in more than one way if he does get to dress.
Q: Is he limited still?
A: He practiced enough and well this week. He hasn’t played in a while, so it may be that he would be fatigued and we may have to look at it that way if, in fact, he plays.
Q: Even though it’s so early in the year, obviously the sky was falling at 0-2, now you’re potentially going to be tied for first place after this weekend. Obviously things change quickly. Do you look at standings in relation to pointing things out to the players this early?
A: Well, a couple of weeks ago, we did. We just talked about our division and where our division was. I think it’s important for everybody to be aware of all circumstances. I certainly wouldn’t keep something that was important away from them. But they’re well-read, they know what’s going on.
Q: With Owa, you said “if he dresses,” is that more to do with the foot or the decision on numbers?
A: No, no, not the foot. He’s been cleared to play that way.
Q: There was a report today that Victor Cruz had an injection in his calf.
A: That, I don’t know, but if he did, then the idea was to get him better. Whatever they can do to get him better, we’re all for it.
Q: You obviously got the results of the MRI at this point. Is there anything new or different?
A: Nothing. Nothing new.
Q: Is putting him on injured reserve a possibility or something you guys are even thinking about at this point?