Head Coach Tom Coughlin
October 15, 2015
We’re excited about preparing for the Philadelphia Eagles, in the division, over in Philadelphia. Philadelphia played very, very well the other day. They started out relatively slow for them this season, but they’ve built up and built up. Their three games that they’ve lost, they are by 15 points. They’re plus-three, they have thirteen takeaways, which is outstanding. Their defensive team, 10th in the league against the run, outstanding defensive team that they’ve put together. Their offensive team features the three runners that you know very well who they are, each of which in their own right is an exceptional football player. Young quarterback, Bradford, has done a good job, a 122 quarterback rating against Washington in a loss. They’ve lost twice in the division to Dallas and, of course, to Washington. But as I said, the other day, scoring 39 points, winning time of possession—which is something they really could care less about, they put it all together and Bradford showed resiliency himself in throwing two early picks and then coming back and having a big day with two touchdowns and a very high completion percentage. So their return game, their special teams—three of their big four teams are in the top-10 in the league. Darren Sproles gives them an exceptional punt returner. They’re a well-rounded overall very good football team in our division and we look forward to our preparation starting today.
Q: You have a lengthy injury list, obviously. The latest is Prince, what happened to him and how long is he?
A: They’re saying two to four (weeks). He has a partial tear of the pec, and it occurred in the game. It’s most unfortunate, he’s made a lot of plays this fall but we’ll continue on and we will get him back.
Q: How’s Kennard and some of the other guys?
A: Not going to practice.
A: Not going to practice.
A: He’s supposed to practice.
A: Going to practice. Selvie is going to practice.
Q: How’s Beason, has he been cleared?
A: No, no, he hasn’t.
Q: You said he has not been cleared?
A: No, he hasn’t been cleared.
Q: How about Justin Pugh?
A: He’s practicing.
Q: Has Victor Cruz been cleared to do anything?
A: No, not that I know of.
Q: Jonathan Casillas?
A: No, not today.
Q: Prince had been playing so well. What kind of challenge is it now for other guys to step up?
A: Well, that’s been the challenge all along. We played a game and won a game with (Jayron) Hosley starting at corner. He’ll have to jump in there and do that, which I’m sure he’s excited about. So we must continue on.
Q: I know you’ve studied exhaustively why this team has been so injured the last couple years. It looks like you’re at least pretty close to leadimust he league in injuries again. You changed so much, have you ever found any kind of common thread of why this keeps happening?
A: No. We’ve inserted major changes, we’ve changed pretty much everything that we do starting with the GPS. But all these soft tissue injuries are very, very troublesome, occurring in games, if you will. And then being so long and trying to get people back. I’m not going to get frustrated by it, but it’s very bothersome.
Q: Do you make any adjustments to the routine at this point?
Q: Why not?
A: Why would I?
Q: Because you just said you had a lot of soft tissue injuries and it’s troubling.
A: It’s not a time to change now. For years we did it one way, we’re doing it this way, we’re going to stay with it. We’re going to see how it goes.
Q: With Beckham and Randle kind of question marks, do you have to cut down on the game plan because of the young guys on the outside?
A: Not really, no.
Q: Is Prince a candidate for short-term IR?
Q: Why not?
A: Because he’s coming back ahead of that span, I would hope.
Q: Do you expect Beckham to practice later this week?
A: We’ll see. We’ll see. Today he can’t go. He’s day-to-day, but today he can’t go, which quite frankly, I didn’t expect any of those guys to go today.
Q: With these injuries popping up and the uncertainty with Cruz, has there been any thought about maybe using short-term IR on him?
A: This was thoroughly discussed when he injured himself the last time. The doctors battled for him being back before the time would be up on the IR.
Q: Have you gotten any updated timetable on Victor?
Q: After the game, you mentioned that Cullen Jenkins reminded you, I’m sure you didn’t need reminding, about you were 3-2 last year and you went to Philadelphia. How much will you talk about that—same situation, what happened?
A: I mentioned to them this morning about going over there a year ago. Didn’t go into details on the record or anything like that. But mentioned traveling over there, so that’s probably come and gone.
Q: How different a player is Justin Pugh than he was a year ago going into Philadelphia?
A: I think he’s a much better player. He’s well, well-rounded now. He’s had an outstanding offseason, he’s studied. He’s been able, obviously, to play more than one position for us, which is very, very good. And he’s played well.
Q: He had trouble last year, obviously, I n Philadelphia, he said it kind of snow-balled on him. Have you seen signs that he’s, I guess, maturing?
A: I have seen signs, yes. I would make a smart remark there but…
Q: How much has Weston Richburg been an upgrade for you guys in the middle, being sort of that anchor for you guys this year?
A: Well, he’s directed traffic since day one and does a very, very good job of that. He’s a team player. He’s basically a lunch bucket guy just like the type and the mold that we like. He’s done a good job of that—studying, identifying, communicating with the other offensive linemen. He’s done a very good job of that.
Q: You always talk about balance with your offense. Do you think the short passing game in your mind is still balance, even though Eli threw the ball 54 times?
A: Well, our short passing game, in addition to that, I think has been something that we’ve utilized as you would the run game. Not that I wouldn’t rather have the run, but that’s been said.
Q: With McBride and Wade both working at the nickel, is there one you’d prefer to bounce outside if you have to?
A: Well, not that I’m going to speak about. Both guys have played inside, both guys have played outside. When McBride played outside, he played very well.
Q: How much confidence do you have in Jayron Hosley compared to last year? And how do you think he’s done?
A: A lot more. He’s done well. When he’s been called upon, whether it’s special teams or defense, he’s done well.
Q: Is it disheartening to have this great win, be in first place, and then come to this injury list?
A: No, it’s just wonderful. So happy that all these questions are about it. Quite frankly, I would have a hard time not answering these types of questions.
Q: What do you see from DeMarco Murray? You’ve obviously seen him before in the past and now you see him with the Eagles. Does he do anything differently, does he look any different to you?
A: He looks good. He’s got great vision, he’s an outstanding runner, he catches the ball out of the backfield. He’s grown as this offensive team and people getting to know one another from the idea of new players at new positions. And you can see the improvement.
Q: What do you see with Walter Thurmond?
A: Walter has played well. Three interceptions, played the safety position, he comes down in the box, he tackles. He seems to do an outstanding job. You would expect him to have outstanding range and he does. Played well.
Q: Why do you think teams have had success throwing the ball to their running backs against you guys this year?
A: Well, I think primarily they’ve caught us in some type of zone coverage. The coverage hasn’t been as tight as we’d like. Normally in those situations, there’s a receiver behind and a receiver in front and they’re taught to play deep to short. That’s the result.
Q: So you guys are in some way giving that up, as opposed to giving up the deep stuff?
A: No, I wouldn’t say giving it. I’d like to be tighter, I really would. Again, each game is different, each situation is different and each pattern is different.
Q: Your team's opportunity here, you fight back and control the division now and have a huge game in Philadelphia. Is it too early to call it that, a huge game?
A: No, I think the significance of your divisional games is well-known and well-stated. I think the excitement of playing within the division is always there. At this point in the season, with the teams all bunched up like they are, this is a big game.