November 23, 2015
Good afternoon. What can I do for you? (Weston) Richburg, they kept inside. (Justin) Pugh, they kept inside. So those two guys didnít work. (Damontre) Moore is working his way through a hamstring. Probably those are the only questions. Now weíre done, right?
Q: Where is Pugh in the protocol?
A: Heís in the protocol, thatís where he is.
Q: When did it get diagnosed as a concussion?
A: Itís been a continuous process. He wonít be able to do anything until he meets all the conditions.
Q: Given how the games unfolded over the weekend and where you are now, what was your message to the team when they came back this morning?
A: Well, obviously the division race is the way it was when we left. We have a divisional foe in the Redskins this week, which is very important. But weíve got to take care of our own business.
Q: Itís only one practice, but how did Hakeem Nicks look out there?
A: Heís energetic, he looked good. Kidded around with him a little bit. He did fine for a guy thatís just trying to study and pick up the signals and all of those things. He did okay.
Q: What do you think he can bring to this team at this point?
A: Veteran experience, catcher, outstanding hands, heíll work very hard. Heís excited about being here. Heís missed the opportunity to compete, so all of those things heíll bring to our practices and our games.
Q: Heís only 26 years old, which is crazy because a lot of people almost write about him being done. Do you think he can be the same player he was?
A: To be honest with you, I donít think thereís any question about that part of it. He is a young man and he does miss it and he has worked very hard to stay in shape. We knew that when he worked out here the first time. Yeah, Iím hoping thatís exactly what it will be.
Q: Was today anything to do with the Redskins or just to getting back in shape?
A: No, it was just to come back and get our minds back into what weíre doing, the same thing we always do when thereís a break.
Q: How much do you think Prince Amukamara can add to the defense?
A: I think he can add a lot. Heís a good player and heís demonstrated that over the years. Heíll hang in there, heís done a nice job of that. Everybody gets beat on a route once in a while, but he hangs in there and he keeps battling away. He has a strong physical presence, so I think thereís no doubt heíll add tremendously.
Q: Do you think he can help balance out the defense, too? When they have DRC on one side, it seems like they try to pick on the other side.
A: I think that hopefully is what weíre going to get, is outstanding play on both sides.
Q: And because itís not a lower body injury, you think he can come right back pretty quickly?
A: I do. And heís had a couple weeks to do that. He hasnít tackled. Certainly there will be some things that will have to be kept in mindóyou donít want his arm getting out to the side. I think he knows how to handle that.
Q: Does he have to play with a harness on his shoulder?
A: I donít know what theyíll do for him game time. Heís protected throughout these practices. Itís probably a preference. Iím not sure what the medical people will say. If they recommend it, then heíll wear it.
Q: Does he have full range of motion without it or is it something heís just going to have to deal with?
A: He has the medical clearance to play. I canít get into percentages with you.
Q: During the bye week, did you self-evaluate and look at the red zone?
A: Yes. Oh yeah, oh yeah. Tremendous amount of time spent on it and a tremendous amount of thoughts based on it. Not only on the offensive side, but on the defensive side, as well. The way we research ourselves is to look at what we call ďworst to bestĒ and thatís where all our attention goes and thatís where our time is spent. When the players return, they get the benefit of not only the visual by the tape but the numbers and all the things that go with it. But itís also for the coaches, not just for the players. Yeah, we jump hard into that.
Q: What did you see when you looked at your safeties and what can they do to get better moving forward?
A: Yeah, we can do a lot better. We can perform much better, we can take care of the middle of the field betterónot only the safeties, but the linebackers etc. It has been a weak spot and weíve got to do a better job there.
Q: It was about 15-20 years ago that everyone started talking about ďhigh and tightĒ for ball carriers. Have there been other changes in the way that guys carry the ball and protect against fumbles?
A: I donít know if itís 15 years ago; thatís a term we grabbed a long time ago. Frank Gansz was the first one I ever heard say it. Weíve benefitted from the direct example of how that works, but thereís also the other handóthe other hand has to go on the ball, too, today because, quite frankly, people, as you know, are not too worried sometimes about the tackle, theyíll take the ball first. Itís something that weíve all got to continue to work on. Itís a basic fundamental, but itís the difference between winning and losing many times.
Q: A day like yesterday when Washington and Philly lose again, does that maybe heighten the sense of urgency--you guys have alternated wins and losses, it seems like, the whole seasonóto finally pull away from these guys?
A: Weíve been trying to do that, thank you very much.
Q: Over the years youíve brought in a bunch of guys who are former Giants. What do you get from that?
A: Iíll be point blank with you, Hakeem was the best player out there for right now, for the circumstances. Matter of fact, he was someone who we figured was in the sights of other clubs. Certainly heís been a Giant before, itís a different system. But we know the player, we know the young man and, quite frankly, he was, in our opinion, the best player out there.
Q: Earlier in the year you made a point of staying relevant. When you get to this point, now Thanksgiving will pass, is there another marker now? Do you bring that to your team?
A: Six-game season, thatís exactly what it is. Every game is a critical game. We are relevant and now weíve got to do something about it. ďFinish,Ē that word we keep using, youíve got to finish. Weíve got to be playing at our best in all three phases with no lapses, and thatís where Iíd like to see us go.
Q: Did they seem recharged after the bye and ready to go today?
A: There were some fresh legs, thatís for sure.