Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey
Media Availability, April 4, 2018
Q: What do you do for a punter and a placekicker?
A: You go find one. No, we have some guys in the building that are already on the roster. Obviously we’re going to create some competition there, add a piece or two. We’ll see what happens.
Q: What kind of message does it send to the special teams coordinator, but also the team, when it seems like every free agent that you guys signed besides Nate Solder has that special teams background and not just the background, but they’ve excelled in that role? Do you see all those pieces coming together before you even get these guys in the building?
A: Absolutely. I think that obviously from the top down we understand the importance of special teams and field position in being able to impact the game. I think that obviously with the moves that we’ve made we’re making strides in that direction and we look forward to getting better.
Q: Do you view Mike Thomas as one of the best in the league at special teams?
A: Absolutely. Mike is the ultimate competitor, he does an outstanding job in the coverage game, he’s a smart player. I’m kind of biased towards Mike, he’s a Houston guy and a good friend of mine. David Suggs was his high school coach who gave me my first job, so there’s some background there. But Mike is a high impact player and we look forward to him making big plays.
Q: You hear sometimes special teams coaches say we’ll see what the 53 is on game day and then we’ll kind of maneuver guys around. But when the resumes of guys that you’ve signed are good on special teams, you’re not hiding the intent here, right?
A: Oh, absolutely. You always want to be the best and I think that when you look at building a roster from the top down, the bottom up, yeah you’ve got to have those pieces and I think those pieces are extremely important for us to move forward as a unit and as a team to get back to where we want to be.
Q: Aldrick Rosas was really inconsistent last year. What do you see as far as his opportunity here still?
A: I see a kid that was a rookie last year and like most rookies in this league, they’re inconsistent. It’s rare where you see a rookie that just comes in and just rips it up just walking through the door. He’s young and like Dave Gettleman always says, we’re not going to give up on talent. He’s a talented guy and there’s some things that he can do that a lot of people can’t do and I think there’s some talent there and we’re going to work with that talent.
Q: What’s it like coming back for you?
A: It’s great. It’s like coming back home. I mean, it really is. When you walk in this building, you spent so many hours in this building and being in this indoor facility now and seeing the banners and being able to see the view of the city from the practice field, there are very few places on this earth like the New York Giants and it’s really good to be back.