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Giants Coughlin On Chip Kelly And The Draft

New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin spoke with the media about the new coaches in the NFC East, the draft and the his future.

NFL Combine Press Conference, February 22, 2013

Q: Thoughts on the departure of Andy Reid from the NFC East:

A: Andy is a good friend of mine. He went through a tremendous personal loss, very difficult season for him. Our hearts went out to Andy and his family, Tammy. Hes an excellent football coach. Its very difficult to think that he was there for 14 years and probably won 70% of his games; I dont know what the exact number is, but (hes) just an outstanding football coach, outstanding person. Its an unusual thing to say, but to not have him in the division, Ill miss him. Hes on the Madden Committee and Im on the Madden Committee, so we got the chance to spend some time together this week. It was good. Im happy for him and his family. Im sure hes looking forward to his new adventure.

Q: Impression of Chip Kelly joining the Eagles:

A: I know Chip from his days at New Hampshire and the tremendous job he did at Oregon. We interviewed him at one point here in New York and hes done a superior job and hes an outstanding football coach. Hes going to make it interesting.

RE: Terrell Thomas comment on NFL Network earlier this week about you coaching for one more year and being close to retirement.

A: I wondered how long it would take to get to that. I tried to think of something funny to say, but I dont know what to say about it. I dont even know how a young man would come to that statement. I approach each year the way I always approach them and the energy is flowing well and Im excited about it. Im looking forward to this offseason and getting our football team together again. Maybe at some point Ill get the message, but it certainly isnt right now.

Q: Thoughts on the Bills hiring Doug Marrone:

A: Doug is a good coach. Weve watched him closely when he was at Syracuse. He used to visit me in the offseason. Hes very serious, very smart. Syracuse is going to miss Doug Marrone, no doubt. Im an alum, so I wasnt even aware. I had read that he had interviewed a couple places, but I saw Doug yesterday and wished him well again. I sent a little not to him, he texts me and I text him back. I saw him yesterday and wished him well and he put his staff together fast and hes hit the floor running, without a doubt.

Q: Thoughts on limited practice time during the offseason and training camp:

A: You dont have as many practices. I know Ive talked about it and I dont think its any secret, but how do we make the players understand that even though this is a jog-through, that this is just as important as a practice. In the scheme of two-a-days, what we have done is set aside a take-on for jog-through and then we move on to another take-on for the practice. The player has to understand that there are only so many reps and these jog-throughs are critical. That is one area, the lack of time spent developmentally in the offseason where youd normally have 10-12 offensive linemen around the whole offseason, kids that want to learn, that have a chance, that might be free agents or first year players. Everyone is dealing with the same thing, but its going to take some adjusting to. The first year this was in place, we won it, so people think that we have all the answers, but obviously this year its not the case. I can spend more time complaining.

Q: Thoughts on pushing things back in the off-season:

A: I saw something like that this morning. I would want to know exactly what the objective is. Theres some other things that Id rather have than that. (Players) do have time, players dont come in now till the 15th of April. Theoretically, you could do as much as you want if thats the goal, but I dont really know if thats the goal.

Q: On the roster changes this offseason:

A: Theres a combination and I think Ahmad Bradshaw said it best, he said that it broke his heart but he understands its a business. We all do. Were not happy about any of that, especially in the way that our organization is run. As a coach, I dont want to see anybody go. I want to wrap my arms around them all. I want them to play together forever, but thats not the case. It doesnt happen. It doesnt work. Theres a new ring in changes there. We have things that obviously have to be accomplished moving forward with players and we have to have the resources to be able to do that. Thats where we are.

Q: On the running back situation after Bradshaws departure:

A: David Wilson, Andre Brown, DaRel Scott, theres a few guys that will compete like heck for that job.

Q: Will it be an open competition?

A: The more competition the better so the question of who, what, where, when; theyre all going to play. Theyre going to contribute, compete with one another and hopefully make us better just like all other forms of competition.

Q: With the changes on the defensive side, is there a new direction for the defense?

A: The direction is to get better. None of us are happy with the circumstances we were in and the way that we played. The idea is to get better as best we can. In those circumstances, obviously there was a business side to those decisions.

Q: On if Hakeem Nicks struggles this season were caused by his injuries:

A: I think that would be a major part of it.

Q: How he doing now?

A: Good, saw him the other day. Eyes are big and bright again.

Q: Did Hakeem Nicks have any offseason medical procedures?

A: I think he had a scope just to look it over.

Q: Did David Baas have any medical procedures?

A: Baas has had a little surgery, yeah.

Q: Of what nature?

A: On his body.

Q: When do you expect Chris Snee to return from injury?

A: I dont know if theres a timetable. Hes in competition with some other guys telling them, Im going to get back faster than you are. Hell be back as fast as he can. I dont know if hell do a whole lot in the spring.

Q: Are you always looking for the next Jason Pierre-Paul in the draft?

A: Hes a very unique individual indeed. Were definitely looking for that. Youre hoping to match up a position of priority or a position of need or someone of that nature with were you pick. Were always here for that reason.

Q: Is it difficult for players that have only played a few years of College Football to be NFL-ready coming out of the draft?

A: Well, I dont know if its NFL-ready, I wouldnt say that. Theres a big learning curve for any young man. The more he has played and experienced, obviously the curve might be a little bit easier. If you can get to a point where you can turn those outstanding athletes loose and still have them play within the scheme and the responsibility, then youre way ahead. Obviously with these young men who have the talent and ability; we went to the workout of JPP at South Florida and we were just observing and he did a back flip at 270 pounds or whatever he was. We said, Maybe this is a pretty good athlete here.

Q: Is defensive end the hardest type of player to evaluate?

A: I dont know if its the most difficult to evaluate, but its obviously the most difficult to take people and peg them into positions that youre looking for. For example, if I was to say 10 years ago the safeties are playing linebacker today and the linebackers are playing defensive end today, depending on the style of the offensive team theyre playing. That makes it a little bit more difficult at those spots that are hard to find. I think theres 19 tight ends here. Theres 32 teams in the NFL. Im not good at math, but I can figure that one out.

Q: Thoughts on returning to Lucas Oil Stadium, where you won Super Bowl XLVI:

A: It certainly is a lot of great memories coming back here. When we came, I stopped to visit Phil Ray, the General Manager of the downtown Marriott where we stayed. We renewed a few good memories, no doubt. The people were great and the whole thing, it was 50 degrees; it was unbelievable, people walking around in shorts in Indianapolis in February. It was fun.

Q: Thoughts on your offensive line with Kevin Boothe and Will Beatty on the free agency list:

A: Its a concern, no doubt. Weve got a lot of young kids that are going to have to step it up, no matter who you think: (James) Brewer, (Matt) McCants, (Brandon) Mosley, (Stephen) Goodin, (Selvish) Capers; all those kids have been looking for an opportunity. Here it is, depending on what happens here obviously. We would like for the free agents as you refer to them, to be on our team. I wouldnt want to think about losing any of them.

Q: What was it like having to part ways with Ahmad Bradshaw?

A: Tough. Hes a young man, hes a human being, nobodys perfect, but when that guy took the field, there was never any question about what his intention was and where his intensity was and what he would bring to the table in terms of toughness, courage and how he played. The Giants organization loves Ahmad Bradshaw. We have tremendous respect for him and what hes accomplished. Hes been on two Super Bowl champion teams and played the game when there would be many, many people who wouldnt even try it. (He) cant walk Thursday, but he plays on Sunday. From that standpoint, when he came down to my office, it was tough. It was very tough. Id be less than honest if I didnt tell you that.

Q: Have you come to any realizations about the season in terms of what went wrong?

A: Not that Im going to share. Ive seen conclusions and I have my own ideas and that type of thing. I cant refer to what Ahmad said other than the fact that the inconsistency has got to be pointed to somewhere. Whats going on? Whats this all about? Im not taking anything away from the other teams, but the inconsistency has to be dealt with. We lost two divisional games by three points. We lost six games scoring 17. We gave up points in the last quarter in loss-games. The year before, the whole mantra had been, finish the game, finish the game, finish the game. Sometimes it was out of reach in the fourth quarter to be honest with you. You can take any number of these things.

Q: Have you worked with Perry Fewell to try and figure out a way to stop the read-option?

A: You said it as well as I could. Absolutely, right in our division. Itd be foolish not to. Were doing as much as we can.

Source: New York Giants Media



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