Giants Tom Coughlin On Manning Vs. Manning
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin spoke to the media Thursday afternoon about the upcoming battle of Manning brothers.
Good morning. Now we prepare today to play a very, very good Denver Broncos team. Not just an offensive team, but a complete team, to be honest with you. All you have to do is start with their return man (Trindon) Holliday and you know that someone that has that kind of scoring potential is indeed very unique with four touchdowns. As a matter of fact, two touchdowns in the playoff game against the Ravens last year accounting for 14 of their 35 points that put the game into overtime. So Holliday is an outstanding player, but defensively they were fourth in scoring defense last year, first on third downs. They had the most sacks in the league. They play a multiple form of (defense), lots of substitutions, lots of situational defenses. The offense gave up the fewest sacks in the league with 21 last year. I believe we had 22. They scored 30 points a game. They led the league in second-half scoring. They scored 35 the other night against Baltimore in the second half. Theyre a very good, well-balanced football team and so were deep into our preparations this morning and the players have been very good, very attentive. Im looking for a very good practice today.
Q: Your thoughts on bringing back Brandon Jacobs?
A: Brandon comes in at a time when the veteran running back with size is someone that can help us. He has been out of football for a while and is very anxious to have another opportunity and is willing to do whatever we ask him to do in order to help our team. Im happy for Brandon and his family, and lets get to work.
Q: What can you expect from him since hes been away from football for a while?
A: I think hes in pretty good shape. We worked him out and hes looked forward to the opportunity that would come, whether it be here or someplace else, and I think hes going to go practice and were going to try to deal with him just like we would any player right now because quite frankly we need him to get ready to play. He wouldnt be here if that wasnt the case.
Q: Do you think he adds physicality to your team?
A: I certainly hope so.
Q: Is mentoring David Wilson a part of why he is here?
A: Hes here to contribute to our team. What David Wilson can learn from Brandon, fine. Brandon will do a good job in that regard, but thats not the primary reason hes here.
Q: Youve had to manage Brandon in the past. We would ask you about things he had said publicly. Do you sense any difference in his attitude this time around?
A: I think, of necessity, he certainly is more humble. Manage is what we do with everybody. Theres nothing unusual about that.
Q: Is there anything David is doing to secure the ball differently or better?
A: Hes following the technique that hes been taught, and well see under pressure if he can continue to do that. The problems occur when you try to make a move and the ball leaves your side or the pocket that youve established for it. You have trouble and when theres no place to go and other people are surrounding you, you have no choice but to cover it up with both hands and get in position where youre taking care of the football and thats not that a difficult a thing for David Wilson because of his body style and because of the height of his running position. He can do a good job of covering the ball up, and he was careless and it cost us dearly, but Im confident hes going to learn from it.
Q: Is he going to start?
A: Well see. As Ive said many times, we need him. Hes necessary. Hes going to have to overcome this issue. Hes a marked man. So hes really going to have to overcome it.
Q: Typically there is a good deal of improvement from week one to week two. Are you looking to see improvement from the first game?
A: That goes without saying for our team. When I talk about being concerned about our team, thats what Im talking about. Its the improvement that has to take place in a circumstance like this, especially in the position we find ourselves in that Im most interested in with our team and I think thats why it was so important that we look at, study and go over the tape in great detail on Monday afternoon because this experience at this time of the year and you said it. You had a defense that played almost 80 snaps. You had an offense that really didnt have many snaps, but they had almost 500 yards. Theres an awful lot to see and improve upon and consistency is one thing that has to take place for us in all phases.
Q: Are you surprised you havent been asked yet about Peyton and Eli?
A: Not really.
Q: Does that show you have a lot of other issues with your team right now?
A: Because we didnt win a game, we have a lot of issues. We have a lot of things to straighten out and correct. I dont know if it has anything to do with that question, but my standard answer for that question is there are two great quarterbacks that are going to be on the field this weekend.
Q: Whats the level of concern at linebacker with Dan Connors injury?
A: It is a concern because of the numbers. Weve added a young man (Emmanuel Acho) to our practice squad and well see how that goes, but theres concern. If we have four people ready to play under the circumstances and the personnel that were going to face in all likelihood, I think well have a chance to be in decent shape.
Is Prince Amukamara going to practice today?
A: Not today. He does feel pretty good, but hes got to follow the protocol.
Q: Given the way David Wilson started last season and the responsibility he has with this team now, the fact that you would describe him as careless, is there a larger issue here for you to address at all?
A: I dont know where youre going with that. He fumbles the football, he fumbled the ball twice. Hes got to straighten that out. Were not going to have a guy on the field whos fumbling the ball. He wants to play, he wants to do it, he wants to improve, he wants to be a part of this team, and he wants to help this team win. That is something that he must overcome. And the interesting thing is we didnt see it in training camp, we didnt see it in any of the preseason games, but it showed up then.
Q: Do you have a little more insight on Peyton because youve coached Eli for so long and know how smart he is and how quickly he picks things up. Obviously Peyton has the same type of awareness out there.
A: I dont know if its an advantage. We certainly do, and have, watched, over the years, Peyton play his position and play it extremely well. I dont know if thats an advantage.
Q: Is there any way for you to find out on Wilson whether he is
A: I cant say any more about David Wilson, except Ill watch him in practice and if his technique doesnt improve, Ill let you know. OK. Ill let you know.
Q: You say under pressure, you mean practice
A: Yeah, in practice hes going to have to have the ball in that position all the time, not just when he thinks hes running free and theres nobody around him. I want to see the ball in the right spot all the time. And, quite frankly, theres nowhere else to go with this. I dont know what else to say to you. I realize its a major issue for everybody, but theres a way to carry the ball and theres a way to protect the ball and theres a way to protect the ball and theres a way, that ball security is number one, and thats what hes going to have to demonstrate.
Q: Do you think DaRel Scott is a viable option. Did what he show you, up until that last play and including that last play
A: Well yeah, I think he played pretty well the other night. Obviously it wasnt perfect but he did play pretty well the other night and he did do some of the things that he needed to do under those circumstances that helped us at least get in the position where we take the ball down, drive it and score, maybe were talking about this stuff from a little different point of view than where we are right now.
Q: Clearly, when your starting quarterback is trying to focus and come back and win that game, do you find that theres more pressure on him because obviously he is playing his brother.
A: Eli is very interested in playing his position to the best of his ability with our team and making the improvements that are necessary there. Thats what I think.
Q: When you watch the two of them play, are there commonalities between them? Do they do the same things or are they totally different?
A: There are a lot of commonalities. Theyre two different individuals, no question about that, both extremely admirable but theres a common ground and there are differences as well.
Q: What about your defense as far as how many plays they played?
A: Its good, thats a good thing. Conditioning it helps.
Q: What I meant was just the way they responded in tough situations.
A: I was very pleased with that and I told them so. That first series when they went into the game I dont know why were talking backwards; I understand but I hate talking about this; were supposed to go forward, we were doing this on Monday but they did come in the game when the ball was at the 15 and held them to a field goal. That should have been enough right there. That should have been enough. That should have been the thing that got us all back on the same page. The resiliency, the fight back, the whole team, the defense certainly but the whole team, getting the ball back for us at the end of the game when we had to have it back, that was very much positive as well.
Q: In your discussions with Eli this week, has Peyton come up at all?
A: I talked to him, it wasnt this week but we sat last Saturday morning, we talked about Peytons game Thursday night. We just talked about the way in which it was conducted and how well he played, that type of thing.
Q: Youre at a point with Eli where maybe you dont have to address any emotional component.
A: It may enter in. I havent done that at this point in time. I introduced the opponent exactly as I always do, without regard to
Q: Im not sure how much, if any, you observed Peyton last year, his first year there
A: I didnt. So I didnt see him.
Q: So getting back to Thursday nights game, what did you see out of that?
A: I saw what you saw. A very patient young man playing the quarterback position, whose team was very much in the game, never played outside of himself, and then came back in the second half and took advantage of opportunities that he was given and really kept the pressure on the opponents defense consistently throughout the entire four quarters and, as I mentioned, scored 35 points in the second half.
Source: New York Giants Media