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Tom Coughlin after viewing the tape

ON THE RED ZONE

Q: After you looked at the tape, how close were you to putting points on the board?

A: Well, we obviously feel that way no matter what. And I told the players that. The effort was good, there are just things that we have to clean up and be able to take advantage of. We have to put the ball in the end zone when it is fourth and one. We have to convert the two third and one’s. We only had four penalties, five actually called. The one was negated. But still there are penalties that can negate a drive or knock you out of the field position that you need for a touchdown — so all of those things. There were times in the game when I felt we were going to score more points. There were other times in the second half when I didn’t think we were as aggressive – and by that, I don’t mean playcalling – I just mean on the field we weren’t as aggressive as we perhaps should have been or could have been. So there were chances. I’m always going to say that we could have done a better job with that. Anytime you are 0-3 in the green zone, obviously you need to get touchdowns instead of field goals. And so we continue to make that a matter of emphasis.

Q: When you drafted Ramses Barden you said that you thought he could be a factor in the red zone right away. Would this be an opportunity?

A: Right. Perhaps it would be; perhaps it would be. Obviously with the news today – we have to rethink all of those things – actives, inactives, etc. So that is all coming forward here in the next 48 hours.

Q: Is Ramses Barden far enough ahead in his development?

A: Well, we’ll see. There are certainly things that you, I believe, emphasize when he is in the picture. And we did keep seven receivers so we do have some flexibility there as well.

ON THE DEFENSE

Q: RE: the way Bill Sheridan called the game.

A: I thought the pattern, the pressures, and the way in which the coverage was played – I thought all of those things were in tune with the level in which we play strategically.

Q: Do you think it is a big help that everything worked in his (Sheridan’s) first game and obviously the players seem to be thrilled with how things worked out.

A: First of all, you win. That is the number one thing. That is the bottom line. Number one is winning the game. And when you win the game you have that kind of reinforcement. And then, as I told the players, “I am your mirror and I’m going to tell you exactly what I see.” And the fact that his group of guys has great heart and played with great effort, great enthusiasm, is a big plus, because we can fix some of the things that weren’t as well done as you would have liked them to be. And I think defensively there were some real inspired plays, no doubt. I would like to say we could take the last drive away, but we can’t. So there is an area right there where we have to do a better job.

Q: Both touchdown drives came late in the halves. Were there things that broke down?

A: Well, definitely. The last drive is the one that really sticks in my craw. And it wasn’t the scramble – that particular play. And even the touchdown play. It should have been defended better. And that is what I mean, we have things that we can look at and see and say, “Hey, you know what – we can do this better. We know how to play this better.”

Q: On the flip side, was Osi’s play as good as you have seen in a long time?

A: Very good football play; exceptional – especially when the same guy comes around and picks it up and goes. You don’t see that very often. Sometimes it will be someone else from the other side, but the same guy. That was a very, very — strategically and statistically you win a high majority of your games when the defense scores.

Q: How likely are you to have Ross and Dockery back this week?

A: We are hoping. But these things – I’m too far along to be speculating on that kind of stuff, to be honest with you. We have a day tomorrow where we can take them out and work with them and maybe run them and see what that is going to be like. But until we go on the practice field, until we see those guys work, I’m not going to speculate.

Q: RE: Bruce Johnson’s play yesterday.

A: I was proud of him; I really was. He was competitive as heck and he showed me outstanding mental toughness. He may not have realized it but it was a pretty big game. He walked right out there and went right to work – tackled the runner, was in the right place the majority of the time. He did get the holding penalty but….

ON THE FAKE FIELD GOAL

Q: RE: The faked field goal.

A: It was an all-out block.

Q: From that side.

A: As it turned out it was. But that is my call. That is my call. Put that one on me. It is not on the players.


Full transcript can be read here.


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2 Responses to “Tom Coughlin after viewing the tape”

  1. Tony says:

    Did anybody notice that Maurice Evans was cut by the Tampa Bay Bucs on 9/14/2009 and did not appear to get signed to anyone else’s roster or practice squad. Wonder if the Giants will sign him to their practice squad? And why did the bucs drop him? What happened to Stoney Woodson? I know he was hurt but have they thought of putting him on the practice squad when he recovers?

  2. Andrew Ilnicki says:

    I did not know that… Stoney got cut when they went to 53 though for the first time.

    This 53 man roster business is a lot more interesting this year then its been in years past, for sure.

    Lots of talent and tough choices to sift through.

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