Reese, Ross and Coughlin on Marvin Austin, Austin on his mistake

Giants’ General Manager Jerry Reese and Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin on DT Marvin Austin:

Reese on Austin: “All you can do is look at his season before,” Reese said, adding: “You go back and look at his tape as a junior and you see a really good football player. We had him really highly rated. This guy is going to be a tremendous player for us.”

“This is a very good football player. He felt he let his team down. He’ll come in with a chip on his shoulder.”

Reese also used the word “nasty” three times when talking about Austin. Compared him to Keith Hamilton in that sense. — Hamilton, by the way, had 63 sacks his 11 year career. Hamilton played his entire career with the Giants, who drafted him in the fourth round in 1992. He had ten sacks in 2000 and was also a member of the 2000 super bowl team.

The Giants were clearly interested in Austin, as they sent “seven or eight” guys to UNC for Austin’s pro day, according to Austin.

Marc Ross on Marvin Austin: “If he was clean he would have been a top 15 pick.”

Tom Coughlin: “He’s a talented football player who certainly has an opportunity now to show the world what he can do and to hopefully package all the energy and the disappointment and motivation based on the fact he did not play this past year. Hopefully, we’ll wrap all of that up and come be the football player we think he can be.”

Coughlin also said there will be “borders” put in place for Austin, meaning he’ll be on a short leash. Similar to how it was in 2007 when the Giants selected RB Ahmad Bradshaw in the 7th round.

On what this means for Barry Cofield, Coughlin said: “The more the merrier.” Coughlin was also “impressed” by Austin’s ability to bench press 38 reps at the combine. Coughlin also said he considers Austin’s a risk, but said that most picks are. “We’re in a high-risk business.” Coughlin called Austin before the Giants made the selection telling him what he expected.

Sadly, Austin’s highlights wont upload. To check them out on Youtube, you can click: HERE!

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Marvin Austin: “It was an extremely humbling experience to going from being one of the top players in the country to being a guy nobody wants to talk about and stuff like that,” Austin said. “I just learned that hard work will pay off. This is what I want to do, and when I get to the facility I’m going to bust my tail.”

“Some people feel I am a bad person. That is not the case at all. I’m a good guy who made a bad decision.” Austin also described his conversation with Coughlin as “healthy.” He understands what is expected of him and is ready to be a professional.

 


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One Response to “Reese, Ross and Coughlin on Marvin Austin, Austin on his mistake”

  1. dylanroth says:

    my question is, why not take a LB? presumably the giants were thinking taking a defensive player before austin, so then why not a LB? we need one desperately…we have depth at DT. IM CONFUSED

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