Tom Coughlin Media Conference Highlights

Following the Giants preseason game last week, head coach Tom Coughlin met with the media. We've pulled out the highlights that will be of most interest to Colts fans as you start to prepare for this weekend's matchup!

Q: Do you anticipate having all of your starters available for practice by next week?

A: I think so.  I think our two offensive linemen are pretty much ready to go.  I think we're going to have to continue to manage LaVar.  But I think we're going to have everybody.

Q: Sinorice Moss says that he's going to be ready to go by next week.  Does that sound right to you?

A: It's been said before.  We're going to count on having him.

Q: How surprised have you been by Mathias Kiwanuka so far?

A: I haven't been surprised at all.  I have not been surprised.  We thought he was a persistent, very serious, focused achiever, and he is that.

Q: Sinorice Moss is able to come back and practice next week.  Is a week enough time to get him ready for opening night?

A: I don't know.  We'll have to see where he is.  I think he's going to be able to retain all of the information, but is it going to be applied?  And don't forget, now, we're not into sharing reps now.  You're not going to get many reps.  He'll have to come back working in the scout squad capacity, so some reps.  But this is one of the things that the last week of preseason does help the players to understand, is that how few reps you really get, and how the players who are playing in the game have got to get those reps.  That's a shock to a lot of people who have gone through a training camp where it's been five plays here, five plays there.  All of a sudden, you're a starter and you have all the reps.  You're a backup, and you have to learn on the fly.  You have to learn through your scout squads, through your meeting time, through your ability to get mental reps.  It's a change and we'll have to do some things on the side with Sinorice to work on his timing with the backup quarterbacks.

Q: A lot of Hall of Fame quarterbacks are tied to their coaches.  How comfortable are you knowing that your tenure here in New York may be very much tied to Eli Manning?

A: I don't like the word ‘comfortable', as I've said many times.  I don't know what that means.  I'm very, very excited about Eli Manning.  Very excited.

Q: And the idea that you may be ultimately judged…

A: I'm very excited about Eli Manning.  Wherever you're going, I have no idea.  I'm not the great philosopher.

Q: Now that the preseason is officially over, what were you most pleased with?  What were you most disappointed with?

A: The thing that I'm always most pleased with is the development of players – the way that we can see the improvement that has come with regard to some of the players.  I think there are always areas where you're not pleased, like I can't ever remember being part of a preseason that had a blocked punt and a blocked field goal.  I'm not very happy about that.

Q: Does the 4-0 preseason serve as evidence that this team has pretty good depth?

A: I thought going in, after working with our defensive team, I thought that our defensive line and linebackers in terms of depth – I might as well say the secondary as well – I thought they were going to be able to play into the fourth quarter and play well.  I thought that the match-ups against other people's back-up players would be good from our standpoint.  I wasn't quite sure with our offensive line whether that would be the case.  And, quite frankly, you win preseason games with those units, those defensive linemen, those offensive linemen in the depth.  That's why I mentioned last night to you about the back-up offensive line playing for the number of snaps that they did play, and for doing as well as they did.  We gave up one sack, we rushed the ball pretty well throughout the night against a good, deep team.  There's a lot of team speed with the New England team. 

I think that that's what gave us the chance to have some success.  And there again comes another shock to people because you had some depth and you had these things well-distributed, and the number of plays have been very much kept to a certain percentage each time we've played.  It builds you up and then kind of takes it back down a little bit and lets some of these back-up guys play.  That would be, now again, those starters have the whole way to go.

Q: A lot of Hall of Fame quarterbacks are tied to their coaches.  How comfortable are you knowing that your tenure here in New York may be very much tied to Eli Manning?

A: I don't like the word ‘comfortable', as I've said many times.  I don't know what that means.  I'm very, very excited about Eli Manning.  Very excited.

Q: And the idea that you may be ultimately judged…

A: I'm very excited about Eli Manning.  Wherever you're going, I have no idea.  I'm not the great philosopher.

RE: Special teams

A: We really didn't use (R.W.) McQuarters at all, and he's a good return man, as you know.  We think that the development of (Michael) Jennings is pretty obvious – he's come along.  I was glad to see Chad (Morton) make a real heads-up play last night – that was a good move.  We have two or three people who can return kickoffs.  From that standpoint, I think we have some weapons in place.  You have to have the weapons, because on any given day or night, the three phases have to compliment each other.  We're going to need to call upon special teams for some big plays, no doubt, along the way.

Q: A lot of guys feel pretty good about this team after the preseason.  Do you let that carry over?

A: No, you don't say forget what happened.  You just say, look, you're talking about one phase, the preseason, the training camp experience is behind us.  There are a lot of positives, there are a lot of negatives.  There are a lot of things that have to be radically improved to go into the regular season.  But you use it as a positive experience because of the fact that the record is 4-0.  And from that you build and try to connect and go forth, knowing full-well that there's a drastic difference between preseason and regular season.

Q: Have you spoken to Eli recently about this coming week?

A: We spoke, and have spoken, right since the game was (announced).  We'll touch on it again, I'm sure, but I think we're all pretty much aware of how this is going to go.  I didn't talk to him this morning.

Q: Considering the way he handled the San Diego thing last year…

A: That's what I'm counting on.  He did an excellent job preparing himself for that, and that truly gave me a great sense of his ability focus on the things that are important.


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