What The Coaches Have To Say

Game time is drawing near and it's almost time for the talk to stop and the action to begin. Before that happens though, there's time for a few more comments from both Andy Reid and Tom Coughlin.

Tom Coughlin

Q: Are you ready to play the game?

A: Well, it's been a nice week (with) kind of a fun feel to the week. The players have worked hard and prepared well, and we're really looking forward to it.

Q: How do they feel about this second chance they're getting? They can make all of the last six weeks go away with one big win this week.

A: That's the second season idea. That's exactly what it is and I think we're excited about that, too.

RE: Jeremy Shockey

A: I think Jeremy has made good progress.

Q: How important is it to have him out there playing, not just for his ability, but for the emotion he brings to this team?

A: It's important to have all of our players ready to go and with Jeremy, he brings that extra vitality and enthusiasm part of it. It will mean a lot to our players in the huddle to have him.

Q: Is he ready to go? Will he play on Sunday?

A: We'll see.

Q: Obviously it's a road game, but do you get the sense this is a big football weekend for New York football fans?

A: It's a big football weekend for us, I know that. It's an exciting time and we're looking forward to it, as I said.

Q: This is a different team, but you won the last two games you've played in Philadelphia. How important is that going into Sunday?

A: You have to remind the players that the last two times we've been there we've won games in overtime. That's obviously a positive for us to be reflecting on.

Q: You said yesterday there would be a restriction on Jeremy if he practiced. What kind of restriction does he have?

A: You said that. I said we'd bring him back to practice, we'd put him in practice, we'd see how he's doing, we don't give him a lot of plays the first time and we increase the number of plays the second time, and we've done that all week.

RE: Having a unified team

A: I've been trying to portray that all along. It's been others who have talked about it being anything but that and I think, obviously, having had the opportunity to complete one season and start another one is another positive step in bringing the group together.

Q: What is the benefit for David Diehl getting more practice time at left tackle? You've talked about his versatility in the past, but just talk about what he has been able to do for you.

A: He's had another week of practice. He's had another opportunity. He's had a whole week of study. He knows how (good) the people are he's going against and he's had that extra time. He's used it well.

Q: With Tiki Barber running the ball so well last week, can you draw a connection that maybe the running game is a little bit better with Diehl on that side?

A: Well, if you look at the game and watch the film, there was positive yardage over there with the run.

Q: I think there may be a perception outside of the clubhouse that this team spoke a lot this year about different topics. Do you think that as that talk has died down the team has come together a little bit more?

A: I think the team has been together, as far as I was concerned, throughout all of those hard times. I wouldn't even comment on that.

Q: Do you think the fact that the team made it to the playoffs despite the injuries and the turmoil brings the team closer together or that they use that as motivation?

A: Any time you're involved in an opportunity to go to the second season, it's very motivating.

Q: Having faced the Eagles in two different guises this year – one with Donovan McNabb and one with Jeff Garcia – how much does that help, having seen this team recently with Garcia?

A: Well, having just played them a couple of weeks ago, obviously we've had an opportunity to see him and he's playing very well.

Q: But the fact that it's fresh in your mind, the way they're going to play –

A: It's going to be fresh in your mind anyway. You're going to study enough to make it fresh in your mind, (but) certainly there is recall.

RE: R.J. Cobbs

A: He's been very impressive in our practices. He's worked hard. He's been in multiple roles, as far as assignments go. We just felt that he was a kid who could hopefully help us, not only as the fourth corner, but on special teams.

Andy Reid

Injuries/opening remarks:

"Really, the only injury is [LT] William Thomas. He just had a bit of a swollen knee and we went on the turf today, so we wanted to rest him with that. He should be fine for the game."

"Again, we look forward to the challenge of playing the New York Giants, an NFC East rival. We understand it will be an intense football game. It is very important that everybody is focused in and handles it that way."

On whether the swelling in LT William Thomas' knee happened today:

"No. It was irritating him yesterday."

On whether the situation is like what RB Brian Westbrook dealt with during the season:

"It's just being a little bit older. I don't think it's a big thing. Something just swelled up on him overnight."

On whether he expects S Michael Lewis and CB William James to be available for the game:

"We'll see. We'll see how they do tomorrow and how they made it through this practice on the turf. It looked like they did pretty good though."

On whether he worries about James being up to speed after being inactive the last couple weeks:

"I'm not too worried about that. Again, if he is in there, we've got the confidence that he would do a nice job."

On the problems Giants WR Plaxico Burress presents a defense with:

"He's a heck of a football player and he's a big guy that can go up and get the football. He runs good routes and he does have good speed mixed in with all that. He's got great leaping ability and great timing to go up and snatch the football."

On whether Burress is different to prepare for because of his size and speed:

"His size is unique and his athletic ability along with his size is very unique. It's important that we do a good job on him. He's a tough one to stop."

On whether he is a guy that they need to take on at the line of scrimmage and disrupt his route as much as possible:

"I think any great receiver - like he is - if you give them the same picture over and over, then they are going to figure it out. You have to make sure you mix things up and surely just not give him one look."

On how he thinks the team is holding up physically after their run to close out the season:

"I think we're okay. It was good to be able to give the guys a breather the other day. It looks like they are moving around pretty good this week."

On FS Brian Dawkins approach to practice this week:

"He's done a nice job all year. You're talking about a future Hall of Fame player. This guy is tuned in everyday and he is meticulous with his preparation."

On whether the season would be a success if they were to lose this Sunday:

"I haven't thought about that. I really don't want to think about that. I'll answer that after the last game."

On whether S Michael Lewis will slot back into his role on defense if he is able to go:

"Yeah, it would be basically the same thing if he can go."

On the situation surrounding how many quarterbacks they might activate:

"There's a slight risk there, but at the same time you don't want to slight the rest of the special teams also. You're not going to have three quarterbacks in there; it is not going to help you much in the special teams area which is also very important. There's a little bit of a risk there, but [QB] Koy [Detmer] should be fine if he has to get in there for a couple plays."


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