Giants Notes

"Dayne right now is still sore and I think we're probably going to run all kinds of tests to see where that is, but it was really a strange reaction; when it occurred, and it was one of those unpleasant things on game day morning that you want to hear your trainer tell you, but nevertheless it did."

Q: How did Gibril Wilson look on tape after his first start?

A: He did a good job, you know he had been situational and he handled that well…it wasn't too big for him. He had an opportunity to play in all situations last week and he did well. He was at the line of scrimmage, they're were some occasions where he was a little bit late or a little bit out of position here or there, but by and large he did a good job and Brent Alexander helped back there as well. Now Brent helped the understanding of the responsibilities, getting the calls out, making sure people were in the right spot…I give credit to Brent for that as well.

Q: What is your opinion on the hit that Gibril Wilson got called for unnecessary roughness?

A: I looked at it real hard on tape this morning and talked to the coaches about it and we thought it was shoulder pad to shoulder pad. These things happen so fast…for people that have to make calls, it's a difficult job, nobody is saying that it isn't. The thing that I try to refer to after the game is that you know you have a guy catching the ball right on the sideline and you have a safety flying off the hash attacking that guy who is about to catch the ball…the angles are sharp…the player is basically in a position where he is going insure that the receiver gets knocked out of bounds. He isn't going to take a chance on leaving his feet or in most cases he'll move to the sideline under control or with good balance and take the guy on high, and it was a shoulder to shoulder hit…is what we felt. An aggressive play on the part of Gibril and I don't know how else you can teach it or enforce it.

Q: Do you expect Walker, Dayne and Washington to practice this week?

A: I'm expecting Walker, Yes. I'm expecting that Washington will come back, he had a concussion and I think he'll be fine Wednesday and if not Wednesday, than Thursday. He feels a lot better today. So I'm expecting those guys…Dayne right now is still sore and I think we're probably going to run all kinds of tests to see where that is, but it was really a strange reaction; when it occurred, and it was one of those unpleasant things on game day morning that you want to hear your trainer tell you, but nevertheless it did. He practiced…it felt good on Friday after practice…went through the Saturday routine without any issues…wakes up in the middle of Saturday night with throbbing in the calf area and then it did not calm down and he didn't feel a whole lot better an hour and a half before game time.

Q: What is the trademark play in your offense?

A: It's a power play. It's a power off tackle play. That's what it's called, power.

Q: What has the team proven to you so far?

A: Well, we're two and one. We're dealing with the moment and we're two and one and we have definitely improved, we have a long way to go…it's a very difficult schedule as you know, but you take them one at a time and we have…I thought, and I did compliment them, that last week we beat the Redskins, we were hungry…when we came in on Wednesday, we were looking forward to the preparation this week for Cleveland…we had a real good day on Wednesday on the practice field, probably our best, so I tried to tie the preparation and the will to prepare to win with making sure that you earn the right to win and we did a good job of that and hopefully that's going to continue without distraction…and the fact that people come to work…they're ready to go to work, it's a serious time…we invest the teaching time, the classroom time and the ability to transfer that over to the field has been getting better, so I hope that this formula that we're putting forth is going to be followed and understood every week.

Q: Are you encouraged by your offensive line?

A: I am encouraged. It's not all exactly the way you want it, but it's progress and I think the one thing that you do have to recognize is that a week ago when we tried to end the game with a four minute offense…we had to end up giving the ball back to the opponent and this week when we put ourselves in that run mode we were actually able to get a touchdown, so to me right there is something which is very essential for the confidence of our entire team…is that if you can be in that situation against a good defensive team and out the ball on the ground and run the ball when everybody know you're going to run it…I think that's a plus.

RE: A sense that players are starting to understand and become more accepting of what you want?

A: All I know is that they're paying attention and doing what we want them to do.

Q: Do you know exactly what is wrong with Dayne? A: I really don't...a calf strain.

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