Q: As you go against the Giants secondary, there is a rookie out there; are you looking at him right away?
A: No. We approach a defense. From a quarterback standpoint there's so many things that you have to take into account and the first thing that pops out at you when you look at the Giants on defense is they are a multiple front, different look type front seven. You know they'll stand up Michael and use him as a linebacker and really mix their fronts up and it doesn't; there's no rhyme or reason initially when you look at them for why they do things and I think that's a big part of their scheme. So you don't get a tendency on them, so you've gradually worked your way up to their secondary; you have to deal with their fronts and different looks; who's coming, who's not coming; you're not going to be right every time and our offense is really not based on picking out one particular guy and attacking him.
Q: Michael Strahan said that the controversy over that sack three years ago took a lot of the joy out of that sack record for him; what was it like for you dealing with people talking about that play then and over the years since then?
A: You know what, after that game I went home, it didn't really. I'm sure Michael was confronted with it much more than I was because I just kind of, ¦was gone, I was kind of a hermit. I went home and did some hunting and yard work, which is what I always do when the season is over, regardless of the Super Bowl or what transpired during the season. I don't want to hear it. One play doesn't define a player, doesn't define a team and what Michael Strahan did that year as well as other years (says that) he is an outstanding player and that's the way it will be when we face him this week, he is an outstanding player, if we do not take that into account, we will be beat by him and he will always be looked at by people who have any knowledge of football, that's the way he will be looked at: as an outstanding pass rusher and football player and that's what he is. So one play doesn't make or break a season or define a player, and I think he knows that.
Q: What things are you impressed about with the Giants defense?
A: I'm impressed with their front, first of all, they've had some new additions. Michael Strahan is an outstanding player, as I said they picked up Norman Hand, who gave us all kind of fits in New Orleans, they picked up Barrett Green from Detroit, who we thought was an outstanding linebacker; their secondary is playing well and both Wills are excellent players, Will Allen and Will Peterson, of course. William Joseph is a nice addition. I can go on and on, they're solid up front and they give you multiple looks and how you deal with that is a concern, especially in our run game because just like facing those guys last week, Indianapolis was depleted in their defense and obviously we had to throw the ball to score points, but when we did run the ball, their fronts and stunts up front did give us some problems, so that's what we have to deal with first and foremost.
Q: How is your shoulder at this point?
A: It's the same. Fortunately it's my left one. I don't have to throw with it, but it's not good, it wasn't good before this past game, it wasn't good last year, I've just been hanging on with it for as long as I can.
Q: Gibril Wilson is going to be in there this week and it just seems so obvious that when a young rookie is in there with little experience that he would be the target of your attack; how much emphasis do you put on something like that?
A: We're not going to target one person. As I said earlier, we have to deal with their front and their scheme first and see how it pans out. Last week was obviously different than what people are used to from the Packers over the past couple of years, we're more of a power running team and we had to open it up a little bit more this past week, but we're going to try to run the football and control that part of the game against their defense and then see what happens from there.
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