Player Diary

I can't say I'm upset at this point in the season, but I also can't say that I'm happy. When you look back, there are some things we left out there on the field. There are some games that we should have won. But we have to move on from that. You can't reflect on what already happened; you have to move forward.

We have a lot of football left. We were 5-3 at the halfway point. Already we've won more games than we did all last year. I think we're a stronger team than we were last year, both mentally and physically. I feel confident in our group that we're going to do what it takes to keep this thing rolling.

The mentality of this team is good. You develop a type of mentality by how you practice, how you prepare and all that stuff. I think we've developed the type of mentality where we're not going to accept what happened against Chicago. We won't accept that that was our team out there, that that was New York Giants football because it wasn't.

A lot of our attitude comes from Coach Coughlin. You take on the personality of your coach. If you look at Coughlin's personality, he's a strong-willed guy. As a team, we keep pounding it into our head that to win ballgames we need to be strong-willed, determined and well prepared.

For me, it didn't take all that long to get used to the new way things are done around here. We've been inconsistent at times, but when we can figure it all out, I believe that we're up there with the best teams in the league. That's what I think. That's what I believe. I hope everyone else believes that too. They better.

I've been getting better as the season has progressed. The first game of the year wasn't me. But after that I think I've been playing pretty solid. The most important thing to me, coming off an injury, is that I'm getting better every week.

I love football, I love playing corner and I'm a competitor. I love to compete. Knowing that I'm 100 percent, to me, naturally I'm going to get better. I'm also getting more comfortable with the things we're doing around here. It was kind of like being a rookie all over again. And I didn't get as many snaps at it as everyone else. But right now, I feel great. I know the defense so I'm happy about that.

I couldn't help but hear what everyone was saying about me early in the season. ‘Was Will the same guy?' and stuff like that. I love stuff like that. I like when people wonder if I can do something. I really could care less what people think, I've always been that way. I'm not one to read the papers or magazines. I learned very early on that they build you up to tear you down. So I don't read any of that stuff.

I know what I think and that's all I need to know. Everything I heard came at the beginning of the year. I haven't heard anything lately.

The best part of this season so far had to be us getting our first win. We hadn't had a regular-season win around here in a long, long time. That was the best part of the year so far. Winning was a feeling that everybody missed. It made you want to go out and fight for that feeling each week. It's a bitter taste in your mouth when you don't get that feeling. It felt so good to finally get a win it made you want to get out there and practice even harder so you could get another one.

I think it's definitely a big deal losing Michael Strahan. We're trying to develop what kind of team we are. If we're on the same track as what it seems we're on as far as being a strong team I think everybody will pull together and pick their play up. Not just the defense is going to have to step it up with Strahan out; it's going to take the whole team to do so. As players that know what Strahan has meant to this team and to this organization we owe him that, to step it up and come out hard each weekend. We all have to prepare well and put forth that extra effort to make sure that you're giving your peak performance. You want him to be proud to watch you when he's home on Sunday watching the game. I think we owe him that.

I definitely feel more pressure to make a difference. Being one of the veteran guys on this defense, this is my time to step it up. I feel it for sure. This game is a game of injuries. Injuries happen, but the game doesn't stop; the game keeps going.

Finally, before I sign off I want everyone to know that when this season ends we all better be talking about us going to the playoffs. That's what we better be talking about. Enjoy the second half of the season, everyone.

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