Giants Notes

Offensive coordinator John Hufnagel was asked why the decision to yank QB Kurt Warner for rookie Eli Manning was made after the ninth game. "I can't answer that," he said. Then someone asked why he thought RB Ron Dayne (now with Denver) didn't make a successful effort with the Giants. "I can't answer that," he said...

Defensive coordinator Tim Lewis said that he was interviewed for the then-vacant head coaching jobs at Syracuse University and the San Francisco 49ers, and while he didn't get either one, he said both were crucial to his learning experience. He smiled when he recounted an exchange during his Syracuse interview. "They asked me what my ultimate goal in football was, and I said it was to be the coach of a Super Bowl champion," he said. "I don't think that went over real well."...

Veteran Jesse Palmer appears to be the current choice as the backup quarterback to Manning, and not UFA Tim Hasselbeck. "Well, that's not for sure," Hufnagel said. "That's why we have training camp."...

Camp Quote: "I'm going to have a problem if I do what everyone expects of me. I don't know how to practice to be a second-stringer." - Veteran OT Bob Whitfield, who was supposedly signed as a backup to LT Luke Petitgout.

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