Coaches' Corner

Tom Coughlin recently made his assistant coaches available to the media. Here's what New York's two defensive backs coaches had to say about top-round pick Aaron Ross, as well as New York's beleaguered secondary.

Secondary/CBs coach Peter Giunta

Q: Thoughts on Corey Webster's 2006 season?

"Well, he was playing injured and he didn't let anybody know how serious his injury was until after the season."

Q: Has the defensive scheme changed?

"Yeah, the scheme has changed a little bit. We'll keep the things that were done well here last year and add a lot of the things that Steve and the people in Philadelphia did well. Our guys have seen Philadelphia so much on tape because we watch all the common opponents. They study those guys and see what their corners are doing. That's where that comes from, all the times they saw Philadelphia on tape last season."

Q: What kind of things does Aaron Ross need to work on?

"He'll have to learn our system. The biggest thing is to learn the terminology right away. Then when he gets here he's learned the rules. He has to keep his hands off after five yards and makes contact within that five-yard area."

Q: Do you want him coming in here planning to start?

"That's the way it should be. Everybody that comes on the field should be, ‘Hey I'm competing to be the starting corner. I'm competing to be a starter.'"

Q: Would Ross' addition mean R.W. McQuarters may move to safety?

"R.W. played every position for us last year and he'll continue to do that and be able to contribute in all of those roles. When you get down into the course of the season and you get a couple of guys hurt, (you need) people that can play multiple positions. He's a very smart, very heady football player. He brings a lot and we look forward to him doing the same things he did for us last year and contributing in many different ways."

Secondary/safeties coach David Merritt

Q: What kind of season did Gibril Wilson have last year?

"Gibril had a good year. I thought he had a very good year. He had a big game in the Carolina game where he had the two interceptions. When you look at Gibril you look at a guy that has added some mass to his frame. I look forward to Gibril having a better year this year."

Q: How does the increase in press coverage affect the safeties?

"We are going to do more disguising. That is one thing that we want to get into. The safeties – as far as the disguising and not undressing the corners – that is what we are going to have to do from my position."

Q: Was Will Demps' knee (he had ACL surgery the previous season in Baltimore) a factor in his inconsistent play early in the season?

"In the early part of the season there was a lot of pressure on him. He had to make all of the calls, all of the adjustments. And he hadn't been in that position before. And so to come here and have to do all of that in a short time span, it was really tough for him in the beginning. But he bought into it and he did fantastic toward the end of the year.

"I would ask him every week about his knee. And he would always tell me, ‘Coach, I'm fine.' Will played well the latter part of the season. At the beginning of the year, we have some communication problems, which he fixed immediately. He had an opportunity to come on strong at the end of year, which he did. Both he and Gibril did. So I was really excited to see both of them in their improvement toward the end."

Q: Would you like to see Gibril get back to playing the way he was as a rookie?

"Without a doubt. Gibril's rookie year, you are talking about a kid that was out there just playing loose. There was no thinking involved and he was just playing. He was able to go out there and you would say, ‘Okay, Gibril go back and play a half coverage.' He'd say, ‘Okay, yes sir.' He would get back there, get in a nice backpedal and plant and drive and see the route combinations and make plays. The past few years Gibril has studied more, he has seen more things on tape. So therefore, he is thinking that this route is coming and maybe that particular route didn't show up that game. Because as you know, the offensive guys game plan us as well; it was more thinking on his part. I told him, ‘Grab some Ed Reed tapes and grab some (Brian) Dawkins tapes down in Philly and just look at how those guys play and see the quickness. And that was one of the things that he said he wanted to get back to, was playing really quick and fast. I said, ‘Well, Gibril, right now what you need to do is just cut all of the thinking out of – how to play a half-field, how to play a quarter technique. Just go out there and play fast and move the thinking out of it.'"

Q: Did he say he started over-thinking?

"Yes, he admitted it. He admitted that he started over-thinking the defense and plays. And as I said earlier, his rookie year there was no problem at all."

Q: As his coach, what do you tell him?

"Don't worry about making mistakes. Go out there and play ball. That was one of the things I think he thought of the past few years, ‘I don't want to be wrong, I want to be right every step.' You need to let it go. Go out there and play. If you are out there concerned about making a mistake you are bound to make a mistake."

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