How do you feel about your team's chances going into the game against the Giants?
They are a tough football team right now, hungry, it is a division game and last year they beat us twice. It is definitely going to be a challenge this weekend. From my perspective, I think they are going to come in here and play their heart out and give us their best shot.
When you look at the Giants defense what are you seeing?
From week to week things can change and things can happen differently. I know last season we started out 0-2 and then all of a sudden things just began to change for a little while. Week to week things change and we understand that they are a dangerous team right now because of that and you don't know what to expect from them on Sunday. We just have to come out and play our game and do things that we do best because we know that we are going to get their best shot. They have a strong leader, Antonio Pierce, in the middle playing middle linebacker. We know that he is going to get the guys around him to rally around him and step up and make plays.
Given that the Giants have had trouble containing tight ends over the first two weeks, how does that affect your connection with Chris Cooley?
Cooley is a great receiver for us, definitely, most definitely, but at the same time when you are dropping back as a quarterback the one thing you don't want to do is get held up and try to throw the ball to certain guys based on what their defense has done the week before or two weeks before. The one thing you have to do as a quarterback is to drop back, read coverages, and throw the ball to the open guy; the guy that is getting open for you. It is not a thing where you go into a game and feel like you have to give the ball to a certain guy because of things that have happened in the past. When I approach a game I take everything one play at a time. Whatever the defense gives you is what you take.
What are you seeing from the Giants' defensive front?
I have all the respect in the world for Strahan and those guys. Strahan is a guy who has been in the league for a long time. I think right now it is just a tough situation that they are in at this point. Like I said, the NFL is a long season, things can turn in a minute and things can change in a minute. Right now we are sitting 2-0 but we hadn't been getting any attention before that and right now with the attention that we are getting, we aren't trying to listen to all of it or take it as our perspective. We understand that we are still a football team and try to get better ourselves and continue to work on the things that we need to work on.
Are you guys more of a running team this year?
We are closer to being balanced. The two backs that we have kind of lean more towards the run because of the guys that we have and the guys that we have up front doing the blocking, but at the same time we also throw the ball quite a bit. At the same time you just have to continue to stay focused and whatever plays the coach calls we try to go out there and run it to the fullest. We probably have leaned more to the run in the last two games.
You had a good second half in the last game of the season in 2006 against the Giants. How much did that help you going into the off-season?
It helped me out a lot. To have the opportunity to play those last seven games last season was huge because it gave me the opportunity to see what the NFL and the speed was like. It is totally different watching it on the sidelines than actually performing on the field. When you are able to be in there the one thing you can't teach at the NFL level is experience, so to have the opportunity to get out there and get some experience and being able to play in those division games was huge because that is one thing you don't learn on the sidelines or taking notes. To have the opportunity to play the Giants last year and the Eagles, playing against all the division opponents, really gave me an opportunity to see what I need to improve on in the off-season to help get me over the edge and help my team.
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