Coughlin Raring to Go

While inclement weather cancelled the annual welcome picnic and coaches/media softball game, nothing could dampen head coach Tom Coughlin's excitement to start another season at the helm of the New York Giants.

"We're excited about getting started," Coughlin told the assembled media contingent. "We're ready to go; we're ready to move forward."

Coughlin admitted his team has quite a task ahead of him. History proves that defending Super Bowl champions rarely fare all that well the next season.

"I know all the numbers," he said, "and that will be the first lecture.

"Once you get to the top of the mountain you look and see that there are other higher mountains that need to be climbed."…

Coughlin opted not to delve too deeply into the Jeremy Shockey saga, which finally came to a close when the Giants dealt the unhappy Shockey to New Orleans.

"We wish Jeremy Shockey nothing but the best," was all Coughlin would say.

On the health front, Coughlin said only David Tyree is expected to be unable to practice in any capacity at the start of camp, although several players such as Mathias Kiwanuka and Derrick Ward will likely only practice once a day in the early going.

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