Behind Enemy Lines: Tom Coughlin

The Giants' coach spoke with the Washington media today. We can say this: he called two minutes before his scheduled time. <br><br><i><b>Q: What did you think of Mark Brunell last week?</b></i>

A: I thought he played well. He's the same athletic player, the same kind of leader in the huddle. You can see that. The team has great respect for him. I see nothing but good things for him.

Q: How did he grow during his time in Jacksonville?
A: He grew from being just a young inexperienced quarterback to taking on the Lions of the game and growing in the mental part of the game to the point where he was doing a lot of things on the field for us, play changes and recognition and audibles.

Q: Mark helped lead an expansion team and now is asked to help turn around a 5-11 team. Is there something other than physical traits that makes him a good fit for struggling situations?
A: He's great in the locker room and a team guy, not an ego guy. He can be counted on to say and do the right things all the time.

Q: What makes the defense effective with the blitz?
A: The idea of bringing the right people, pressuring with the right people and the timing. The other thing is people maintaining their responsibilities. Gregg adapted his scheme to accommodate more of the fire zones and the pressure that comes in with zones behind it. He's grown in his development with his scheme.

Q: Have some of your players had a difficult adjustment to your rules?
A: No, I don't think so. The majority of the players understand and know what the program is about. I don't think it's been a difficult adjustment at all.

Q: Is it harder to implement such rules today as opposed to with an expansion team?
A: I don't think so. This has been a group that's been fairly receptive. This group had predetermined expectations of what the program would be like when they came here. Everyone wants to make it out to where we had all these rules. The NFL has a lot of rules in case anyone hasn't looked at the discipline schedule by the commissioner. We have certain things I believe in and that's the way it's going to be. One of them is to be punctual.

Q: Are you a little looser now?
A: How do I know? This is our program. This is the way we do it. We want them to be outstanding football players and we want them to know the program and what they believe in and the things that we accept from today's society and the things we don't compromise on.

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