It's commonplace to hear about how disrespected the New York Giants are by both fans and national media. Despite two Super Bowl championships over the last five seasons, the idea that they are often overlooked is relatively accurate and hard to dispute. But when Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano met with the media on Wednesday afternoon, he offered heaping praise for the defending champions.
"We’re coming to play the defending Super Bowl champions who are not in a real good mood right now, so we need to bring our best game just to have a chance to win," Schiano said.
The former Rutgers head coach is no stranger to MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford or the New York Giants. Not just because two of their former coaches -Bill Sheridan and Mike Sullivan- are current Buccaneers coordinators, but because Schiano often attended Giants home games. In fact, the coach last attended a game on January 1st, 2012 when Big Blue defeated the Dallas Cowboys 31-14 to win the NFC East.
That's not to say employing two of their former coaches hasn't been an advantage, because it has.
"It’s been very helpful. I can tell you there’s a lot of Giant imprint on our program, and a lot of coach Coughlin imprint on our program because as you go through the process and you set up all your schedules," he said. "I have several NFL coaches on our staff, I have everybody’s schedules from all the years they’ve coached."
And what of quarterback Eli Manning, the two-time Super Bowl MVP? Well, when you have his former coach, there's a lot of insight and knowledge to be attained.
"It would be foolish not to [pick Sullivan's brain]. He’s been a big help," he said. "There are a lot of similarities with our offenses, but they’re different players that are doing it."
Schiano acknowledged that having Sullivan is a double-edged sword. While they're able to pick his brain over Eli, the Giants are very familiar with Sullivan and his coaching technique. Ultimately, it evens itself out with no side really walking away with a distinct advantage. Accordingly, he anticipates his team having to playa perfect game in order to come away victorious on Sunday.
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