New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin hit the podium for his weekly press conference with anything but a smile on Wednesday. Coming off a huge 41-27 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, he was already looking ahead to a week six matchup with the San Francisco 49ers … and isn't happy that "no one" is giving them a chance.
Alas, before questions about the 49ers could begin, it was once again all about injuries and a tremendously long pre-practice injury report that included some new names and some old ones : Ramses Barden (concussion), Martellus Bennett (knee), Rocky Bernard (quad), Chase Blackburn (hip), Michael Boley (hip), Andre Brown (concussion), David Diehl (knee), Jayron Hosley (hamstring), Hakeem Nicks (knee/foot), Kenny Phillips (knee), Keith Rivers (hamstring), Antrel Rolle (knee) and Corey Webster.
The good news is that Kenny Phillips is scheduled to do some individual work with trainers today to see where he is in his progression. Additionally, Coughlin is "hopeful" that Nicks will be able to practice this week. That actually adds some credibility to what running back Ahmad Bradshaw said on Tuesday, when he said he received a hint that the wide receiver would suit up this weekend.
Meanwhile, Coughlin says Snee, Barden, Boley and Rivers will all practice today. Diehl and Hosley will be limited, while Brown, Blackburn, Bernard and Bennett will sit out.
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Coughlin feels again disrespected, especially by some of the 49ers players suggesting they lost a handle on things a year ago. The head coach reminded everyone the Giants "earned everything [they] got last year."
"Nobody gives us a chance to win," Coughlin said. "We’ll see."
He added that the team "works very hard" on the road: "you have to be together as one because there's nobody else there."
And one important key to victory on Sunday will be the ability to slow down tight end Vernon Davis, to which Coughlin says the gameplan is very straight forward.
"There's no trick [to slowing him down]," Coughlin said. "You know what you're getting … you gotta be able to run with him."
Finally, the coach acknowledged that he was aware a suspension for safety Will Hill was forthcoming. He was not caught off guard by it.
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