New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin took the podium for his weekly press conference in a worse mood than you would have expected following a divisional win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. But his focus was, as it always is, on the next game. And, in looking back at week one, he says the Giants "didn't deserve to win" because of the way they played, and that he expects much better on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
Although opening questions centered around injuries, per the usual, there wasn't really much to cover. The pre-practice injury report was the smallest it has been all season, with only one new addition. It included Rocky Bernard (quad), Ahmad Bradsahw (foot), Hakeem Nicks (knee/foot), David Baas (ankle), Kenny Phillips (knee) and Jacquian Williams (knee).
Of the players listed, Baas, Williams, Bradshaw and Bernard will not practice on Wednesday. Coughlin says Jim Cordle will likely get some snaps at center, and would not detail any further about the significance of Baas' injury. He added that Phillips will "do more on the field" this week.
Additionally, the coach says tight end Travis Beckum – who remains on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list following ACL surgury – will return to practice this week.
When asked about the performance of Martellus Bennett and his personal criticisms, Coughlin agreed with the Black Unicorn, saying there was a lot he could have done better last Sunday, and a lot he brings to the team that they have yet to take advantage of.
"He played OK; he didn't play real well [on Sunday]," Coughlin said. "There's a lot he does that we haven't taken full advantage of that yet."
As for Eli Manning, Coughlin says their quarterback is equally disappointed in his play against the Washington Redskins. He says Manning doesn't take that type of performance lightly, and he's meticulous about figuring out what went wrong and how to fix it. Immediately.
"He does not want to put his defense in a bad spot," Coughlin said.
Finally, Coughlin acknowledged that the loss of linebacker Sean Lee is huge for the Cowboys, but praised veteran Dan Connor as a guy who can step up for them and make plays. And, as always, he expects a fierce battle between the two divisional rivals on Sunday.
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