The state of New Jersey and New York City are being heavily affected by super-storm Hurricane Sandy. The residents of these areas are seeing weather and flooding like never before and are being forced to adjust their schedules. The New York Giants are no different, and Tom Coughlin has been forced to make decisions for not only the safety of the players and coaches, but for how and when to best prepare for the Pittsburgh Steelers at home this Sunday.
As a result of the storm, Coughlin has decided to treat this week as if they had played a Monday night game. The coaches and players were sent home on Monday, and Coughlin expects to reunite on Tuesday to begin preparation for next week's game.
"We'll push things back Wednesday morning and move our training room a little bit deeper into the morning and go ahead and treat this as if it was a Monday night game in terms of our day getting started on Wednesday," Coughlin said.
Thus far New Jersey has been hit hard with severe flooding and strong winds, while several deaths have even been reported in New York in relation to the storm. Coughlin knows Hurricane Sandy requires every precaution necessary to ensure his players and coaches aren't put in harm's way.
"We felt it was in the best interests of the safety and security of our players that they remain home, that they stay with their families, that they make sure that their wives and children are fine during this time because, again, as I mentioned, there's so much uncertainty," the coach said.
Not only has the storm affected when they will practice, but it also delayed some players from getting MRI's after injuries suffered last week. Therefore, Coughlin could not update the media on injuries suffered by Chase Blackburn (Hamstring), Antrel Rolle (head), Keith Rivers (calf), and Bear Pascoe (ankle).
Many players were concerned about the flight back from Dallas as they attempted to beat the storm. However, Giants safety Stevie Brown said it was surprisingly uneventful.
"Everybody was worried about how bad the turbulence was going to be, but for the most part, it was a good plane ride," Brown said.
The Giants will hopefully get back to work on Tuesday, though the weather could still have an affect on their schedule. Coach Coughlin doesn't want to take any chances, and will make certain the players and coaches remain safe.
"[We're] just trying to do the smart thing, that's all," Coughlin said.
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