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It’s a Six-Game Season for New York Giants & More from an Afternoon Tea with Tom Coughlin

November 21st, 2012 at 11:17 AM
By Dan Benton

After a week long layoff, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin took the podium for his weekly press conference and wasted no time answering questions he already knew were going to be asked. Injuries, injuries, injuries. Same ole', same ole' for the boys in blue.

'Tom Coughlin Watches Giants' photo (c) 2011, Rajiv Patel (Rajiv's View) - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Despite the bye week, the pre-practice injury report was as full as ever. And, of course, it included several new additions. The VIP's today were, in no particular order: David Baas (ankle/elbow), Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), Domenik Hixon (ankle), Linval Joseph (knee), Kenny Phillips (knee), Keith Rivers (calf/knee), Tyler Sash (ankle), Chris Snee (ankle) and Jacquian Williams (knee).

Of those listed on the pre-practice injury report, only Hixon and Bradshaw will miss practice. Both Phillips and Williams will do individual drills, and if they do well, they may also participate in a more substantial fashion. Everyone else will participate in full.

From there, it was all football … and complete focus on the Green Bay Packers.

"We are coming off a bye, clinging to a very small lead and we need to win football games. … It's a six game season," Coughlin said. "This is a huge game for them, it's a huge game for us."

Coughlin said the team is preparing for the game as if linebacker Clay Matthews will play, adding that every player and coach fully expects him to be "in" on Sunday. He also noted that with or without Matthews, the Packers' defense is far from conservative, noting that they "play all packages and play them well."

But how will the Giants fix what ails them?

"I'm really tired about answering all the questions about what's wrong," Coughlin said.

On to practice!

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Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Chris Snee, Clay Matthews, David Baas, Domenik Hixon, Football, Green Bay, Green Bay Packers, Jacquian Williams, Keith Rivers, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin, Tyler Sash

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31 Responses to “It’s a Six-Game Season for New York Giants & More from an Afternoon Tea with Tom Coughlin”

  1.  demo3356 says:

    Knicks are 8-1 Giants are in first place and Rupert Murdock is moving in on the Yankees. I really couldn’t be a more Thankful sports fan right now…

    •  JimStoll says:

      hmmm
      I know we’ve had our differences, but I didn’t take you for a corporate shill who would think that an entity as unethical and disreputable as NewsCorp would be something you would want in the corner of your baseball team — unless, what you meant was that you are a Mets fan

  2.  demo3356 says:

    We will know by 7:30 Thursday night who are competition is for the division. If Dallas Beats the Skins and gives them a 7th loss they are toast. Too many injuries and too hard to over come 2 teams with only 5 games left. If Washington can roll into Dullass and beat the Cowgirls with only 3 days rest and 3 days to prepare, they leapfrog the Cowplops who still have games at Cincy and vs Pitts, NO left on their Schedule. We would then be playing the Skins in DC for first place next week if we don’t beat Green Bay Sunday night. If we do beat Green Bay we could have a 2 game divisional lead if the Skins can knock of the Girls Thursday

  3.  Grateful Giants says:

    Jim, The steelers? That lost to tebows broncos in the playoffs last year?

    A. didn’t dominate us, beat us by 4 points.

    B. the steelers that lost to the RAIDERS and Titans this year?

    At least we beat teams we are supposed to I guess.

    If that’s your definition of a dominant team, then the Giants must be superheros!

    Or lazy overrated Jets fans.

    •  JimStoll says:

      I thought you were talking over the last 5 years

      •  Grateful Giants says:

        I just don’t think you realize how good we have it.

        The Giants, Patriots, Packers and Steelers are the backbone of the NFL.

        Not the Cowboys, not the 9ers, not the freaking Jets. I think you want an undefeated team, its just not possible in the NFL. In Fact, I’d rather lose 6 games and end up with a chance against the undefeated Pats in the superbowl 100 times out of 100.

        I don’t understand how you can see such a Jets Colored outlook for this team. The REdskins have had generations of garbage on the field. We haven’t had that since the 90s. The cowboys havnt won a playoff game in 15 years?

        If you could have any team, any coaching staff, anyone…I wonder what your team would look like.

        Mine would start with TC at the top, Jerry Reese, then Eli… NOT ONE QUESTION IN MY MIND. Who do you put as the prototypical franchise, the most put together franchise in the league?

        The Steelers? I can understand that, but they play in a division where they get at least 2 free wins every year against the browns. Thats not including the free Bengals wins they usually get too.

        We’re Giants fans because the Giants don’t EVER have cake walk schedules, out schedules every year include 6 of the hardest games, which, unfortunately, we will lose some of every year. When we win, we earned it.

        •  JimStoll says:

          Grateful

          this age-old battle we all have here I suggest turns more on your camp assessing after the fact reasults, while I am talking about real-time performance.

          What I mean by that is after one wins a super bowl it is easy to reflect back on all the trial and tribulations of the season and interpret them in a fond almost romantic light — both the good and the bad. And lucky us, we’ve had that good fortune 2x over the past 5 seasons.

          But step back and look at each season as it has unfolded under TC — 2 of them (’04/’09) ended disastrously; 1 (’10) bitterly, and 3 (’05,’06, and ’08) disappointingly.

          But even the 2 great seasons were great only in retrospect; that is they were painful uneven events heading up to the magical run

          and despite what any of you say, I doubt sincerely that in any year – other than perhaps ’08 – did any of you think we were going to pull things off as we were winding down to the end

          say what you will, the giants make it awfully hard to believe during the season itself

          •  demo3356 says:

            Stoll- The 30 other Non Steeler NFL Franchises have had much more disappointing finished than we have. Man you come off as such a spoiled little brat of a fan. Do you watch ANY Football outside of the Giants or Follow ANYTHING about the league outside the Giants? I find it hard to believe that you do and yet still come off as this clueless and petulant.. I’ve got a news flash for you.. There are 31 other Billion Dollar franchises, 31 other very qualified GM’s and head Coaches along with 1500+ of the best football players on the planet that all want to win the Lombardi as bad as we do yet
            30 of them have not won 2 like us since 2004
            26 of them HAVENT won one since 2004
            22 of them havent played in one since 2004
            12 of them have not one a playoff game since 2004
            3 of them haven’t even made the payoffs since 2004

            But Coughlin is mediocre and we shouldn’t have reason to believe during the season???????

        •  demo3356 says:

          Grateful- I told you Stoll was a lost cause..

    •  Levito says:

      The Steelers dominated the Giants, even though the final score didn’t indicate it. The Giants had some generous calls go their way in the first half. They played a terrible offensive game, and the defense played decently enough, but couldn’t hold a lead and gave up a long TD when the game was on the line.

      •  Grateful Giants says:

        I see what your saying, but they didn’t dominate us like we DOMINATED the 9ers and Panthers.

        I want to know any team that has dominated 2 NFL teams the way we did in those two games.

        •  Levito says:

          besides the teams you mentioned:

          The Ravens dominated the Bengals and Raiders (but got owned by the Texans).
          The Texans dominated the Dolphins and Jags (the first time), Ravens, Titans and Bills.
          The Jets (of all teams!) dominated the Colts, Bills and Rams.

          And all of those teams have lost pretty handily to another team (or multiple) at other points in the season. It’s a very week-to-week league!

          •  Grateful Giants says:

            Awesome, and not one of those teams has has the success we have the last two years, last 5 years, during the time that TC has been our HC, or the history of the Giants.

            We are lucky our team is relevant every year.

  4.  Levito says:

    I can’t decide which team Giants fans should be rooting for on Sunday. On one hand, if we see the Cowboys win, the Redskins are finished and then it’s a 2 horse race to the division crown. But looking at the schedule, at least if the Redskins win, the Giants will have a chance to finish them off next week.

    Between the two teams, everyone keeps saying Dallas has a cake schedule, but they do play Dallas, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, as well as another matchup with Washington.

    Washington has what looks to me like an easier schedule, facing the Giants and Ravens (and Dallas a second time) as their only tough matchups.

    What do you all think? Who do we root for, or more appropriately, who do we root against more?

    •  Grateful Giants says:

      I’m rooting for a stadium collapse.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      First this game is tomorrow – don’t forget as you digest your turkey lol. This is an easy question IMO we should root for the Redskins. Dallas for it’s faults when it puts it together plays football well enough to beat the teams left on their schedule. Washington is just a very incomplete team and are far less dangerous in terms of getting to 9 or 10 wins. Plus Washington winning can allow us to regain a 2 game lead with a victory sunday. Lastly, we still play Washington and can take care of them but Dallas we have no control over so we should root for all the help we can get with them.

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    Giants_101 OL Selvish Capers promoted to the 53-man roster. OL Stephen Goodin added to the practice squad to replace him.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I think we have made a few questionable end of the roster moves. I really didn’t like when we IR’d Coe. Our CBs have been banged up many times this season and Tryon provides little confidence. It seems that we cut Petrus with the thought of bringing him back but we lose him to the Pats. We sign Capers today who was just as bad and maybe worse than Petrus this preseason. I think that shows we needed depth on the OL and would have re-signed Petrus if available. I keep on looking at Sash and think he seems to be a waste on our roster right now. He hasn’t been great on special teams and is clearly our 5th safety. I would much rather have a Coe and Petrus on the roster rather than Sash and Capers. But that would decide or season at all if we stay healthy.

  6.  demo3356 says:

    Petrus was terrible and a guard. Capers is a tackle so maybe they feel the need for depth at T. Hopefully this is a sign that the Diehl at tackle experiment is nearing an end and he will be a backup guard soon? One can hope

  7.  demo3356 says:

    Stoll- The 30 other Non Steeler NFL Franchises have had much more disappointing finished than we have. Man you come off as such a spoiled little brat of a fan. Do you watch ANY Football outside of the Giants or Follow ANYTHING about the league outside the Giants? I find it hard to believe that you do and yet still come off as this clueless and petulant.. I’ve got a news flash for you.. There are 31 other Billion Dollar franchises, 31 other very qualified GM’s and head Coaches along with 1500+ of the best football players on the planet that all want to win the Lombardi as bad as we do yet
    30 of them have not won 2 like us since 2004
    26 of them HAVEN’T won one since 2004
    22 of them haven’t played in one since 2004
    12 of them haven’t one a playoff game since 2004
    3 of them haven’t even made the payoffs since 2004

    But Coughlin is mediocre and we shouldn’t have reason to believe during the season???????

  8.  rlhjr says:

    Guy’s Washington is going to be a pain in the rear. And I think that after all the help the cow patties got Sunday vs the Browns, RG3 will absolutely ruin them turkey day. IMHO. I also think the dead skins will kick dulla$$ to the curb in DC

    And I am putting a hit out on Murdock. He’s the walking definition of a BAD YANKEE. LOL

    •  demo3356 says:

      yeah, I’m not sure Dallas has the speed on defense to deal with RG3. He is going to give them fits.

      •  Levito says:

        But can Washington’s defense stop Dallas? Washington has no pass rush and will have a tough time with Dallas’s receivers. Wilson is the only guy who can cover consistently and DeAngelo Fall is too busy jawing with refs and everyone else to pay attention to the other team.

        •  demo3356 says:

          Washington’s defense is indeed one of the east talented in the league, especially without Orakpo and Carriker, but Haslett has them playing pretty decent. If Cleveland can sack Romo 7 times and Tryon Smith is banged up it could be a very interesting game

  9.  F0XLIN says:

    The Cowboys without Tyron Smith now have no O line, so the skins should be able to get pressure on them regardless of their LOFT problem

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