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Brandon Jacobs is Lead Dog for New York Giants & More from an Afternoon Tea with Tom Coughlin

October 17th, 2013 at 11:15 AM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin took the podium for his weekly press conference in a relatively mellow mood considering his team is 0-6, and he immediately addressed the injury situation.

'Tom Coughlin watches from the sideline' photo (c) 2012, Marianne O'Leary - license:

The pre-practice injury report included the following payers: David Baas (neck), Jayron Hosley (hamstring), Brandon Jacobs (hamstring), Adrien Robinson (foot), Cooper Taylor (shoulder), Terrell Thomas (knee), Corey Webster (groin) and David Wilson (neck).

Of the players listed on the pre-practice injury report, Coughlin says Baas, Jacobs, Robinson, Taylor and Hosley will practice. He also said the team will bring Webster along slowly, indicating that he may also participate on a limited basis. Meanwhile, the status of Thomas was not discussed, but he will likely practice as well.

As it relates to Monday Night Football and their week seven game against the Minnesota Vikings, Coughlin says he fully expects the Vikes to pound away with the run in an effort to get the Giants in the box, and then take their shots deep. To combat that, tackling will be key. Coughlin added that the Giants will need to "get a lot of men to the ball," while the defensive line wins their "one-on-one matchups."

On the offensive side of things, Brandon Jacobs will lead the charge, although the coach noted that they do expect Peyton Hillis to contribute right away.

"He ran hard. He was spirited. He was physical. He gave our team a lift," Coughlin said of Jacobs.

In terms of pass protection, Coughlin now feels fullback John Conner is familiar enough will the offense to pitch in, saying he provides the team with a "security blanket."

Finally, the most telling comment made by the coach was when Eli Manning was the target of the questioning. Still laughing over the Vikings' media and their suggestion to bench Eli, Coughlin says he immediately dismissed the thought.

"I dismissed that question. … We're gonna win again with Eli," he said.

And now, it's time for practice.


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Tags: Brandon Jacobs, Corey Webster, David Baas, David Wilson, Eli Manning, Football, Jayron Hosley, John Conner, Minnesota, Minnesota Vikings, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Peyton Hillis, Tom Coughlin

39 Responses to “Brandon Jacobs is Lead Dog for New York Giants & More from an Afternoon Tea with Tom Coughlin”

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  1.  rlhjr says:

    Connor is gong to help this offense, BOOK IT. And Hillis will help as well.
    But if AD is ready to play, God help this defense. I really hope Robinson can be made active and see the field.

    The Giants are poster children for not taking care of business via the draft.
    Not to mention bad free agent acquisitions at key offensive and defensive positions.

    Finally the Giants or more accurately Jerry Reese and Mark Ross are poster children for “Victims of Value”. Having the foresight, skill acumen to select players at lower rounds, and save your owner money is at the fore front of VoV as I’ll now call it. Reese found Bradshaw, Boss and Smith as result of careful study and shrewdness. And lets not get it twisted, he has signed some FA’s over the years that have come through for this team. But those initial finds mad the duo drunk with success. It’s only this year crop of draft picks that has the potential of being close to what they did in 2007. But this years top picks were made in rounds 1-3, not 4-7.

    The guy (Reese) is not a train wreck. However, through the draft, he’s neglected to go for proven talent at key positions. Instead, he and Ross opted for value.
    Value picks, AKA flyers are wonderful for filling depth and bring along a raw player with upside. But as skinnydoogan so aptly put it a week ago, you only find value at Walmart. Within the ranks of consistent NFL championship contenders, you find talent and $7!+ loads of it.

    It’s time for Reese and Ross to prove they know there business. And time for Reese to tell Mr. Mara that they have got to spend in order to establish a top shelf front seven, and offensive line. These things must be established via the draft. It’s not like they don’t have some of the parts on the roster already.
    This is not a roster full of scrubs. Enough talent can even overcome BS coordination is some cases. But it is very important that the team has offensive and defensive identities and goals to obtain.

    They have a serviceable secondary just lacking a draft pick at the corner opposite of Prince. They have Hill and maybe Brown for future safeties. Like I’ve said, Moore, Hankins and Pugh are (IMHO) the real deal. I think Cox may also be a good football player. JPP will recover and the defensive tackle picture looks bright IMO. But if Reese got the chance at Clowney and proceeded to turn that into more draft picks? Well, VOV. You draft to win. You sign free agents to maintain, and you bring in as many USFA’s as possible to find some value.

    Reese and Ross need to put the pedal to the metal, and get it done this coming spring as well. And for God’s sake, please get rid of Tuck, Snee, Diehl and the like who do nothing but inflate the cap.

  2.  GIANTT says:

    I will reiterate that once this team wins its first game they will get that confidence so they will have a decent second half of the season perhaps not enough to do anything about getting into the playoffs or anything but enough to show that the rest of the NFC least is a fraud .

    •  BigBlueGiant says:


      Oh man. you’re like that girl that can’t take a hint.

      In all honesty, i think that would be the WORST thing that could happen.

      AND, 2nd half we play Cowboys, Eagles, Skins (twice), Seattle, GB, Detroit. and SD.

  3.  GiantsFanFromEurope says:

    With the way Vikes D plays this season (they only had one good game against the Steelers) we might have a chance to win this game. But again this season our O-Line is a problem and makes opposing D look great when they play against us. Only Pugh and Beatty are performing well this season. Offensively i think that we’re going to be just fine in this game but defensively we must step up . Correct me if i’m wrong but i think that this season we’re at the bottom when it comes to sacks. We just need to put constant pressure on opposing QB’s but unfortunately we’re not doing this. Tuck is past his prime and i really don’t understand why Moore is not getting more snaps ? Yes i understand he is rookie and coach TC doesn’t trust rookies but the one preseason game and i know is just preseason game against the Steelers showed that Moore can play.

  4.  skinnydoogan says:

    Big Jake is starting, well none of us saw that coming, why not he is an injured veteran that has passed his prime. Only thing that would have made any of this better was if we had brought Danny “shotgun draw” Ware back. This is one case were the Giants brass threw all of us arm chairs a curveball by not bringing in an old security blanket. I like Hillis, he is not great, may not even be that good, but he is a large angry man who at this point in his career wants to punish somebody, let it be one of the hapless Vikes.

    •  The Real LT says:

      As far as Jacobs starting I guess we don’t have much of a choice….You know how Coughlin feels about rookies…Hopefully we will see Cox and he will make a positive contribution…If Jacobs can’t play much because of his hammy…Maybe we will see more of Cox?

  5.  skinnydoogan says:

    Cox is in Coughlin’s doghouse at this point, you know once a player is there, it is nearly impossible to get out.

  6.  GOAT56 says:


    fanfor55years says:
    October 16, 2013 at 5:07 PM
    GOAT, look at our turnovers, thanks in good part to the O-line failures and Eli’s consequent hurrying of his reads and throws.

    Fix the O-line and we could easily jump from 3-4 wins to 10 just based on fewer turnovers and a powerful offense. You don’t need 6-7 wins to set the table for next season. You just need to fix the O-line as I’ve suggested. And 6-7 wins would create inertia and a less attractive draft slot. It would be nice for a change to be getting at least 3 of the top 70 prospects.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I don’t think winning more games is just about talent. When you lose as much as losing 13-14 games that becomes a habit that is not easily undone. We will have the talent to win 9-10 games but if we win only 2-3 games I think the most we can hope for is 8-8 next year. By next year with the roster turnover only and handful of players would have been part of the 2011 SB so the team wouldn’t be use to winning. I think winning games these last 10 are very important to our state going forward. I think we have to go at least 5-5 to build enough positive energy to be good next year. It’s not impossible that we can be good coming from 2-3 wins but it’s much much harder than I think many posters/fans seem to realize. KC this year is like fools gold to believe that normally works.

  7.  JimStoll says:

    wait for it ………. Jacobs hammie
    insert Hillis here
    wait for it….. quad

  8.  skinnydoogan says:

    and a call back for Da’rell Scott

  9.  skinnydoogan says:

    It’s the Jim Stoll Giants “chaos theory”

  10.  GIANTT says:

    All the Giants need is merely the hint of a running game to keep the Vikings off of Elis back . I was pleasantly surprised with Jacobs last week and with Conner a lttle more up to speed perhaps it will be enough to surprise us all . As you can see , I am reining in my optimistic thoughts to merely average hopes at this point .But I will probably have drunk some KoolAid by Monday and proclaim this a smashing win for the Giants .

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