Every Thursday, the Giants three coordinators - Tom Quinn (special teams) Perry Fewell (defense) and Kevin Gilbride (offense) meet with the media. This week, the three have a lot on their plate as the Giants' roster keeps shifting shape due to injuries, inexperience and underperformance.
19 yards rushing, just a bad game all around?Gilbride: It was a bad game all around. There’s no question. You hope that it was an aberration, that it’s not a downward spiral. We actually thought we were making some headway, not as fast or as much as you’d like, but we thought it would get better and improve. But last week is not what you were looking for.
How much concern do you have with the position changes on the offensive line?Gilbride: You always have concern, whatever the position change is that takes place. Obviously up there it can have an impact everything. Not just passing game, but everything, run game, pass game, protection of the quarterback, what have you. You’re concerned and you just hope that whoever you put in there is going to rise up and play the way you think he can, or he wouldn’t be on the team. We wouldn’t put him in in the first place. We’re confident. We have some guys in the backup role who can play.
Do you think that the identity of this team is changing toward the passing game?Gilbride: We’ve always tried to be a balanced team. As I’ve mentioned many times, I’ll do whatever we have to to win. If we’re running the ball well we’ll continue to do that. I think when you can do both, that certainly makes it much more difficult for defenses. That will always be what our goal is and our objective is, but there’s no question that last week we were throwing the ball better than we were running the ball. So we wound up going to that. It actually hurts your ability to throw, too, if you can’t run a little bit.
Was Sunday the best you have seen Weatherford kick the ball this year?Quinn: He has done well and I thought the location was good. We were fortunate that he got a friendly roll down to the two. He struck it better that game.
Was it good to see Tynes hit a 49-yarder?Quinn: Yes, I think any made field goal is a confidence builder and the further out the better so it was nice for him to get one of those under his belt.
What is the challenge of breaking in two new gunners this late in the season?Quinn: They have been working at it and we have multiple guys we can use there. They have been repping it all year and they have done it for us in the past. We have another big challenge with Sproles ahead.
Does (Mark) Herzlich starting on Sunday change his role on special teams?Quinn: It is just based on how many plays he will get defensively. We will adjust his special teams stats accordingly. Obviously, if he is starting and there are other people we can use, we will try to plug them into positions if we think they can help us.
DeSean Jackson was fined for flipping the ball at you. How much were you bothered by that?Fewell: When that incident happened I just thought that it was a hotly contested game at that moment and I just thought he made an error in judgment. He was just excited about the catch and I think he probably just did it by mistake. I don’t think he did anything intentionally. It shocked me. I was surprised by it, but it wasn’t about me and it wasn’t about him at that time. It was about me getting the next call off and let’s play a football game.
Did he say anything to you?Fewell: No, he didn’t say anything. Like I said, I just think he got caught up in the moment and he just flipped the ball toward me.
Why has the pass rush been less effective the last couple of weeks?Fewell: I can’t put my finger on it, but I do think we can return [to that form] and we can rush these guys. They have a good offensive line, don’t get me wrong. They have a good, solid offense, period. There’s really no weak links on that offense, but we just have to watch the occasion and our d-line has to come through for us.
What did you see out of Herzlich?Fewell: First, I was really proud of him because we put him in a position to go out and really play in his first pro football game as a starter. Against a good run team, I thought Mark was physical. I thought he was commanding in the huddle. I thought he was decisive in his reads. I thought he gained a lot of respect from his teammates by the way he played that football game.
quotes courtesy Giants Communications Dept