In a season in which critics called for the firings of all three of the Giants' coordinators, the coaches suddenly found themselves in unusual demand yesterday. It's funny what winning a few games will do...
DC Perry Fewell on if the weather will affect his plans...."Because it’s the championship game. It doesn’t matter. You fight all year to get here. It can snow, it can hail, it can rain, it can do whatever it wants to do. We’re going to be there and we’re going to be ready to play."
OC Kevin Gilbride on Jacobs being though of as "soft"...."I think it’s just because you see this big, powerful man and if he’s not running over somebody every snap then people are almost disappointed. Unfortunately, the people that he’s going against are big, strong men, powerful men as well. I think once he gets going, as you’ve seen, I’m not sure there’s many people that like to get in his way. It takes him, as it does any back, an opportunity to get his feet underneath him and get through the hole. But once he gets going he’s really, and I mean this in a positive way, a freak of nature. To be that big and powerful and to run as fast as he does, there are not many people that have that combination. So when he is in the open space you see people shying out of the way. Until you get by the line of scrimmage – those guys are 300-plus pounds, they’re bigger than he is, too. Plus he hasn’t had a chance to build up much momentum. But once he gets going he’s a powerful guy."
Fewell on of he was ever concerned that player would tune him out...." No, we never stopped communicating with each other. We knew we could get it together and we would get it together. It was just a matter of when. Obviously there was frustration. This is the era of instant gratification, so we wanted it to happen right now. But we just kept talking to each other, we kept communicating with each other, we kept believing in each other. I never saw any doubt."
ST coach Tom Quinn on the 49ers' potential loss of KR Ted Ginn...."They have another guy. Williams will probably be the guy. He has good returns on tape with punt returns and kickoffs. We are preparing for both....(Ginn) is a great player but they have other good players so I am sure they will step right in. They are so well rounded and block well so the returners have good speed and good running skills. They are very solid."
Gilbride on the most comforting thing about having Eli as his QB...."The most comforting thing is the fact that I think he’s been through it with us, he knows what we’re looking for, he understands based on coverage where we would like the ball to go. He’s not going to be overwhelmed by what’s going on. He’s been through it enough times. We’ve had enough success with it that he plays very confidently. I don’t think the situation overwhelms him and I think he has a very profound understanding of what we’re trying to do offensively."
Fewell on if the late blossoming of the defense has hurt his prospects for a head coaching job...."I’m just trying to keep the job I have. I’m happy not to see my name in print sometimes, so I don’t know. I’ve been focusing on the job at hand and that hasn’t been a concern for me."
Quinn on if he sees a change in P Steve Weatherford from last year...."I don’t think so, I thought he had a good year last year. His direction is something that we like when we brought him in. I think that is strong and either you are a big ball hitter or a directional guy, he has become a directional guy."