Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin on how the offensive line has progressed: Communication, continuity, and reaction time. I would say that it is the overall feeling that people do understand the schemes and what we are trying to do no matter how quickly they have to make adjustments. That is where the progress is.
Coughlin on how do he plans to use DB Prince Amukamara when he returns: We have to put him on the field and figure out what he can do…He is not going to just walk out there. That didn’t work last time, remember?
Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt on Eli Manning:I think we all experienced that the first couple games without an offseason and really not knowing what your opponents are going to do always makes it more difficult. He has been a very good quarterback in this league for a number of years. I heard a lot of talk about him not having a good year last year but I didn’t get a chance to look at the Giants much last year. What I have seen from them this year is a very good quarterback who runs the huddle and the line of scrimmage very well. He knows what he is looking at and he will make you pay. They do a nice thing with their offense and he obviously played very well last week.
Whisenhunt on Giants' DE Jason Pierre-Paul: I think he is definitely a guy that you have to worry about. He is a tremendous athlete and does a great job of creating pressure with his different rushes. He is playing physical. I didn’t get a chance to see him play last year but he sure looks like he has developed into a very good football player in his second year.
JPP on if he expects the returning Osi to be the starter: Yes. I knew when he came back, he would get his starting position back. It is cool.
JPP on if he feels he's earned the starting spot: No, because the way I play, when they put me in, I am going to get a sack regardless. It is not if you start, you can come off the bench and you can do the same thing. It is just the way you play. There are enough snaps. I am going to get at least 40 or 50 snaps every game because people do get tired.
Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald on playing against former teammate Antrel Rolle:I love Antrel, he is like a brother to me and we spent so many quality years together. I am looking forward to playing against him. I am looking forward to the matchup. I don’t know what coach Coughlin and coach Fewell are going to do but I know those guys are going to be ready. Anytime you play a Tom Coughlin football team, you can expect a few things. You can expect a disciplined team that is hard working and not going to make a lot of mental mistakes. They are going to take advantage of your mistakes. We have to make sure that we don’t go out there and turn the ball over and give those guys extra possessions. I don’t want them to double me. I want to get out there and hopefully get some easy catches and walk away with a victory. That would be ideal if I could script it the way I want to script it.
Rolle on defending Fitzgerald: Normally when people are successful against him, they double coverage him. I have never seen a defensive back shut him down and I’m not saying it can’t be done, I am saying that I haven’t seen it done. We are going in with a game plan and Larry Fitzgerald is not going to be our only focus. Everyone here is aware of his talents and capabilities but we are focused on the Arizona Cardinals as a group. Rolle on if he is concerned about his emotions going back to Arizona for the first time: No, I am not concerned. This is the first time for me because I have never had to face a team that I was once with but I am going in there and playing the game at the end of the day. I am going to go and be the same player that I am week in and week out.
Giants' DB Aaron Ross on facing Fitzgerald: There are a lot of good receivers in the league right now, so each and every week you are going up against a top ten receiver or top ten quarterback. Being a corner in this league you have to be prepared each week…. He is a big play receiver. He is physical and can get off the ball and get off the jam. You may think you have blanket coverage on him and the quarterback will throw the ball to him and he will go up there and get it. The play is never over with him.
quotes courtesy Giants communications dept