Giants GM Jerry Reese may have ducked the Josh Brown questions, or anything else even mildly controversial, but he was more than willing to talk about his 4-3 football team. It's not surprising, considering that after four straight seasons outside of the playoffs, the Giants are finally in a good position to make a run at the postseason.
Here's a sampling of some of the other topics that the Giants GM was willing to address in his 11-minute session with reporters:
On the Giants' offensive line: "I think they're good enough. I think we need to do better, obviously. We need to run the ball better. The runners need to run hard in there. But our offensive line has done well so far, I think. We can definitely be better, but they've held up well."
On trade talks in advance of the Tuesday trading deadline: "We've had some conversations, but there's always some chatter this time of year."
On the reasons for the offense's struggles so far: "That's something our coaches looked at during the break. Hopefully we can figure it out this weekend. … It's a combination of everything. It's personnel, it's play-calling, it's execution, it's everything involved. … I do think we have the right play-callers. I think we have the right personnel. We just got to get out there and do it."
On LT Ereck Flowers: "Ereck has done OK. He's still a young player. I think he's 21 now. He's played a season and a half. We think he still has a lot of upside and he'll continue to improve. … I think he's going to be a good player for us. … He's our left tackle going forward right now. We'll keep all our options open, but right now he's our left tackle."
On the defensive line: "I think the front … I always say this about sacks: Sacks are a little bit overrated. You want to get sacks, but you've got to just push the quarterback off his launch point. We've been able to do that a little bit better. … OV (Olivier Vernon) has been battling (a wrist) injury there. So we're hoping to continue to do that. Sacks could come in bunches. But I think we've done a decent job of getting the quarterback off his spot."
On what he sees in Eli Manning: "I see a guy who's trying to get our offense going. I see a veteran who knows what he's doing. He's seen everything. … We should have the advantage (in the division) because we do have a veteran quarterback. He's seen everything. These guys (Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz) haven't seen half the things that Eli Manning has seen."
On Landon Collins: "Landon's played well. Landon held things together defensively for us for a little while for us. I think we had five guys out at one time. He's been the main guy back there holding us together."
On the results of his $200 million offseason spending spree: "Probably Jackrabbit (CB Janoris Jenkins) has played the best probably of the group, just stat wise. I think everyone is playing hard. Snacks (DT Damon Harrison) is playing hard there. OV's playing hard even though he's playing with an injury. And (LB) Keenan Robinson has done well."
On Odell Beckham, Jr.'s maturation process: "It takes times for young guys like that, sometimes. I think he's grown up. I think he just needs to focus on football and do what he does. … I'm not going to talk about (his emotions). He's a young guy. We just want him to play football and let his skill set show what he is."
On the biggest challenges facing his team: "Obviously we want to get the offense going. I think the defense has shown flashes of being a really good defense. They have to be more consistent, but without question we have to get our offense up and rolling."
On how he has supported his rookie head coach: "Well, you know, I give Ben all the support I can give him. But Ben's a big boy. He's a great communicator. He's very smart. He works hard. He's got this. I'm not worried about that."