The Giants made the coordinators available tot he media media yesterday, and for once none of them were under fire. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell's defense has been stonewalling teams on big third and fourth down situations.
Special teams have settled down for Tom Quinn. The new kickoff rules have helped minimize exposure, but the influx of speed and the changing faces have also assisted in righting the ship.
On offense, Kevin Gilbride is coming off one his strongest performances in years and has also benefited from am more mature Eli Manning and an a more adherent policy in regards to ball security...
Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell on Kenny Phillips:I think Kenny Phillips is playing really, really good football. Very pleased with how he is breaking on the ball or when he’s tackling. We have a term, he’s just balling. And he really is. I think he’s balling out there for us.
Fewell on rookie LB Jacquian Williams, who led the team in tackles last week:We have put some things on his plate. Each week we put a little bit more on his plate and he’s responded very well….we’ve given him some assignments that we probably would not have given other rookies. He shows exceptional speed and quickness out there. He has very good recall in our defenses. We think he’s playing good football for us. He’s not playing great football, but he’s playing good, solid football for us….He has a good football IQ.
Special Teams coordinator Tom Quinn on what he has observed on kickoff returns thus far:We are just trying to make good decisions back there. We were real aggressive in the preseason but we don’t want to start inside the 20, for sure. Really, the only one that you could return was the one he did return. One was kicked out to the right and one was kicked out to the left so that is what we are doing.
Quinn on hang times being down around the league:Yes, they are just driving the ball and the other thing is the way the ball is coming off the foot. It is more of a line drive with action especially with (Cardinals kicker) Jay Feely. You see the ball and it looks like it is going to the right and then it bends to your left. It is really swinging hard and getting a lot of action so it will be real important that you field it and make good decisions.
Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride on the reduction in turnovers so far this season:I think (Eli) is doing a great job with his decision making. The receivers are doing a great job of catching the ball and collectively we have been able to stay away from some things. He has been willing to take a sack and sometimes that is the best decision to make when you don’t have an opportunity to throw it away. I think it is good decisions and guys catching the ball.
Gilbride on the hopes that Travis Beckum can be a slot receiver:It would be nice to have a tight end that can do that. That was not even Kevin Boss’s thing. Kevin was a unique tight end. The further up the field, the more special he became. You would love to have the guy that is working from the line of scrimmage to 15-18 yards down the field, inside, is an effective player for us. Over the last few years, it has been the slot position but some people do it with their backs. Some people do it with their slots, we will do it with whomever. We are always looking for someone to play or fill that role effectively and efficiently.
Gilbride on Cardinals' rookie DB Patrick Peterson:He looks like he is going to be a special, special guy. He is a big guy that can run like crazy. He is a very confident or border line arrogant guy that knows he is good and is taking chances already. You see him in cover two rolling in and trying to steal one on the hook and to do that as a rookie is a little bit different. That is the confidence he has in himself.
quotes courtesy Giants Communications Dept