"I have never had that said about me before and if that is a complement, I am excited. You have to work on that because it has not always been like that for me. I have had a lot years where whatever happens comes a spontaneous response. Over the years, you learn to control that just to the point where you pick a spot where you need to interject what you want the player to understand. It is just experience probably..."
Here are some other highlights from the coach's Thursday presser....
On how Eli Manning looked..."He looked good. He came back and he actually texted us last night and said he felt better. When he got to work today he had a nice breakfast and seemed to do fine. I am sure he is not quite himself but almost."
On if missing a day will effect Eli...."He had done all the work prior to and came out here and actually threw and warmed up. He then started feeling it but he already had done his classroom work. What he missed was the after practice work and then he was able to come in this morning and do some of that."
On how he deals with the fluctuation of critic's opinions about him..."I just keep the blinders on and go straight ahead. I don’t have anything to do with what is being said on the outside. The priority and what I think about it, I don’t let it affect me in any way. I do believe in the John Wooden statement: We like praise, we don’t like criticism but if you let either one affect your preparation, you have a problem."
On the defense not surrendering the big pass plays the past few weeks..."A combination [of pass rush and coverage]. Our coverage has gotten better and we are tighter. There is not as much daylight. … One feeds of the other and always has."
On how what that does for the team's confidence...."It has done a lot for the confidence of our defensive team from believing and trusting in each other and you see it grow on a weekly basis. It is based on success. We didn’t win the big play battle the last time we played the 49ers. They had more than we did, so we have a challenge there."