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Tom Coughlin fields a question from ex-Giant punter Jeff Feagles.

Day Two of practice went off without a hitch. Two players reported issues, however. Safety Tyler Sash left the field with cramps and in a more serious moment, WR Hakeem Nicks was attended to on the sidelines and did not return.

I guess he had a little tightness in the groin and they held him. I really don?t know much about it,"Tom Coughlin said. "I went over to find out, and, of course, it?s autograph day, so I really didn?t get much of a response."

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The Giants held their morning session outside today at rookie camp. Head coach Tom Coughlin met the media afterward:

"Glad to get the day in, to be honest with you. We looked at the weather last night and this morning ? it wasn?t supposed to happen but we have been out here and I?m glad we did.? I hope we get out this afternoon as well."

?Q:? Would you go inside?A:? Yes, if we have to.? I don?t want to.? It is nice to be outside.? We have a little space.? You have a lot of people running around in unfamiliar territory.? So we spread them out a little bit.

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Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was on the podium at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this afternoon, the site of his Super Bowl triumph a little over a year ago....

"I know you don't have any questions for me this year," said a smiling Coughlin. "By the way, John Mara answered all of them, so don't ask any of the ones he did."

On not having Andy Reid in the NFC East any longer:

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"The bar is set very high here and we didn?t get the job done. I wish I had something clever to say to you guys, but that?s soup to nuts. We didn?t get the job done. I?ll open the floor for questions."

Q:??Do you understand why you weren?t able to get the job done this season? A:??Well, it?s a combination of a lot of things probably. Right now, we?ll go in and evaluate everything that happened and look closely at the games we lost and why we lost them. We?ll try to correct those things in the offseason.

Q:??Does it frustrate you that you have so much talent on this team, yet there were some games where it seemed like nothing could go right?A:??It?s very frustrating when you go out there and you see us play very well at some point during the season and then at other times, we don?t play very well. It?s a head scratcher a little bit for me and for the head coach and for everybody in the organization. Why can?t we be more consistent and play at a high level every week? But it?s the National Football League. Nobody plays at a high level every weekend. You see some of the teams?it?s a week to week league. Some weeks it?s Houston that?s on top, then Green Bay?s on top, then New England?s on top. It?s a tough league. It?s a hard league, but if you want to be good, you have to play consistent every weekend.

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Tom Coughlin met the media for the final time this season. He heads off into 2013 with more questions than he would normally like to have, but did not indicate if he planned on making many - if any - changes to his staff or roster

Opening statement:?Good afternoon. We met with our team this morning in their exit meeting, and we talked about the game yesterday against Philadelphia. I did think we played very well. I thought that it was a very fitting way for us to complete the season, with a very good effort, with good execution. We talked about pride and execution being the themes, and I think we did that. But, I immediately moved into? You look at your season, and sometimes when you walk off the field, having lost a game?for example, the first Philadelphia game 19-17, the game in Washington, 17-16?your thoughts are, ?Boy, I hope this one doesn?t come back to haunt me, bite us in the butt in the long run.? But in reality, that?s what happened. I look at the first game of the year, the Dallas game.

We had played into February, we were the World Champions, we had extra time on the field, and I thought it would be a huge factor for us, opening the season. It didn?t turn out to be. We lost that game at home. You look at the Pittsburgh game, where we had a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, and we were not able to hold on. So, you have the ebb and flow of the season, and you just pray that you can rise up, and accomplish what you need to accomplish to get into the playoffs. Our goal is always to win the division. At one point, we did have a three-game lead in the division; we were not able to hold onto that lead. To be 9-7, yes, much better than 8-8, no question about it. Not good enough and I think all of our players are very much aware of that, that our goal was obviously to get into the tournament, we didn?t get to the tournament. So, we?re disappointed in that.

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Tom Coughlin was pleased the way his team finished the season today against the Eagles, but has no answers as to why his team played so erratically all season:

"We played well today. We talked about execution. The Sandy Hook elementary school children and parents were here today and we certainly wanted to honor and respect them. We wanted to try and do our part to help them in the healing process. I hope they left with some inspiration today.

We got off to some start in the game. We were all looking for some surprise. We didn't know how it was going to come-they onside kick on the very first play and instead of just recovering the ball, Justin Tryon tries to advance it and the ball goes back to them, but Stevie Brown makes a play to put us right back in business. I thought we did a lot of good things today from an execution standpoint.

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Tom Coughlin met the media this afternoon after what just may be the Giants' final practice of the 2012 season. There's nothing left to do for the Blue now except win their game Sunday and then rely on the kindness of strangers.

What is the atmosphere and mentality of your team? "I think it?s pretty good. The guys are looking forward to the game. They?re looking forward to the opportunity that?s been given to them. They practiced well. They seem to be in it. Yesterday was a good practice. Today was also pretty good. Disappointed?We?re in the season. That?s a strange word right now. That?s yesterday. We have to deal with right now in the moment and we have a great opportunity. We need to go play a very good football game. That?s the whole purpose here. It?s not about what the scenarios are or anything of that nature. It?s about us taking our football team and playing as well as we can possibly play. Then we?ll worry about everything else."

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Giants coach Tom Coughlin spoke to the media via conference call this morning. He is disappointed, but not totally down on his team. Although the playoffs are a long shot, there is one more game to play and a winning season at stake.

Opening statement:?"If you?re waiting for me to say something, I don?t have a whole lot to say here. Except for the fact that as I looked at the tape this morning, I will say this: we tried, there was effort, there was no quit. You could see that by end of the game, we had a goal-line stand and we also had a touchdown late. I thought our special teams represented us the way we wanted to be represented. I thought those guys hustled and worked hard. I thought they were productive, I thought we had an opportunity on two occasions for a kickoff return of significance. There was an individual block that wasn?t made that kept it from coming out even further.

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Tom Coughlin met the media after the Giants' disappointing showing in Baltimore today.....

"I thought our week was a good week. I thought last night our meetings were well done. I think we came in here and we tried hard. We worked hard at it.

We obviously have a very bad formula going on right here. We're having trouble stopping people and our offense doesn't hold the ball at all to give our defense a chance to catch their breath. We've had two games in a row, pretty much the exact same scenario, with 47 offensive snaps last week, 41 this week. The other guy had double, almost 40 minutes time of possession.

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Tom Coughlin spoke with the media Monday afternoon, one day after his Giants were disemboweled by the Atlanta Falcons....

"Good afternoon. What we talked about with the team today was the fact that although it was an extremely disappointing loss, we are not going to hide from the facts; I did give them the exact facts, the statistics as they occurred throughout the game, the circumstances that evolved and was point-blank with them about that.

The thing that I wanted them to understand is that although some of my good friends last night mentioned that they didn't think that destiny was in our hands, it is in our hands. If we win two games, we're going to be in the playoffs. That's what we have to focus on."

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From Tom Coughlin's media session earlier today....

Q:? Any update on?Ahmad Bradshaw?

A:? No, same.

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Transcript of Tom Coughlin's Monday conference call with the media:

"When you look at the tape, you do definitely see the incredible field position created basically by our special teams, but also by virtue of the turnovers. After kickoff return, we took the ball over at the average of the 48-yard line, which was outstanding. When you compare the games where you don?t have that kind of field position, I don?t know that I?ve ever benefitted from that as much as we had last night. So kickoff return was blocked well, the speed, the energy, the maneuverability? All those things were there. I thought kickoff coverage did a good job. We mixed in a few directional kicks and mortar kicks and we did a nice job with that as well. We had a 9.5-yard average on our punt returns with?Domenik Hixon?and that was a plus and that helped and we did a good job of pinning them back and we did have to punt it and fortunately we didn?t have to punt it very much. Our defense? We gave up some run yardage and we certainly gave up the big ball down the middle of the field, but we did the things we had to do basically when we had to them.

A big objective of ours was to try to win the time of possession to do a good job with first downs, which we didn?t always do. But to do a good job with first downs to try to put us in better position for third down, to be able to keep the outstanding high scoring offense of the New Orleans Saints on the sideline while we had the ball and we did that to a certain extent. We came out about even in time of possession. They got a little bit more than we did, but we had 45 percent on third down, which meant we kept the ball along those lines and because of theDavid Wilson?runs towards the end we did get our rushing game back close to where we thought it would be. Quite frankly it was somewhat disappointing until that point. We thought we would do a better job initially right away with rushing the ball, but we went plus-two in the turnover column, which puts us now at plus-16, which is very good, and we needed that. We were four for five, 80 percent, touchdowns in the green zone. Three for three in the tight green and, of course, our defense held them to two for four. They were 50 percent in the red zone and they had been at 70 percent prior to our game.

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Transcript of Tom Coughlin's postgame presser:

"We knew it was fan appreciation day and we also knew it was the alumni game. We talked about the energy and demonstrating a greater purpose because that is what really encourages all the fans to be involved in the game and appreciative of the way we play on the field and therefore we are appreciative of what goes on in the stands.

We are now 2-1 in our six-game season. This was a battle as you can tell. We were plus-two in turnovers.?David Wilson?broke the all-purpose yardage record with kickoff returns and then he had 100 yards rushing as well. We did a lot of good things today and yet we?ve got more to get done.

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Giants coach Tom Coughlin addressed the media this afternoon at TIMEX:

Q: How did Nicks look?

A: He was limited.

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Tom Coughlin updated the media today on the team's injuries:

Coughlin: Good afternoon. The guy you?ll add today will be (Hakeem) Nicks, who had a sore knee, so we held him.

Same knee that?s been bugging him?

Same one that?s been bugging him.

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Transcript of Tom Coughlin's weekly press conference at TIMEX:

Good afternoon, we look forward to getting started this week, again. Preparing for the New Orleans Saints, they?re a talented football team that?s overcome some adversity this year. They started the year off, as you know, at 0-4 and came back now to be 5-3 in their last eight games. The only team to have defeated the Atlanta Falcons this year in the division, they?re an outstanding team and very skilled with the quarterback, the front, the running backs, the wide receivers and the tight end. They?ve got a multitude of talented people on the offensive side of the ball. Sixth in the league, 31 touchdown passes, you know, great percentage in the green zone with 70 percent, leading the NFL in that area as well. Any combination of runners or receivers out of the backfield that you want to feature, they?ve got it. So, they?re a very good offensive team. The only thing I?ll say about their defensive team is in their loss the other day to Atlanta, they held Atlanta to 283 yards, so I understand all the discussions about their defense, their stats and all that stuff, but I?ll tell you, they play hard. They have good, talented people. They have definitely improved and they are a physical outfit. You can attribute that to the division that they?re in.

If you look at their special teams, their punter (Thomas Morstead) has the outstanding net in the league at 44 yards. Their returner, their kickoff return game is outstanding. (Darren) Sproles will be back there on occasion. Sproles is back there on the punt return team. They have good team speed, so we?ve certainly got our work cut out for us in this preparation.

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Transcript of Tom Coughlin's conference call this afternoon:

Coughlin?s opening statement:

Looking at the tape today, it?s obvious that a lot of good or decent things happened. I mean, you should win when the opponent scores 17 points. We didn?t score enough points. We had plenty of opportunities to do that. We did have 60 percent on third down, 390 yards and 117 yards rushing. No turnovers, a net punt of 42.3, 33:13 for time of possession. Some of the things that we started out to do in the game, we did. However, picking up on that, the second half was like watching something totally different.

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Tom Coughlin's comments after last night's 17-16 loss to the Redskins:

?This is not real complicated. I don?t know what happened in the second half. They certainly didn?t come out and play. Penalties [and] sloppy football. It seemed like every time we had a special teams play, we had a penalty. Every time we had a kickoff return, we had a penalty, so we started inside the 10. The last series, offensively, we made a first down and it seemed like a late call, but it was a holding call. It ruined that drive. Just very disappointing that our second half wasn?t better. We scored that field goal at the end of the first half and that we?d have the ball again at the start of the second half, I thought it was going to be an opportunity for us to take it again and score. Of course we got a penalty and got backed up on that drive, but we did get a first down. We didn?t have any turnovers, we were plus-one there, but the real factor was we had a lot of difficulty stopping them. We didn?t do anything with our opportunities. We aren?t going to beat anybody with 16 points. I would say that with 17, but the score was 17-16. I?m just disappointed we came out and played like this in the second half.?

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The Giants practiced in the field house at TIMEX this morning, their last preparation before they head out to Cincinnati tomorrow for Sunday's game vs the Bengals....

"Good afternoon. Beautiful looking day, wasn?t it? We would?ve loved to be outside."

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Tom Coughlin was not pleased with team's performance in today's 24-20 loss to Pittsburgh....

"That's as disappointing a loss as we've had around here in a long time. I think. Not to be overly reactionary or emotional, but to play a very good football team like that, and to have two illegal procedure penalties take us out of field goal range in the first half and have a third down where we are offside creating a 4th-and-3 where they have to kick a field goal, and covering kicks and punts the way we did was terrible, was awful. Offensively, again, for a couple games in a row we didn't play well. We didn't appear to be very aggressive. We certainly didn't have any first downs. I'm sure our time of possession was.They've been averaging 35 minutes time of possession coming in and I'm sure they got the same amount today. We didn't tackle well, we didn't stop the run well. They surprised me with some of the runs they called in situations you would expect them to be aggressive and throw. We didn't make them pay obviously with that offside. We wanted emotionally so badly to win the game for obvious reasons, for all our neighbors who are struggling and who need some type of inspiration. Of course, we didn't provide it for them. We didn't play well and we are going to have to get this straightened around, some way, some form here, quickly obviously. That was not the kind of game we had planned to play"

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Transcript of Tom Coughlin's Friday media session:

General (Raymond) Odierno (Chief of Staff, United States Army) was here today?The General is here, yeah, it was great to have him. Always look forward to seeing him. He's in town for all the festivities (surrounding the NFL's Salute to Service). He's actually working now; he's got 10,000 soldiers in New York City. He was over there, he was up at West Point and he'll be at our game on Sunday.

Do you think you will have a problem getting the guys to focus on Sunday?No, I don't think so. I think they'll come back and be focused and I think that not only will they be focused, I think the mission will be quite clear. Trying to provide a few hours of enjoyment for so many that have been devastated. I think they'll do a good job of that.

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Michael Eisen of Giants.com spoke one-on one with Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin yesterday, not only about football, but about how the team is managing in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

With the devastating storm and its aftermath this week, do you think the players might be more focused when they?re working, because it provides a respite from what is happening outside the complex?

Coughlin: ?That type of stuff is beyond me. I think that what we tried to do with our people was to give them time to get organized in their homes and be safe and secure. Nobody can correct the power situation. Three-quarters of the players don?t have power. Some of them have gone to hotels, the whole thing.

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The Giants will be facing the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday, two storied NFL franchises that have won four of the last seven Super Bowls. Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin began to size up the Steelers publicly yesterday at TIMEX.

"Pittsburgh Steelers. The tradition, we had talked about tradition in the National Football League. You don?t get any more traditional than the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh?Steelers. The Steelers are 4-3, they?ve lost three games on the road and they?re a very, very good football team.

They are 11th in the league on offense, they are second on defense. They?re traditionally a tremendous, powerful football team, very physical football team. They have an outstanding return game, they?ve had a couple of punt returns called back that were touchdowns. They have this young kid from Florida (running back Chris) Rainey. They have an outstanding kick returner.

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Tom Coughlin addressed the media today, who were still all over the country after flights to the NY area were cancelled after last night's win over the Cowboys.....

"We want to assure everyone that our thoughts are with them in the northeast about being safe and making sure everyone?s family is safe during this time of uncertainty. None of us really know what to expect, so we?re all hanging in there, but our thoughts, good thoughts for everyone that?s in the path of this thing."
How are things up there for you guys right now?It?s gusty, you can tell. It?s raining some, but it really isn?t prohibitive at this point in time.

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Tom Coughlin has seen this type of game before: his team jumps out out to a big lead early in the game only to see it get squandered. ?They've lost countless times this way during Coughlin's tenure. Yesterday, the Giants walked away winners. Maybe things are changing around here. Coughlin spoke to the media immediately after the ballgame last night.

?Well, we?re happy to win, no doubt. It was a struggle from the get go. We certainly did have our opportunities? we did get the turnovers. I think we had six to their two, but we didn?t take advantage of them the way we should have. The touchdowns certainly would have made a big difference. I kept calculating in the first half if those field goals were touchdowns. All that momentum changed in the second quarter. That?s the game. That?s the way it is in this division. Every time we come here it?s a nail biter in some way, shape or form. You can?t always describe it. I?m sure there?s an awful lot we are going to learn from this. We didn?t play very good in the secondary, our coverage was loose to say the least and that?s going to have to tighten up. We didn?t do a very good job of winning with our pass game so I?m sure there aren?t many numbers. But we are happy to win and be on our way home.?

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Below is Tom Coughlin's postgame presser transcript:

"In the division, we knew it was going to be a struggle right to the very end and it certainly was. I told Mike (Shanahan), that?s a tough concept. You are defending the National Football League plus the triple option. It?s a difficult scheme. The second half we did a much, much better job. We got the turnovers; of course, we turned a couple of over, too, just to keep it interesting. Looking at the back of 80?s heels there at the end, holy cow. What a great feeling that was at that point in time. They are a tough football team. They?ve given up some numbers this year, as I?ve said earlier in the week, but I?m telling you, they hang in there, they battle with you, they?ve got a little bit of a different scheme coverage-wise, force you to really dig down in and make some plays from the underneath and then get up top if you can. But they are tough against the run. We didn?t have much success against the run. But we found a way to win, we found a way to win. Thank God for that."

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How much can you expect from?Chris Canty?knowing that he?s had so much time off??He?s in outstanding shape, condition wise. He hasn?t been hit, obviously, but we?ll come up with the right formula.

Will Canty be activated??We?ll see.

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Some highlights from Tom Coughlin's media session on the field at TIMEX this afternoon...

Injuries

On Ahmad Bradshaw: "He?s limited."

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Transcript of Tom Coughlin's Monday Conference Call:

"Good afternoon. As we sit and look at the tape and evaluate the performance before we move on to a very critical, important divisional game, looking forward to Washington, we went in to San Francisco knowing full well (that they are a) very talented, very physical football team that had put up some incredible numbers in the previous two weeks in terms of 600 yards of offense and lots of points and not giving up any points and had outstanding return teams, we knew the type of game that it was going to be and we really felt that it would be a fourth quarter win for us. We would have to play extremely well. We would have to do a super job of taking care of the ball, just using it as a reference, the NFC Championship Game from a year before when we had no turnovers. We knew the kind of game that it was to be. I thought that we did an outstanding job of just hanging in there in the very beginning when they unleashed their first 15 or 20 plays and moved up and down the field a couple of times, the offense hardly ever getting the ball in the first quarter. We hung in only giving up three points, and that was most critical to us. After that, it kind of evened out and we did win time of possession, we were plus-three in the turnover battle, we did have some nice kickoff return yardage, we did cover reasonably well against exceptional returners in (Kyle) Williams and Ted Ginn Jr., two guys who have historically been a real problem for people in terms of containing. I thought we did a decent job of that. We played outstanding defense, let's face it. We played a team that had been on fire and we played very well, very sound, didn't give up a lot of big plays, gave some up, but hung in there and battled and scrapped and got three critical turnovers. The start of the second half was very impressive with a kickoff return and then a short drive for a touchdown, two interceptions, which we didn't convert; we kicked field goals after taking the ball over at the plus-12 and plus-five. We were upset about that. Nevertheless, we had the benefit of those opportunities, we came away with points. That was very important. The defense continued to play well, continued to pressure. The last part of the game we were able to run the ball and run the clock out and gain advantage in time of possession and able to come away with a win. A very big conference game, we were able to go to San Francisco and come away with a win against a very, very good 49ers team.

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There was little fault to find in yesterday's 26-3 bodyslamming of San Francisco, but there are always a few things that can be tweaked. Tom Coughlin was tempered in his post-game presser. He know the NFL is a week-to-week proposition. He was asked what he thought needed to be worked on:

?We need to work on cohesion, consistency. We have to keep getting better and we have to continue to keep building on the last couple weeks in terms of the way that we played. The combination again, offensively with balance, defense with the pressure and the interceptions and the turnovers, which were huge. The special teams, with the kickoff return giving us that yardage and we did play well with our coverage teams against very, very good returners.?

Here is the full transcript:

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Highlights from Tom Coughlin's Thursday post-practice presser

On WR Hakeem Nicks, who was out on the field today.....

How much did Hakeem do today?He did individual and that was the plan.

Is his status determined on how he feels after this?It?s always the next day. He?s got another day.

Is the plan for him to do a little bit more?Yes, see how he is and practice if he can.

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The Giants have added former Rutgers RB Joe Martinek to their practice squad and released DE Craig Marshall.

Martinek was with the Giants in training camp, but was cut before the season.

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Transcript of Tom Coughlin's Monday media session:

Good afternoon. I tried to point out to our team today right off the bat how long our game is, and how things change and how they can happen. Even looking at the second half, there were two circumstances which could?ve turned the game around. The ball was unfortunately on our 27-yard line and our 30-yard line. On the one hand, we forced them to kick a field goal and on the second hand, we made Blackburn?s big interception. Those were huge factors in the ball game and the way the game came about. The other thing that took place that we always strive for and we work hard at, but doesn?t always come to the surface is our four-minute offense. We held the ball, finished the game with the ball in our hands and did not have to give the ball back to Cleveland. I thought that was a plus."

"Our running game was much better; much has been discussed, you don?t need me to comment on that. Statistically, we did very well with that. We had a number of big-play runs, which was very instrumental in our victory. I didn?t think our special teams played as well as we?ve been playing. I think our return game and our cover game goes to show that. The veteran kicker did move the ball around on us a little bit. I didn?t think our angles were very good when we brought the ball out. I thought that their speed and ability to out maneuver our blockers was apparent. We didn?t get the ball to where we wanted to get the ball in a continuation to having played well the week before with our kickoff return team. We obviously didn?t cover well, that?s not to take anything away from (Josh) Cribbs, he?s an outstanding return man, powerful. A lot of low-target tackles were missed against him. We?ve recognized that. I thought defensively, unfortunately again for us, was a little bit of ?two different halves.? The one thing that I would comment on would be the missed tackles from a standpoint of our defensive side of the ball. I would again remind you that Cleveland has played everybody very, very tough this year. One week removed, or ten days removed from playing Baltimore very tough, in which they threw a pick-six. If that had been a touchdown, it might?ve been a little different story in the game. They are a good team; a physical team. They came in here with many, many stats. We did have a good day from the standpoint of our offense, with regard to that. However, it wasn?t all the way around, and we?re still searching to play all three phases in harmony with one another. Questions?"

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Giants' QB Eli Manning faced the media today in what is first of many normal weeks coming up for the team....

How important is it to put this past Sunday?s game against the Eagles behind you?Yeah. From each game, you learn from it, and we did some good things, there are things that we need to clean up, we?re looking forward to having a home game, a 1 o? clock start, and facing a good team. Their defense has done well, a lot of turnovers, a lot of sacks, they?ve played every game close, and so, we?ve got to make sure we have a great week of practice, and go out there and play great football on Sunday.

Do you like afternoon starts? Early games?Yeah. You can?t beat Sunday at 1 o? clock. That?s when you like playing football. The night games are good, but three of the first four at night, I think everybody?s looking forward to it, Sunday at 1 o? clock.

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Below is the transcript of Tom Coughlin's media session at TIMEX this morning....

We?re excited to be playing in the division, going down to?Philadelphia?this Sunday night.?Philadelphia?is typically fifth in the league on offense, fifth in the league on defense. They have two young returners who were in the top ten in punt return and kickoff return, in Johnson and Boykin, in the preseason. So, very, very physical, very fast football team. For two weeks, led the league in offensive production, had some turnovers, which has been the reason that, I would imagine, the scoring?s not the way they would want it to be. However, very explosive football team, and we have our work cut out for us.

Q: Anything in particular they do against the pass this year?A: They have 14 plays over 20 yards.

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Giants head coach Tom Coughlin held a conference call with the media this morning....

Opening statement: "It was a heck of a football game being down at the half and coming out with the result that our players did and it didn?t start out well. We talked about covering the kick and putting our defense in good position and what do we do? They run the kickoff back to the 47 yard line and end up with a field goal and then our opportunity right away stifled a little bit with the end zone being denied to us and kicking a couple of field goals there, but finally we just kept pounding away. When you look at it, we almost? I think we had 277 yards in the first half and that?s frustrating without points, but we just kept pounding away and the big plays came and they certainly made their share of big plays as well, which is naturally a concern for us. The 80 yarder by Victor and Eli, that brought the score even and I think it definitely put the gas right back in our tanks and if it wasn?t for the three interceptions with the point blank range or two of the interception returns, one with a penalty, 27-13 and the TD, I think we would?ve certainly felt even a little bit better at halftime, but we didn?t get down. I think you?d like not to put your defense in that position, but the defensive players did a nice job of? Sudden change is a term that you throw around. They certainly were put in a bad spot there in the first half, but they continued to battle and fight and everybody believed what could happen and fortunately we were able to overcome."

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Tom Coughlin spoke with the media after the Giants' rollercoaster win over Tampa Bay today:

"I congratulated our guys on the win, and of course coming out in the second half and playing the way they did. The first half was very disappointing. A lesser group of men would have had trouble. And even coming out in the second half we didn?t start out very well.? But we hung in there and we kept playing.? We obviously went back and forth there, their quarterback hit a couple of big plays late. Our quarterback hit some big plays. So it was right down to the wire. Thank goodness, we are so happy to be 1-1 at this juncture. There is plenty of stuff to correct and we?ll work to get that corrected. But it?s a lot better correcting it when you win."?

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Tom Coughlin met the media today before practice. Anxious to get working, he was short and to the point....

"Good morning. By now everyone has watched the Tampa/Carolina game, the outstanding game that they played, and the way in which they have chosen to play.?They blocked the punt in that game, they had no turnovers themselves, they rushed the ball for 130 yards, the young rookie running back rushed for 95 yards.?Their defense played outstanding, they held the number seven rushing team in the NFL a year ago to 10 yards rushing.?It was minus-one at halftime.?They?re a good team; they?re a fast team.?They did well in free agency.?They drafted well, all three of those top kids are all starters on their team.?They seem to be playing the way they want to play.?We?re preparing, we had one early practice that we introduced some of how we would play, and of course today is our big day, the start of our week.?Questions?"

Q:? Update on Prince??Is he expected to practice fully?A:? Well, he won?t practice fully.?We?ll try to pick up where we left off Monday and continue to allow him to work.?He does have some issues; he?s just fighting his way through them.

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Transcript of Tom Coughlin's media session today:

"Good afternoon. Still disappointed, that hasn?t changed. I think the players are very somber; they are remorseful because of an opportunity lost. We had many opportunities that we didn?t take advantage of. We didn?t play well, Dallas played better than we played. We created opportunities for ourselves late in the game, but we weren?t able to capitalize on them. We lacked consistency; we lacked fundamental technique play at the position with consistency pretty much everywhere. I was positive about our special teams play. I think that with our kickoff return team, we do have the possibility of going forward there, and establishing some opportunities in the return game. We did have a nice punt return as well, which was called back due to a penalty, and the penalty was legitimate.

Otherwise, offensively we were sloppy with technique, we were not consistent at all, we had dropped balls. We had some opportunities in the run game, but we didn?t seem to be able to push the line of scrimmage enough to crack the runner through the line of scrimmage. We?ll continue to work on that. We?re still very disappointed, obviously, in the goal line aspect of our game, with the ball on the one-yard line and the inability to score. Simple fact of the matter is, defensively, they score three of the four times they had the ball in the second half. That is a concern.

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Some postgame reactions by the Giants after their 24-17 opening night loss to the Dallas Cowboys:

"Take a bite out of humble pie is basically what it is. It brings you right back to earth. There won?t be any blowing smoke up their rear ends as far as that. Last year is last year and this year is this year. Every team is a new team, every year is a new year, we have our work cut out for us, it?s a great challenge for us now. I think?Michael Coe?injured a hamstring again, so there is another corner we?re staring at being down. But we?ve rubbed salt in it right now and I think that hopefully the competitive nature of our guys comes out and we come out swinging." - head coach Tom Coughlin on his postgame message to the team

"Just to be a little bit more crisp in what we are doing, what we are representing. Understand what is going to be thrown at us. Understand that we have to capture opportunities when they present themselves. And we will get better, we will get better. Practice will be a little bit more crisp, a little bit more focused, a little more sharp. You know, we?ll do that." - Safety Antrel Rolle on Coughlin's postgame message

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Comments by Tom Coughlin on the roster decisions announced by the Giants tonight:

?It?s always difficult to release players that have been here and have really worked hard and have earned our respect and our admiration. Those are guys like Dwayne Hendricks, who I have great respect for, and DePalma, who has worked hard for us for a couple of years and has done a good job. Isaiah Stanback is another guy who has done an outstanding job here and worked hard and really gained our respect.??

?Greg Jones was a very difficult decision to make. Danny Ware was here for a while and any time you have those relationships with people, it?s tough to see them go. Fortunately, these are men and they understand that decisions have to be made.??

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Tom Coughlin met the media to discuss the state of team with roster cuts a little over a day away....

"As I mentioned last night, I thought that particularly in the second half, certainly defensively throughout the game, the young men who had the opportunity to play, and play a lot of snaps, it worked out well for us. There were 60 snaps on defense, so that worked out very well. In terms of our distribution, we let some of our starters play what amounted to a quarter, just enough to get in the game, get out of the game, to have some contact because we do play in a week. It's not like we have a long duration, we have to step it up and continue to play and prepare ourselves for game-type conditions. We did that, and to step in with the remainder of our defensive outfit was very good for us. We had a total of 60 plays that were recorded from the standpoint of the New England offense. We had 63 on the other side of the ball. What I'm trying to say is when the substitute guys came into the game, some of the spots were very thin, they got a nice opportunity to play, they played hard, they were physical, and it wasn't an overwhelming number of snaps."

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Tom Coughlin was hoping to see some of his reserves step forward and be counted in last night's final preseason game. Some did, some didn't....here are Coughlin's postgame comments

"It?s far and away the guys that came out in the second half and battled and found a way to win a football game. I was disappointed in the way we started the game off. I thought even when our second offense came in the game, we didn?t get our feet on the ground probably till after the half. Once we started to have a pretty good mix of run and pass, it was a little bit better; but we hung in there and the defensive kids created a turnover. Did a very nice job there. Gave us an opportunity to get that other field goal? I thought both defenses on both sides of the ball played very, very well. Field position was a problem for us all night long, as you saw. The punter kept us backed up pretty good. We played a lot of people. We had a chance to evaluate a lot of people. Ojomo continues to do some very nice things out there. I thought the interception at the end of the game was an outstanding play by?Laron Scott. Did anybody see that ball go out of bounds at the one? I saw it skidding through the end zone."

Q: It was brief but how did?Hakeem Nicks look?A: We got him on the field and that was the objective. I have to look at the tape, but there was obviously nothing? Hopefully he got a chance to get knocked around. He did on the one catch. He got knocked around pretty good and that was good.

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Q: Did Beatty come back?A: He did. He practiced. Did you see him pop out at the end?

Q: Does that affect your thoughts on the 53-man roster?A: I don?t want to speak about it. Just being quiet about it, he practiced a little bit.

Q: Anything new on Sash?A: His ankle?s not going to let him go evidently. Tomorrow?s a new day though.

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Tom Coughlin addressed the media this afternoon via conference call. Injuries have cut into his numbers at cornerback, a position he and GM Jerry Reese had overcompensated for this past offseason.

"Good afternoon, the first I would say is that at the half I was asked by CBS what the status of Prince Amukamara was, and to be honest with you, all I knew at that time was that there was no fracture. Come to find out that they're calling it a high ankle sprain, a moderate high-ankle sprain. The information was not available to me at that time, subsequently, when it was discovered, our people released it to the media. It is what they're calling a moderate high-ankle sprain."

Q: Any indication of how long this will be?A: I don't know these things. Unfortunately they're longer than you would like them to be. Depending on how much damage there is, and how much he can tolerate. There are always some lingering effects there. We'll see, I really don't know, I don't have the answer to that.

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Tom Coughlin addressed the media after the Giants' 20-17 loss to the Bears at MetLife Stadium last night....

"Nobody likes to lose and we certainly didn?t like to lose that one. Some people that were given some opportunities did well. Some did well, some didn?t so well, so that?s how you put a team together and hopefully we?ll be strong enough in certain areas to go out and play the schedule that we have to play. I didn?t like the way we finished that game and I didn?t like the? There was no production on offense whatsoever. Hit or miss. We had a ball on the ground right before the half that we knocked out on kickoff coverage and they got the ball back. They got two of them on the ground back today and that could have easily been the difference in the game right there. It was kind of a back and forth second half and not a lot of plays being made. They were better offensively than we were and that?s what it came down to."

Did David Wilson show you some things?"He did. That was a nice thing to see. Ramses Barden did some nice things. That was good to see. That was the plan to see those people and some others. There were some others put in positions that we?ll have to look at the tape before I make any comments on them."

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Q: JPP?A: Back spasms, kept him off his feet.

Q:?Will Hill?A: Death in the family.

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Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is concerned about his team's readiness for the upcoming season, which begins two weeks from tomorrow. He lauded several players and had few answers in regards to some of the players still hampered by injury. He did, however, say there was a "ray of hope" that DT Shaun Rogers could still play this season....

Is there anything new on Michael Boley?"No. They were going to run him today, I haven't seen him. I'll speak with him and see how he felt, but there's nothing else that I can tell you."

How does Rivers look in that spot?"Rivers has played pretty well. He's played pretty well. He's gotten better each week. Practiced well. Special teams he's done a nice job. He can run."

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Transcript of Tom Coughlin's conference call today:

"Like I said last night, the overall objective, of course, is to play as many people as you can and to have the opportunity to evaluate. Everything that you do is intended to help the objective, which is to win. From that standpoint, you're always happy to win. However, there's an awful lot of things that have to be corrected. I spoke to the fact last night that I thought both teams' defenses, our defense and the Jets' defense, both played very well and created a lot of problems for the offense. Created protection problems, created mismatch problems in terms of running the ball. We had a couple of pass plays down the field, which were very positive things. In their own light, Rueben Randle had a very nice play; David Douglas had a very nice play. We had some nice run after the catch by JJ (Jernigan). We had a few things of that nature, some runs that had some opportunities, not many, but there were some. There was some good and some bad. From an offensive standpoint as well, nothing consistent, and that was bothersome to me. I mentioned I didn't like the interception, Eli was kind of scrambling around; he indicated that he thought he was throwing it out of bounds. Our field position was good there, we were almost at midfield, we would've had the opportunity to drive the ball down and do some more work offensively instead of turning it over right back to them. Certainly the blocked punt creates a big issue for you. Usually when a punt gets blocked, the team that had the punt blocked losses the game, we were fortunate that that didn't happen. We had some of our issues; we had a lot of circumstances where there might've been punt returns that didn't work out. We kicked the ball off very well, and when we did create a situation with a ball well kicked, with height and hang time, we covered well. We had one bad kick, that was a line drive, that bounced right to the return man, and they had a very good return out of that, and that is bothersome, too, but it also gives further proof to the fact that if you're going to have the chance to cover against some of these outstanding return men, that you need to place the ball exactly where you want to, and you need to have the hang time that goes along with it. There's all kinds of things that we can learn from this game. We'll be rapid-fire in the morning when we look at the tape and make the corrections, because really tomorrow afternoon we have to get into Chicago in order to have three good days, three practice days. We're going to learn from this tape, and we're going to move quickly and onto the next opponent."

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Tom Coughlin met the media this afternoon and had little to say about the release of free agent safety prospect Janzen Jackson:?

Q: Have you replaced Janzen Jackson on the roster? A: Not yet

Q: Was he just not working out or you had somebody else in mind? A: Probably more of that.

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