Players Quotes - 9/27: Gilbride, Bradshaw

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Coach Coughlin and Giants continue their preparation for Sunday Night's game against the Eagles

Q: Antrel Rolle?
A: Sore, so we kept him inside and worked him.

Q: Is he in any danger of not playing Sunday?
A: I would hope not, but anytime you keep them inside there’s going to be a little question.

Q: Is it just a bruise?
A: It’s a bruise, yeah.


Q: Obviously Eli Manning can put up big numbers against the Eagles, as he has done on a few occasions, but is the run game the most important part?

A: That’s difficult for me to answer because philosophically they were much different. Their approach was much different. The second game, they were just content to play very conservative, very basic football, and really depended on just being physical, and imposing their will on us, and were successful doing that. We hit them with some big plays versus some pressure. They blitzed us once in the second game and we hit Victor (Cruz) for 47 yards. That was the only blitz we got the entire second game. In the first game, it was a little more traditional, a more typical pattern, where they had a 30-33% blitz and we hit them again with a couple of big plays. Victor hit them with a big one and Brandon (Jacobs) up the sideline for a big one. We had some big plays and great catches, but we didn’t make enough big plays. Bottom line, it came down to the end, we were driving down and they were able to sack us and cause a fumble and that was the difference in the game. It’s amazing the difference in approach that they had. It was as different as you’d get. The success they had you’d anticipate that would be their general feeling going into it.


Q: Does the animosity with McCoy make this game more important to you?
A: No, not at all. It’s just another game on our schedule. A big game; obviously it’s a division rivalry and that’s the way I’m approaching it, that’s the way this whole team is approaching it.

Q: Does this stuff with ballerina get to you ever?
A: No, not at all. He’s a great player and he’s entitled to his own opinion and that’s just the way it’s gonna be.

Q: How would you rate this rivalry overall?
A: It’s big. It’s huge. Obviously, there’s a lot of animosity between the two teams because of the way some of the games have turned out and they’re a good team. They’re desperate for a win right now, obviously we’re more desperate for a win ourselves, so it’s going to be a great game.


Q: How do you feel?
A: I feel great. No symptoms at all, nothing. Lets me know that I’m going to be prepared for this week.

Q: What does this game mean to you?
A: Just getting ready. It’s a big game for me. I’m ready to get back into things. It’s a divisional opponent and I think it’s a big contest for our team.

Q: Is it nice to have a running mate in the backfield in Andre Brown?
A: I knew I always had one. Andre and David are great backs, they complement me well. Dre just needed a little confidence and he got it last game.


Q: How are you doing?
A: I had a full practice yesterday and I wanted to go out there and see how it feels during practice. It was O.K. It wasn’t 100 percent and after practice it was just a little sore. This morning it was a little sore, so I stayed in and got a pool workout and did some cardio and things in the pool. Some range of motion things to improve and things of that nature, so I’m trying to make sure I’m ready for Sunday.

Q: Are you concerned about not being ready?
A: We just have to take it day by day and I have to take it day by day and hope for the best. I’m going to continue to keep working on my knee all day. That’s pretty much all I do all day is just work it out and ice it down and stem it and things of that nature, try to get it right for Sunday and right now that’s my only concern. Make sure I get all the mental preparation I need, watching as much film as I can, making sure I’m in my playbook.

Q: Is it a bone bruise?
A: I have no idea. I took a MRI yesterday and everything came back okay. It’s just that area where I made direct contact with the camera.


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