Coach Tom Coughlin
Q: Jason Pierre-Paul was sick?
A: Yes, he was sick. He’s actually been sick since Monday, I guess.
Q: Is it something that could threaten to keep Jason out?
A: I don’t think so. You always wonder about that, it’s been beautiful, but that little change in the temperature, I don’t know. He should be okay.
Q: So it’s like a head cold or something? It’s nothing with his …?
A: My degree is not in medicine, he’s sick. He went to the doctorsm the doctors said he has to take …
Q: It’s not a knee, it’s not an elbow?
Q: Tom, obviously we make a big deal about the turnovers, but how about the number of takeaways by the defense?
A: It balances out pretty well. Field position, the frustration of not getting the short field and then when we’ve gotten the short field, we haven’t done much with it. It’s disturbing. The turnovers, you can talk all you want, but it has to happen. It has to happen on the field. Take care of the ball, get the ball away from the other guy, get yourself in some field position, take advantage of it.
Q: Well, you have a new quarterback who is dealing with new elements on his team. Does that present an opportunity for the secondary to make plays like that?
A: Well, (Freeman)’s a veteran. He’s played right up to this week and he’s had a couple of weekends off where he hasn’t played, but he’s been learning a new system. You would hope so going into any game. I’m sure if he wasn’t ready to play in their system and know exactly what they require him to do, then he wouldn’t be in a position he’s in as a starter.
Q: Tom, I know Eli said the other day that he’s not going to get gun shy. You guys like to throw the ball down the field. When things are going so badly with the turnovers, is there any way you can try to be more conservative that might limit the big plays, but also maybe limit the other?
A: The only thing is you have to look at, for example take the last game…the turnovers came on basically a quick throw, five-step drop, on both of the first two and basically a five-step drop seam route in which the ball traveled a little further than 12 yards, but not a whole lot further. I understand what you’re saying and in an attempt to tighten things up and not get into the tip ball stuff and that business, the reads and the misreads, that’s what you attempt to do. You’re not going to take the ball, the opportunities, away if they’re there.
Q: With a young quarterback you might do that.
A: You might.
Q: But this guy you just won’t, with the way the offense is set up?
A: We’ve tried to put ourselves in a little bit of a better position in terms of what we want, how we want it and where etc. You’re not going to take away from the opportunity to take advantage if it’s there. Like the ball he threw down the sideline is a great example of that.
Q: I guess also it plays into it how the game is going.
A: You’re right.
Q: If you’re down by ten points, sometimes you have to take more chances.
A: At some point, yes.
Q: Tom, with a guy like Adrian Peterson, how big of a role does Jon Beason have in stopping him?
A: All 11 of them have big roles. You have to be in the right place at the right time. If you’re not, you could pay for it because obviously his speed factor has been shown with a 78-yarder and a 60-yarder, that type of thing, the nose for the ball and being at the right spot at the right time and coming out of the man in the middle, yeah, very important.
Q: Is there any sense in the locker room that some of the luck hasn’t gone your way and you guys just might be due for a win?
A: I don’t sense that’s what people are thinking. We’re pretty much realistic. We have to make our own breaks, if that’s what you’re getting at. I think we’re taking that position.
Q: What is the significance of getting David Baas back this week?
A: I think it’s very important. They’re very good upfront. The inside people have good size and can play with power. Anytime you can add David Baas to that formation, or that type of front, you’re going to be in better shape.
RE: Baas being re-inserted into a line that has improved over the past couple games
A: Jim Cordle has done a heck of a job. He really has. The more working parts we can have, the better.
Q: Does Baas look fine?
A: He had a good day yesterday, seemed to be doing well today. I always say you have to find out the next morning.
Q: Seems like the first time in a while where you have decisions to make on the inactives, not medically related.
A: We’ll see about that. I mean, I wasn’t able to do it Wednesday.
Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride
Q: How is Andre Brown looking?
A: We’ll wait and see. He’s looking pretty good right now as he comes back doing individual stuff. He actually has been doing some scout team work and he’s looking good. We’ll play it by ear.
Q: How much easier was it for you to get into a rhythm calling plays last week once you got the running game going and had some extended drives?
A: Anything of consistency, whether you’re throwing or running the ball, just makes it so much easier because you start to call something and you see the way the defense adjusts to stop you and then you can come back and exploit their overreaction or over adjustment. The problem is when nothing is working. That’s when you’re scrambling, so it was good and it was really, really encouraging to see us run the ball well the way we did. We haven’t done that in a long time, so that was very encouraging and hopefully we can keep that aspect of the game going and stay away from the turnovers. We should be in good shape.
Q: What kind of difference can David Baas make up front?
A: Jimmy Cordle has played very, very well. Obviously David is the starter, so you hope when your starter comes back you’re going to continue to play as well, if not better, and that’s what we will expect and I think David gives you some more experience and a guy that has earned the starting position for us. You’d like to think you’re going to get better, but part of the thing is the changes. All the changes just keep hurting the cohesiveness and the coordination, but David has been there with those guys before. He’s had David Diehl next to him. He’s had Kevin Boothe next to him, so I think the transition will be fairly seamless and fairly quick.
Q: Do you feel the offensive line has played better the last two weeks?
A: No question. No question, absolutely. The last two weeks they’ve played very well, so that’s been a huge step in the right direction.
Q: What do you think Peyton Hillis is able to provide?
A: He’s going to have to play. The injury factor has been incredible, so he’s going to play some. We’re just kind of waiting and seeing and trying to judge exactly how much he can pick up in a short period of time. Fortunately, he’s a bright guy. He’s been down in Tampa Bay, which uses our system, so he’s more familiar than the average guy would be coming into a brand new situation. There’s a lot of nomenclature and terminology that he’s familiar with, so I think that’s going to expedite the process, but it’s still new. There are still some differences, so we’re kind of assessing it as we go, but right now he’s been impressive.
Q: How much can you realistically expect Brandon Jacobs to shoulder the same load as last game coming off of a hamstring tweak?
A: You’re asking me medical questions that are impossible for me to predict the answer to. The thing that he did last week was inspirational, to be honest with you, to see the toughness he displayed and the commitment he made to our football team to help us get that component of the game going. I know he’s going to give us everything he’s got. We’ll just play it by ear and see how he’s holding up. I don’t mean to be evasive, but it’s just impossible to predict.
Q: Would you rather have him to be able to…
A: I could care less. As long as somebody is doing it and doing it well. Obviously if he’s doing it and certainly he’s earned the right to get the start at it, then we’ll be happy with anybody running the ball as well as he did.
Q: How do you feel about your tight end play this season?
A: I thought Brandon (Myers) did a nice job blocking for us. Like all of us at all positions, we haven’t been as productive as we’d like to be, but it’s not just one position; it’s all of us.
Q: Is Michael Cox still in the mix?
A: Yeah. Again, the injury factor has caused everybody to be moved up a couple of notches in the depth chart. We’re looking at him trying to get him as ready as we can.
Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell
Q: Coach Coughlin and the players have been talking about getting home with blitzes and the pass rush on defense. How much can you do in a week to switch things up and help facilitate that?
Special Teams Coordinator Tom Quinn
RE: Extra time between games to evaluate
A: I think we always do that. We always have time to continue to look at our cut-ups, see what we’ve done and what we need to improve and anything that we’ve been deficient at. It does give you time to do that.
Q: Is there anything you’d like to see improve?
A: I’d like to get the punt returner more opportunities to return. We’ve been getting a lot of pressure. That’s one thing. A lot of it’s based on field position and the situation that we’re in.
Q: Your coverage, except for a couple punt returns, the coverage has been pretty good.
A: Yeah, we haven’t had a lot of kickoff returns against, we’ve had touchbacks but we’ll start getting more of those. We did a decent job against Chicago except for one that we kind of let out, a couple guys ran by the ball. Punt, yeah, is a constant work in progress. We’re just getting better.
Q: You’ve played seemingly a great return guy every week. What about Patterson stands out? What makes him so good?
A: What makes him so good is that he is big, strong and fast. He’s bigger than most returners and he can stick his foot in the ground and get vertical in a hurry so you have to make sure you don’t give him a bunch of open windows because his vision is outstanding. He sees it, he hits it, it looks like a team will have him bottled up and he sticks his foot in the ground and comes back out the other side. We have to be really disciplined against him.
Q: Josh Brown has had one attempt in three games, if that. Is it hard to stay sharp? I know you do it in practice all the time, but is it hard to stay sharper if you’re not getting an attempt in a game at all?
A: I don’t know. Sometimes you get five field goals in a game and sometimes you get one or two or zero. You just go about your weekly work each week and when you’re called upon, you’re called upon. I think he’s done it enough that it’s not that big of an issue.
Center David Baas