EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Tom Coughlin today made it crystal clear in which direction he's moving.
"I'm going forward to Atlanta, thank you very much," Coughlin said at his news conference this morning.
Coughlin and the Giants today began their preparations for their home opener Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. The coach has no interest in reviewing the disappointing opening night loss in Dallas, nor its aftermath. Asked questions about Eli Manning and Rashad Jennings, two key figures in the final offensive possession, Coughlin stuck to his script, saying, "We're on to Atlanta."
The Falcons defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 26-24, in their opener on Monday night.
"They're an outstanding team," Coughlin said.
Coughlin conceded he faces a challenge coming off the Giants' one-point loss in Dallas.
"The challenge is simply to recognize the encouraging things that happened in the game," Coughlin said. "I thought we played hard, we were aggressive. We've got to continue, obviously, to do that. But we've also got to get our X's and O's better. Our offensive execution and the fact that the offensive team, their responsibility is not only to protect the ball but score touchdowns. So that's basically where we are."
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Coughlin said wide receiver Victor Cruz (calf) and linebacker Jon Beason (knee) will not practice today. Neither veteran traveled to Dallas. Tomorrow will mark one month since Cruz last practiced.
- Left tackle and first-round draft choice Ereck Flowers will practice today on a limited basis. Flowers hurt his ankle vs. the Cowboys.
- Coughlin was unsure if first-year middle linebacker Uani 'Unga (knee) would practice. Unga will be limited if he does.
- Rookie defensive end Owa Odighizuwa will practice today. He was inactive in Dallas after missing most of the practice week with a foot issue.
"He did not practice last week to any extent," Coughlin said. "Therefore, that decision was not a difficult one."