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Giants vs. Patriots Gameday Quotes

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GIANTS HEAD COACH TOM COUGHLIN**

It was a typical tough ball game with lots of people getting a chance to play. [The Patriots] didn't obviously play a bunch of guys and we had a group that played probably 12 plays – a couple of guys that went more, just like I said and a couple that didn't play. It came down to a second half with a lot of people realizing it was their opportunity and they played hard and that's probably the best thing you can say about it. The turnover at the game was really nice to be in that position because I would have probably thought that they would have gone for the touchdown.

Q: You didn't play Eli Manning or Odell Beckham Jr. What was your thinking behind that?
TC: I didn't want to play them. I didn't need to play them. I thought we had a pretty good week of practice and there wasn't a whole lot to be gained at this point in time. The real reason was that we wanted Ryan Nassib to get a full opportunity there and he certainly did.

Q: How did he do?
TC: I'll look at the tape. We got into position a number of times, had to kick field goals, which has been pretty much the story of preseason. He directed the offense – he did a nice job of that. He took care of the ball. I would have to look at some of the ways in which he came out. I thought he could have stepped up and got the ball thrown, but he was out there and the pressure was one him. I would have to look at the tape to see it. I'm glad he got the opportunity.

Q: You used [Nikita] Whitlock in a number of different roles.
TC: Yeah, we did. We used him for all kinds of special teams and we used him in there in the defensive line at the end of the game. Played the fullback position; he did get an awful lot of snaps.

Q: Jason Pierre-Paul is coming back next week. I assume you are aware of that news? Your reaction to that news?
TC: I just heard that and if it's true, great; get him in here and let's see where we are.

Q: Tom, if I could, big news out about Tom [Brady] today…
TC: I'm not touching that. I don't have anything to do with that and that's just the way it is.

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