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Quotes: Coach Tom Coughlin (12/4)


Tom Coughlin**

Q: Any thoughts on the fact that Nat Berhe's cousin was one of the victims in the San Bernardino tragedy?
A: No, just a very sad thing. I didn't realize the proximities or anything like that. Everyone's tried to express themselves to Nat about how sorry we feel about that circumstance. And, of course, for everyone in our country, it's a sad, sad situation.

Q: How does something like this affect the players? They're supposed to be so focused on the next game.
A: Well, how can you not be? How can you not be? You're a citizen of this country and you have this circumstance that's taking place in our country and just, why? And how? Where's the value of life? What do these statements mean? What in the world are we up against? I think that they are affected by it, no doubt. They're very aware of what has transpired. I'm sure they join all of us in wishing it would stop and it wasn't a part of our world today, but unfortunately, it is.

Q: Have you been in direct contact with Nat over this?
A: He's not here today. He was here yesterday and, quite frankly, I didn't know anything about it until later on in the day. But a bunch of the players saw him and talked to him.

Q: It's been a difficult year for Victor Cruz, but what at the memories of the 99-yard play the last time you played the Jets from your perspective? What you saw?
A: I was doing jumping jacks on the sideline. That was a heck of a moment now. You can say all you want, but that might have been the boost that got us going right there. You're sitting there at the minus-one, and I'm thinking, and I hear the call, the play call, and I'm thinking, 'Oh man, here we go.' And then he catches it and he breaks outside and all of a sudden I see the angle of the safety and I said, 'I don't think he can catch him.' Great play.

Q: Just have Ben McAdoo call the same play on Sunday.
A: Don't want to be on the minus-one, thank you very much.

Q: Have you spoken to Victor since he's had his calf surgery?
A: I haven't, no. Supposedly he was going to be stopping in today. I haven't seen him, though.

Q: For all the talk of the rivalry between the Jets and the Giants, we're still talking about the Victor play four years later. Does that kind of speak to the kind of event and stage that this could potentially be with both teams eyeing the playoffs?
A: Well, as I said earlier in the week, it's December in the National Football League and both teams have opportunities. Because of that, it's a big game, there's no way around it. It's an important football game for both teams.

Q: Any more encouraged by Marshall Newhouse?
A: He's feeling better. I think we need to see him do some football-related things, which the way we're working now, we'd get a chance tomorrow morning to do that.

Q: How about Weston Richburg?
A: He's worked, he's gotten a little bit more work each day and he's pretty positive. Again, we'll see tomorrow morning.

Q: Will you go with Mark Herzlich in place of Devon Kennard or will you move Jasper over there?
A: There's a combination of guys that will play over there.

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