Thursday Morning Report: Season Ending Whether Giants are Ready or Not
John Fennelly , Executive Editor
The Giants will strap on the helmets at least one more time here in 2012, this Sunday against the Eagles. In his address to the media, Tom Coughlin sounded disappointed, but hopeful. He knows he’s going nowhere, but some of his underlings and players may be seeing their last days in Blue.
“Let’s talk about that after this game,” the coach said in response to a question of if he will be proud of his team and their season if they win Sunday. “Will I be proud of the season? Right now, I have a short memory, and I’ve got these two games. I’m proud of the individuals, I’m not proud of what’s been accomplished.”
Coughlin was asked if his motivational speech to the team stressing ‘pride, honor and dignity’ would work on this team that had set such high goals for itself:
“I think they’re a group of outstanding character people who listen to what is said and I think that it does strike them. No one wants to finish the season like we have the last couple of games. I’m sure that will resonate a little on their part.”
Yesterday’s practice was missing several of the same faces from last week. CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), C David Baas (hip/shoulder), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (knee/foot), DT Chris Canty (knee), WR Hakeem Nicks (knee) and G Chris Snee (hip) all did not practice. S Kenny Phillips (knee), DE Justin Tuck (shoulder) were limited.
When asked why Phillips was held out of last week’s game in Baltimore, Coughlin avoided saying Phillips’ knee is worse than the team had anticipated:
“The decision there was based on the practice, whether or not we thought he was able to perform at a high enough level. We had practiced a bunch of special team guys that if you take a guy down that you have practiced all week, then someone has to fill that role. So that was what it was based on.”
Tuck scoffed at the notion he has less in the tank than in prior seasons, vowing to play Sunday after missing last week’s game in Baltimore. He tried to quantify his team’s personality as opposed to last season.
“When we get punched in the mouth early in a football game, we haven’t responded as we have in the past,” Tuck said as per Steve Serby of The Post. “That was something that we prided ourselves on all year last year, finishing to the end. And we came back from games where teams jump out fast on us and things like that. This year, that didn’t happen. I think a lot of that has to do with confidence.”
Nicks and Snee both stated they were unsure they would be able to suit up this week.
In other news, TE Travis Beckum (knee) was placed on IR and DB Terrence Frederick was brought back from the practice squad. Former Rutgers star Brandon Bing was re-signed to the practice squad.
Snee, WR Victor Cruz and DE Jason Pierre-Paul were all named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster yesterday. JPP was named a starter, Snee and Cruz reserves.
FROM GEICO SPORTSNITE: His team’s playoff prospects looking bleak, Tom Coughlin is preparing the Giants to finish the season strong at home against the Eagles.