I had the opportunity to talk with a couple of the Giants defensive backs Monday afternoon while they were at a photo shoot for AKOO Clothing. While it wasn't the greatest setting in the world to conduct phone interviews, it's tough to pass up the opportunity to talk with players. So, I did chat briefly with cornerback Corey Webster and safety Deon Grant.
In a brief chat with Webster, I asked him about the transformation in the Giants' defense between the first and second halves on Sunday against Jacksonville.
"We knew it was time for a change, there was multiple guys who stood up. We came out in the second half and it showed," Webster said. "We need games like that. It brings out the character in everyone."
Webster said the Giants can't worry about the other teams in the NFC playoff race. By the way, I took a look at that playoff picture over at SB Nation New York.
"We just worry about what we can control. Don't get caught up in the hype about what everybody else has got going on."
I asked Grant whether the questions about veteran leadership on the Giants should be put to rest once and for all.
"I thought that would have been put to rest," Grant said. "If it wasn't, hopefully it is now."
Grant talked a little bit about the team's playoff push, and it was a good, if predictable, answer.
"We win one game at a time that'll get us where we need to go, so that's our main focus and that's exactly what we talk about," Grant said. "Win one game at a time."
Now for some other notes from around the Inter-Google.
There was a lot of great stuff from coach Tom Coughlin in his Monday press conference. I particularly like this remark from TC:
"Two things we talked about were winning the physical battle, and by the end of the game we had established that. We did not turn the ball over. Kevin Gilbride and I told this to the team pre-game that you have to remain faithful to the little things that you do and the values that you believe in," Coughlin said. "And withfootball, that's one, win the physical battle, and two, don't turn the ball over, and win the turnover battle. Our percentage of wins when we do win the turnover battle is very, very high. We were able to accomplish that."
"It's really just kind of getting down the stuff that we really knew. We didn't do as much three wide receiver stuff as we might do in a normal game if everybody was healthy. We kept it to more tight end, two receiver, two back stuff or two tight ends, two receiver, one back and just running plays that we normally run, we just stayed in our base personnel a little bit more than normal," Manning said. "It's not that you're simplifying things, you're just not changing personnel quite as much. You're putting your best players on the field and that's what you want. We do three wides because we figure that we have three really talented receivers and want to get those guys on the field as much as possible. All of the sudden you're short receivers, so let's get Travis Beckum on the field more, let's see Kevin Boss - put him in a situation to win for us."
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