A few New York Giants notes for a Thursday morning.
When it comes to Chicago punt returner extraordinaire Devin Hester, Tom Coughlin was probably right Wednesday when he said the best strategy was "Kick it out of bounds. Don’t let him have the ball."
Speaking of special teams, you can't blame the struggles of that group on No. 1 pick Jason Pierre-Paul, who is a monster on special teams.
"Not to take anything away from Tennessee, but we absolutely took the game, put it on a plate, walked it across the field, and gave it to them," the Giants' running back said.
From Ralph Vacchiano:
Don’t expect the deductions to be a deterrent for either CB Cortland Finnegan or defensive end Justin Babin - - at least not based on what they told The Tennessean today.
"Nobody cares about fines," said Finnegan, who was fined for tossing Giants WR Steve Smith to the ground by his helmet. "I don’t care. It doesn’t matter. I am going to keep playing the way I play and if we keep getting a FedEx every week and win football games, I could care less about getting a FedEx."
The Giants will be without center Shaun O'Hara again this week. His injured ankle and achilles are simply not responding to treatment.
"I was hoping initially it was a two-week period," coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday. "But I’m not sure now what it is."
Tiki Barber, whose differences with Coughlin are well documente and may have contributed to his early retirement from the NFL, says his grasp is 'slipping away.'
The former running back, and a long-time nemesis of the Giants coach, made that assessment in an appearance on Yahoo! Sports’ NFL This Week that was posted online on Monday. Barber, who now works for Yahoo! after a post-retirement stint at NBC, said Coughlin is “at a crisis” and if he can’t find a way out, he’ll end paying with his job.
“I don’t know if he’s completely lost control of the team, but it’s definitely slipping away,” Barber said. “You saw it last week with some of the comments Antrel Rolle talked about , with leadership, and over-control that the coaching staff and the organization had over the players. Sometimes that affects you and carries over into the game.
“And right now Tom Coughlin is at a crisis. His job is certainly in jeopardy, particularly because of how they played last year to close out that stadium. We all know how embarrassing that was.”