New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin opened his Wednesday press conference by calling the San Francisco 49ers "a very good football team." Coughlin then proceeded to heap so much praise on the 49ers that it makes you wonder why the Giants are getting on the plane this weekend and heading to Candlestick Park for Sunday afternoon's game.
So, coach what about San Francisco's defense?
"What do you want to talk about? They're number one against the rush. They're number one in the red area. They've done an incredible job of taking the ball away. They have 19 takeaways. They're a plus-12 football team, which is an outstanding stat," Coughlin said. "They're technically very sound. They have outstanding personnel. The two inside backers are really good football players. They're powerful. They're big. Their safeties are very much involved in the run. And they're sound. They're very sound."
The 49er offense?
"Their offensive team has only thrown two interceptions. They rush the ball," Coughlin said. "You know they're going to run the ball and we have to stop the run. We have to try to stop the run. Gore has had five straight games with 100 yards. He's an exceptional rusher as well. And they're skilled at the receiver position. And the tight end is very rare - Vernon Davis - in terms of his speed. His time coming out was like 4.35 for a guy that size. They have good skill, good speed. They have three first-rounders in the offensive line. They're talented."
The special teams?
"They're ranked third in kickoff return. Of course Ted Ginn has a 101-yard kickoff return, a punt return for a touchdown - had a big punt return against Detroit in the fourth quarter which put them in position to win," Coughlin said. "Akers is kicking the ball. He has 22 touchbacks. He's 4-4 over 50 yards. He's done an outstanding job. The punter leads the league in net punting."
So, why is it that the Giants are getting on the plane?
Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) is the only Giant who did not practice today. Hakeem Nicks (hamstring), David Baas (knee, Osi Umenyiora (knee), Prince Amukamara (foot), Stacy Andrews (back) and Henry Hynoski (neck) all did at least some work.