Satisfied? Never ask Tom Coughlin if he's satisfied

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants held their final preseason practice on Tuesday.

Don't ever ask New York Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin if he is satisfied with his team's progress. He was asked on Tuesday of he was satisfied by his team's preseason progress. He bristled.

"I don’t like the word. I never have. ‘Satisfied’ is not a good word for me. It doesn’t work and it never has. I see things that I like and I see things that I don’t like and I see things that have to happen and have to move along and get us to the point where we think where our production is and so it’s a work in progress. There’s no question about it. It will be a work in progress when we get ready to play the first game," Coughlin said. "It’s just been one of those falls. Trying to get 11 guys to work together is not easy. I hope there’s a silver lining in that lots of people have played, lots of experience, lots of guys have been in positions of flexibility. So we’ve had some things we can see and I’m hoping that becomes a good thing."

'Trying to get 11 guys to work together is not easy.' - Tom Coughlin

Coughlin said that his starters would play 12-15 plays Thursday vs. the New England Patriots. He was frank in assessing what he would like to see from his offense, which has scored just two preseason touchdowns in three games.

"I'd like to see some continuity and some execution, some performance. I'd like to see us get the ball in the end zone. I'd like to see us do well on third down. I'd like to see our passing game with our protection look like some type of an efficient operation. I'd like to see progress. That's really what I would like to se," Coughlin said.

Coughlin said all four quarterbacks -- Eli Manning, Ryan Nassib, David Carr and Curtis Painter -- would play against the Patriots.

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