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Tom Coughlin, 09.10.10

Q: What went into the decision to put the coach to player device on Jonathan Goff?
A: The play calling, the (receiver) is new, but that's where he is. He's worked at that. He's worked on the voice, the inflection.

Q: What's the update on Aaron Ross?
A: He's working along. He's working along okay. It's daily.

Q: Will he play on Sunday?
A: I'm not going to say that yet. We'll give him every opportunity.

Q: Is a risk of reinjuring it or is it just a pain tolerance thing?
A: I would say there's a threshold of pain tolerance and there's probably always a risk of doing something else to it. He did have a reaction to something like that and it happens.

Q: Did you ever find out what was the cause of that? Was it the taping?
A: No. I don't know what it was. We never really pinpointed what that was.

Q: This time last year you were opening up somebody else's new stadium (Dallas). Do you remember if the hype surrounding that impacted the game at all?
A: I don't know whether that necessarily came to the team. It was never said that way, but of course you're going in to win a game. That's what you're trying to do and I think that there were fans that were saying things like, oh, spoil the opener or whatever, but from a standpoint of our team and whether we talked about that, no.

Q: So it wouldn't have any carryover for you in terms of what emotionally you might deal with on Sunday?
A: I think we'll have plenty of emotion.

Q: Nothing to do with the stadium?
A: It's the new stadium, first regular season game, the significance of the game. All of it.

Q: Has Eli Manning been wearing that bandage all week or just today?
A: He's had it. He's done extremely well but they still want it on him.

Q: How has Sage Rosenfels come along?
A: Good. He's done well. He's been in here. When he arrived on Sunday, he got a playbook and he went in the room. He stayed in there until the late afternoon and then he did the same thing the next day. He did it on Monday afternoon, Tuesday he was in here all day. He's one of those guys. He wants to be in position to help and he wants to do it right away. He's met with Mike Sullivan and spent a lot of time with him.

Q: Have Lawrence Tynes and Matt Dodge had a chance to get into the stadium and kick with the winds the last couple of days?
A: Not the last couple of days, but they've been over there.

Q: If Rosenfels had to go in a game, would he be ready?
A: He would have a package, yes.

Q: Do you have any idea how the wind is going to be in the stadium?
A: We've studied the wind and we've studied the sun. We have a game-by-game study on that. We didn't have a lot of wind in preseason. I do think it's a much different factor in the opening between the levels in the stadiums. We'll have to wait and see. I still don't...I just believe that it will be a swirling wind no matter what it is, just like we've had in the past.

Q: How do you think the wind compares?
A: I don't know. I'll let you know the first time that it becomes a factor.

Q: When you compare the atmosphere this year to last year going in, how is it different? How have you changed your approach to the opener this year?
A: I don't believe that I have changed much at all. I think that when we started in the offseason program there was an objective in mind and it was about doing something about the season that we had just finished, not wanting to go through that again. I think that's where the guys are coming from, but the way we have conducted ourselves and the way we have conducted our preseason camp, our approach to the first game, etc. has pretty much been the way that I believe it ought to be done.

Q: How much better do you feel now approaching this season compared to end of last year?
A: Well, I'm excited about seeing our guys go play. I'm looking forward to that.

Q: Brandon Jacobs has been a little sensitive about his status as a starter or a backup, has that translated at all to practice or the way that he deals with you?
A: No. Not at all. He knows deep down inside that you can't do it without two or maybe more. You need a lot of people to play this game at this level and at that position, so he is aware of that.