Good morning, New York Giants fans! Just a few quick links for you this morning.
Dave Tollefson sat at his locker this afternoon and discussed the possibility of the Giants having to face the Washington Redskins Sunday without starting defensive ends Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora, neither of whom practiced today. Tollefson wasn’t overly concerned, because Jason Pierre-Paul was standing 10 feet away.
"We got Superman over here," Tollefson said. "As long as he keeps coming to save the day, we’ll be alright."
The legend of Pierre-Paul continues to leap over tall buildings in a single bound. The Giants’ second-year end yesterday was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his dominant performance in a 37-34 victory Sunday night in Dallas, a victory that put the Giants in the driver’s seat in the NFC East race. Pierre-Paul had eight tackles, two sacks, a safety, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal.
"If you take him out of that game, how do we win it?" Tollefson said.
"The thing that has been impressive with Eli is that the running game has not been as productive as it was a year ago because of injuries," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said, "and yet he has still taken the bull by the horns. He is playing exceptionally just going through his reads. "And if you look at the sacks, touchdown to interception ratio, usually when someone does that it means the running game is going good and the passing game is going good. Even though it may be because of injuries, he has really taken over and done a fantastic job."
When asked about the return skills of DeSean Jackson, Jets coach Rex Ryan took a playful jab at the Giants, who saw their 2010 season crumble at the hands of a 65-yard Jackson punt return as time expired.
"I think there are people around here that might be able to answer that question better than us," Ryan said, referencing the Giants.
The safety, well-aware of NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth’s assessment of the play during the broadcast, continued his shots at commentators and vehemently defended himself.
"You have these analysts that figure like they know exactly what’s going on," Rolle said. "And I’m not criticizing them and honestly in a lot of situations I may understand even what they see, but don’t sit there and put someone on blast saying, like for instance, ‘Oh, Antrel Rolle got barbequed.’ Get out of here with that, man."
"The offense is doing a great job of putting points on the board and keeping us in games. We definitely have to step up and do our part," Phillips said. "We can’t let those guys down. They’re working extremely hard over there and guys on defense, we want to be great. We just have to get it done."