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New York Giants' news and notes: Thursday interviews, and more

Good morning, New York Giants' fans! Here is your Friday morning notebook. To see the entirety of all the transcripts, check out the transcripts page.

Mathias Kiwanuka [Full transcript] :

Q: Do you think you would have a really good spot in this division at the halfway point?
A: There's a lot of football left to be played. If you look back at last season at this point, most people would probably have counted us out. So we're just going to continue to play and make sure that we focus on this week and then when we get to that point where things start counting and things are on the line that hopefully we've done enough work early on to get ourselves in the right spot.

Q: Why do you think you guys are better on the road?
A: I couldn't tell you. If we knew the answer to that, we'd try to duplicate it and make ourselves equally as good at home. But for whatever reason, it is for all the reasons that are kind of combined, we do play well on the road and we've got to take that and make sure we continue that progress.

Antrel Rolle [Full transcript] :

Q: What is the challenge of Tony Romo?
A: Tony Romo, he's an excellent quarterback, in my eyes. I don't think he gets the credit that he deserves. When I watch film on him each and every night, some of the throws he make... It just still stuns me. He's very, very accurate. He has a very quick release and more importantly, he has dangerous stars he can get the ball to, whether it's the running back, whether it's the tight end, whether it's the receivers.

Q: Does looking at the film from Game 1 bring out some memories that you want to try and change as you go back down to Dallas?

A: I remember that game quite well. I don't need the film to remember those games. It just wasn't a good game. I think the first half we came out pretty good and the second half, we just stunk up the whole entire second half. So we definitely need to change as a defensive unit and we will.

Kevin Gilbride [Full transcript] :

Q: What's your thoughts on Ahmad Bradshaw asking for more running plays?A: Have you met a runner that doesn't want the ball more? Have you ever seen a pass receiver who doesn't want the ball thrown more? They all do. We just do what's working best. We weren't running the ball very well, so we're always going to do what we're doing well. We were averaging eight yards a pass attempt and averaging three on the run. We're always going to do what's most effective. We did hit a couple of big runs where we confused them. They didn't expect it. We got everybody overloaded and came back with what we call a counter-tango back to the weak side. We caught them on another "bob" play where we had everyone overloaded. Consistently, when they knew where we were at, we didn't run the ball as well as we had the previous couple of weeks. We were struggling and they were moving the ball up and down the field. We had to keep the ball. You're always going to use whatever gives you the best chance of accomplishing that. Again, we'll always run, but we're going to do what we're doing best that game.
Q: At what point do you decide, this isn't working for us?
A: That's the million dollar question. That is a tough question. I don't mean to be want to be balanced. In the perfect world, that's what you do. In an effort to do that, all of a sudden the game gets away from you. ‘Well, I got my balance, but we got our rear-ends kicked.' That doesn't make any sense. You do what you're doing. They had a hard time stopping us when we're throwing the ball. We don't want to make those two costly turnovers, which we didn't expect, but other that, we were moving up and down the field with it. We kept trying the pro-run, but it wasn't intelligent because our basic runs were not giving us very much.

Tom Coughlin [Full transcript] :

Q: What's the importance of this week given your 0-2 start in the division?
A: Very important. An opportunity, of course, to win in the division, to go back to 2-2 in the division. To give ourselves an opportunity last week against Washington and this week against Dallas to get back in good standing.

Q: Thoughts on your team's success at Cowboys Stadium:
A: Someone asked me that yesterday, and they put it in such a way, are you ever going to lose, and I said, I hope not.

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