Let's just say that, to put it mildly, New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin was not nearly as happy with the way his team played on Friday night as he was the last time the Giants took the field.
"We’ve got a lot of things to correct and we’re not going to deny any of the issues that were present," Coughlin said Saturday during a conference call with reporters. "We’re going to work hard to solve them and we’re going to work hard to improve our roster from top to bottom."
After the jump, much more of what the Giants coach had to say.
On the muffed punts by Jerrel Jernigan and Jayron Hosley ...
"I don’t think I’ve ever been around a team that’s given away 10 points by simply muffing a kick, and there is no excuse for that. I think when Hosley gauged where the ball was, he stepped forward a little too much and the ball came down at a little bit different angle than he anticipated. With JJ, he didn’t even have himself in the right position so we gave away 10 points, which disappointed me."
On the play of Mark Herzlich ...
"I thought he played well and he played a lot. He had many opportunities and we’re encouraged by the way he played. He wasn’t perfect, he did some things that he’s like to have back but he is physical and he will go in there. He is smart and he can get you lined up."
On the replacement officials ...
"It is something that’s totally outside my control, so I’m not going to spend a lot of time worrying about that. Taken that these people try and as a matter of fact when I stand on the sideline just watching them work, they’re trying as hard as they can to do the best job they can. Is it emblematic of a preseason game? Probably. There are certainly mistakes made. There’s nobody at this junction, having played one preseason game, coaches included, who haven’t made errors. I’m not going to worry too much about that. I can’t afford it. We have to get a team ready to play."
On the play of Prince Amukamara ...
"I was disappointed, obviously, that he gave up the play when he was playing outside end on man coverage and got beat to the outside. He made an outstanding play when he knocked the ball out and we were able to recover when Justin got the ball back for us. You know, he just got a taste and he’ll have to play a lot more going along. We need to put him in situations that he hasn’t been too often, and it’s the play-in-and-play-out, it’s the ability to decode what the other guy is trying to do. Have a sense and instinct about what’s coming. That only comes with more time."
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