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New York Giants news and notes: Rivalry talk

Good morning, New York Giants' fans! Here is your Friday morning notebook.

Tom Coughlin, 09.27.12 - Transcript

Coughlin spoke about the rivalry with the Eagles on Thursday during his meeting with reporters.

Q: What kind of respect do you have for this rivalry in general?

A: There has been some unbelievable football games played between these two teams, when I was here as an assistant and it certainly has continued since I've been here as the head coach. These games are extremely close games, they always are. They're fourth quarter wins, one way or the other. We talk about hitting the goal post with field goals and I was reflecting on that incredible overtime win down there a few years ago. That was just a great, great football game. These games go to the wire, and these teams play hard against each other. It's in the division, it's a rival. It seems like each one of the teams in our division, there's a unique rivalry with each one of these teams. Certainly with the Philadelphia Eagles it is that way, for sure.

Osi Umenyiora, 09.27.12 - Transcript

Osi Umenyiora talked about LeSean McCoy and the rivalry with Philadelphia on Thursday.

Q: Does this stuff with ballerina get to you ever?

A: No, not at all. He’s a great player and he’s entitled to his own opinion and that’s just the way it’s gonna be.

Q: How would you rate this rivalry overall?
A: It’s big. It’s huge. Obviously, there’s a lot of animosity between the two teams because of the way some of the games have turned out and they’re a good team. They’re desperate for a win right now, obviously we’re more desperate for a win ourselves, so it’s going to be a great game.

Kevin Gilbride, 09.27.12 - Transcript

During his Thursday breifing with reporters, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride addressed how he would use his running backs.
Q: In the beginning of the year, it looked like you were going with Bradshaw and Wilson as your 1-2 combo, but given Brown's success, has he become a major contributor?

A: Oh yeah, no question. He's really played well. He got an opportunity that probably would not have occurred if it wasn't for the injury to Ahmad (Bradshaw), but he did just what you pray as a coach that a guy will do when a chance presents itself. He went out and made some plays. He's really changed the dynamic of our run game. He's run the ball very, very well both games. He's definitely earned the right to get into the mix and he'll play some, it's just a matter of trying to get a feel for what plays certain guys run a little more effectively than others and you're always hoping that someone gets hot and you feed the hot hand.

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