The New York Giants are 3-3, going on the road to face the 5-1 Dallas Cowboys this weekend, still stinging from a 27-0 thrashing Sunday by the Philadelphia Eagles, and trying to overcome the loss of star wide receiver Victor Cruz as well as other key injuries.
"There's a lot of things we're trying to deal with right now," head coach Tom Coughlin said during his Wednesday press conference. "We're trying as hard as we can to move on from the last one."
Coughlin was asked about the comment by Eli Manning that the Giants "have to grow up."
"I didn't know he said that," Coughlin responded. "I think he's referring to the fact that as a team I personally felt we weren't as focused as we could have been last week. I did not think we reacted well to adversity during the game. Some of that concept that we talk about team has got to develop and grow."
Coughlin indicated that Preston Parker, as expected, will get the opportunity to replace Cruz in the slot.
"We have people that are gonna get their chances. We still have an outstanding receiving group on the field," Coughlin said. "We'll have to do a really good job of picking our spots, putting people in the right spots doing the things that they can contribute the best."
The coach admitted there will have to be adjustments in the passing attack.
"You address everything to the ability of the player," Coughlin said. "There will definitely be adjustments."
Another key injury for the Giants is that of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the star cornerback who is dealing with a variety of leg ailments. Coughln said Rodgers-Cromartie would practice on a limited basis Wednesday.
"We're doing everything we can to help him," Coughlin said.
After surrendering 202 yards rushing last week against Philadelphia the Giants face league-leading rusher DeMarco Murray this week. Murray has 785 yards rushing already and has been above 100 yards in all six Dallas games.
"We've played the run pretty well up until that game last weekend," Coughlin said. "I'm confident we can get back on track and do a better job of leverage and contain and turning the ball back inside and all the things that you saw that we did not do."
Coughlin also indicated that Rashad Jennings (MCL sprain) would not practice or play this week, and that the Giants hope the running back will return after the bye week. Jayron Hosley will start in the slot with Trumaine McBride having been placed on IR.