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Tom Coughlin: 'You have to be disciplined' to handle read option

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The Giants are the worst team in the league against the run, and you know that eats at the Giants coach.

The New York Giants are last in the league against the run, which everyone knows drives head coach Tom Coughlin crazy.

"The number one goal defensively every week is the same thing, and it's to stop the run," Coughlin said. "Obviously we haven't done a very good job of that."

Coughlin said he knows the San Francisco 49ers, second in the league in rushing, are "gonna set things up with the run."

The 49ers, with running back Frank Gore and quarterback Colin Kaepernick, present the Giants with the same read-option challenge they could not handle against the Seattle Seahawks, surrendering 350 rushing yards.

In terms of handling the read option Coughlin said that who handles the dive portion and who handles contain on the outside run are all "plotted out" ahead of time.

"You have to be disciplined, you have to recognize, you have to stay at home," Coughlin said. "You've gotta be able to stick with it. You've gotta recognize it first and foremost."

At this point in the season Coughlin said there are no major changes that can be made to improve the personnel.

"This is our team, guys have gotta step up," Coughlin said. "We spent an awful lot of time this morning about standing tall and the attitude not being affected by the outside, but rather the feeling one one-ness on the inside.

"We have a lot of games to go. We need to play four solid quarters and we need to overcome some things that have all of a sudden been a difficulty for us as if the bottom was gonna fall out because one bad thing happened."

Injury Notes

Coughlin said offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, on short-term IR with a dislocated toe suffered in pre-season "will get a lot of work this week." Coughlin would not guarantee that Schwartz will be activated this week. The Giants have until Monday to do that. .. Rashad Jennings should play and provide the Giants an "oustanding lift" if he has no setbacks, Coughlin said ... Jacquian Williams and Peyton Hillis were sent home Wednesday with concussions and Coughlin said they are "not good."