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Giants Morning Report: Offensive line question, Justin Tuck saves Raiders, more

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New York Giants headlines for Friday, 11/21.

Who will protect Eli on Sunday night?
Who will protect Eli on Sunday night?
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Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here is your Giants morning report for this very chilly Friday.

The Offensive Line Jigsaw Puzzzle

So, it appears Justin Pugh will probably miss Sunday's game. Veteran Adam Snyder is probably going to start in place of struggling rookie Weston Richburg. Geoff Schwartz is likely to be the temporary fill-in for Pugh at right tackle. How ready is Schwartz, coming back from a dislocated toe, to play a full game.

"I think I can do it," Schwartz said. "Until I do it, I won't really know. I feel pretty confident in my ability to do it. Like I said yesterday, I have done it before, when I haven't played very much and I had to start games. I did it last year. You just find ways to get through it. I am a veteran, I can do it."

Head coach Tom Coughlin has been non-committal all week about how the Giants would structure their line. Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo also didn't offer any clues on Thursday.

"We have some guys moving around right now competing for spots," offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo said. "Anytime that you have competition, it's a good thing. It's a good thing for your football team, it's a good thing for that unit and it's a good thing for the individuals. ... You roll them in there. Whoever has the best week of preparation plays."

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Did you see ex-Giant Justin Tuck save Oakland Raiders teammates Khalil Mack and Sio Moore from what would have beenthe most embarrassing offsides penalty in NFL history Thursday night? I know that was Oakland's first win and all, but geez guys, you can't forget that the game is still going on.

Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells defended Coughlin last week. Parcell is continuing to defend Coughlin this week:

"The question is, OK, you want to fire him, who are you going to get that's better?" said Parcells in an interview on "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN New York 98.7 FM.

"It ends for all of us at some point in time, but we're not talking about someone that's incompetent here. His history shows that he's not incompetent," said Parcells.

Parcells says that the Giants' problems should not be blamed on their championship-duo of coach and quarterback, referring to Coughlin and Eli Manning. Instead, he listed personnel deficiencies on the offensive and defensive lines and at linebacker and injuries at wide receiver as key reasons for the team's struggles. "You're not playing solitaire out there," said Parcells. "You have to have enough help to be functional, and right now, I think the situation with their offensive line is a very difficult situation for any QB."

Parcells firmly believes that Coughlin should not have to pay for the Giants' lost season. "I know who can coach and who can't coach," Parcells said, "and this guy can coach."