Tom Coughlin is tired of hearing New York Giants players, on both offense and defense, talk about how good they think they can be this season. He wants them to start proving it -- now. And he is willing to use a hammer to get some results. Coughlin Sunday hinted that he will force starters to play extended snaps in the final preseason game if necessary, and that lineup changes could be coming on the offensive line if things don't improve.
"It's not written in stone with what you do with the last preseason game," said Coughlin, floating the possibility starters will play more than usual in the final preseason game if necessary. "The idea is to come out of this being in the best possible circumstance. Having your team prepared throughout the course of these games so that when you head into the regular season that you're ready to go. We've still got some work to do along those lines."
Coughlin acknowledged the fact that the Giants are running out of time as they prepare for the Sept. 8 season opener vs, the Detroit Lions.
"All of a sudden the preseason is flying by here and we do have an awful lot still to accomplish," Coughlin said. "We've gotta basically work on everything. Last night we didn't run it, we certainly didn't throw the ball with any consistency. We don't have people that are definitely running open. Our protection does break down from time to time and we don't react well under pressure when we do realize that there has to be a hot or a sight adjust involved.
"I think there's a lot of things that still have to be done."
Could there be changes forthcoming on the offensive line? Coughlin was non-committal.
"We're not stuck with anything. Just because five guys start out there doesn't mean that's the starting unit," Coughlin said. "It's a work in progress. We're trying like heck to speed that up. We're looking at all the possibilities."
If there is a change it seems likely it would involve rookie second-round pick Weston Richburg. Shuffling between center and both guard positions Saturday night Richburg played 48 snaps, the most of any Giants offensive player.
"The reason he's here is because we like him," Coughlin said. "That's why we're trying to get him as involved as we can."
Coughlin was also non-committal about the team's No. 2 quarterback, although he praised second-year man Ryan Nassib.
"He played well. He did a good job and he competed like heck," Coughlin said. "Curtis Painter started the thing off and he jumped right on it too. We will see about how it goes."