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New York Giants news, 12/7: Steve Spagnuolo tells players -- expect to win

Let’s check some of the headlines from Spags first day of practice

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Steve Spagnuolo during his first practice as Giants head coach. TODAY Sports

Interim coach Steve Spagnuolo said Wednesday that he is asking New York Giants players to “Forget about what has happened prior. Let’s just go forward coming in the building ready to work every day and expecting to win.”

“Right now, all we can focus in on is the short term. Going out and getting a win against Dallas. We have all three of our divisional opponents back at home. So, go out and get a win against Dallas and go from there because really there’s a lot up in the air when you have an interim coach, interim GM,” said offensive lineman Justin Pugh. “We know changes are looming. We have to go out there and stick together. There’s so much adversity. Pulls us closer and we got to be our best.”

Pugh looking ahead to free agency

The remainder of the season amounts to a four-game tryout for most of the players, and coaches. It is an interesting time for Pugh, who will be a free agent at the end of the season.

“I’m actually in a good spot. I kind of get to sit back and see everything unfold and I guess that’s what happens when you’re a looming free agent. You have the ability to see what’s going on and see what’s in front of you and see what your options are,” Pugh said. “I’ve never had that in my life. It’s always been this where you’re going. This is what you’re doing. Even in college, I wasn’t highly recruited. So, I never got to choose what situation I put myself in.”

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He also sees some of Coughlin's traits in interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo, who led Tuck as the Giants' defensive coordinator for the first time from 2007-2008.

"I think he has the respect of that locker room," Tuck said of Spagnuolo. "I think he knows the ins and outs of what it means to win and now what it means to lose in this franchise. He's definitely an integral part in not only my success, but our success as a team.

"He definitely is a no-nonsense guy, but I think he has a little bit more in him to be a slight players coach."

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