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New York Giants News, 9/8: Snacks — Defense Wants To Be Better

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“We’ve got a bunch of guys who aren’t comfortable with what they’ve done last year”

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Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo wouldn’t go anywhere near answering the question Thursday when asked if the New York Giants defense was the best he has ever coached. All-Pro defensive tackle Damon Harrison do have the potential to be better than last season, when they were second in the NFL in points allowed.

Why does “Snacks” feel that way?

“Because we’ve got a bunch of guys who aren’t comfortable with what they’ve done last year. Whether it be [defensive tackle] Robert Thomas, or [safety] Landon Collins. Nobody is happy, or satisfied, or content – whichever word you want to use – with what they’ve done last year. Last year doesn’t matter anymore,” Harrison said on Thursday.

How does he know his teammates aren’t content?

“Just the way they work. When nobody’s watching, when the camera’s not here, when the coach is not watching. I was here with [defensive tackle] Jay Bromley. I’ve seen Robert Thomas working, I’ve seen Landon working,” Harrison said. “And that right there, that’s all you need to know about a guy – how hard he works when the cameras aren’t there.”

Casillas: “You’ve Got To Love” Opening Vs. Dallas

The Giants will open their season Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, the fourth time in five years that has been the case. As a Giant, veteran linebacker Jonathan Casillas has never experienced anything else.

“Oh, you’ve got to love it. I’ve been here three years and we’ve done it every year. You know everybody’s going to be watching, prime time game against ‘America’s Team’. And they think they owe us something, which is fine. It’s a good team down there that we’re going to go to play and we’re ready to go,” Casillas said.

Quotable

“He’s pretty good, that was the first night my son slept through the night after he left the house. So, he did something right.”

— Harrison on the baby-sitting skills of Odell Beckham Jr.

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