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When are mistakes a good thing? Giants coach Pat Shurmur gives us the secret

The answer? When players learn and don’t repeat them

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Mistakes are good? New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur said on Sunday that they can be, when they are made in a practice environment, corrected by player and coach, then not repeated.

“It’s easy to do the math. every once in a while you’ll say this guy gave up this or guy gave [up that]. But, it’s a competitive situation, we’re all out there getting better,” Shurmur said during his Sunday morning press availability.

“Sometimes the mistakes that show up in practice are very important. If they weren’t important then you wouldn’t practice, because when a mistake occurs what typically happens, at least our mindset is first the player admits that he made a mistake, then he gets with his coach or whoever, they discuss how they’re going to fix it, they go about fixing it and they move on to the next play and hopefully not make that mistake again.”

The Giants practice on Sunday at 2:45 p.m. We will tell you about the mistakes they make, and the things they do well, in our evening practice report. Be sure to come back for that. You can listen to Shurmur’s full remarks above.

Situational football

Practices are broken up into periods, usually 13 or more. Each one has a specific purpose, with team segments often built around specific game situations.

“There’s certain things we want to get done. Yesterday we embraced the red zone, you saw our first 7-on-7 in the red zone. We’re working situational football.”

“We’re always teaching situational football. Every segment of plays or group of things that we’re doing speaks to a part of our game. Over the next couple of days we’ll try to hit all those areas.”