Sunday will mark the first time since Tom Coughlin became executive vice president of the Jacksonville Jaguars that the New York Giants will face their former coach. Coughlin won’t be on the sideline and there are few Giants who have ties to him.
One of those who does, of course, is Eli Manning. Giants fans should remember Manning’s emotional reaction at Coughlin’s farewell press conference. Wednesday, Manning said he had not talked to Coughlin about Sunday and downplayed the idea that the game had added significance.
“Obviously still have a great relationship with Coach Coughlin and cherish the time that we had and appreciate those 12 years of him being my head coach,” Manning said. “But besides that, I look at this game and say it’s the Giants against the Jaguars and I’m trying to get our offense prepared to go against that defense.”
Landon Collins wanted to be a captain of the Giants defense and now he is, having been voted by his teammates as one of the Giants six captains.
“It means the world to me,” Collins said. “At the same time, it means that I’ve gained the respect from my players to be a leader of them and to lead them the right way, and be a vocal presence, and be able to go to coach and talk to them and make sure we got everything on track.”
One of the things Collins will have to do immediately is help the Giants through the turmoil of the recent roster changes. Six of the eight came on the defensive side of the ball.
“I wouldn’t say it was unsettling. It’s a business, it’s a corporation. That’s how it goes, people come in and come out,” Collins said. “For the people who come in, we try to help them as much as possible. We have two [actually three] new guys in the back. I think we have one guy in the linebacker corps, and I think two guys in the D-line corps. We take them under our wing because at the end of the day, we might need them, that might be up, they might be active. So, we need everybody.”
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