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Giants List Nearly 30% of Team on Injury Report & More from Afternoon Tea with Tom Coughlin

October 2nd, 2013 at 11:15 AM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin took the podium for his Wednesday press conference in a surprisingly good mood for being 0-4. Unfortunately, it was immediately put to the test when discussing the incredibly large number of injured players (an injury report that could, possibly, be the largest in the NFL this season).

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The pre-practice injury report included 15 players, which seems to go against most odds — and you can check out NFL odds here. They were, in no particular order: offensive linemen David Baas (neck), David Diehl (thumb) and Chris Snee (hip), linebackers Mark Herzlich (toe) and Jacquian Williams (knee), cornerbacks Jayron Hosley (hamstring), Aaron Ross (back), Corey Webster (hip) and Terrell Thomas (knee), defensive tackles Cullen Jenkins (knee/Achilles), Linval Joseph (ankle/knee) and Shaun Rogers (back), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), tight end Adrien Robinson (foot) and safety Cooper Taylor (shoulder).

Of the players listed on the pre-practice injury report, Snee, Baas and Ross will not practice. JPP, Webster, Taylor, Diehl and Williams will.

The bad news is that Snee and Baas are not improving, although Coughlin says the team is holding out hope. The good news is that both Herzlich and Jenkins are "improving."

As far as the running back situation with Da'Rel Scott having been cut, Coughlin noted it's "safe to say" the team will use a tandem of David Wilson and Brandon Jacobs, with Michael Cox also seeing time. However, he added that Cox still has a lot to learn and, essentially, that he needs to speed that process up.

In regards to players who aren't injured, Coughlin praised both rookie defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and wide receiver Victor Cruz.

"He's playing as well as we've seen him play," Coughlin said of Cruz. "And thank God for that."

Finally, like safety Antrel Rolle, Coughlin called on the fans to help this Sunday. He said he wants to see them as "loud and boisterous" as they've ever been — "maybe even more so." In other words, the Giants truly are looking for their fans to scrap that "down in front!" nonsense and get on their feet, wave some towels and get loud. After all, they do need all the help they can get.


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Tags: Aaron Ross, Brandon Jacobs, Cullen Jenkins, David Baas, David Diehl, David Wilson, Football, Johnathan Hankins, Mark Herzlich, Michael Cox, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz

24 Responses to “Giants List Nearly 30% of Team on Injury Report & More from Afternoon Tea with Tom Coughlin”

  1.  Krow says:

    I can see it now. If we lose again it’ll be the lousy fans who crushed the team’s spirit by booing.

  2.  skinnydoogan says:

    How much more bad news can possibly be heaped on us?

  3. Anthony Raiaaxr29 says:

    Has any reporter asked Coughlin why Moore hasn’t played on defense?

    •  Krow says:

      He’d just get hurt if he did.

      •  GIANTT says:

        Im just glad that your black humor is merely a cover for your unbridled optimism

        •  Krow says:

          I’ve enjoyed the hell out of two very recent Superbowls. We crushed the Patriots and the Niners hopes. Humiliated the rest of the NFC East in the process by our surprising success. They all wanted to be us.

          This run has been a hoot of a good time. If we have to retool and rebuild then I’ll take it as the price of a couple championships.

          Oh sure, I’ll b1tch some … but we did better than almost anyone this last decade. It’s been a wild ride … you’ve got to expect a hangover.

  4.  Krow says:

    For those of us old enough to remember the ‘bad ole days’ I can assure you that this is the way of things in the NFL. Teams go up … teams go down. The trick is to mitigate and minimize the downs. If we panic and start pulling all sorts of trades and moves and herky-jerky efforts we’ll just make it worse. The best approach is pretty much the same as how one tackles every other problem:

    a) admit and define the problem(s)
    b) devise a plan to correct it (them)
    c) calmly and competently execute the plan
    d) stick to the plan till it’s successful; don’t keep changing directions

    It’s going to take some time. However it’s going to be very interesting. So kick back and enjoy the football season for what it is. Don’t panic … have a cookie.

  5.  ERICHONIUS says:

    I don’t understand this sudden sentiment that our drafts have all been bad. The only real misses that I would count are Barden, Jernigan, and Austin. Austin missed a year with a torn pectoral so I am unsure you can place the blame completely on JR for that. Many athletes lose their focus when they are away from the game for a season. Where are all these bad picks?

    •  Kettles78 says:

      I still am of the belief that in the 4th round this past year instead of drafting a backup QB, you draft for need on the team. There have been hits and misses from each draft. Can’t get them all right

      •  Krow says:

        Of course given our track record in that round we might as well have passed and got the same result.

  6.  Krow says:

    That’s a good question, and has got me thinking. OK, let’s assume that it takes till the 3rd year to really evaluate a draft. Then let’s take the 4 years prior and see how we did. Posters can then draw their own conclusions.

    1 19 Prince Amukamara – STARTER
    2 52 Marvin Austin – BUST
    3 83 Jerrel Jernigan – RESERVE
    4 117 James Brewer – RESERVE
    6 185 Greg Jones – BUST
    6 198 Tyler Sash – BUST
    6 202 Jacquian Williams – STARTER
    7 221 Da’Rel Scott – BUST

    1 15 Jason Pierre-Paul – STARTER
    2 46 Linval Joseph – STARTER
    4 115 Phillip Dillard – BUST
    5 147 Mitch Petrus – BUST
    6 184 Adrian Tracy – BUST
    7 221 Matt Dodge – BUST

    1 29 Hakeem Nicks – STARTER
    2 45 Clint Sintim – BUST
    2 60 William Beatty – RESERVE
    3 85 Ramses Barden – BUST
    3 100 Travis Beckum – BUST
    4 129 Andre Brown – RESERVE
    5 151 Rhett Bomar – BUST
    6 200 DeAndre Wright – BUST
    7 238 Stoney Woodson – BUST

    1 31 Kenny Phillips – GONE
    2 63 Terrell Thomas – RESERVE
    3 95 Mario Manningham – GONE
    4 123 Bryan Kehl – BUST
    5 165 Jonathan Goff – BUST
    6 198 Andre Woodson – BUST
    6 199 Robert Henderson – BUST

    •  Krow says:

      I screwed up with Beatty … sorry. STARTER.

      •  nick86 says:

        NOT GOOD. Reese gets a lot of credit for 07 draft but the rest have been lack luster. He’s done a good job in round 1 for sure. No giant misses but he hasn’t done a good job of drafting role players for this team.

        •  Krow says:

          What jumps out at me is that we get very little from rounds 3 and above. One starter from 21 picks. That seems pretty bad on the surface.

          •  nick86 says:

            in his defense S. Smith was a great player until injured. TT was destined for stardom before he blew out his knee twice.

            And I guess he gets credit for Cruz, although nobody could have foreseen this.

            •  Krow says:

              If we include the 2007draft it looks somewhat better. I left that off because the NFL career is 5-6 years typically … so I went back that far. But yes, 2007 was a good draft.

              •  GIANTT says:

                Im going to disagree with you and it may be a question of degree more than anything . I think that you have to look at it like
                Rounds 1-3 Possible all-pro but certainly a solid starter for the life of the rookie contract
                4-5 Good back up or starter
                6-7 flyers that have to be taken and if they last their rookie contract and contribute something then its a success
                So , in my estimation , re where they were drafted Tyler Sash and Darel Scott for example were flyers and contributed in a limited way for more than a year so dont come under BUST-Id put Petrus and Tracy in this category also – I mean you cant expect a Cruz! to happen every year

  7.  nick86 says:

    Throw in the fact that he’s allowed our OL go from being in the top tier 4-5 years ago to the bottom of the league. He deserves a lot of criticism and should come under ALOT of fire this offseason. Deservedly so…

  8.  fanfor55years says:

    As to Reese as GM and his drafts, you have to also remember that Jones would probably also have been a starter at this point (he was a terrific safety at LSU) and that Phillips looked to be headed for stardom before his knees gave out.

    Manningham helped win a Super Bowl (as well as helped us get there).

    Brewer may be a starter in 2014 and will play this season.

    You also have to remember that when you’re drafting late in each round the talent available is lessened. That was the case in a number of those years. The draft order does its job of evening things out over time.

    The standard I’ve always heard bruited about is that if you consistently get two starters per draft and at least one additional player who sticks, you’re doing okay. Any GM who consistently gets three starters per draft is a genius. It is, though, disheartening to see how many of our third through seventh rounders have failed. Especially the third rounders, because in most drafts there is enough talent that a team can find a good player until that third round is complete.

  9.  jerseyrich says:

    Funny…as bad as we are on the o-line Walter football mocks a DT to us in the 1st rd with the 5th pick (yeah, im already looking towards the draft).

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