Giants Practice In New Digs

Published on: 15th June, 2010

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HEAD COACH TOM COUGHLIN

Post PM Practice – New Meadowlands Stadium

June 15, 2010

Q:  What is your reaction to working here in the new stadium?
A:  It’s good to be here; really good to be here.  We needed to get in here.  It is a beautiful, beautiful stadium.  I have been in the locker rooms, we have been upstairs.  We were in the Commissioner’s Club.  It a gorgeous place and it is one proud organization, we are, to think of this as our home stadium.  So to come in here, to have an opportunity to work on the turf, to check the wind out – it is different from Giants Stadium.  It is a different venue – it did swirl on us here today.  The crowd, the excitement, the energy to talk to our fans, to tell them how much we appreciate them and to say, hey, this is just a reminder of the 12th Man Principle and how much we need them as we go into the regular season.  But this has been a very good experience to come in. I’m glad we did this on a beautiful, beautiful spring day.  The guys really appreciated it and it gives us a really good end to our first day – our second practice – our first day of our mandatory minicamp.
Q:  How about getting used to where the clocks are, where the replay is – there is so much that you have to get used to.
A: Yeah there us, but we have three preseason games to handle that. So that will be something that we will address as we come in here, for example, and do a two-minute drill, get ourselves oriented to where those type of things are — the 40-second, straight in front of us – very low.  So we would have to experience that. 

Q:  How is Domenik Hixon?
A:  I’m not sure yet – we’ll see.  This turf kind of snagged his foot.  He didn’t get it up out of the turf.  We are hoping that it is not something serious.  I think he will be sore tomorrow.  The extent of it, I’m not sure right now.  Domenik is a tough guy, now.  He has fought his way through some things in the past.  Hopefully this is not something serious.

JUSTIN TUCK

Post PM Practice

June 15, 2010

……..waiting for him to kind of run out of it but he keeps it going all day, all practice.  That is the biggest thing.  I love it …….

Q:  ………practice.

A:  That is not surprising. You know how New York fans are.  They probably have been champing at the bit to see some football action.  So we are excited about it.  We have the best fans in the world – no doubt about it.  I saw a guy with a Philly jersey on and I thought there was going to be a little trouble.  They kind of exiled him.  I thought he was going to get roughed up a little bit.  But it is great to be out here with our fans. We know that our fans love us and we love them, too.
Q:  Is there any way, even in late June, you can tell something about the way the field will play or the wind conditions – about what it is going to be like?
A:  You can tell. Sometimes when you look up at the goal post and one goal post is blowing in and the other one was blowing in, too.  So the wind is going to play a factor. But we like that.  We will be used to it by the time we play in here, so opposing teams are going to have something to deal with – especially come late fall.
Q:  How do you feel about this place – just kind of getting your bearings down?

A:  It is a different.  This is a new field.  So it has not been broken in yet.  It is still kind of soft.  So you have to wear the right cleats out here right now. But as we get out here on it more and get more comfortable in here, I’m sure it is just going to be just like we are making old memories like we did in old Giants Stadium.
Q:  The fans are out here just kind of hootin’ and ‘hollering.  Training camp is not here yet, ……this team and the enthusiasm of the fans seems to be as good as ever

A:  I think it is going to be an exciting team.  Coming off of last year and having the disappointment that we had last year – we are definitely champing at the bit to get out here and play good football.  And we didn’t do that all year last year.  And we are used to playing good football.  So that is what we want to get back to and that is what we are working for. 
Q:  It is a bit of a double edged sword.  The fans are very close to the bench.  When things are good, that can be good.  But that can also be bad. 
A:  We have ways of taking care of …………..  But that I don’t worry about.  The only thing I can do to control that is by playing good.

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