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Game Vs. Giants: Head Coach Tom Coughlin

Opening Remarks: "This disregard for the ball, which has been going on for probably a year and a half here, and no one seems to be able to do anything about it, again, cost us the football game. And it would have been interesting to tell, even at the end there. (QB) Eli (Manning) did get a first down, if he would have slid, there would have been no discussion on the ball. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened from that point on. But very frustrating. I thought we prepared well. We obviously did an awful lot of good things defensively. They made some plays, there's no doubt about that, and they will. But we did a pretty good job of minimizing the big plays and we did a good job of getting after the quarterback. He made a few runs, but he didn't hurt us necessarily with the number of runs that he had made in previous games. So we're very disappointed. We have six games to play. We play the Eagles again a little bit later. But we've got to take care of our situation. We've got to stop the—somehow, some way—stop the turnover. This is our team, these are the guys that are going to play, and we can make a couple of changes here and there but it's not going to be anything much. This is our team, we got to solve it, we got to be smarter than we are and hopefully we can do that."

On if Manning gave him an explanation on why he dove instead of sliding: "No. Is that something we work on? Diving forward? Yeah we go over it. Same thing happened a year ago. You were watching the game. Got to slide."

On keeping QB Michael Vick contained: "We did a variety of things so there wasn't any one thing. But we did get pressure, we did get it up the middle some. He made some incredible escapes, to his left, that one time in particular, I thought we had him hemmed in and he got out of that—but it wasn't a long run for a first down, it was like a five yard run. We changed it up, we chased, we put pressure from the outside to his left, our right. We came up the middle fairly, effectively. We did a good job throughout most of the evening. You know, the long run on 4th and 1 that should have never happened. I think that when the ball was fumbled, that we got out position a little bit. They had used that play, they used it from a different formation. It's a shame that that had to take place."

On how much having four offensive players out of the game hampered the team: "You got to play with the guys that are available. The guys that are there provide you with the team for the day and those guys have got to win."

On his decision to go for it on 4th down: "No, I considered going for it. Thought about it all along."

On what he can do to fix the turnover problem: "That's a good question. I'm not sure what the answer to that is. It's up to the individual. You got to realize it. From what I can understand (RB Ahmad) Bradshaw did have both hands on the ball when the ball was knocked out. So they must have just ripped his arms down and got the ball. We had one tipped-ball interception. We had the late just toss-the-ball-up-in-the-air interception, which frustrates the heck out of me too."

On if he expects Manning to know to slide in that situation at this point in his career: "Well, he should have slid, yeah. I mean competitively he was trying to get as much yardage as he could. And then you could see him start to lunge and I don't think we would have said a thing if the ball didn't come out. But it did. And it has happened before, so obviously we've got to learn from it."

On if Bradshaw's trouble protecting the ball will affect his playing time: "You got to be able to hang on to the football. You got to be able to hang on to the football. He has certainly earned the right to be out there. He had some outstanding games and played very well for us and will continue to work at this. But he's obviously a guy that is very much a part of our offensive team."

On LE Justin Tuck's game tonight: "He played very well. He was a force and he made things happen from his side. That, combined with some of the pressures we had and the eventual single protection that was shown to him, he did play well."

On holding the Eagles to field goals in the first half: "As the game went on, that was the thing that we were counting on. If we could get back in it, which we did, that our defense--despite the letdown, if you will, of back-to-back turnovers there in the second quarter, giving them the ball in point blank range--we were able to hold them to two field goals. And that gave us hope that should we able to mount something, that we could overcome that margin. And we did."

On whether his team can rebound next week: "I think so. I think we fought, we fought hard. We made very terrible errors that cost us a chance to win a game, but there was no denying the effort."

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