Business-Like Giants Focusing On One Game At a Time

Pro Football NYCSenior Writer IOctober 1, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 17: Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants talks with referees during a preseason NFL game against the Carolina Panthers on August 17, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The New York Football Giants as a franchise have always been considered "establishment."

They have traditionally practiced conservatism on and off-the field, in the locker room and in the media.

This week the 3-0 Giants face the 0-3 Kansas City Chiefs, but you would never know that by listening to the comments made by the coaches and players.

Here are some of the things Giants Coach Tom Coughlin said today:

“You are talking about a franchise that has a great fan base, great tradition. Incredible players have gone through there. New coach working his tail off trying to get his team to where he knows exactly what he has. They have done some really good things.”

“I don’t look at it the way you do – I don’t look at the 0-3, I look at – two of the games were extremely close and we know the Philadelphia Eagles very well. So you have to take spots and look for progress and know that there certainly is a lot of talent there.”

“We just have to do our – again, as I always say, we are concerned about our team and getting our team ready to play and being at our best and improving in the areas that we need to improve on.”

This was Kevin Gilbride on the Kansas City Chiefs’ defense:

“I see a lot of first rounders and second rounders, particularly up front, that look like they fly around real well for the football. So I guess they are able to generate some heat. So we are going to have our hands full.”

Gilbride on the perception that Brandon Jacobs is “tip-toeing":

“Someone just told me about it. I wasn’t – to be honest with you – sure what the story was until about 15 minutes ago……But I certainly don’t see anybody that is tip-toeing. That has not been — I haven’t been aware of that at all….”

Bill Sheridan on Chiefs’ RB Larry Johnson:

“He is as good a back in my mind that we are going to see…..he’s legit…”

Sheridan on Kansas City QB Matt Cassel:

“We know the kind of year he had a year ago. I think he’ll be good to go. They got pressured last week and kind of got overwhelmed a little bit by some of the pressure that Philadelphia brought. But he is not going to get rattled.”

RB Brandon Jacobs on the Kansas City Chiefs:

“We don’t ever look at opponents as 0-3 and not playing well and all that other stuff. We know Kansas City has a lot of talent on their football team and we know that they can peak at any minute. We don’t want to be the team that they peak on. We are working hard all week long. Working together to get better and to go into the game on Sunday giving it everything that we have.”