The Washington Redskins (1-1) on Thursday play on the road against the New York Giants (0-2) in 2015 Week 3 action at Met Life Stadium.
On Tuesday, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning spoke to the Washington, D.C., media about their upcoming matchup against the Redskins.
New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin
On the Redskins' defensive front and how it has been able to pressure quarterbacks:
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"Well, they're doing an outstanding job obviously after two games and what they've been able to accomplish, so they're coming hard. They're good athletes and they attack the passer and it's helped the secondary. You're not going to be ranked second in the league and not do something well up front, so it's a good combination."
On how much he can use last year's tape even though the Redskins have a new defensive coordinator:
"Well, you can look for the personnel matchups, but the scheme is different, so you really do have to focus on this year."
On if the offense looks different this year with QB Kirk Cousins and Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan:
"I think they do. They do definitely look different. Based on where they are from a statistical standpoint, they're well on their way. They're doing well."
On what improvements he has seen out of Cousins this year:
"Well, anytime you have a 75.9 percent completion percentage, you're doing pretty well. He's running his team. He's doing a nice job when called upon – the play-action passes, the boots, et cetera, et cetera. Running game has been very good and he has been able to rely on that very good offensive line."
On the difference in the Redskins' pass rush this year:
"The difference being that there are lots of line charges and stunts up-front. But it still is guys on the edges who are getting to the quarterback. It's really, there's no real answer to it other than the fact that they've always rushed the passer pretty well. They're doing so this year, too."
On if he is concerned about WR Odell Beckham's focus given his growing celebrity status:
"Well, there's a time and a place for everything. He loves football. He loves to compete. He loves the games. He loves all that stuff. So from that standpoint, he's done a good job. He certainly is a young man. He does have a lot going on and he's been able to, to a certain extent, he's able to limit all the people trying to drag him in different directions. He works at it. But, I think he understands that there is a reason he has achieved popularity and it's because of what he's been able to do on the field."
On if he has any concern about Redskins Defensive Backs Coach Perry Fewell landing in the NFC East given his insight into the Giants' personnel:
"Perry's an outstanding football coach and an outstanding man and person. He certainly is a great addition to that staff there based on the fact that he knows our personnel and pretty much knows the scheme as well, but he would do a good job regardless."
On the reason for his success against the Redskins:
"Well, I don't know if there's any real answer to that. We've had some good fortune. We've made some big plays. That's probably the only thing I could say. There's no one reason why. I mean, it's been different circumstances that go along with different games. This is a new year. It's a new team. Anytime you've got that game in front of you, there you go."
On his impressions of S Brandon Meriweather over the last two games:
"Well, he's come in here and he's done a good job. He's been a good communicator in the secondary. He's settled people down. He's got the coverage communications handled and we've got a young safety back there with him and he's done a good job with him as well."
On how he keeps the team's morale up after two tough losses:
"Well, you've just got to go to work. You know, you're honest about things. You have to understand why they weren't successful when they were so close and they were – it was in our control. You've got to be encouraging and you've got to be someone who directs your guys to there's no feeling sorry for yourself. We're the reason we put ourselves in this position so we've got another game coming up and we've got to believe in our work ethic and our process and that's where our strength needs to come from."
On Redskins RBs Alfred Morris and Matt Jones:
"They've added an outstanding runner in Jones to go along with Morris, and they are a good 1-2 punch."
On if he is surprised by Jones' success as a rookie:
"Not really. He's a good player."
New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning
On what he has seen from the Redskins' defensive front:
"Their defensive front is impressive. They've got quality players and they're getting great pressure on the quarterback, a lot of times just bringing four guys. Making it tough, they're playing zone coverage behind it, making you hold the ball and hit guys in second windows to get open and their defensive line's not letting quarterbacks do that. So they've been impressive."
On if he can rely on last year's tape of the Redskins despite the new defensive scheme:
"Obviously looking at their new scheme and their new defense and trying to get a plan for that… I know their personnel fairly well, just haven't played against them. Just trying to get up to speed on their new schemes and how they're playing things."
On the reason for the last two fourth quarter losses:
"I think we've just got to find ways to keep making plays and producing offensively in the fourth quarter. Most games are going to come down to the fourth quarter and who can win that quarter. We've got to do a better job of sustaining our drives and scoring and making the plays in the fourth quarter."
On keeping team morale high after two losses:
"Well, it's a short week and we've got Washington in the division at home, so it should be a great opportunity for us to go out there and get back on the field and try to play at a high level. I think we've done a lot of good things and we've got to concentrate on that. Things that we can definitely improve on and we'll try to do that as well."
On playing on Thursdays:
"I think it's good to play early in the season when your body is maybe not as beat up and as sore. It's a short week, you have to get a lot of work done in a short period of time. It should be a great opportunity for us."
On the reasons for his success against the Redskins:
"It's just team wins. Our defense has done a great job. Offensively we've made some nice plays. They're always a tough team. We've had a lot of close games, close battles against them, so we've got to expect it to be a tight one. They're playing great football right now. They're running the ball well, offensively they're moving the ball and playing smart. Defensively they're playing outstanding and getting teams off the field."
On how teams are trying to stop WR Odell Beckham with WR Victor Cruz out:
"Some teams will try different things. I thought he had a good game last week. Had some nice catches and plays so we'll see what the strategy is of teams and see how they'll play."
On rookie WR Geremy Davis:
"Geremy has done some good things. He played well in preseason and he has gotten in there and made some nice plays. I think he is smart and knows what he is doing. He's going to have to make some plays for us."
On the difference in the Redskins' pass rush with the revamped defensive line:
"I thought last year they had a quality pass rush as well. This year they've done a great job so far getting a rush. Like I said, a lot of times just bringing four guys, they will bring five and will do some pressures. But their defensive front has done a great job getting pressure and getting good push into the quarterback's lap."