GIANTS' SUMMER QUESTIONNAIRE: COACH TOM COUGHLIN
"We've entered the only five- to six-week period of the year when all is
pretty much quiet on the NFL front. That means this page isn't nearly as active
as usual, especially since we're catching our breath for the first time just
like the players and coaches.
But a few years ago, we came up with a way to keep the blog active and
keep the conversation going for you folks as well. The solution was the Giants
summer questionnaire, which we're reviving this year after skipping in 2011
because of the lockout.
Over the next month-plus, stay with us for short Q&As with players
from all ranks of the depth chart, from Eli Manning down to those merely hoping
to grab that 53rd roster spot or perhaps a job on the practice squad.
But before we get to the players, we begin with the Grand Poobah, coach
Tom Coughlin, who vows he'll finally relax a little bit over the coming weeks
but will be as eager to return this year as always. In other words, continue to
save your retirement questions:
Given the way you’re wired, can you allow yourself to relax at all
during this quiet period after going full bore the rest of the
Yeah, I mean, I can. I’m looking forward to some down time. We have a family
vacation coming up. I’m looking forward to that, to spending some time with my
family, my loved ones. It’s been, you’d have to admit, from mid-February on,
kind of busy. So I’m looking forward to that.
Do you ever think, ‘Boy, that was nice to relax like that. I wish it
could be like that all the time?' Or are you still always eager to get back to
(Laughs) I might for a couple of weeks. And then, I start wondering. ... It’s
funny because I tell this story. This is when the kids were real young. I’d be
around in the summer and they would know it’s time to start camp and they’d all
be lined up like, ‘Gee, it’s too bad you’ve got to go, Dad. Here’s your hat. Can
you get to camp so we can get back to having fun?’
Last time you won a Super Bowl, there was no ‘hangover’ and you
opened the following season playing very well. What did you take from that to
implement this time around as well?
Well, it’s the same kind of thing we talked to the players about. We had
listened to that complacency stuff all winter. I thought we applied ourselves
very well to coming back to camp and getting focused again, and we started out
very well. I’m hoping we can do the same thing. We really haven’t focused in on
any of that kind of stuff this year because I don’t think this team is like
that. But the idea would be we have started strong a lot of years (and) we have
a little bump in the road along the way. But certainly we would like to start
strong, stay strong and eliminate that part of it."