- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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People throughout the Northeast have been forced to make adjustments due to Hurricane Sandy.
The New York Giants' players and coaches are no different.
Head coach Tom Coughlin has altered his team's schedule on account of the storm. Essentially, everything will be pushed back a day as the Giants (6-2) prepare for Sunday's home game against the Steelers (4-3).
To fans concerned the Giants will be thrown off by the schedule change, Coughlin had this answer:
"We're pretty good at the midstream adjustment thing," the coach said.
Coughlin sent his players and coaches home on Monday and he hopes to reconvene at the team facility Tuesday.
As of early Monday evening, the storm was hours away from landfall in the mid-Atlantic region and is expected to affect the tri-state area until Tuesday evening.
To compensate for the storm, the Giants will shift their schedule and proceed as if they are coming off of a Monday night game.
"We'll push things back Wednesday morning and move our training room a little bit deeper into the morning and go ahead and treat this as if it was a Monday night game in terms of our day getting started on Wednesday," Coughlin said.
The storm prevented the Giants from getting any MRIs or any other offsite treatment on Monday, so Coughlin did not have any updates to injured players such as Antrel Rolle (head), Chase Blackburn (hamstring), Bear Pascoe (ankle) or Keith Rivers (calf).
Coughlin and his staff watched and graded game film from the Giants' 29-24 win over Dallas on Sunday. He then sent his staff home and told his players not to come to the Giants' East Rutherford, N.J., practice facility.
"We felt it was in the best interests of the safety and security of our players that they remain home, that they stay with their families, that they make sure that their wives and children are fine during this time because, again, as I mentioned, there's so much uncertainty," the coach said.
The Giants rushed to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport after their victory on Sunday in an attempt to get back to Newark Liberty International Airport and beat Hurricane Sandy home.
They landed on Sunday night after a flight that was surprisingly smooth.
"Everybody was worried about how bad the turbulence was going to be, but for the most part, it was a good plane ride," safety Stevie Brown said.
Now, the hurricane will force them to juggle their plans as they prepare for Pittsburgh.
"[We're] just trying to do the smart thing, that's all," Coughlin said.