- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants coordinators met with the media on Thursday. Here are some of the highlights:
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR KEVIN GILBRIDE
• The Giants offense controlled the clock, racked up yards and moved the ball at will at times against the Redskins Monday night, but only ended up with 16 points. Gilbride pointed to the starting field position as a reason for why they didn't score more.
The best field position the Giants had was their own 24-yard line and they began five drives within their own 15-yard line. In the second half, their best starting position was the 20.
"You have to be just about perfect to put it in; the percentages (aren't high) ... ," Gilbride said. "That's why there's defenses and a lot of defensive coaches in the league that premise their defense on that strategy: you can't drive without making a mistake."
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR PERRY FEWELL
• In three of the Giants five losses this year (Dallas, Pittsburgh and Washington), the defense has been unable to get the ball back for the offense. Throw in the Philadelphia loss, when the team gave up the go-ahead field goal on the Eagles' final possession, and the Giants have struggled in those final few minutes when they need a stop.
Just like head coach Tom Coughlin said last year, Fewell preaches that the defense needs to be able to finish. Washington was able to pick up three first downs in the final 3:51.
"Obviously we want to close out and be able to finish games. The opponents executed better than we have, so my frustration is our execution," Fewell said. "I think we've been in position to make plays to get off the field and do that, and we have not executed and we have been in position to execute. I think it just comes down to our whole theme, which is: finish. We know how to, we’re just not consistent at finishing."
• Fewell believes Antrel Rolle's claim that the Giants need to be nastier was a way to try to rally the team for the final four games.
"I think he’s trying to send a message that it’s time to get going, boys, it’s December and we have to do a much better job than we’ve been doing," Fewell said.
SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR TOM QUINN
• Quinn said that receiver Domenik Hixon, who has had success as a return man in the past, could see work as a kickoff or punt returner in the future. He said Hixon could potentially be used more on kickoffs if David Wilson sees an increase in play time on offense.
• NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is considering eliminating kickoffs, according to a TIME Magazine article. Quinn doesn't see a need to make any change.
"It's a good part of the game," Quinn said. "I think kicking off from the 35 has decreased the number of injuries, and we’ll continue to see that trend."
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