EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tom Coughlin wants to see his team energetic and enthusiastic.
But sometimes the players have to dial it down a bit. On Tuesday, there were a few instances where running backs were sent to the turf after running into defenders. And Coughlin wasn't pleased.
The head coach shouted at his defense, demanding to know what his players were doing. And after one play, Coughlin went over to talk to defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.
"We don’t want them on the ground," Coughlin said. "There was too much of that today."
"I told [Fewell] a couple of times," the head coach said. "We just said, 'What are we doing knocking people down?' We’ll get it under control."
Pugh better: Coughlin says Justin Pugh is recovering well after suffering a concussion last week. Pugh has not practiced since last Thursday.
"He’s feeling better," Coughlin said. "He was out today with his helmet on, and he was running on the side. Hopefully that’s a good sign."
"He needs work," Coughlin said. "He needs to practice. He needs to be up front with a guy not too far away, react quickly and make all the adjustments. So we all need practice. He’s done it and he’s done it very well, so he’ll come along fast, but he does have to practice like everybody else."
TC on DEs: Coughlin likes what he has seen from his defensive ends thus far, even with Jason Pierre-Paul recovering from back surgery.
"We’ve had some good work out of quite a few of those guys ... some ambition," Coughlin said. "Mathias [Kiwanuka] and [Justin] Tuck, we’ve seen [Damontre] Moore, we’ve seen [Adrian] Tracy have good days. So we’ve seen a few guys have good practices and seem to be improving. I think when JPP comes back and we can kind of balance that up, we’ll be okay."