Friday, December 2, 2011
Giants quiet about Fewell ripping defense
By Matt Ehalt
Perry Fewell left the Giants speechless.
For the most part, including head coach Tom Coughlin, the Giants did not say much about their defensive coordinator publicly ripping the defense's effort and saying some players stopped short on plays against New Orleans in the 49-24 loss on Monday. Fewell also insisted that the Giants were going to get after Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
"Those were his thoughts," Coughlin said.
After yielding 577 yards against New Orleans Monday night, Fewell was as animated on Thursday as he has been in his two seasons as his Giants defensive coordinator. He said he was "pissed" and there was no doubt that some players gave up on plays.
Safety Antrel Rolle said he would not respond to Fewell's claim that players gave up on some plays but did address the general dissatisfaction of his defensive coordinator.
"If he's frustrated, I'm frustrated, we're all frustrated," Rolle said. "We're going to take that frustration and turn it into a positive thing come Sunday and get on the same page and make sure we come into battle and make sure we're all on the same page at the same time and have that attitude and that determination and that dog in us because that's the only way we're going to be able to win."
Linebacker Michael Boley, who did not play Monday, wasn't so sure that his teammates gave up on plays but wouldn't elaborate.
"I didn't really see it but I really don't have any thoughts about it," Boley said. "Right now, we hit a tough patch. We're being very critical of ourselves right now and that's across the board."
Fewell also was adamant that the Giants would rediscover their pass rush against Green Bay after failing to record a single sack against the Saints on Monday. The Giants pass rush has struggled as of late and will even be without defensive end Osi Umenyiora.
Coughlin said that Fewell told him some of the things that he said to the media on Thursday but the head coach did not think his defensive coordinator was taunting Green Bay with his comments about getting after Rodgers.
"I think it was more because he was upset with what happened the last couple of weeks and would like to see us play harder," Coughlin said.
Second-year defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul and Linval Joseph both seemed to respond positively to Fewell's message. Pierre-Paul echoed his defensive coordinator's message that the team will pressure the league's highest-rated quarterback.
"We're going to get after him," Pierre-Paul said. "We're tired of losing. It's frustrating so we just have to go out and play as one."
Joseph, while not knowing the full extent of what Fewell said, looked it as a positive. He said Fewell told the defense how he felt at the beginning of the week.
"I think by him saying that it gave us a challenge. We all didn't take it a bad way," Joseph said. "That motivates us to come out next week and give him something good to say. We need to use that as tackling fuel and play small ball and get after Aaron Rodgers and come out with a win."