Monday, December 12, 2011
Notebook: Bradshaw, Tynes, Manningham
By Matt Ehalt
Following Ahmad Bradshaw's benching for violating team rules on Sunday night, defensive tackle Chris Canty does not see Bradshaw's violation having a lingering effect.
"That is something that is an in-house issue and it will be taken care of in-house," Canty said. "Ahmad wants to win just like the rest of the guys in that locker room and so the discipline issue is going to be taken care of in-house. As a team, we trust Ahmad. He is our guy and one of our guys and we have his back. He has our back and we look forward to putting that behind us and moving forward."
Bradshaw did not play in the entire first half of Sunday night's 37-34 win over Dallas for violating the team rule, reported by NBC to be a curfew violation. Bradshaw rushed the ball just eight times for 12 yards and added one catch for seven yards.
FROM BAD TO GOOD: It looked like it might have cost the Giants but ended up being a play that cost the Cowboys valuable time.
Trailing 34-29 in the fourth quarter, Mario Manningham dropped a pass in the end zone that would have given the Giants the lead. Instead, the Giants used up more clock time after the drop en route to scoring and forced Dallas to burn two timeouts. Had Manningham held on, Dallas would have been better equipped to try to tie or win the game late.
"After the fact, you talk about it, and say it like well now I'm kind of happy you did drop it because we took more time off and took away all their timeouts and leave 40 seconds left to try to try and go down and get a field goal," quarterback Eli Manning said on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN New York 1050. "At the time, you always try to get the touchdown when you can just because you don't know what's going to happen next and what is going to happen if all of a sudden DeMarcus Ware comes around the corner and strips the ball, a lot of things can happen if you add a couple more plays to a drive. When there's a chance to get a touchdown, you try to take it."
SPECIAL TEAMS: The Giants special teams unit often finds itself under scrutiny but there was plenty of good from the unit last night. While everyone knows about Jason Pierre-Paul's heroics, head coach Tom Coughlin also praised the effort of kicker Lawrence Tynes.
"Lawrence Tynes had an exceptional game kicking six touchbacks," Coughlin said. "They had (Dez) Bryant back there for kickoffs and punt at the end of the game and because of the distance of the kickoffs we didn't have to worry about trying to tackle him in the open field."
RECORD DON'T MATTER: The Giants have the worst record of any division leader in the NFC at 7-6 and don't even lead the Wild Card, but still control their own fate. That's what matters to the Giants—not their record.
"It is not about style points, it is about having the opportunity to accomplish what we set out to accomplish at the beginning of the season, which was win the division," Canty said. "Now we are in a pretty good position but we have three tough ballgames ahead of us. We know that we are going to have to finish. Coach Coughlin started it in training camp with the motto of 'finish' and that is the mentality. That is the mentality of our football team for the next few weeks."