Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Justin Tuck says Giants will make history
By Dan Graziano
New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck is obviously tired of hearing about the other team in town. He told the New York Post that the Giants were poised for a special season, and shared some interesting thoughts on the current and former defensive coordinators.
"You can tell he loves what he's doing," Tuck said of new coordinator Perry Fewell. "He has that fire about him, like he really loves defense. I think that is contagious. I've seen him lead a safety or corner into the end zone after a pick in practice. ... Bill would high-five us, but it sometimes didn't feel like he wanted to be there."
That would be former defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan who Tuck's mentioning. For whatever reason, Sheridan never seemed to be on the same page with his players last season. And I don't think it helped that he followed in the footsteps of the extremely player-friendly Steve Spagnuolo.
"Bill got stagnant in his play calling," Tuck said. "We didn't do a lot of adjustments last year. ... We kinda played individual ball a lot, me included. It made it easy for teams to single us out and block us."
Until now, Tuck hasn't publicly criticized Sheridan very much, but you could tell how frustrated he was last season. The Beast will have exclusive interviews with both Tuck and Fewell in Albany next week. We'll be on the ground Sunday for the Giants' first practice at 3 p.m. ET.