Giants, 49ers fight for psychological ground
October, 10, 2012
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com
Dan Graziano of the NFC East blog joined me Wednesday in discussing the San Francisco 49ers' matchup against the New York Giants in Week 6.
The video runs about five minutes. I asked Dan if he thinks the Giants' pass rush, inconsistent to this point, will rediscover its former ways Sunday.
Dan and I did not discuss ex-Giant Brandon Jacobs' frustration with being inactive -- Mike Garafolo has the story via Grant Cohn -- because that story hit the news after we were finished.
The piece quotes Jacobs venting about his situation before saying, "I've learned over the years when you open your mouth and say certain things, it hurts you, so I'm just going to shut up and keep working."
That wasn't quite as entertaining as Giants coach Tom Coughlin's fight for coveted psychological ground.
Reporter covering Giants: "How much of the motivational tools you used this week will be about the idea that while you're the defending world champion and obviously won the NFC last year, people seem to regard the 49ers as the best team in the conference this year?"
Coughlin: "You just wrapped it up in one. Nobody gives us a chance to win. We'll see."
A reporter covering the 49ers asked coach Jim Harbaugh about the comment.
Reporter: "Coach Coughlin said that no one thinks that the Giants can win this game. Your thoughts?"
Harbaugh, laughing: "I think that's probably an exaggeration. A big one."