Giants special-teams coordinator Tom Quinn is having a tough year
Tom Quinn has never had a season like this as special- teams coordinator. In fact, no one on the Giants has. The last time the Giants allowed three punts to be returned for touchdowns was 1959, when they gave up four of them. The last NFL team to give up three punt returns for touchdowns of at least 80 yards, as the Giants have, was the 1968 Jets.
So when Quinn was asked how he is doing, he simply said: "Awful.''
That could describe his mood or his unit.
"It's not what our expectations are,'' Quinn said. "It [ticks] you off and I hope it [ticks] everyone off in this building.''
Quinn said the worst part about allowing an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown on Monday night was that those were the only points the Vikings scored.
"To take away a shutout from the defense, that hurts,'' he said. "How many times do we get opportunities to do that? So it's frustrating.''
Quinn said there is no common denominator to the touchdowns his group has allowed.
"It's always something different,'' he said. "They've all been different circumstances and it hasn't been good enough for anyone and we've been embarrassed by it.''
Cruz phrowns on Philly
All things considered, Victor Cruz would rather not be in Philadelphia.
"We don't enjoy playing there,'' the receiver said of the annual trip down the New Jersey Turnpike. "It's something we have to do.''
They have to do it on Sunday, returning to Lincoln Financial Field. So what makes it so terrible?
"Just the atmosphere and it's not the best place we always want to go and play,'' Cruz said. "We have to go there and play. We have to do what we have to do, but if we could play at home 16 games, we would.''
Oddly, Philadelphia is where Cruz became a star, catching two touchdown passes in 2011 and unveiling his salsa dance to celebrate them. He added a third touchdown catch there last year, too. So it's not all hate from Cruz.
"There's other places that are worse,'' he said. "But obviously, Philly is up there.''
CB Corey Webster (groin) did not practice Thursday and Tom Coughlin said he is "an every-other-day kind of guy" at this point. LB Spencer Paysinger (ankle) returned to practice and RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) did some stretching and running on the side but did not practice . . . Eagles QB Michael Vick (hamstring) was a full participant in practice in Philadelphia . . . Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said he is pleased with DE Justin Tuck's play against the run.