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Coughlin eschews full sentences for sake of efficiency

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin watches his team

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin watches his team in the rain during training camp. (July 28, 2012) Credit: Hans Pennink

Tom Coughlin said last week that he would examine how efficient the Giants were with their time, limiting that evaluation not to practices but meetings and other aspects of preparation. Apparently that means he’s no longer speaking in full sentences.

Twice today Coughlin answered questions in his press conference not with well-thought-out sentences or the run-ons he sometimes uses, but with quick bursts of thought. He blurted out key words, not full answers.

First he was asked about receivers (like Victor Cruz) dropping passes and what he as a coach (and former receivers coach) can do to help them.

“Back to fundamentals,” he said. “Focus. Concentration. Can’t go anywhere without the ball. Come back to the ball. See the point, catch the fat part, put it away, cover it up, make the most direct course up the field and gain extra yardage run after the catch.”

Later, he was asked about what he hopes to see from his team after 10 days without a game. Again he listed words.

“Energy. Enthusiasm. Pride. Second game of the season. Didn’t like what we saw for the most part in the first game. Renewed vigor. Vigilance. Unselfishness. Do you job. Understand. Listen. Pay attention to the details. Follow the details through in the chaos of the game.”

I suppose those answers were better than others. When I asked him if he had any new drills or practices or advice for David Wilson after the rookie running back fumbled last week against the Cowboys, he simply nodded.

Now THAT’s efficiency!

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