Tom Coughlin's faith in his offensive line has been forged by disappointment.
While the current alignment of Giants performed well in Sunday's win over the Texans, Coughlin admitted there have been plenty of ups and downs leading up to the triumphant display.
"There were some new positions and new people deep into the training camp who were pressed into service at spots that we were in, so we heavily scrutinized that group," Coughlin said of the unit that now includes, from left to right, Will Beatty, Weston Richburg, J.D. Walton, John Jerry and Justin Pugh. "I do see us improving, little by little. So that being the case, we always try to create depth and have people that are ready to go, but this group has gone through some difficult times and some not so good times, and do have something to show for the other day and I was pleased with that."
The player who stood out the most on Sunday was right tackle Justin Pugh, who did a fine job while mostly facing Texans All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt.
"I liked the way he prepared himself," Coughlin said of Pugh. "He gave great respect to Watt, who is an outstanding player. A guy who has a great motor and they utilized him in a lot of different positions. [Watt] did end up, as predicted, with his alignment to the left. A lot of it was out there at the end position. Some was inside in the sub-package, but I liked the way Justin prepared. I like the competitor in him and I liked the way that materialized. I didn't like the sack so early in the game. Nevertheless he didn't let that get him down and he rebounded from it and played physical the whole day."