Tom Coughlin didn’t share exactly how he will handle player rotations for Monday night’s preseason opener against the Jets at the New Meadowlands Stadium. But whatever pressures or temptations there may be for his team to go full out and silence the insufferable Jets are clearly not affecting his decisions.
“If we did something along those lines, I just don’t think it would be smart,” he said of letting the game and atmosphere affect his plan. “We still have 16 games to go, we have four preseason games. After we play this first game they’re going to be all bunched up, the same sequence it seems like we find ourselves in every year. There’s a very short week."
Normally the Jets game is in the third week of the preseason and the starters play into the second half, sometimes three full quarters. While it is nowhere near the intensity of a regular-season game, there is always a vibe throughout the franchise of how important it is to play well against the Jets. That significance will still be there, even if the starting players aren't.
“You want to win," Coughlin said. "But you’re not going to sacrifice the ability to evaluate personnel for that, because that’s what preseason is.”
Coughlin said he is looking forward to the first preseason game, but the fact that it is against the Jets and in a new stadium has very little to do with that anticipation.
“I’m always looking forward to taking a group and seeing how these people play under game conditions,” he said. “I’m looking forward to that part of it. It’s just a part of preseason for us, just an extension of training camp.”
Tell that to the other guys.