Harry Carson's name is painted on the wall in the Giants' new locker room along with other luminaries in franchise history, so his thoughts on the team should carry a bit of weight. But for at least one first-year Giant, Carson's comments in the aftermath of Sunday's 41-9 loss to the Panthers were unwelcome.
"It doesn't mean anything to me," linebacker Michael Boley said after Carson questioned the heart and pride of the team, particularly on defense. "These guys in this locker room, we play the game. Any kind of worries coming from the outside fall on deaf ears."
Even the ones from a Hall of Famer like Carson?
"We don't care who it is," Boley said. "It's up to us in this locker room, in this building. We know what goes on with us. We can't focus on what's said outside of here."
Punter Jeff Feagles said he will wait until after the season to talk with his family and decide if he'll return for a 23rd NFL season. "I'm not going to make any kind of a knee-jerk decision on that," Feagles said, although he did make a reference to calling it quits after this season. "I want to go out on top as a winner," he said, "and hopefully, we can do that in this next game."
Tom Coughlin said a lack of leadership "could be considered" a reason for the team's disappointing season. "There isn't any doubt there is a void there from not having Antonio Pierce around," he said. "Many people have had an opportunity to step up but probably because of the lack of success, it hasn't happened." . . . Ahmad Bradshaw said the cracked bone in his foot "feels good" but he'll more than likely have surgery after the season. As for playing or resting Sunday, Bradshaw said no decision has been made . . . Coughlin said there will not be an emphasis on playing and evaluating younger players against the Vikings. "There will be an emphasis on trying to win a game," he said . . . Coughlin said Brandon Jacobs' injured knee is "sore" but is "hopeful it is something [that] can be overcome in a week's time."