The Giants aren't too proud to beg for help to save their season, especially Sunday in the maelstrom created by the fans at Seattle's CenturyLink Field. So at practice Friday, they sought a boost from the sound technicians, who turned the volume way, way up.
To quote coach Tom Coughlin, when he was asked about the decibels after a practice-field session that rattled windows in the training facility, "What did you say?"
"We always have noise," he added. "This was special noise."
Friday afternoon's noise was meant to simulate the runway takeoff-caliber sounds that come from the stands in Seattle. During plays from scrimmage, simulated cheering was played. During stretching exercises, a very eclectic and very, very loud sampling of music spilled from the speakers.
"Ain't Too Proud to Beg," the 1960s Temptations song, was followed by selections from Johnny Cash and Digital Underground. "Yes, I choose all the music," Coughlin said. But Rueben Randle said, "No, no, no, no. They ask for our suggestions."
Maybe the theme for the week was that the Giants may not have heart, but they do have the beat. But they clearly were not interested in seeing it that way.
Actually, there might have been more to the cacophony than trying to create a dress rehearsal for Seattle. The expanded bass at practice might have been an effort to pump up the 3-5 Giants in a week in which Antrel Rolle and Jason Pierre-Paul lamented their lack of passion.
After the Giants lost their first two games this season, Coughlin turned that Friday's practice into a '90s hip-hop concert. They won that Sunday, and in the two weeks that followed. On Friday, they were focused on what they will face, and hear, against the defending Super Bowl champions.
Kicker Josh Brown, who played five years for the Seahawks, said their so-called "12th man" advantage is "legit," adding: "That's a living organism, man. It's the real deal and it comes into play, especially in big games. It causes a lot of havoc. I think it's more the shape of the stadium, how the overhang kind of covers half the crowd. I think all that noise just hits and reverbs back down on the field."
But he added that the Giants are prepared after working out amid noise that is "comparable" to Seattle's. Anyway, good plays by the visitors can make the place quiet in a hurry. As Brown said, "We have the opportunity to control the 12th man."
"I forget which game it was, but I heard they recorded seismic activity from noise coming from the stadium," said Andre Williams, the rookie running back from Boston College, recalling a raucous crowd at Clemson's Death Valley. "You just work on silent snap counts, making sure everybody is executing when the ball is snapped. It's not the first noisy game we've been in."
Notes & quotes: Cornerback Zack Bowman, hospitalized with a stomach bug, practiced Friday . . . Steve Weatherford (back) was able to punt. The only concern is the six-hour flight . . . Running back Rashad Jennings (knee) is doubtful.