Aaron Ross will be the starting cornerback on Sunday against the Eagles. For a series against the Rams in the third quarter on Monday night, he wasn’t.
The Giants benched him, replaced him with Michael Coe, and then put him back on the field.
“We felt like he needed to see how he was being attacked in the football game,” defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said. “You see it in basketball all of the time. A guy’s having a tough day, you bring him to the side, you say, ‘Hey look what they’re doing to you, see if you can learn something from what’s happening.’ Then we got him back in the football game. Aaron is our starter this week. We expect him to be better. I think he’ll grow and learn from the experience.”
It did not appear that Ross took the benching well. Tom Coughlin said he spoke with Ross on Wednesday after practice about the situation. “I liked what we discussed,” Coughlin said, leaving the details private.
He did say that questions about Ross getting comfortable coming back to a starting job after several injury-plagued years of not playing every down are “legitimate.”
“(It can be an adjustment) to play down in and down out rather then in a sub-package,” he said, “but I think he would say to you that is not an issue right now. He feels good about where he is.”
And Ross’ confidence?
“He is pretty confident in his ability,” Coughlin said.
Ross spoke briefly with reporters today, but offered very little about Monday’s game or his benching.
“I’m ready to move on,” he said. “It’s a big week this week against Philly. They have a really explosive team to go against and it’s time to get on to next week.”
As Coughlin noted, Ross said he feels confident and comfortable playing the entire game.
“I’m in great shape,” Ross said. “I feel like I ‘m ready to go so if we have 60 snaps or 80, I feel like I am prepared to play all of them.”