Tom Coughlin talked to reporters during a teleconference this morning. He said receiver Placixo Buress is not working out with the team because of his suspension. Here are some of the highlights:
How does Plaxico's suspension change the offense: "Well, you're talking about a really outstanding football player. What has been here before in situations that are similar, whether it be a player injured or whatever is that other people realize that they have to player better than they've been playing in order to compensate. So that's what has to happen."
What reaction did you get from the team after the suspension? "A very good reaction. Players understood it. And they understood why, and they went back to work."
On Eli Manning's maturation: Well, I just think when we got to the postseason last year he almost completely eliminated any turnovers. And that was huge for our team. We had one turnover in the Super Bowl, and that was on a tipped ball coming off the line of scrimmage, and that's the only one that Eli was a part of.
"So, that certainly has been a real huge issue. We've only had the one this year."
On the play of tight end Kevin Boss: "He's a very athletic guy and has good focus. He wants to be a good player. There's a lot of work for him to do and for a lot of young guys to do to get to the point where we feel that their progress is where it needs to be.
But nevertheless, we had the inclination that we thought he was going to be a player."
Does he feel he's changed on how he deals with players? "I think I've communicated better than I have in the past. And I think I've taken the time to do that, and attack more significance to it. I've been more keenly aware of trying to make everyone understand what's being done and why it's being done. And do so with enough advance notice where there's time for it to sink in."
Have you seen a change in the way the team responds to you because of that? "I think so. I think the players are well aware that we're trying to do everything we possibly can in the best interest of our team."