Disturbed from their recent losses the New York Giants (6-4) will set out to meet the New Orleans Saints (7-3) on Monday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints will be well rested because of their bye week, the Giants on the other hand will try to concentrate on winning amidst lack of form. Coach Tom Coughlin confesses that his players are having a hard time to concentrating on winning since their 24-20 victory over their arch-rivals, the New England Patriots. Coughlin also knows that his players should get their head straight before they enter the noisy Superdome.
One factor that will play a big role in the Monday-match would be the environment in the Stadium. The Saints’ fans at the Superdome have been known to distraught opponents with their “crowd-skills”. Teams defeated at the Superdome have said that the result of the match would have been different if they had played in a Saints’ fans-free stadium, but that is one of the reasons Superdome is known for.
Coughlin admitted that the crowd could be difficult to handle at times, nonetheless it was something players had to get used too. Fans come to support their teams and their antics are part of the play. Fans have the power to motivate their players and humiliate their opponents. This power comes in extremely handy when a stage is set with flying tackles, physical confrontations and men running around with high testosterone levels.
Coughlin commented on the issue saying, “I think what you have to do, no matter where you are on the road, you really have to play well in order to try to do as best you can with the crowd. Their crowd is a good crowd and they do rally when things are going their way, whether it is a sack, turnover or big play. Whatever it may be and they enjoy that aspect of football and they know that they make an impact on you. ‘Poise the noise’ is really important and what is more important is playing well consistently over four quarters and trying to do the best job you can to make the plays that will not necessarily key the crowd to be loud and difficult to deal with.”
Coughlin further added that emotions and intensity affected the game a lot. Coughlin expressed, “They matter very much. The spirit and the heart, those things are very important. You do have the element of preparation and the X’s and O’s, the grinding away and learning of the opponent and spending the extra time but as the week builds on and you get closer to the actual game, the emotions, esprit (de corps), and the recognition of what is at stake and the competitiveness of the individual and the team, all of those things become big factors. They are important in our game because our game is an emotional game.”