Giants’ biggest challenge for Sunday game – power outages not Steelers
However, just like the rest of over a million New Yorkers and New Jersey residents stranded without power and public transportation, the New York Giants player too were initially threatened by the disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy. However, with the 6-4 New York slated to host a tough opponent in Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday, the will of man prevailed over the devastating force of Mother Nature.
Despite the horrific conditions awarded by Hurricane Sandy, all members of the New York Giants’ 53 man-roster, practice squad, coaches and training staff reported for practice on Wednesday after arriving in the city on Monday from last week’s crushing victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Although New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin is committed to keeping the players focused on the task ahead, he declared it “foolish” to turn a blind eye on the player’s pressing off-field duties.
“Although, I would like very much to make sure that the focus is 100 percent on the task at hand,” said Tom Coughlin, “I think you do have to have a little bit of a mature attitude about these young men, their families and some of the circumstances they might be going through… Everyone has been struck by this”
“I’ll try to do the best I can with that, but there’s no avoiding what’s happened here. We realize this is a part of life,” continued Tom Coughlin. “We’ve been struck by a blow by Mother Nature and we have to deal with it the best way we can.”
New York Giants safety Stevie Brown who’s been sitting without power since Monday too was moving on from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy by bringing his laptop, cell phone and flashlight for charging during practice at the Metlife Stadium. One of the top concerns for the New York Giants has been the player’s ability to review the Pittsburgh Steelers’ game tapes ahead of Sunday so that Tom Coughlin could begin breaking down the cut-ups in the next team meeting.
Mark Herzlich, who is slated to start at middle linebacker had reviewed four tapes of the Pittsburgh Steelers game by Tuesday. Ne w York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who’s residing in a hotel after moving his family to a safe place after his lobby flooded due to Hurricane Sandy had the time in-between to upload the game tapes in his laptop. Eli Manning arrived early for practice Wednesday to undergo another round of studying.
Linebacker Michael Boley said that the team planned stay at the headquarters longer, to get more time to review the game tapes due to power outages in an overwhelming majority of New York Giants players and coaches’ homes.
“Not a lot of things are going to change around here, storm or not,” stated Michael Boley.
Other New York Giants players, who’ve lost their homes to the water and were left with hours of power outages, are getting back in routine by crashing at their gracious teammates’ homes. New York Giants Punter Steve Weatherford and his family are staying with kicker Lawrence Tynes. Left guard Kevin Boothe too hosted Tight end Martellus Bennett and his wife at his home Tuesday.