Coughlin report: Talk is cheap

After the New York Giants dropped a sloppy 20-12 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Giants coach Tom Coughlin was frustrated.

He was agitated with the team's 10 penalties. Also, the Giants failed to score a touchdown despite being at the Colts' 12-yard line or better on four occasions. Afterward, Coughlin made reference to his team needing to get back to work and "stop reading the clippings."

"Let’s go prove what we are, who we are and what we have," he said after the game. "Instead of everybody telling us how good we are, let’s go prove something."

In a conference call with reporters on Monday afternoon, Coughlin dropped an old mantra when asked what he meant about the "clippings" remark.

"I am about 'don’t tell, show me,'" Coughlin said. "Talk is cheap, play the game -- I'd like to see us play. And I'd like to see us go forward and be productive and do some outstanding things and then let people talk about it."

I haven't gotten the sense that the Giants have an inflated sense of self from what has been written about them. Either way, Coughlin has certainly gotten the impression that the Giants need to feel more like they got something to prove.

Center of attention: With David Baas out for perhaps the next several weeks with an MCL injury, the Giants have to figure out who they will use as the starting center. They've moved Kevin Boothe to center in several practices in camp thus far. And when they do that, they have the option of either sliding David Diehl to left guard and using Justin Pugh or James Brewer at right tackle, or they can keep Diehl at right tackle and use Brewer or Pugh at left guard. Or they can start Jim Cordle like they did when Baas went down on the opening drive on Sunday night. Cordle played 42 snaps on Sunday, the most of any Giant.

"We are going to discuss that as we go along," Coughlin said. "There are plenty of opportunities to play going forward. Whatever decision we make, you'll have Cordle and the other centers all involved."

TC review: Coughlin said the Giants held the Colts to "2.7 [yards a carry] and they had seven runs of minus yardage and we averaged four yards a clip." He liked that.

But he didn't like the Giants giving up six sacks, the 10 penalties and the drought in the red zone. Coughlin also felt the Giants should have come up with five interceptions.

Man in the middle: Dan Connor got the start at middle linebacker on Sunday but Coughlin isn't saying who will start there against the Jets on Saturday. Mark Herzlich started the preseason opener against Pittsburgh.

"They will both play," Coughlin said. "They will both play a lot. I don't know the order we will decide on this weekend. We will see how the first part of the week in practice goes."