Fewell, Gilbride lament lack of big plays

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride spoke with the media Thursday.

You'll notice a common theme: Both brought up the lack of big plays from their respective units, saying the players are in position to make them.

Here are some highlights:


• The Giants' defense is ranked 30th in the NFL in total yards allowed (5,817), behind only the Saints and Jaguars. Fewell was asked if he is frustrated, considering he has so many players back from last year's Super Bowl team.

"It's frustrating for me and for the defense to give up the big play," Fewell said. "That's been our nemesis all year. Have we worked to eliminate the big play? Yes, we have. Have we been able to do that? No, we haven't. I can't tell you why."

• When asked if he is perplexed by the blowout losses to the Falcons and Ravens the past two weeks, Fewell said, "I think we all are. We've prepared better than what we've played. We haven't made plays. I think if you look at the tape, we're in position to make plays, and we haven't made plays."

• Defensive captain Justin Tuck has just three sacks on the year and missed last week's game because of a shoulder injury. Fewell was asked if he can tell how much injuries have affected Tuck.

"That's a hard question for me to answer," Fewell said. "Is he as effective as he was at the end of last year right now? No."


• The Giants haven't played the Eagles since Week 4, back on Sept. 30. Gilbride was asked what the Eagles are doing differently since then.

"They have changed some," Gilbride said. "Most notable, they've received a lot of attention with those wide-nine ends and they've moved them inside. The last four games, they've been less likely to blitz."

• The Giants have scored just 14 points the past two weeks.

"We're just not making plays that we've had some opportunities to make, and they're there to be had," Gilbride said. "Whether it's a misfire of a throw, or pressure on the quarterback ... it's been one thing after another. It's just, there's no consistency."

• Gilbride was also asked about the Giants' confidence on offense this week, considering their recent struggles.

"I hope it's good," Gilbride said. "I would hope that we've been good for long enough that there will be determination, a reserve of confidence, and there's a determination to come back and finish the season off the right way. You never know until the game starts."