Giants defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan said Thursday that he would continue to rotate rookie Clint Sintim and veteran Danny Clark at strongside linebacker. Sheridan doesn't think there's a huge issue with his players not finding a rhythm because it's not like they're every-down players.
But Jenny Vrentas from the Star-Ledger reports that things got a little "awkward" when Clark was asked whether Sintim's presence on the team had become a motivating factor for him.
"This is so out of left field,” Clark told reporters in the Meadowlands. “I wasn’t expecting these questions. I wasn’t expecting that. I’m sorry. I gotta tighten up. I wasn’t ready yet."
Clark was asked whether the prospect of having his job taken by a rookie was a motivating factor. He quickly handed down some interviewing advice.
"You’re saying the wrong questions," said Clark. "We’ve got a good team concept, so he’s a kid that’s doing well and he’ll play well. But again, I’m going to go out there and do the best I can."
This job would be so much easier if players would simply feed us the appropriate questions. But honestly, I can see why a proud veteran like Clark is getting a bit testy. He's been a valuable leader on this team and he's someone that Tom Coughlin has a lot of trust in. But the writing's on the wall. Clark's going to eventually become a starter for the Giants -- and strongside linebacker seems like a likely landing spot right now.