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Matt Dodge looks to 'bounce back'

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When Matt Dodge got to his locker Wednesday after practice, it didn't take long for a media scrum to form around the New York Giants punter.

Even though he said his way of coping with the punt that lost the game to the Eagles was to forget about it, he answered every uncomfortable question politely. Why so patient?

"Maybe in 10 years I'll be like, 'I'm not answering that,' but right now, ask away," Dodge said.

Before practice he heard about the report that coach Tom Coughlin had fired him on the field the moment DeSean Jackson ran his punt back in for a touchdown.

"I heard that and it's absolutely not true," Dodge said.

He said he was surprised anyone believed the report considering what Coughlin is like.

"That would be completely out of character," Dodge said. "... To think he would do that in front of every team and teammate and players and people in the locker room, no, it definitely wouldn't happen."

Coughlin took a little umbrage at the question in his Wednesday morning press conference.

"Absolutely ridiculous," Coughlin said. "I'm surprised you'd even bring that up with me. Just because it's out there, does that mean -- it's nothing, it's ridiculous."

Dodge said the week has gone well. The only thing out of the ordinary is perhaps all the support he has gotten from teammates like Justin Tuck, guys who are normally supportive but who have gone out of their way to make him feel a part of the team. He's also looking at the positives he can take from the loss at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

"I feel like [I] hit every other punt where I wanted to hit it," Dodge said.

He said he has to focus on the positives because too much negativity will just perpetuate the problems in his game.

"You can let it negatively affect you and I'll be out of here quicker than I can talk," Dodge said.

He even looked at the fact that the weather in Green Bay is supposed to be freezing, just the kind of conditions designed to throw off a visiting punter.

"That's even better opportunity to show you can bounce back," Dodge said. "I mean if we have a dome game, anyone can do well when the conditions are perfect. I'm excited -- this will probably the coldest I've ever been probably in my life, I'm excited."

Jane McManus is a reporter and columnist for ESPNNewYork.com.