What they are saying in Indy – Volume 2

Giants QB Eli Manning (right) on a moment from their childhood where big brother Peyton picked on him – “His most popular move, he would pin me down and take his knuckles and knock on my chest and make me name the 12 schools in the SEC (Southeastern Conference). I didn’t know them all at the time, but I quickly learned them. I don’t suggest anyone else try it out, but it definitely made me learn the schools of the SEC. Once I figured those out, he moved on. There were 28 teams in the NFL at that point, so all teams in the NFL. I had to get my studying on for that. Then once I figured that out – the one I never got was the 10 brands of cigarettes. When he really wanted to torture me and knew I had no shot of ever getting it, that’s when I just started screaming for my mom or dad to come save me, or maybe Cooper. That was his go-to move.”

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the business of coaching – “Honestly, as a head coach of a professional football team, you make hundreds of decisions every day. I can’t talk to everyone on the team and sit down to have a long conversation with them. Some guys you talk to, some guys you don’t. You can say things one way, and you can say them a different way. You make decisions on strategy, make decisions on personnel, make decisions on motivation and practice reps – all of those kinds of things. There are a lot of things on a daily basis that as the head coach, you are involved in. People come to you and say, ‘How do you want to do it, this way, or that way? Do you have a feeling on this?’ You can make a decision to turn it over to them. Whatever you think is best, that’s what you do, or you can say, ‘I prefer A over B, C over D.’ It’s not just one thing. There are a lot of different elements to it.”

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and what he learned working for Bill Parcells – “Ultimately, anyone who was around Parcells for any length of time learned how to win. That’s the biggest thing I took away from it. When I left the head coach of the New York Giants and became the head coach at Boston College, it was an ideal time for me because I had just come off a Super Bowl championship. My confidence was very high and I believed in how our system worked and the infinite details that went into coaching assignments and working with players, etc. That’s the way my head coaching opportunities began. I think you always stimulate yourself and you’re always trying to improve. No matter what year it is and what the circumstance is, what I’ve always done is taken an offseason and launched myself into something that I can improve upon that our staff and our players can benefit from. That’s how it’s evolved for me.”

Patriots WR Deion Branch on why the Patriots organization has been so successful – “For one, there’s a lot of stability here. You have the same owner, same head coach, same quarterback, so it starts with those guys. There’s a little turnover, but it’s not in the main places. When you have the same head coach, your coaching staff is pretty much the same and your quarterback, your leader. You look at most of the teams that have a lot of the issues, it’s because they have a lot of turnover within the organization…up in the front office, and then your coaches are cycling in and out. If you don’t have any stability within that part, then there’s no way that you’re going to be successful somewhere else.”

Giants WR Victor Cruz on the NFL Draft process that has players like him go undrafted – “I just think there are so many guys out there. There are so many guys that you’re essentially just taking a chance on. Some guys just slip under the radar. Once those hidden gems kind of get figured out and somebody sees them and they get their opportunity to make the best of it, then it’s a great opportunity. It’s a great shot that they took. If they don’t, then it’s another one bites the dust.”

Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork on head coach Bill Belichick – “One thing about Bill is how smart he is and the knowledge he has of the game. It goes beyond Xs and Os with this guy. I just like to learn from a guy like that. One day, who knows, maybe I’ll be coaching Pop Warner and I’ll try to use some of his tricks. I can look back and say that I got it from one of the best coaches to ever coach this game, Bill Belichick.”

One Response to “What they are saying in Indy – Volume 2”

  • January 30, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Sorry, I just vomited. Wish Pioli would too.

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