INDIANAPOLIS (CBS) – The Giants haven’t been shy this week in expressing their confidence heading into Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Patriots, and as a result, they’ve been interpreted by the media and fans as being a little bit cocky.
Head coach Tom Coughlin says that’s not fair.
“I know there’s been one or two quotes,” Coughlin said, “but I think, to be honest with you, I don’t know that any of them is any different than Tom Brady’s.”
Brady’s comment to which Coughlin refers came last weekend, when the Patriots’ quarterback told more than 20,000 fans gathered at Gillette Stadium, “We’re going to give it our best and hopefully we have a lot more people at our party next weekend.”
To most, the word “hopefully” prevented that statement from serving as any sort of guarantee, but to some, the party preparation was a direct shot at the Giants’ chances of winning the game.
A couple of days later, Giants safety Antrel Rolle told reporters, “We’re going to win this thing.”
Chris Canty then told New Yorkers to “get ready for a great game on Super Bowl Sunday, and get ready for a parade on Tuesday.” Jason Pierre-Paul also said that Brady “was reacting to pressure that didn’t exist” in the teams’ meeting this season.
“We always [tell] our teams, ‘Humble enough to prepare, confident enough to perform,'” Coughlin said on Friday.
Coughlin also used a popular refrain of Belichick (“the hay is in the barn”) to indicate that he disagrees with such a philosophy when it comes to preparing his team to play.
“I don’t like [saying], ‘The hay is in the barn,'” Coughlin said. “I don’t think [preparation] ever stops.”
And in the final moment we’ll all see Coughlin before Sunday, the head coach stopped briefly to pose with the Lombardi Trophy. Earlier, Belichick walked past the trophy without stopping for photos.