Dirk Koetter on Cairo Santos, Jason Pierre-Paul and Facing the Giants

Head coach Dirk Koetter spoke to the media on Friday of Week 11.

(On if a challenging aspect of the Giants is how quickly they get the ball out to the perimeter)

“Yeah, they do a good job of that. They’ve had some protection issues this year. Of course. with Eli [Manning’s] experience, he’s always been a guy that can get it out fast and they have reason to get it out fast. They’re a good passing team. I think they’re 11th or 12th in passing and they’ve got good weapons on the outside.”

(On if he likes what he’s seen from kicker Cairo Santos)

“Yes. So far, of course. He’s the only kicker we’ve got, we better like him. He had a good week at practice – anxious to see him go to work on Sunday.”

(On the team’s injuries)

“Other than the obvious injuries that keep guys out for long periods of time, we’re a little nicked up this week. That’s the NFL. When you get to this part of the season, no one’s feeling sorry for you. The good news, it’s next man up and we’ve got guys that are excited to go in there and get their opportunity.”

(On if there is any truth to players playing better in their hometown)

“I’m not sure you could put a measurement on that. I think one thing that happens – I know one person today said they had like 28 family members going to be at the game. Obviously, guys that are from that area have a lot of people. When we get in tomorrow, they’ll see them at the hotel. Of course, they want to perform well for family and friends. I think JPP (Jason Pierre-Paul) is a special case because he was a star in that city and for that team. Everybody has their own motivation from week-to-week. I think there’s probably something to that, but you can’t put a number on it.”

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