From week to week, opponent to opponent, players are given a scouting report in a white binder. You can imagine the heftiness as it has to be thick enough to fit each detail Tom Coughlin and his coaching staff have combed over in studying the upcoming team.
The aggregation of intel, however, is somewhat limited when it comes to new regimes.
That’s the case in Tampa Bay, where Greg Schiano is in his first year as an NFL head coach along with a new staff. For that, Coughlin went back to college.
“We watched all the Rutgers film,” Coughlin said about facing Schiano, who coached the Scarlet Knights from 2001-11. “In all three phases. Of course, we watched all the preseason games. They continue to have a good scheme.”
However, the NFL is a whole different ballgame, and an eight-year vet like linebacker Michael Boley has seen the curve balls when playing against a new coach.
“Facing a new head coach kind of keeps you on your toes as far as what you’re going to get,” said Boley, who played for two first-year head coaches himself with the Atlanta Falcons between 2005 and 2008. “Most coaches, from year to year, they kind of have staples as far as things they’re used to – what’s their identity, so to speak. So facing a new coach, early on it’s kind of throwing everybody off because you don’t really know what to expect.”
Meanwhile, the Giants have studied the Bucs’ 2012 preseason (Tampa went 2-2) and their Week 1 victory. So what have the Giants seen so far?
“We saw a very tough, physical team,” Boley said. “They set the tone early, saying, ‘You know what, we’re a new team and we’re going to hit you in your mouth.’ They did a good job of that.”
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