Q. Is there a leadership counsel or do you meet with the captains at any time over the course of the week? (Bo Wulf)
NICK SIRIANNI: I do, I do. Yeah, we do that on Saturday after walkthrough.
Q. Is it just the captains or is it larger than that? (Bo Wulf)
NICK SIRIANNI: No, it’s a select group of guys from every different position group.
Q. Is that something you learned from Colts Head Coach Frank Reich? (Bo Wulf)
NICK SIRIANNI: Yeah, he did that and I, obviously, thought that was a good idea and it’s just a way to have open communication with your players and talk through different things. Schedules, issues, anything that pops up. It’s just an easy way to all of us gather right there after the walkthrough and talk for two, three, four, five minutes.
Q. How much does that change during the year, as far as who’s involved, or does it change? (John McMullen)
NICK SIRIANNI: You know what, it started off with a select group of guys and it’s stayed that way the whole time.
Q. Is RB Jordan Howard going to be down? (Jeff McLane)
NICK SIRIANNI: He’ll be down.
Q. And then CB Darius Slay? (Jeff McLane)
NICK SIRIANNI: Yeah, he passed his protocol and he’ll be up.
Q. Obviously, a lot of newness from the Giants in a short week. How do you approach that as far as – from your perspective, the game planning is the same, but from Eagles Defensive Coordinator Jonathan Gannon’s perspective, it’s got to be a little bit different. What do you say to him during the week? (John McMullen)
NICK SIRIANNI: Again, we have two guys on our staff that actually went through this. [Eagles Offensive Coordinator] Shane [Steichen] took over playing calling duties in the middle of the year, Jim Bob took over play calling duties in the middle of the year, so they were able to talk – [Eagles Defensive Coordinator] Jonathan [Gannon] came and asked me about it, and I said, ‘You know what, we got two guys here, go talk to them.’ So, I know he went to talk to them. You also saw this because [Giants Senior Offensive Assistant] Freddie [Kitchens] took over play calling duties there in Cleveland, so we were able to get a little bit of that information as well. When you’re going against some unknowns, you just got to play your rules and be ready to adjust as needed throughout the game.
Q. You both worked under Todd Haley. Do you see any similarities with this offense? (Mike Kaye)
NICK SIRIANNI: No, I don’t and that was a long time ago too, as far as when I worked with Todd [Haley], so a lot of things have changed.
Q. A few weeks ago you mentioned the rivalry board you guys have. What’s on that rivalry board for the Giants? (Zach Berman)
NICK SIRIANNI: It has four big screens pushed up against each other that is just constantly playing highlights from Giants games in the past. Obviously only Eagles clips. There are two helmets stacked next to each other, an Eagles helmet and a Giants helmet. Off to the right side of it – because it’s a big wall, it’s probably a little bit bigger than this wall behind me, there’s just dates of famous games with a picture above it with a famous play from that game.
Q. As someone who is new to Philly what moments or games have stood out to you as you walked by it this week? (Zach Berman)
NICK SIRIANNI: The [Brian] Westbrook play with a punt return. There was a DeSean Jackson play with another punt return. Obviously, the Chuck Bednarik play with Frank Gifford. Those are the three plays that really stick to my mind that popped out. There are a lot of good plays on that, I don’t want to leave anyone out. [Jeremy] Maclin had big touchdown in 2010. I don’t want to sound like too much of a nerd either because I looked at all that stuff too.
Q. Who is the most likely on your defense to pull a Bednarik? (Bo Wulf)
NICK SIRIANNI: [Smiling] Illegal, so we’ll stay away from that.
Q. Speaking of the rivalry, obviously the Giants were upset in the regular season finale last year, before you were here obviously, with the way that game ended. Do you think that carries over at all into this game? (Martin Frank)
NICK SIRIANNI: That’s a good question, but that’s something I can’t speak on since I wasn’t here for it. I wasn’t in the building for it. It’s a big rivalry that we are all blessed to be a part of. I am just honored that I can be a part of this rivalry. And it’s a rare thing in the NFL – I don’t want to say a rare thing, but it’s pretty cool to have the rivalries that we have in this division, so I am just honored to be a part of it.
Q. Were there any takeaways from coaches on your staff that have experienced those changes in season about what to expect? (Tim McManus)
NICK SIRIANNI: I think the main takeaway – and we’ve talked about it before in here, is that there are going to be differences. It’s not going to be the same, and that’s just the case with anybody calling it. If Coach Kitchens and Coach Garrett [former Giants Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett] have the same philosophy, even if they think about football exactly the same, it’s still going to play out different. And I don’t know how close they think about football, I am not in those meeting with them, obviously. So, again just expect the unexpected.