New York Giants practice pool report
By Jason Cole
Pro Football Writers of America
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012
The strong preparation of the NFL kept the New York Giants final
practice before Super Bowl XLVI on schedule despite a problem with one
of the team buses.
The second of four buses carrying the team from the Downtown Marriott
to the University of Indianapolis had to be replaced after engine
problems. The NFL had a substitute bus on hand to deal with the issue
and quickly got the players and coaches back en route. There was a
delay of roughly five minutes between the first bus arriving and the
second, third and fourth buses finishing the 5 1/2-mile journey.
The Giants went through a crisp, 48-minute walk-through practice with
every player on the team in uniform and accounted for. The NBC Sports
crew of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Dick Ebersol, Fred Gaudelli and
Drew Esocoff were on hand to observe, along with Lt. Col. Greg Gadson,
the long-time friend of Giants wide receivers coach Mike Sullivan.
Gadson was with the Giants throughout their playoff run to the title in
the 2007 season.
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw showed barely a hint of soreness in his
ankle as he went through all the scripted situations for the offense.
In addition, safety Tyler Sash and defensive end Osi Umenyiora
participated in the light-but-focused work.
“He looked fine, no soreness, nothing you could notice,” New York
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said regarding Bradshaw. “This was all
situational stuff, nothing unusual. It was a Saturday morning jog-thru,
The Giants began the practice with approximately 10 minutes of work on
special teams situations. The team then alternated offensive and
defensive series with backup quarterback David Carr playing the role of
Tom Brady for the scout team offense.
The Giants offense looked particularly sharp on its goal-line passing
sets as it went through the motions of the final practice, finishing
with the traditional victory formation. Coughlin said the team would
meet again tonight from approximately 7:30 to 9:15 with a special teams
meeting, followed by a team meeting to again review situations. The
players will then be shown a three- to four-minute highlight video set
to music to “get them in the right frame of mind,” said Coughlin, who
will speak to the team after the video and before breaking for a team
The players will be sequestered at the Downtown Marriott tonight. There
will be brief meetings Sunday and then the players will be kept off
their feet the rest of the day until taking the three-block ride from
the hotel to Lucas Oil Stadium roughly three hours before the game.
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