Giants punter calls Philly 'a dump'

Giants punter Steve Weatherford said today on Twitter that Philly is a "dump." (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

And the trash talking shall continue until the bitter end ...

Giants punter Steve Weatherford shared this with his Twitter followers under the Giants' arrival in Philly yeserday: "Just arrived in Philly. What a dump, Let's get a W and get the heck outta here." He included a link to a photo that appears to be a mural in front of a construction site.

Weatherford's bigger concern likely will be what happens if he decides to punt to DeSean Jackson, although the Giants certainly are planning not to do that.

“Yeah, I mean we’re going to do our best to put the ball on the sidelines or out of bounds and limit the room he has to work with,” Weatherford told reporters. “Ideally, I’d like to have the ball out of bounds. That’s what Coach (Tom) Coughlin’s looking for. But getting the ball outside the numbers on the sidelines is going to be important if you’re not able to get it out of bounds.”

He continued: “You can’t think about what you don’t want to do,” he said. “You just go out there and visualize yourself making the play and punting the ball exactly where you want it to go.”

How concerned are the Giants? This is a sequence from the weekly press conference of Giants special teams coach Tom Quinn:

Q: When punting to DeSean Jackson, is it just a matter of punting it out of bounds?

A: You would like to, but if you could punt it out of bounds forty-yards all the time I think we would be all doing that and have a forty-yard net and feel good about it at the end of the day. He’s explosive, both him and Maclin. You have to be right in coverage and you have to be aggressive in coverage. You have to make sure that everyone’s doing their job - from the snapper, to the punter, to all of the coverage.

Q: What makes Jackson so difficult?

A: He’s so explosive. He’s the fastest guy on the field. If one guy makes a mistake and you don’t have people to cover him up, then he’ll make you pay for the mistake. He’s a good football player.

Q: Dodge took a lot of the responsibility for what happened in that second game against the Eagles last year.

A: It was everybody. It was me. I felt bad that it got all thrown on Matt, but all 11 guys are out there. We all have a hand in it. It starts with me.

Q: What specifically went wrong with the punt Jackson scored on last year?

A: The snap, the punt, and the coverage. It was very poor tackling. It was a poor punt and the snap didn’t help. That’s my job to have the snap where it’s supposed to be and the punt where it’s supposed to be and the coverage where it’s supposed to be.

Q: It was all execution? There’s nothing that you can do now that you learned from it?

A: No. You try to punt the ball out-of-bounds, but we didn’t get that done so you keep fighting.

Q: Fair to say that was the worst 10 to 15 seconds of your coaching career?

A: Easily. You feel like you let the team down. I let the organization down. I let everyone down. You take it hard and it sticks with you and you try to get better.


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