Quinn “Ticked” Over Not-so Special Teams Play
Giants special teams coordinator Tom Quinn is generally a man of few words. But he had plenty to say about his unit’s performance last week against the Steelers.
“We’re (ticked) about that,” he said. “The defense bailed us out, take our hats off to them, but we have to do our job. We didn’t do our job, we weren’t physical enough, weren’t fast enough down the field and we didn’t get off any blocks.”
Actually Quinn’s sentiments about his unit began to sufaece even before the fiasco against the Steelers, as he noted that the unit started out strong, but that its consistency has slipped in recent weeks.
“We’ve been giving up one this game, two games later we give up one. We were more consistent last year. I think we have more tackles inside the 20 this year, but we don’t want to be giving up one every couple games or the stuff that we had last week. We have to be more consistent.”
Part of the problem on special teams has been that the unit is missing several key pieces, such as linebackers Jacquian Williams and Keith Rivers, and safety Will Hill.
“The core of your special teams would come from that group,” Quinn admitted. “But we’ve played a lot of those guys that were on the field. We have to be able to make the plays. That’s no excuse.”
In particular, Quinn sounded excited about having Hill, the undrafted rookie free agent who’s expected to be activated for Sunday’s game after serving a four-game suspension for having violated the league’s policy on PEDs
“He’s got speed, quickness and good power for the position,” Quinn said of Hill. “He’s pretty dynamic that way. He’ll separate from guys and make guys miss and elude them as they’re trying to block him. We’ll see how he picks up after a four-game layoff. We like the things he did when he was playing.”