Terrell Thomas: We’re not worrying about Week One

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Patience is a virtue near and dear to Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas’ heart.

The Giants have shown tremendous patience with a player that hasn’t played since the end of the 2010 season because of a pair of torn ACLs and Thomas wants fans of the team to have patience with the defense in the early weeks of the season. Injuries to Jason Pierre-Paul, Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown have kept the unit from working together this summer and Thomas believes it may take them some time to gel as a result.

“We’re not worrying about Week 1,” Thomas said, via Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News. “It’s a buildup. Our biggest goal is the Super Bowl. However we get into the playoffs, it doesn’t matter. We’ve always kicked and scratched and got in there, anyway. So we’re not worried about if we win or lose the first week.”

The long wait for the first week of the season can sometimes lead to overreactions about a loss in what is one of 16 games in a league where only one team in history has run the table from Week One through the Super Bowl. Barring a catastrophic injury to Eli Manning, the results of Week One are not likely to have an impact on the big picture for the Giants.

That said, the Giants haven’t “always kicked and scratched and got in there.” They’ve missed the playoffs in three of the last four years because they haven’t been able to master the regular season grind. It doesn’t matter how you get in, but it matters that you do get in and the ability of the Giants defense to come together is going to have a lot to do with whether or not they can pull it off this year.

17 responses to “Terrell Thomas: We’re not worrying about Week One

  1. Way to reach for the stars Terrell…As a huge Giants fan, I guess Im now expecting another glamorous 9-7 season and they ‘hope’ to squeak into the playoffs???? Great.

  2. Ahmad Bradshaw referenced the team having the same attitude last year, “kicking and scratching,” waiting for things to just click, being the main reason they didn’t make the playoffs. Less talk more play buddy.

  3. Is he basically saying that they’re going to lose to the Cowboys? If I were a Giants fan, I definitely wouldn’t want to hear a player essentially concede. That’s lame.

  4. Giants are lucky to be in the NFC East where you can win the division with just 9 or 10 wins. In most divisions you have no chance and are praying for a wild card berth.

  5. I would be concerned – Dallas has a great passing offense with three outstanding threats catching 80+ balls/year….

  6. All the best Terrell–may GOD keep you and your mates healthy and keep the injury bug at bay. Now to patience–1 game a season does not make–however—this is the COWBOYS so the only thing I want to understand is how the Giants opened a can of whuppin at AT&T on Sunday. Expectations are very high for that outcome.

  7. As a Giants fan I will take a story book ride to the super bowl rather than supreme domination all season. Lets also be serious this team is not dominating the league with this squad. However they are the best at kicking at clawing their way in.

    I am mum on this season. GMEN are never good in preseason but you can’t help but notice glaring holes every where on the roster. We shall see how it pans out.

  8. It is a divisional game? Of course it is going to have an impact! The Giants rarely beat teams outside of the division.

    Look at last year, destroyed by Atlanta, Baltimore(again,) Pittsburgh(again,) Cincinnati and near loss to the Browns. Sure we beat the Pack and San Fran but when was the last time the Giants had a winning record outside the division and now they don’t care about inside the division either?

    When were you planning on pulling out a W?

  9. Don’t you normally hear athletes talking about winning one game at a time, and focusing on the game in front of them? Seems kind of odd to be thinking playoffs while blowing off the first game.

  10. It’s not the first half of the season I worry about is the second. If there were only 8 games the Giants would be dynasty. The defense is the weak point we know. If that does not improve, we will miss the playoffs yet again. period.

  11. Terrell Thomas concedes that the Giants are in the running to draft Clowney, and he is not talking about Rex Ryan.

  12. nananatman says:
    Sep 4, 2013 11:24 AM

    when was the last time the Giants had a winning record outside the division


    They’ve had a winning record outside the division for the last 3 years.

  13. News flash Giant fans–anyone who paid attention to the pre-season saw a resurgent push in the defensive front. The acquisitions of Patterson and Jenkins as well as Rogers return to health is going to give us a middle presence that we have not had for a couple of seasons freeing up the ends and LB’s (where the real ? is). The addition of Moore at DE who I predict will see some playing time will help give the mainstays a blow as he developes and keep guys fresh. Sleep on that defensive front if you want ant you’ll find yourself peeping out the earhole!

  14. nananatman says:
    Sep 4, 2013 11:24 AM

    when was the last time the Giants had a winning record outside the division


    The Patriots, the Packers, the 49ers, the Saints?

    All teams we beat over the last 2 years that are considered Superbowl contenders, not in the NFC East.

    Do you watch football?

  15. Totally disagree. One game, especially a divisional game, can easily be the difference for a team with playoff aspirations. In the NFC East, no one team is ever a lock to run away with the division, unlike the AFC East.

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