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Coughlin: 'Humble enough to prepare, confident enough to perform'

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  February 3, 2012 09:47 AM

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INDIANAPOLIS -- In his last press conference before Super Bowl XLVI, New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin deflected any questions on his team's bravado, saying what his players had said were no different than what Tom Brady has said.

On Wednesday, Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty said Giants fans should "get ready for a parade on Tuesday." On Sunday, during the Patriots' sendoff, Tom Brady said "we're going down there, and we're going down there for one reason. We're going to give it our best and hopefully we have a lot more people at our party next weekend."

Coughlin wasn't deterred by the talk.

"I know that there's one or two quotes out there," Coughlin said. "But I think, to be honest with you, I don't know that any one of them is any different than Tom Brady's.

"I think it's just a matter of our team has played good football against great football teams. We always [tell] our teams, 'Humble enough to prepare, confident enough to perform.' "

The coach said he expects to have his full 53-man roster available for Sunday's game.

"Ahmad [Bradshaw] has practiced two days in a row so that tells you what kind of excitement is there," Coughlin said.

After the press conference, Coughlin posed with the Lombardi Trophy, as is customary for Super Bowl coaches.


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