Damon Harrison doesn’t think the Giants have the league’s best defense and he doesn’t care, either.
“No, sir, we’re not,” Harrison said when asked if he considered Big Blue’s “D” No. 1.
Undoubtedly they’re in the conversation, though, along with the Broncos, Seahawks and Ravens.The Giants held both the Cowboys and Lions to single digits the past two weeks and rank third in fewest points allowed per game.
Harrison wouldn’t say who has a better defense than the Giants, saying the conversation misses the bigger point.
There’s no big piece of hardware for the league’s top defense.
“That’s not our goal,” Harrison said. “Our goal is obviously to make it to the playoffs and put a fifth trophy in the case.
“If that comes with it, then fine. That’s just not something that’s talked about.”
Discussing the Super Bowl is not a taboo subject at 1925 Giants Drive. Ben McAdoo talked about his goal of winning the big game at his introductory press conference and during his first team meeting.
With the playoffs just one more win away, it seems Super Bowl talk is front and center more than ever around the Giants.
“It was talked about in the very first meeting and just about every meeting since then,” Harrison said. “If you don’t take anything from any meeting we have, you know the ultimate goal. It’s something that’s spoken about a lot.”
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It’s worth noting that later on Monday Paul Perkins denied hearing Super Bowl talk in meetings, but that likely was just the case of a rookie not wanting to be accused of thinking past the next game.
That next game comes in Philadelphia on Thursday, and it can be the playoff clincher for the Giants.
McAdoo frames the Super Bowl goal as motivation for the Giants to focus on the task at hand.
“We talk about everything is out in front of us and we have to make sure we are taking care of the task at hand and that is the important thing for us,” he said. “We make sure that we focus our attention and we have to be where our feet are, especially in a week like this where every second counts and we can’t waste a second of any day leading up to the ballgame.”
Eli Manning reiterated that point, calling the Super Bowl the “far goal” and that all the work is “to give yourself an opportunity to win a championship.”
Obviously, the Giants have given themselves that opportunity — in large part due to the play of the defense — and are playing good football in December.
But McAdoo knows Big Blue can’t afford a misstep against the Eagles.
“It’s a division rival. You could throw the records out the window,” McAdoo said. “It’s going to be a physical game on a short week. We need to focus on taking care of the task at hand and focus on taking care of each day and the plan for each day.”