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Here We Go Again

I’m not a pessimist, but it’s hard not to be in this day and age. And I’m not just talking football. I try to look at things on the bright side. I’m a Giants blogger, so part of my daily activities is to ruminate on the Giants. It’s what I do. It’s why I love this site, because I get to talk football every day.

But, through my thinking, particularly in recent weeks, one thing keeps coming to mind: Here we go again.

There is a sickness going around, a disease bereft of a cure. It infects the Giants yearly, seemingly. There is no vaccine.

This sickness permeates the team, occludes their ability and takes a team at the top of the mountain top to the bottom.

This horrible sickness, this insidious disease is a simple one: It’s a collapse.

I don’t understand, nor do I plan to ever understand, why the Giants hit a wall when they get to 6-2. I’m not a mathematician, but I don’t think there is anything cursed about those numbers. The Giants get to that record, and all hell breaks loose. This year is no different.

Maybe the Giants weren’t the best team in football, but they showed a certain moxie. Comeback wins, particularly against the Patriots, were really impressive. Eli Manning is playing his best football of his career. Young receivers like Victor Cruz are emerging as stars. Jason Pierre-Paul is emerging as an elite player. Michael Boley was playing great football.

And then something happened. Maybe the Boley injury. But this team came out flat against the Eagles and was just no match for the Saints. Playing the Packers Sunday doesn’t make things easier.

This team has no passion, no fire. It has no desire to be better than the team across from them. It has no desire to win at any costs.

I can’t accurately predict why this happens. Is it a team mentality? Is there a culture of losing? Is it the coach?

Fans will point to Tom Coughlin, and maybe rightfully so. I’m not denying that he isn’t a good coach, because he is. But perhaps his message is getting stale.

Is there a leadership void on the team? Maybe. Eli Manning isn’t exactly fiery. No, you do not have to be fiery to be a good leader, but sometimes, it helps.

I don’t know what goes on in the locker room, on the sidelines. I just know what I see. And I see a team that doesn’t want to be the best. Maybe they’re tired. Again, I don’t know for sure.

But, I do know I’m frustrated, as I’m sure you all are. Is this a Super Bowl team? Probably not. But is this a playoff team, with a chance to make a run? You bet.  And we’re not going to get there. Not even close.

Changes have to be made. Do you start with the coach? I hate to call for someone’s job, because I don’t ever want someone calling for mine. But, I do think Coughlin’s seat is heating up. But let’s not cry for Bill Cowher just yet.

There’s still plenty of season left, and hey, who knows, maybe I’ll be wrong. I hope I am. I just don’t think I am.

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4 Responses to “Here We Go Again”

  1. Mikes92 says:

    I say new training staff lol… I’m tired of all these injuries before the season starts. New weight and conditioning programs and techniques. Maybe you’re right that they get tired after halfway thru the season cuz there conditioning is down. Maybe the staff makes them take it easy instead of running wind sprints to get cardio. Idk it might be that….

  2. dylanroth says:

    The problem is, we will never know.

  3. CMH says:

    Reese’s success with personnel has earned him the right to pick the coach.

    who does he have an affinity for?

  4. Mikes92 says:

    Ya u know sometimes Monday ok

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