The old saying goes “On any given Sunday any team in the NFL can beat any other team.” This phase was coined by Commissioner Bert Bell in the 1950s. It was true then and it’s true now as we all found out this past Sunday. It is a recurring issue with the NY Giants football team under head coach Tom Coughlin.
People have been pointing fingers at different individuals as the reason for the loss. The bottom line was that Tynes missed the game winning field goal, a common occurrence in the NFL. This happens all the time, ask yourself how many times have the Giants won on last minute field goals or the other team’s missing one? A certain super bowl comes to mind against the Buffalo Bills.
The honest truth is that the Giants man for man is the better team. It’s also true that the Giants sustained too many injuries to have played up to their potential. I am sure there is enough blame to go around as to why the Giants lost to the Eagles. Even though the Giants won two super bowls in the past 5 years I am not a big fan of Tom Coughlin and much less so of Kevin Gilbride. I ask though how many better head coaches are there than TC? Not many, so I can live with him, I don’t feel the same way about Kevin Gilbride, I think he is borderline incompetent. Eli Manning has saved Gilbride’s job too many times to count.
Later today and tomorrow I am going to do my usual play-by-play weekly review of the game. During this time I will see who exactly was to blame for the loss, honestly does it matter? The fact is the Giants lost a game they should have won. This is how it works every season and for every team in sports not just football and not just the NFL. The best thing any team can do is look at the film, find out what mistakes they made and correct them if they can.
It does seem like the Eagles coaching staff has the Giants’ number. The Giants are a very predictable team and in my opinion it has cost them over the years. But every time I get annoyed at the team or say that was a poor call or how come they don’t do this or that I remember the amazing super bowl wins they did have. How many teams have won two super bowls in the last five years? It was not something that is common place especially now in the NFL. Not to mention if Plax did not shoot himself in the leg it could have been a third.
We all want to know why. So I will do what I do best, although not everybody agrees on how well I do it. I will review the plays and the players along with the other aspects to the game in-depth. We might all be a little surprised on who is at fault, for some of us it might just reinforce what we already knew.
It’s coming and it might not be pretty.