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Coughlin “Walking Around Like a Crazy Man” After Not Making the Postseason

Giants coach Tom Coughlin whipped himself into a frenzy during a 30-minute interview with WFAN Radio’s Mike Francesa Thursday evening, the disappointment of missing the postseason a year after winning Super Bowl XLVI clearly eating away at him.

“I can’t even describe how it hurts. I don’t know what to do,” Coughlin said on WFAN. “I’m walking around here like a crazy man. I am. I don’t know what to do with myself. We shouldn’t be doing this right now. The pain of it is almost indescribable.”

Coughlin’s frustration is understandable. The Giants at times played like the best team in the league — big wins against the playoffs-bound 49ers and Packers — but yet again fell victim to another second-half slide. And while getting hot down the stretch has been the m.o. of their past two Super Bowl runs, the Giants couldn’t find that switch this year.

“When you have things in your grasp, and our team has developed a reputation for playing well under those circumstances, and I think that’s what’s so frustrating for you and for everyone else who follows our team so closely,” Coughlin said. “Is that, ‘OK, they’ve got the thing set, the table is set for the Giants, this is where they normally step up and play extremely well.’ … But we’re taking it all apart right now as a coaching staff, and hopefully we can provide some answers.”

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5 Responses to “Coughlin “Walking Around Like a Crazy Man” After Not Making the Postseason”

  1. This blog sucks says:

    Thanks Tom for the “friggin’ perspective.” Stupid fans we are.

  2. thanks for the information! Mike

  3. DP says:

    Giants fans we need to be concerned and seeking of answers. The 2012 Giants vastly underachieved, why should we believe 2013 will be any different? When will Coach Coughlin figure out why his teams consistently start seasons strong and drag to the finish line? Will moving pre-season camp from Albany to New Jersey resolve this chronic issue? Can Coach Coughlin trust his rookies enough to ‘feed them to the fire’ early in the season and accept their growing pains? Or must we continue to follow the next man up syndrome, while the rookies wait for those ahead of them on the depth chart to falter?

    Do the Giants players as constructed on this roster have the overall collective ‘character’ to be successful in 2013? Does the organizational leadership (GM and HC) have the foresight to recognize there is a changing dynamic beginning to take place in the NFL?

    Why should we as fans believe anything will be different next year? Perhaps we are what our record says we are, a middle of the road and mediocre team. I would like to think not, I would love to believe Eli will return to form, the newly constructed D Line will once again become ferocious, the O Line will discover the fountain of youth, and Nicks will remain healthy and explosive for an entire season.

    I hope underachieving in 2012 stings the Giants as much as it stings the fans. There are character teams in this league, we know who they are. Sadly as a life long NY Giants fan, I don’t feel confident that we are among them at this time.

    The 2012 Super Bowl is behind us now, time to move forward!!

  4. DP says:

    Is it true that JR is now stating the Giants should have rested Nicks for a longer period of time this season? What like the Redskins did with Gouchon?

    If the JR statement is indeed true, I find that troubling. As a Giants fan I truly hope that JR and TC are on the same page regarding identification of what is necessary to return the Giants to prominence. If they are at any “odds” how might that play out during the off-season and into next year?

    I could see JR wanting Randle and others to get more of an opportunity, while resting Nicks more adequately. However, JR is not a VP/GM/Coach like Shanahan is with the Skins; so he can probably make a recommendation, but TC is the one with responsibility to act.

    Why? to increase the possibility of getting off to a customary good start, like 6-2?

    I hope I am wrong, however, I see a potentially problematic GM-HC relationship brewing in 2013, especially if the Giants ‘fail’ to respond the 1st half of the season with their customary strong start. Potential Injuries not withstanding.

    Fixes for annual 2nd half swoon: (1) moving pre-season training camp from Albany to New Jersey? (2) How about eliminating the ‘mid-season’ or BYE Week vacation the players annually receive. Bring these players in everyday during the bye week and have them receive treatment, perform film study, and get some conditioning done or the field, or better yet, work on areas needing improvement. Every year they return ‘sluggishly’ from the bye-week and it seems to carry on for much of the 2nd half. How many of us really feel like jumping back into the work fray immediately when we return from vacation. In 2013, no mid-season vacation or break for the Giants during the BYE Week, let’s try it. Something must change to break the disturbing routine of 2nd half collapses.

    • Jason C. says:

      No way should the players work through the bye week, that’s ludicrous. They need the rest, if this team hasn’t shown you that I don’t know what will. You say there are character organizations and the Giants aren’t one of them? Then what are the teams you’re talking about? The Patriots, who haven’t won a Super Bowl since they came up on the wrong side of a cheating scandal? The Packers, who’s lone Super Bowl victory since old man river’s departure was in a year they squeaked into the playoffs? The Ravens, who’s spiritual leader is a murderer? The Falcons, who haven’t won a playoff game since I reached puberty? See where this is going? The Giants are THE class of the NFL, this was a down year, through 3 games at least, fix those issues, win some close one’s, this team is still in the race. I’m confident for 2013, you don’t need to get on board, but you should.

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