The Depressing Notes On the Coughlin Presser

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The Bad:

- Lack of first downs. The Giants were 1 / 14 on third down. No rhythm. Offense looks like throwing a dart on the board.

- Mentioned the poorness of the offense in the second half in general, not giving defense a chance to rest.

- The disappointment punt return down the middle of the field that sealed the game.

- Overall mistakes on special teams.

- The missed field goal before the half.

The Good:

Specifically mentioned several times the no-huddle drive before the half. You have to wonder whether the Giants see the writing on the wall and turn to the hurry up offense to get into a rhythm more quickly and get down the field.

Sustained effort to try and win, says there was an improvement in effort since last week.

The team handled the crowd noise well.

Going forward:

Coach Coughlin is depending on the leadership of the team. Depending on having a good practice to build on this week.

Based on this press conference, you can expect the Giants to stay the course and do nothing different in preparation for the Eagles game next week — an absolute MUST WIN game to stay competitive in the division. If Coughlin looks at the tape and still believes as many of us fans do that the no-huddle offense gives the Giants offense the best chance to be successful – I still don’t think they will adjust this week and start the game in a hurry up offense. They have NEVER done it that way. In 2008 did they adjust their offense when Plaxico Burress happened? No. In 2009 when the defense collapsed did they do anything to save the season after a 5-0 start? No. In 2010 Eli threw 25 INTs and only then were they able to get the balance right in 2011 — big plays offset by shorter routes, checkdowns, and screens… a fully dynamic offense. We haven’t had that look since San Francisco of last year. And even that game was an outlier compared to the rest of the season.

We know what the Giants are capable of doing, the perception of the team is still champions when they want to be. And yet we know full well that the Giants will continue on this path of mediocracy until something drastic is done. I’m hoping for a few small fixes before January comes.


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2 Responses to “The Depressing Notes On the Coughlin Presser”

  1. DP says:

    Andrew you are a true believer, keep the faith, I am finding it increasingly difficult to do so. This team is in the process of a total meltdown.

    Coaching staffs are legendary for their 18-20 hour days and nights associated with preparing their teams for battle. We hope that coaching staffs can provide our team with a “Winning Edge” every weekend. The NFL is changing, the Giants staff and front office are stuck in 2011, times are changing and the Giants haven’t.

    We all know that sometimes players in all sports lose it overnight, well coaches and organizations can lose it as well.

    Nothing can demoralize a football team more than inept play along the offensive line, it affects everyone and everything, including the defense. At what point will the players quit on this coach and his staff? The lack of execution week after week, starting in pre-season is on the coaches.

    The Tight End’s suck, they can’t block, they can’t get open, and they can’t catch. Nicks looks heavy and the Giants have no 3 step short passing game. Paysinger is the only LB who displays ‘instincts’ for the position and at this point and time the only true playmaker on the Giants offense is Cruz.

    Eli is going to have to take off and run either by play design or instinctively when the protection fails. It might keep some drives alive rather than forcing the ball downfield when under duress.

    As much as everyone enjoyed the Super Bowl win in 2012, I believe we now see the ‘mis-step’ that our GM and HC made following that unbelievably enjoyable playoff drive and Super Bowl win. They believed for the 2012 season and this season that the team just needed ‘tweaking’ to make another run. That was a mistake, they needed to accept the 2012 Super Bowl for what it was, an improbable but highly successful season, based on their inconsistency by and large during regular seasons for at least a few years now. Following this season there will be no doubt a ‘rebuilding’ phase. A phase that should have started in 2012 following the Super Bowl win.

    The question will be who is best suited for the GM and HC roles in leading the Giants through this eventual rebuilding phase and effort. At this time the team is obviously poorly coached and I suggest poorly constructed as well.

    By the way, any sightings of the JPP of Tight Ends??

  2. Let’s start from the end, Adrien Robinson has had a foot injury for weeks. He’s missed valuable time for 2 months. Hard to imagine he gets any time ahead of Larry Donnell who is actually supposed to be the best blocking TE the Giants have. Haven;t seen him. Myers stinks, Pascoe isn’t good enough, and the Giants aren’t replacing either of them because of the meritocracy they run. Sad and pathetic. A bad job is a bad job, and our TEs are about as bad as it gets right now.

    Eli doesn’t want to run, and defenders SHOULD be in the middle of the field chasing after our non existent TE and WR running a seam route and a square in respectively. Eli is going to get killed holding the ball. GET IT OUT.

    OL is bad. But the Giants won a SB with the worst run blocking line in the league. we just have to adjust the game plan to allow for some shorter routes so we can get into a more manageable first down situation.

    our coaches havent forgotten how to coach, they are dealing with different variables this season though. No Bennett, no Bradshaw, no Osi, no Tynes… it adds up.

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