– 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.
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.
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.