Tom Coughlin addressed the media today about various team issues — and wouldn’t you know it — someone asked about the Giants red zone issues. Here’s what he said:
Tom, you’ve been able to get into the green zone, but for some reason it just doesn’t click when you get in there. How frustrating is it? You’re moving the ball successfully down there.
A: Thank you. Thank you for that observation. I hadn’t thought about looking at the tape in that area. I’d like to know why. You look at it, you have a minimum amount of snaps. You have a lot of people poured into the same area. You don’t get started on first down right away with a play that’s successful, you’re behind the eight-ball right now. That’s kind of what has happened. The two you’re talking about we were minus-six with one, incomplete pass with another. That part of it is frustrating, thank you for bringing that up. I was having a pretty good day. Maybe we can get a twelfth guy out there, I don’t know.
I’m picking up on your sarcasm, Tom…
In all seriousness this has been an issue for quite some time. The only series of games where this hasn’t been a problem is the 2011 Superbowl run. And frankly — we all know what the issue is. Not running well inside the 20, and a lack of a decent pass catching TE threat. It’s really that simple.
We don’t have Plaxico Burress anymore to create an easy matchup problem, and Ramses Barden didn’t work out who was drafted to replace him 5 years ago. The way the league has changed is easy to see. Bring in a tall, athletic, basketball playing Tight End to create that opportunity for the offense to win consistently inside the 20 in the passing game. The Giants, in the wake of not re-signing Martellus Bennett, have no answer at TE right now. Bennett was that threat – but even in the second half of the year in 2012 Eli Manning seemed to forget about him as an option. He started the season with a TD reception in every game and then, poof. Vanished. I don’t blame him for wanting to go elsewhere. But as fans, we expect problems to be addressed in the offseason. This one wasn’t.
Brandon Meyers is not an imposing player, he’s not tall, he can’t out jump ANYBODY. The Giants did draft the tall and athletic Adrien Robinson, he’s been on the bench all year with a foot injury. Wonderful. TE Larry Donnell hasn’t done anything with his opportunities — he did catch a nice pass along the back of the end zone a couple of weeks ago. OUT the back of the end zone. SMH… maybe another year is all he needs.
But the bottom line right now when it comes to the red zone is the Giants are behind in keeping up with the league. Is it any wonder that opposing TE’s score on us so easily? We don’t have anyone good for them to practice against!!
It’s not rocket science — which makes the whole situation that much more dire. We all know where the Giants are lacking and yet they refuse, refuse to adequately address the TE position. And even when we have the answer — they stop utilizing that talent and let him walk.
Tom Coughlin has every reason to be upset, but answering the question passive aggressively instead of being candid only makes him look bitter and spiteful… not a good look for our coach.