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New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin to His Players: “Take a Bite Out of Humble Pie”

September 6th, 2012 at 6:28 PM
By Casey Sherman

'Pie' photo (c) 2011, Salim Virji - license: The New York Giants went from winning six games in a row on their road to a Super Bowl Championship, to opening the new season with a loss at home to the division rival Dallas Cowboys. Such a loss is certain to kill the high the players were feeling from last season and bring them to the reality of a new season. Head coach Tom Coughlin let his players hear it in the locker room after the game. His message? "Take a bite of humble pie, it brings you right back to Earth."

The Giants made a number of mistakes that were uncharacteristic of last year's team. David Wilson cost the team at least a field goal with a costly fumble. Victor Cruz had several drops and penalties that robbed the offense of multiple first downs. The timing between Manning and his receivers was off, as the receivers couldn't separate from the new additions to the Cowboy's backfield.

Linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka acknowledged the fact that there are no players replacing guys who played a key role in last year's run to the Super Bowl.

"No one on last year's team is going to come back. Dave Tollefson has moved on, Aaron Ross has moved on. There are a number of guys who are gone. And in their place, we have great players so this group has to get it done."

The biggest concern from last night's game was the inability of the secondary to cover the Cowboy's receivers. However it wasn't Dez Bryant or Miles Austin that did the most damage, it was the Cowboy's third receiver Kevin Ogeltree who put up over 100 yards and two touchdowns. The lack of corner back depth was obvious as the Giants made Ogeltree out to look like a Pro Bowler. The Giants' second corner Terrell Thomas is done for the year, and second year player Prince Amukamara was out with a high ankle sprain but is hoping to return for the next game. The Giants were forced to start Michael Coe who also left the game with a hamstring injury.

The Giants goal this week is to get healthy and to correct the many mistakes that were made in last night's debacle. Coach Coughlin's new motto is "build the bridge" which Justin Tuck said can take some time.

"The last time we won a Super Bowl, we started 0-1, and the time before that we started 0-2 [back in 2007]. So it is a long season. We will figure things out. We will be right where we need to be at the end of the year."

The Giants have certainly been in this position before and finished those years with a great deal of success. The Giants are fortunate that these mistakes happened in week one and not later in the season. With a long week ahead of them, Coughlin will keep pushing the "humble pie" reference and ensure that the players are focused on this season and not last season.


Tags: Dave Tollefson, Football, Justin Tuck, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Prince Amukamara, Terrell Thomas, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz

67 Responses to “New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin to His Players: “Take a Bite Out of Humble Pie””

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  1.  BigBlueGiant says:

    that looks like Blueberry pie to me.

  2.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Kiwi didnt bring up the fact that he got absolutely TRUCKED by Murray during that fluke X amount of yds run that Murray had.

  3.  Leo62 says:

    Giants should bounce back in a big way next week. They were humbled and prob a little embarrassed by their performance last night. With ten days to sulk about this loss they’ll be chomping at the bit. As we all know the giants they play their best when they’ve been knocked down so I expect a much better performance. Remember how bad we looked in that opening redskin game last year and in 07 we started out 0-2.

  4.  Leo62 says:

    Agreed…. murray was trucking alot of our defenders last night. Saw him knock blackburn on his **** a couple times as well.

  5.  kujo says:

    A pie is a very good image of how we played last night–crusty and tough on the outside, until you pierce it with a fork to reveal a warm, gooey center.

    Problem is that the Cowboys treated us like the guy in American Pie did with his dessert of choice. For Dallas, there’s nothing like warm apple pie. Let’s hope we toughen up, because we won’t get far with the p-sst soft sh-t we saw last night.

  6.  BillyS says:

    Sad to say, but the Cowboys played better. It wasn’t even close. They had a ton of penalties towards the end, but the damage was already done. The Giants had several chances to stop the Cowboys and swing momentum in their favor, but they didn’t. The Cowboys just played with more effort. I won’t even get started on those awful, awful ticky tack penalties early on (the ‘clipping’ and the ‘block in the back’ with 2 fingers)…the Giants shot themselves in the foot with tons more awful plays. Those drops were terrible. The defense can’t stop the run to save their life. The O-Line can’t block at all. Diehl was awful last night, Osi and Tuck were invisible, and apparently an entire line can’t stop a guy who is dancing around the backfield and then makes a cut and goes for 50 yards. It was a JOKE. I hope Coughlin ripped them a new hole to relieve themselves out of because they were just terrible.

  7.  BigBlueScorpion says:

    Super bowl express here we come ;)

  8.  wrdag says:

    norm says:
    Septemrber 6, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Of course, there is a third option. Which is abandon the whole pretense that you are a “running team” (at least until David Wilson’s fumbling issues are behind him) Put the game in Eli’s hands and go the route of the 2011 Packers or the Pats for much of Brady’s tenure. Embrace the reality that the NFL is now a passing league and there is no longer the downside there once was in being a one-dimensional offense.

    Nosh.o commented on this as well from Norm, just a simple analysis of the unexplainable when it comes to this coaching staff. Why do we deny Eli the ball? Last years Super Bowl run was 14 games of what we saw last night. Establish the run at any cost and when your way behind because you don’t have an o-line to do this, turn the ball over to Eli and let him throw it around till you catch up or run out of time. Ironically the running game gets better in this frantic state as the ” passing game” opens up the running lanes. ( see last nights biggest run came late by Bradshaw in the catch up phase where Eli’s arm is in charge). Then came a great play-off run in which KG in his own words said “I learned not to take my foot off the pedal” translation is I put the game in the arm of Manning even in the slop that was San Fran…
    Well I guess they figure it’s a new year and back to the old song and dance. Unfourtunately last night Eli never got the ball back. I guess we are in cruise control until we get in crisis mode and the pedal gets pushed down for good.

  9.  Dirt says:

    You guys realize that in this game, Wilson fumbled in field goal territory (3 points) and Cruz was mugged on the goal line (4 points) in a game they lost by 7 points?

    You realize that when your linebacker returns an interception 51 yards to the 1 yard line that your offense can only gain 1 yard, which isn’t reflected in what *seems* like a wide gap in the team total offensive yardages? Who’s to say Eli wouldn’t have thrown for 52 yards and a TD from the spot of the pick and instead he finishes with 265 and 2? Not too far off of Romo’s 307 and 3 and 1.

    So, I guess what I’m saying is that this was a close game, and one team made a few more plays and the other team had a few more errors. Completely manhandled or outclassed? I’m not so sure.

    Feeling good about next Sunday.

  10.  fanfor55years says:

    Welcome Leo62. Good to see someone new. And welcome to all the other new posters. Don’t go away if some folks ignore you early. You have to prove that you’ll stick around before folks around here start responding to you.

    I failed to point out one salient fact about last night. It was VERY humid, and felt very hot, in the stadium for most of the game. That certainly contributed to the fatigue that seemed to show on the defense. Of course the Cowboys played in the same conditions, but they were spared a bit of work early thanks to our determination to (unsuccessfully) establish the run. I have no idea what the statistics are but it certainly seemed that the Cowboys had a significant advantage in time-of-possession. That was very much to their advantage last night.

    •  Dirt says:


      You’re not kidding about the humidity. I ate some foul stuff and had to dump in the the stadium about an hour before kickoff. No joke, I’ve never sweat so much in my entire life. It wasn’t until about halftime when I started to feel like I wasn’t in a sauna.

      I still can’t believe they didn’t put a roof on this joint so it can be an HVAC comforted, year-round destination.

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