Earlier this season, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was admittedly unhappy with several practices. He called his team out after what he deemed "bad practices" leading up to an opening week loss against the Dallas Cowboys. Since then, things have turned around and the coach is quite pleased with what he sees on the practice field. However, as the Giants continue their rollercoaster season, he finds himself baffled that quality practices aren't turning into quality performances on gameday.
"It’s baffling to me in a way, to be honest with you, that we are not transferring from the practice field to the game field what I see in practice. Practices last week, Thursday was very good, Friday was good, not great, but good. Game day is not looking the same. That’s a concern for me," Coughlin said.
So, with the team prepared, practicing well and allegedly motivated, what is it that's going wrong? That answer eludes not only us, but Coughlin and the other coaches as well.
"I would like them to think that at this time of the year, we can take our ability and the experience that we’ve had and share it with the young guys and have a good week of practice and have it carry over to the game on Sunday," Coughlin said.
Perhaps, as Corey Webster alluded to earlier this season, this team just can't bring themselves to perform consistently unless their backs are against the wall. And while it's not an ideal situation, it's one that's proven true more times than not in recent years. Then again, the Giants went into Atlanta thinking that game was a must-win and didn't realize until after their loss that they were still in control of their own destiny.
There's no doubt the Giants are a talented and competitive team. We've all seen it … several times this season. But something is lacking, and it doesn't appear that anyone, even those intimately familiar with the players and coaches, can quite put their finger on it.
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