As we all sat perched in front of any and all New York Giants playoff scenario brackets after last week’s no-show in Atlanta, the easiest way to embark upon it mentally remains: win two and in. It doesn’t ease any heartbreak and frustration, but it does create less chaos in many already-reeling Big Blue Faithful brains.
Head coach Tom Coughlin knows very well where his team is (again), but cannot verbalize why.
"Why [do] we play well one week and then we don't? It's disturbing," Coughlin said. "You can ask all the questions in the world about solving it or knowing what the reason is. I could give you a couple of opinions, but the fact of the matter is it's two games and if we somehow can win two games, we're in the playoffs. It's being able to build that kind of momentum and stay with it. Now is it any different than it was a year ago? No, it's the same scenario, so we have an awful lot to do."
“An awful lot to do” is a bit of an understatement, but it is at least the truth. There’s no sugar-coating anything from here on out; it’s do or die time. General Manager, Jerry Reese lives by his own adage: “There’s no crying in football; you have to take the bitter with the sweet.”
Lately, there are plenty of both. Certain weeks, it just feels as if there is a handful of bitter pills to swallow and less than a sip of water to take them with. That would be the back against the wall felling that is reiterated to the point that only a long sigh is an appropriate response from the weary. Where is the inspiration about to come from? What exactly is the catalyst to the postseason right now when everything seems like a missed tackle away from something positive?
If you want the very basic (and blasé) answer by the way of quarterback Eli Manning it remains something that needs to come from within.
"Our confidence will come from the players we have in this locker room, the character, our preparation, our coaches getting us a great game plan, and the fact that we know that we can go out there and play at a high level," Manning said.
"We have to go out there and play ball. Forget about everything else. Go out there and win at all costs and make sure we get it done," he said.
It’s time to let go of whatever is holding them back. Inconsistency doesn’t impress anyone, especially those putting it out there. It only creates added frustration. It’s time to stop announcing what will be and just go out and do. Enough “show and go” heading into the postseason. Talk is cheap. Week 16 is the only time right now that the New York Football Giants can prove they belong in January games. Play the game.
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