Just months ago, there were words uttered around the New York Football Giants that included: champions, dynasty and repeat. Down the line, verses comparable to the 2007 “Resiliency” mantra came about. Neither seems to be on the cusp of fruition. Instead, disappointment is thick in the air. Blame is being shifted. Heads are being called for. Some very un-Giants-like things are happening.
The dramatic end of the spectrum speaks of cleaning house again. The rose-colored glasses-wearing folks still hold out endless hope. The realistic middle knows that change needs to happen in order for the team to move forward seriously. Head coach Tom Coughlin hasn’t embarked upon change just yet and is still on his “one game at a time” spiel.
"My concern is that our team plays well in the 16th game of the year for us," Coughlin said. "I would like to see our team play an outstanding football game, a game in which the execution of our team is significantly better than what we've seen over the last couple of weeks. That's what I talked to our team about this morning – was pride, honor, dignity, playing the game the way we're capable of playing the game. … What I'm looking for is improvement in our football team and how we execute offensively and defensively. Finish the season with a game we can all be proud of."
As speculation grows as far as what the post-season holds for Big Blue, the answers for right now aren’t clear to anyone, including coach. His undying football passion is undoubtedly shining through in his last few pressers.
"It's all three phases playing well together," said Coughlin. "You have a couple phases that are not doing their job right now and they have to if we're going to resurrect a little bit of pride here in our last game. I would like to see our team play an astounding football game, a game in which the execution of our team is significantly better than what we have seen over the last couple weeks."
Most have tossed in their All In towels; the Giants’ leader refuses to. He has some hard decisions to make in a month and it can be a sure bet that some of them will affect him too. To go from an area of hope and optimism of “building a bridge” from last season’s championship to where his team is now is disheartening for a man that believes and remains all about Giants Pride. The fleeting thought has to cross his mind of “how much.” How much change is necessary to get this team back to glory and winning? Undeniably, some rebuilding will have to occur. Coughlin won’t give up any game plan – even if it pertains to the looming offseason.
"I think they're a group of outstanding character people," the coach said. "Nobody wants to finish the season like we have played the last couple of games. I'm proud of the individuals. I'm not proud of what's been accomplished."
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