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Ahmad Bradshaw Says 2012 New York Giants “Didn’t Play Together”

February 13th, 2013 at 6:30 AM
By Casey Sherman

'Super Bowl-6-2' photo (c) 2012, Stephen Luke - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ After recently being released by the New York Giants, Ahmad Bradshaw spoke out about the team's struggle to close out last season in an interview with NFL Network's "NFL AM." He attributed the team's collapse to a lack of chemistry and intensity.

“Everybody seemed to think the season would come together in one game," he said. "We didn’t have the chemistry we had the year before… We didn’t play together, take advantage of the opportunities we had…. Everyone thought the games would just be handed to us. It was a tough season.”

Collapses in the second half of the season are becoming a common thing for this Giants team. It was clear the team lacked the fire necessary to compete every Sunday. The coaching staff has to take some responsibility and find a way to motivate the team. Losing a player like Bradshaw, who was perhaps the most intense player on the team, will be hard on the team's morale next season.

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7 Responses to “Ahmad Bradshaw Says 2012 New York Giants “Didn’t Play Together””

  1.  Krow says:

    There’s definitely something wrong with the attitude situation on the team. It wasn’t just one player either. Call it complacency … call it a lack of intensity … but however you term it something was missing.

    We can point to individuals … to coaches … to team management. But it’s not that simple. Those of us who remember the proverbial ‘bad old days’ are having severe deja vu over our performance this past season. It’s that familiar ‘good enough’ mind set. Settling for less than your best … a half-hearted effort. There’s always next week … until there isn’t.

    Luckily Reese and Coughlin seem to have sensed it too, and are making moves. But once this sort of thing permeates a team it’s damn hard to get rid of it.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Yeah, only three of the players they’ve released were intense, vocal leaders. Drop Rolle, Blackburn, DeOssie and Weatherford and then they’d be left with only players who demonstrated said complacency.

      I get that Boley, Canty and AB were released for cap reasons, but they were not part of the “attitude situation” last season. Some of the few who weren’t, in fact.

      •  Krow says:

        Very true. Though I wasn’t referring to any of the released players. Just that the team is clearly making substantial changes. Most likely in part because they sense complacency, and feel the need to light a fire under the team … in general. It’s worrisome. And Bradshaw’s candid remarks echo what a lot of us were thinking.

  2.  rlhjr says:

    He’s right, they were fat dumb and happy for the most part. Just as you are Casey in those coaches must share some blame. It’s a team thing and coaches are part of that. I saw a big drop in talent and intensity that was compounded by injury. Make no mistake, Bradshaw will be missed. He represented effort.

    Only when the team had reason to play emotionally did they look anything like the previous season’s edition. That was particularly brutal on fans who would like to think consistency is the goal players are striving for. But in this league, it’s hard to repeat because running the gauntlet of regular season and playoff is taxing both physically and mentally.

    I feel players become motivated when they find the scheme used by the coordinators works and they believe fully in it.
    When players have doubt about what they are asked to execute, they tend to let down and may not work as hard executing their roles.

    Coaches do not get players up for games with words or even physiological tactics. It’s the coach’s “street cred” if you will that opens the eyes of players.
    That and of course the taste of past success.

    In addition to talent and coaching/leadership there seem to be three ways to fight the letdown tendency.

    First you have to keep a deep young bench and not hesitate to use young players when vets underperform for an extended period.
    Second, a really good fitness, strength and flexibility program for players.
    Finally, you need luck in keeping major injuries down throughout the season.

    Any kind of entitlement attitude will simply kill a ball club in any sport.
    They must accept the challenge of each game they play. And the only thing they should fear is failing. “ Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” IMHO

  3.  TuckThis says:

    I said it yesterday….I said it during the season…and I will say it again,
    this team was not hungry. They didn’t care about repeating. Only the fans cared. Sorry, but that’s true. And I absolutely believe that Fewell and TC are part of the problem. The defense doesn’t have a clue and TC doesn’t let the “hungry” kids play. Not a good combo. TPTB need to take a long hard look, which they seem to be doing.

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