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New York Giants’ Mark Herzlich: “We are Falling Behind, but It’s not Too Late”

September 24th, 2013 at 6:30 AM
By Dan Benton

Only five teams in NFL history have ever started 0-3 and come back and made the playoffs. For the New York Giants, they believe they can be the sixth. And on Monday, linebacker Mark Herzlich admitted they've dug themselves a deep hole, but says it's not too late to scratch and claw their way out of it.

"We are falling behind. We dug ourselves a nice little hole but it’s not too late. If this is our little bad streak and then we’re solid through the rest of the season, October and November, I mean, November has been our slump," he said. "We get that out of the way now and play hard and physical and don’t let down, then we can still have a good, productive playoff season. We have made it harder for ourselves, definitely, so we need to be sharp and we need to be perfect."

The idea that they need to be "perfect" from here on out isn't going to ease the burden of many Giants fans. After the way they've played over the first three weeks of the season, "perfect" seems like an impossibility. At this point, they need to start small and just play well for more than a single quarter.

One thing Herzlich did acknowledge however, was that Carl's Banks lack of passion comment was fair and accurate.

"That’s what happened. They kept hitting us, hitting us and hitting us and we didn’t stop them. Carl’s right, we need to have more passion, we need to have that fire," he said.

Head coach Tom Coughlin, of course, vehemently denied Bank's assertion, claiming there are no issues amongst the players and that their will to win is not in question. Despite that stance, several of his players — including Antrel Rolle and now Mark Herzlich — have claimed that's exactly the problem.

Whatever the reality may be, the Giants do have to do something, and it has to be done now. While Herzlich says they are running out of time, the fact is they're already well past the time where they need to step up and turn things around. A loss to the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend and an 0-4 record will, essentially, spell the end to their playoff hopes after only one month of the season.

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Tags: Antrel Rolle, Football, Mark Herzlich, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin

8 Responses to “New York Giants’ Mark Herzlich: “We are Falling Behind, but It’s not Too Late””

  1.  Samardzija says:

    Im just going to say it. Playoffs? Dont talk about… Playoffs? Are you kidding me? Playoffs?!? I just hope we can win a game!

  2.  JimStoll says:

    I like this:

    Dirt says:
    September 23, 2013 at 9:18 PM
    Here’s something so idiotic after yesterday that I’m just gonna throw out there.

    Giants play KC this week, a team that just drafted #1 overall and who hasn’t beaten anyone of substance. They also employ a quarterback that this woeful Giants defense and its coordinator has dominated in their prior two meetings.

    Dallas plays in San Diego this week, who has looked somewhat decent in the little I’ve seen of them. But it’s a road game for Dallas nonetheless.

    Week 5 the Giants play Philly, who is as inconsistent as the Giants, and a dumpster fire at times as well.

    Week 5 the Cowboys host Denver, who should torch their secondary.

    Meanwhile, there’s been a lot of talk today, particularly from Stoll, about how this team has been junk, and then when it was darkest and it seemed all lost, with their backs pressed firmly against the wall, they’ve responded. Maybe that’s what they need, since they seem to lack swag.

    It’s not that unrealistic to be sitting in 1st place two weeks from tonight.

    I don’t think it will happen, but I guess I’m the first person post 0-3 to suggest it’s possible.

    axr29 says:
    September 23, 2013 at 9:29 PM
    So if i broke this down correctly, Jim will spark the Giants run?


    •  Krow says:

      Crazy as it sounds, KC is a good matchup for us. They play to not lose … which means a close game. This will help keep Eli clean, and put us in a position to steal it. The bad matchup is the Eagles. They run an odd offense with a fast pace … the perfect thing for a disinterested team that’s not paying attention and just going through the motions.

      •  JimStoll says:

        I don’t follow.
        before they played us, Carolina and Cam Newton were averaging 6 yards a pass
        talk about playing it safe
        the key is not how conservative KC’s offense may naturally be; rather it is how badly will KC’s defense dominate our offense
        if it is anything like in Carolina, you just know Eli will either turn the ball over for cheap points, we will lose the field position battle leading to short fields for KC and probably cheap points, and/or after a quarter or so the defense will see the writing on the wall and instead of intensifying their efforts, they will lie down and quit

        the only way this team has a chance Sunday is if it can score first and early and get some confidence or momentum going. if it’s another 3 and out special by the offense we know what kind of fiber the defense is made of

  3.  Krow says:

    I support the legalization of marijuana … especially for cancer patients. But clearly it can become a habit.

  4.  giantsou812 says:

    Get a grip with reality, season is over!
    we can win the draft which is more important for the future.
    2 O-line men are hurt we have no quality replacements.
    OC and DC havent change the game plan in years.
    Reese drafts best player available not area of need. ie QB in the 4th round.
    We have been found out. (exposed)

    •  JimStoll says:

      this may well prove right, but it is week 4 and it would be more fun to see the team bounce back than to watch it spiral all the way down, even if in the end it meant a house cleaning (unfortunately not a certainty)
      the one thing the giants have going for them – perhaps the only thing – is a history of Jekyl and Hyde performances
      maybe KC approaches the game too confidently and makes mistakes
      maybe the giants catch a break or two early and cash in

      after last Sunday, which follows on the heels of 2 poorly played previous games, it is almost impossible to envision how this same group can ever play well again, but maybe, just maybe, Robert Louis Stevenson will write this week’s script

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