There’s no secret to head coach Tom Coughlin’s season philosophy of “one game at a time," but what about this season when all hope was vested on the greatest comeback/win streak in NFL history? It’s pretty much the same advice, just a change of focus for the New York Giants.
Coughlin and his team has had the roughest year under his coaching yet and it is has been showing in the sometimes snarky way he addresses the ever-ridiculously reiterating media questions — especially when asked about losing, lack of scoring and other obvious items.
“I was going to make a smart remark," said Coughlin when asked about the loss to Dallas. “It just helps to get back to work. Let’s not talk about yesterday and the day before. Let’s look at what is coming up. That’s what helps, to be honest with you. It’s not easy. Those losses hang around a long time when you’ve been in it as long as I have.”
This week, his players have more of the, umm, right things to say about the recent [and season’s seventh] loss.
Quarterback, Eli Manning:
“Yeah, it’s a divisional game and obviously a big one, an important one. It’s Sunday night football. We’ve had some great battles with Washington the last few years, so I expect it to be a tough fought game and we’re getting excited for it. … You’ve got to learn how to do that [put the losses behind]. We’re playing in the NFL, and after a number of years, you’re going to have some games that you wish you had won and thought you could have won, but you’ve got to watch the film and make some corrections and just come back and start game planning for a different defense and make sure we get ready to go out there and play better.”
Offensive Lineman, Kevin Boothe:
“That’s all we can focus on. We can’t control anything else, so all of our focus is on Washington. We know we have a big game down there on Sunday night, so we’re getting excited about it.”
Wide Receiver, Victor Cruz:
“I think guys kind of turned the page. I think we do a good job on Monday of getting all that stuff out of our system, watching the film, talking about the game, getting everything out and then moving on from there. I think we did a good job of that this week. We’re focused and ready to go for Washington.”
Defensive End, Justin Tuck:
“I think for us it’s very important to put last week’s game behind us and learn from it but put it behind us and move on to the Washington Redskins. … I don’t know. I think as you watch the film and you dissect what Washington, especially on offense, what they did, it’s pretty easy. You understand that it’s a huge challenge that deserves your full attention.”
Safety, Antrel Rolle:
“That’s part of the game. I think that’s something that we have to deal with a lot of times in this league. The pages have been turned. We’re already looking forward to playing a game and getting the preparation in for this week.”
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