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New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin: No Time for Us to Harp on Losses; Team Must Turn the Page

November 30th, 2013 at 1:00 PM
By Jen Polashock

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.”

While many have again turned that page to the draft talk (again), the New York Giants are still making an attempt to play some meaningful football.

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23 Responses to “New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin: No Time for Us to Harp on Losses; Team Must Turn the Page”

  1.  James Stoll says:

    “It’s the next game, a meaningless game, plaing out the string”

  2.  GIANTT says:

    So , Jim ,what you are saying is there is no reason for you to watch and/or
    enjoy this game ? Even if they win ?

  3.  Krow says:

    They should ask him tougher, more entertaining questions then … how about …

    “Coach, do you regret benching Nicks now that it cost you your last shot at the playoffs?”

    “Coach, do you think benching Nicks to prove a point was worth ruining the season for the other 50-plus players, the Maras, Jerry Reese, and the millions of Giants fans who were depending on you?”

    “Coach, why didn’t you at least keep Nicks on the active roster so Dallas wouldn’t be able to prepare for him not playing?”

    “Coach, if a player or assistant coach did something intentionally that cost you the season what would you do to them?”

    Yeah, ask those questions … that way Tom won’t be so bored.

    •  jerseyrich says:

      Somebody is not too pleased with TC.

      (If TC did bench him, with what we had on the line, he should be fired).

    •  Kettles78 says:

      Or you can ask something like, hey Coach we all know Nicks is a huge part of this team how did you feel when he pulled himself out of the game? he seems to do that more this year, does that bother you?

      •  Krow says:

        Hey, if you think it was a good idea then say so. Do you? Do you think it was smart? You back up this stunt do you? It was OK with you?

        •  Krow says:

          And frankly I don’t give a sh1t how Coughlin felt. He’s there to win football games. Not get even at the expense of the team when someone hurts his feelings. Just win … nothing else.

  4.  jerseyrich says:

    Ok…been away from football for a few days (watched NO turkey-day games). I didn’t realize TC actually did bench Nicks until I just went through the older articles. Inexcusable.

    •  Krow says:

      Seriously … even if I agreed with him, which I don’t, wouldn’t it have been way smarter to at least have Nicks active and just start Randle? What Coughlin did was full of arrogance and hubris … but he played it like an amateur too. Do you think Belichick would have tipped his hand like that? Never. Not in a million years.

      •  Kettles78 says:

        Who was active in Nicks place?

        •  Krow says:

          I don’t think there’s any way to be sure who the last guy on the active roster was. Especially since there’s no obvious WR.

      •  jerseyrich says:

        That was pure arrogance….pure “im the boss here”. Even if Nicks was only 75% he should have been active. Totally agree…eff the old-school crap; save your life-lessons for your grandkids TC…..the fans don’t need them.

  5.  Krow says:

    We all knew making the playoffs was a very long shot. In reality Coughlin’s move probably didn’t cost us anything more than having a meaningful game or two before we were out of it. But that’s not what has me upset. He’s supposed to do his best to win football games. That’s his job. That’s why he gets paid millions. That’s why he’s going to the HOF.

    This stupid stunt with Nicks is like something out of High School. But this is the pros. He’s not molding character. He’s not there to shape their characters. He’s not paid to turn them into responsible adults or model citizens. He’s suppose to win on Sunday and get us to the playoffs. Not play head games with these guys. If winning isn’t his #1 priority … and obviously it’s not any more … then he’s lost the damn plot and needs to go do something else.

  6.  William says:

    Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, whose departure from the team led to an investigation into the locker-room culture in Miami, is no longer on the team’s 53-man roster.

    Instead, the Dolphins placed Martin on the reserve/non-football illness list today.

    As I posted earlier, the dominoes are falling into place that Mr. Martin simply quit and he and his agents still wanted to get paid. “Bullying” was a brilliant move but got to much press and is now going to blow up in their faces. Mr. Incognito is going to be very wealthy man in the very near future when his lawyers bring a real defamation lawsuit against the idiots that run the Dolphins. At worst he resigns with the team for a generous raise in an effort to “play ball” both literally and figuratively.

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    Coughlin saw Plax almost never practice but didn’t bench him. This was all about his feeling he’s now untouchable. What a jerk. I want a refund on my season tickets. And I don’t care how good he’s been. I’d like to see him retire as soon as possible.

    If Mara gives him an extension I’m gonna really be pissed.

  8.  fanfor55years says:

    All you Notre Dame partisans can watch the Cardinal bury them over the next few hours. Sorry, but Stanford is not a mirage. They’re for real.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Turns out bury wasn’t exactly how that went down. They had to hold tough in the fourth quarter at home to beat what’s been a relatively mediocre Notre Dame team this year.

  9.  fanfor55years says:

    Guys I think will not be back next season include Tuck, Joseph (Hankins will make him expendable unless he gives Giants a big discount), Rivers, Webster, Diehl, Snee, Boothe, Nicks, Any tight end except Robinson and Donnell, Hynoski, and Carr.

    Guys I hope will not be back next year: any coach except Pope and Flaherty.

  10.  Nosh.0 says:

    Don’t watch College football but seeing Alabama lose like that was awesome. Tide fans haven’t been this upset since Bruno came to visit them!

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