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.
- Be sure to like Giants 101 on Facebook, follow Giants 101 on Twitter & +1Giants 101 on Google+
- Be sure to “like” Sports Media 101 on Facebook and to follow Sports Media 101 on Twitter
- Subscribe to Sports Media 101 using Google Currents
You're not an average fan, so why wear an average shirt to represent your team? LogoWear brings some originality to the game and will help you be the star of your team's following - not the third guy in off the bench. Your team isn't just another team. Don't be caught wearing just another shirt. Make a statement with LogoWear!
You need to satisfy your competitive drive, so why not beat our experts in fantasy football. At FightClub, our official Fantasy Football partner, you can change you team weekly and win cash. Get a free $5 credit when you sign up and try them out. And each week, Sports Media 101 will sweeten the pot and award the player with top points an extra $25. Match-up and show them how good you are. Can you handle FightClub?
Your man cave is your home field advantage for every game. When the game is on the line, you should be able to look around and be reminded of the great moments you've watched unfold in that very room! MJR Sports Integrity offers a wide range or team and player-specific memorabilia that can do just that and take your game day room to the next level. Find your inspiration at MJR Sports Integrity and will your team to victory!Tags: Antrel Rolle, Eli Manning, Football, Justin Tuck, Kevin Boothe, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz, Washington, Washington Redskins