I sat last night at my friend's bar and watched the Giants game on two large TVs behind the bar, while the Packers-Bears game was playing on the TV behind me. Before the night was over I was dizzy from turning around so much and on the verge of going deaf by the screaming bikers around me. I watched as the Giants squeezed by a mediocre Washington Redskins team led by Rex Grossman with a 17-10 win in the regular season finale. However, only moments before the end of the Giants game the Packers clinched a playoff berth with a 10-3 win over the Bears. The Giants ended up eliminated from playoff contention for a second straight year, a feat that could have been easily avoided. They gave up a 31-10 lead with eight minutes left in the forth quarter over division rival Phily two weeks ago, and then came out flat against the Packers in the following week and lost 45-17. A win in either game would have clinched a playoff berth for the Giants. And yet they finished the season with a 10-6 record and almost immediately after the game John Mara, the Giants president and CEO, announced that Tom Coughlin would be coming back for another year.
Although I agree with his decision to bring back Coughlin, I do believe that something has to be done. There are rumors that Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride will be the first to go. Even though he won a Super Bowl with the team and helped Eli with the game winning drive against Patriots, the Giants tendency to turnover the ball this year haunted them throughout the season. Tipped balls and fumbles are part of the game but it's the coaches job to address these issues so they don't become reoccurring themes through the year, as they did for the Giants. I understand that the coaches are not the one's playing and they can't control every on-field aspect of the game but discipline is one of the phases of the game that they should at least attempt to control. After playing well for 3 1/2 quarters against the Eagles, they completely fell apart and lost the game. One would assume the coaches would get the team ready for the following week after such a loss and put up some kind of fight against the Packers. There's no excuse for being unprepared. The two most important games of the year, they lost in embarrassing fashion. That and their proclivity to turnover the ball in a testament to the teams discipline or lack there of. This was not a horrible season, but for a New York team with so much talent to be this inconsistent and undisciplined is unacceptable. You just never know if the defence will show up, if Eli will throw a gem or four pics, or if the running game will be dominant or non-existent. In my opinion they have the tools to be a great team for years to come as long as they focus, limit mistakes, and play consistent football. Now they have the entire off-season to figure it out.
Needless to say I left the bar after the game or I would have proceeded to take too many shots of Jack Daniels as I did when they imploded against the Eagles.
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