Kevin L. …
I’m disappointed in Coughlin. The stance he took on Eli after the game was contradictory and hypocritical. The last two weeks when Eli was trying to be particularly careful with the ball because he threw a bunch of interceptions in the previous weeks, Coughlin said that the offense let the team down because they couldn’t get anything going and the defense got tired.
This last game when things started to break down Manning tried to make something happen on third down. If Cruz just holds on to the ball the tie goes to the receiver but he didn’t and it’s an interception. If he tried to be patient and take the sack and Philly scores, then it’s the offense didn’t make enough plays if he tries to do something and it turns out bad, Eli should know better.
The truth is you have a team that can’t block, they can’t pressure the quarterback, they can’t run, they can’t consistently catch, and they don’t play special teams especially well. Other than that they are ok.
Kevin, all I can say—and this is not in defense of Coughlin—is that when things are really going bad, people don’t think before they speak. I just hope that Coughlin’s words didn’t damage an already frail locker room.
Win R. writes…
I don’t know if I am your oldest subscriber, but I am 79. I saw several games played during the 1940s in the Polo Grounds.
When the Giants won Super Bowls 42 and 46, I said to my friends, “Now I can die happy.” But if the current misery continues until I kick the bucket, I’m not sure that the memories of those two victories will insure a happy departure from this earth.
I lived through the famous “20 years of lousy football” that brought George Young to the team. I could afford to be patient in those days.
Why am I telling you this? Because I wonder whether I will live long enough to see once again a Giants team that is competitive.
Seriously, what, in your opinion, has to be done and how long will it take for the Giants to become once again a top-flight team?
Win, I wish I had an answer for you, but the truth is that many long overdue changes need to be made.
And may you live for another 79 years.
Kevin M writes…
I know that this is an unpopular thought since we are emotionally tied to Eli, but here it goes. We look dreadful, old, and it looks like the window of opportunity for this team has passed.
The Giants have too many holes to fill through the draft and are in a tough FA cap position. If they wind up with a top pick and there is a future franchise quarterback available then I would sign him and trade Eli. As it stands now there won’t be enough money to sign Nicks and sign some solid FAs – most of whom will be overpriced.
Where does that leave us? With a good QB, no line, no Nicks, no running game, a weak defense and a few years of painful rebuilding. That’s not fair to Eli. But what if we trade Eli? What if we can get two #1s, a couple of Number 2s and a ton of cap space?
Then we can rebuild through the draft and have money to pickup some supporting players. We can get younger faster and build a new low cost nucleus. To me the current window has shut and this is the quickest way to rebuild without endangering Eli.
Kevin, with all due respect, I don’t think there’s any argument you or anyone else can make that would support trading Eli.
Does this team need to be blown up? Yes. Is Eli the problem? No. To suggest that he be traded is crazy and for proof, just look at all the teams that are struggling to find the right quarterback to lead their teams.
Seriously, you want to get rid of one of the team’s better players, a piece of its foundation? How about we start with the coaching staff, which still thinks it’s working with the same personnel it had for the Super Bowl.
And for what it’s worth, the Giants are going to be in better shape next year as far as their cap. Will they re-sign Nicks? I doubt it.
You say the Giants can rebuild through the draft. May I point your attention to the following study I wrote earlier this year? Please read it and tell me if you feel confident that the team can be rebuilt through the draft.
The answer, as I see it, is simple. The coaches need to adjust their philosophies and game plans to fit the personnel they have.
I’ve seen far too much evidence to where they’re trying to fit square pegs into round holes for the simple reason that they have a comfort level with certain approaches, and that has to stop.
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And for those of you looking for some reasons to be optimistic…
Stephen W. writes…
To all those that are in despair right now. Look at the bright side. We’re in the running for Javedon Clowney.
Andy C. writes…
Let’s try to be positive. At least Josh Brown did not miss an important field goal!