How drastically things change from week to week in the National Football League. After Week 1, the New York Giants and their fans were feeling optimistic following their 31-18 defeat of the Carolina Panthers. Fast forward a week and the mood has darkened considerably. The Giants looked flat in all areas on Sunday Night Football, as the Indianapolis Colts thrashed the Giants 38-14 in a game that was over by halftime. Then of course, there was the Brandon Jacobs helmet throwing incident that naturally is serving as a distraction early in the week.
No time to do anything but get back to work with the guys who are interested in being there and willing to accept whatever role coach Tom Coughlin and the rest of the staff gives them. Coughlin talked about just that and other topics in his Monday press conference. Excerpts follow, but read the entire transcript at Big Blue View
Q: Has [Jacobs] requested to sit down with you to talk about his role?
A: His role has been defined. That was I don’t know how many weeks ago that you brought that up and we did talk about it at that time. I’m not sure why that keeps coming up.
Q: Because he keeps expressing frustrations…
A: Well, the response two weeks ago when I gave you the position that I had on it and the fact that we had discussed it hopefully solves that answer for you. I mean, there has been no request to come and talk to me about anything. I’d be more than happy to talk to anybody…any individual and their role and that has been expressed and it’s expressed by his position coach..
Q: You lost some games last year that were one sided? Is this different though? Did it still feel like they just quit?
A: No. I never said what you said either. That word, I’m not using that word. But no, I never saw any of that. Different style? Yes. The necessary number of big plays down the field wasn’t there last night, but the drives and all the things we said that we wanted to do going into the game happened on the other side – turnovers, running game, time of possession, they were three for four in the red zone, touchdowns, they rushed for more yards than we did.