First, head coach Tom Coughlin blew up the Giants because they "didn't have any defense" in last Monday's 49-24 shellacking at the hands of Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Then, Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson called the defense "sad" in his assessment of "Big Blue's" third straight loss.
Now, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is getting in on the action, telling reporters during Thursday's press conference that he was "baffled" by what his team did at the Superdome:
"It was so disappointing from my perspective as I watched it on Monday and then watched it the next day. It was one of those games that you wanted to bury. The energy level and what we did, it baffled me. It baffled me. Are you supposed to have answers, but sometimes you can't explain something like that."
Unfortunately the Giants won't get a reprieve this Sunday to try and work out the kinks. They host Aaron Rodgers and the undefeated Green Bay Packers at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
Here's what Fewell expects this weekend:
"We look forward to the opportunity to play these guys. That's my confidence level. We're going to show up and we're going to play on Sunday. We're going to get to the quarterback. Period. We're going to get it done. I'm going to coach better and they're going to play better ... The motivation is to advance ourselves to win this division so we can have an opportunity to play more in January ... We all know, collectively, what we need to get done ... We have to work in harmony together as an offense, defense and special teams and we have to grab energy from each other and collectively play as a unit, as a football team. Obviously we didn't do that Monday night, but we'll get that done."
Monday's debacle against the Saints included, the Giants have played an extremely difficult schedule in recent weeks, facing the likes of the 49ers, Eagles and now the Packers.
In addition, the New York line-up has been riddled with injuries, including an ankle sprain to defensive end Osi Umenyiora.
A huge upset over Green Bay would go a long way in restoring the team's confidence, especially if the defense can make a few plays on Rodgers, who right now is playing as good as he (or anyone else) ever has.
Time will tell.
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