New York Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty did not mince words Sunday night following his team’s 28-14 loss to the Washington Redskins, calling out his teammates and saying the effort was “unacceptable in every regard.”
Canty was particularly galled that the 0-1 Giants’ poor display came on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
We don’t live in a bubble as professional athletes,” defensive tackle Chris Canty said. “We’re affected by what happens. What 9/11 means to us, what it means to our fans, what it means to our city, what it means to this country – we represent the red, white and blue. And to go out there and put on that kind of performance is just unacceptable for us. It’s unacceptable in every regard.
“We have to have more purpose than we showed on game day, we have to have more purpose than we showed in practice. That’s what it’s going to take because obviously we didn’t get the job done today.”
Sadly for the Giants, this game was much too reminiscent of the past two seasons, when the Giants were their own worst enemy far too often.
The Giants had eight penalties, including a personal foul on Antrel Rolle in the fourth quarter that kept alive the Redskins final scoring drive, a blocked field goal and an interception returned for a touchdown.
“We shot ourselves in the foot,” tackle Kareem McKenzie said. “They made the plays and we didn’t. We made too many mistakes. The number of penalties we committed (eight) is uncharacteristic of this team based on what we’ve done in the past against the Redskins. We didn’t have a good day on the offensive side of the ball. We have to play better.”
Indeed they do. Question is, can they?