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Hall of Fame
11-14-2012, 04:49 PM
The case against Eli

Manning has struggled the last two weeks, completing 39 of 70 passes for 340 yards and three interceptions and bringing back memories of Good Eli/Bad Eli. Manning can't really blame his performance on the ailing Hakeem Nicks, who caught nine passes for 75 yards. Manning was more accurate Sunday against Cincy, but still could not find the end zone and tossed two critical interceptions in the second half that helped put the game out of reach for New York.

The case against Coughlin

As good as Coughlin is at getting his team up for big games, he is just as bad at keeping them motivated against clearly inferior teams the Giants should dominate. Pair Sunday's blowout with last week's defensive collapse against the Steelers and you have a Super Bowl defending team going into a much needed bye week in need of some serious soul searching. Coughlin knows how critical a win Sunday was, with the Giants facing the Packers, Falcons and Ravens in the next few weeks, all Super Bowl contenders. The buck stops with Coughlin, however, and the Giants head coach once again failed to get his team up for a game they should have won. A master motivator when he wants to be, a ghost walking the sideline when he doesn't. As much as Giants players are criticized for "showing up" when they want to show up, Coughlin needs to be accountable for not keeping his team on both sides of the ball sharp, disciplined, focused and motivated from week to week. The Giants now rank third worst in rushing defense and are better than only 10 teams in passing defense that, from a team beset with injuries but deeper in talent than it was a year ago. Coaxing the most out of your team even when it's hurt, even when it's looking to a bye, or a Green Bay matchup is what Hall of Fame coaches do. Coughlin has to accept responsibility for the poor performance of his defending Super Bowl champions the last two games because he shoulders the bulk of the blame.

Rudyy
11-14-2012, 04:50 PM
Yes, Eli ruined everything.

TheEnigma
11-14-2012, 04:51 PM
Jill Kelley

CDN_G-FAN
11-14-2012, 04:52 PM
why assess blame, other than for the purpose of having a conversation?

to me, no one is blameless right now. like tom said, they're all in this together.

RoanokeFan
11-14-2012, 04:54 PM
The blame goes to the TEAM. It is NEVER one player's/coach's sole responsibility

Toadofsteel
11-14-2012, 04:59 PM
DD

EnragedYouth85
11-14-2012, 06:09 PM
The whole team lost that game and has been playing bad as a team for 3 - 4 weeks. Can one player be worse than another, yes. That doesn't mean its only their fault the team lost. They call it a team game for a reason because 1 player cannot win or lose the game for you. Unless your Kyle Williams.. hahaha

joemorrisforprez
11-14-2012, 06:44 PM
I think this is a team that doesn't get in gear until they have their backs against the wall.

RoanokeFan
11-14-2012, 06:47 PM
I think this is a team that doesn't get in gear until they have their backs against the wall.

There are enough signs pointing to that

YATittle1962
11-14-2012, 07:52 PM
Scott Norwood

RoanokeFan
11-14-2012, 07:54 PM
Scott Norwood

I prefer Norwide myself :)

danielboone
11-14-2012, 08:12 PM
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As good as Coughlin is at getting his team up for big games, he is just as bad at keeping them motivated against clearly inferior teams the Giants should dominate.

Sorry but this is not accurate. It certainly hasn't been true this year as our losses previous to the Steelers had been to the Cowboys and Eagles which certainly can't be considered to be the worst teams we have played this year. And if you look back at last year I think you will find that what allowed the team to be in any position to win the division was precisely that they won the games they should have won. In previous years also it always seemed to me that our problem was with the better competition not the worst.