I've been thinking, there have been times when the Giants have been flat out out-coached and schemed, like the Seattle disaster from 2006, and the Colts disaster last year.
however, during the early Coughlin era, the players *****ed about him being too tough, but they came out to play. in 2004, the players generally gave good effort, especially the Steeler game. in 2005 they also came out to play, the Denver game, Seattle game, it was mostly linebacker issues that tanked that year.
2006 i think was mostly a failure of talent and coaching, primarily from the coordinators, and Eli still being raw.
2007 the team hung together
2008 began the deterioration of the old Coughlin Giants. O'Hara, Pierce, Fred Robbins, Madison, McQuarters, Toomer, Danny Clark. A lot of established veterans on the team began losing a step, or were on their way out, all no nonsense, high motor leaders. say what you want about the plaxico nonsense, the team had a certain strength and power to them, and once december came around, the Giants weren't knocking anybody off the ball.
its in 2009 and 2010 that you start seeing all the blowouts and defeats in the 1st quarter. but you have to look at the team, and compare the players. on offense, who were the captains? Amani Toomer, Steve Smith and Eli? now who are they, Manningham, who is an idiot, and Nicks, who is always hurt?
on defense it used to be Robbins, Strahan, Pierce, Danny Clark, Madison. now who is it, Tuck, who's afraid to play, then Osi? Rolle (who talks better than he tackles)?
Maybe the problem is that Jerry has been stocking the team with a bunch of weakling premadonnas who want to live the good life in NY, like Kerry Rhodes. I've always felt that Coughlin's problem was that he doesn't have enough control. he doesn't personally command one area of the team the way Belichick or Fox takes control of the defense, he's way to reliant on coordinators to manage the team. And I don't think, as a disciplinarian Parcells disciple, he gets rid of cancers and keeps the team in line. We haven't seen him get rid of problems the way Belichick did with Seymour and others (and actually make profit off them to boot!). Seymour *****es? gone. Moss is *****ing? gone. he doesn't mess around. Osi has been a problem for 2 years now, Rolle gets to keep on antagonizing division rivals off the field.
you know, 2009 was a disaster, but i thought it was a fluke. and then the team quit after the eagles, and i thought now was the chance for Coughlin to get rid of these cancers and plug in some new players as he saw fit. now that its still going on and the same players are still here, i don't know what should be done. i don't think the giants will fire Tom, but there needs to be a lot of personnel moves, and staffing moves next year. these players have run their course, and to keep trying the same thing with them is insanity.