Only the Giants players themselves know why they don't play with the same intensity week in, week out, Being world champs, they should know they are gonna get that opposing team's best effort & that beating the champs will be the highlight of some team's season. If we bring our A game every week & another team beats us, it'll suck, but at least I can accept it, but when we don't bring our A game, especially against inferior teams & they beat us by 1 or 2 points or like the Bengals, pound us, that leads to many a sleepless night for me!
We lost 3 games to Philly/Pitt/Skins by a total of 7 freaking points! Games we should have won. 10-2 ends up being 7-5 & fighting for our playoff lives.
Enough with the "skill" players....I want defensive tackles, offensive linemen, and linebackers.
“The Giants have suffered so many injuries for so many seasons that they are now difficult to both evaluate and predict.”
- Football Outsiders Almanac
Its been like this ever since TC came on board. The team never comes out with the same passion and fire every week. It was so noticeable Monday night, they played decent ball for 30 minutes, then... They went to sleep. No way this team was ready to play 60 minutes and they took a L for their effort. This is why the entire team is like this and its not only one part of the team. So we'll be good, even sometimes we'll play our best and win Super Bowls but nothing changes if nothing changes. Oh, don't worry about the dynasty, yet
even though i dont feel we played as hard as we needed to. we did actually only allow 17pts, 7 of which was a fluke flumble recovery. add on the fact we went back to settling for fgs instead of tds. we beat the pack the way we did by scoring tds.
ever notice how we almost always have two winning streaks a season? we're king of the 5 game win streaks. its just when the streak is broken, we go from incredibly hot to incredibly cold and lose 3-4 in a row, only to start another streak.
when we won the sb, the 2nd win streak started at the perfect time. it could end up happening again easily. dont let people tell u otherwise, we've seen eli just go on these 6 game streaks where he kills it. truth be told, he'd kill it non stop but imo our inconsistencies lay in the fact that not all phases show up, and eli knowing this tries to do way too much and it leads to horrid output from every unit...
but i could see us losing to N.O, then winning the final 3 to make the playoffs, and then go onto to win it all again
My dad always says "the Giants dont play to win, they play to not lose."
If this was a one or two year phenomina I might agree with you; but this has been consistent over the entire Coughlin era. His teams, regardless of personnel have choked in the second half. The problem that I see is that at a point, after listening to Coughlin for 10-12 weeks, the players just get sick of it and tune him out. Coughlin has no influence on his own teams after the midway point of the season. They reach a point where they need some external stimulous to get focused to play. In 2007 it was the army vet speaking to them before every game. The guy inspired the players, and they responded. Last year the All In theme caught their attention and they responded; but I think that was more player led than Coughlin led. This year we saw the kid come in and tell them to play like the champions they are, and they slaughtered Green Bay. The Sandy Hook kids were in the stadium Sunday, and they played like crazy for them; but they don't play for Coughlin late in the year. When Coughlin says he has no clue why his players do what they do, he's telling the truth, and there my friends is the heart of the problem.
Bottom line if you are a true athlete you should not need to get motivated to play!!!!! The determination and motivation what one lives for. I do not see many on this team that have that type of attitude. Smiling on the sidelines while your team is getting it's tail kicked is not what an athlete is about. I hated to lose when I played and hate to lose in anything I do. We need to find more players that will run through brick walls and have a nasty edge to them.