Excerpt: "It gets deafening inside CenturyLinc Field when the Seahawks play, and it was loud Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium when the Chiefs silenced the Giants. And now, with his team Giants on death row, Tom Coughlin is making a plea for help.
“I’m hoping that our fans are as boisterous and supportive as they’ve ever been — maybe even more,” Coughlin said Wednesday. “I just hope everyone rallies around our team right now. The players need it, we all need it. We all need to feel that great support and the 12th man. Playing at home in your division there’s certainly every reason in the world to be excited about that. …
“I’m hoping that they help us, the fans help us win.”
Here’s the problem, and it goes beyond the chicken-or-the-egg obvious that it is on the Giants to give their fans something to cheer about Sunday against the hated Eagles:
Giants fans did not expect their team to come home 0-4.
Giants fans, like ownership, hold this team to a higher standard.
Giants fans dreamed of their team making history by becoming the first team to play in a Super Bowl in its home stadium, just as the players did.
Giants fans weren’t expecting an overmatched, injury-ravaged offensive line that can’t keep Eli Manning upright or clear the path for a running game.
Giants fans weren’t expecting Manning to throw 11 interceptions.
Giants fans weren’t expecting Jason Pierre-Paul to have only one more sack than Michael Strahan or Kelly Ripa.
Giants fans weren’t expecting David Wilson to fumble his golden opportunity.
Giants fans weren’t expecting Hakeem Nicks to virtually disappear.
In other words, Coughlin can expect Giants fans to be “All in.”
But guess what: It’s up to his Giants to keep them “All in.”
It’s up to the Giants to help the Giants win, no matter where the game is played." Read more...