The Tom Coughlin era of the New York Giants has seen some highs including two Super Bowl championships but also many lows featuring dysfunctional teams that point the finger at each other. The bad times are always magnified and often include memorable poor decision making especially in critical game moments.
The most recent example is last Sunday night in Dallas when the Giants lost in highly disappointing fashion to the Cowboys, 27-26. QB Tony Romo led Dallas on two TD drives in the last 5:30 of the 4th quarter, wiping away Giants leads of 23-13, and then 26-20. Romo hit TE Jason Witten on the game winning TD pass, with less than 10 seconds remaining.
Giants’ Head Coach Tom Coughlin and Quarterback Eli Manning took most of the blame in the media for poor time management on the Giants’ last drive. Most of the buzz on Monday revolved around the news that Eli Manning told Rashad Jennings to not score on purpose on their final drive – a move that backfired horribly.
More finger pointing and we are barely into Week 2. With all of the focus on the blame game, there is one revelation to be made – the real blame should go to the Giants defense.
The Giants defense has not made a big stop since the 2011 Super Bowl season, and they let the Cowboys score 2 TDs in the last 5:30 with absolutely zero resistance, and no pass rush. The loss of DE Jason-Pierre Paul only makes this unit worse, and based on the pictures we saw of JPP’s hand earlier this week, there is no reason to expect him to be an effective player again for Big Blue in ’15.
The Giants look to rebound in their home opener vs. the Falcons on Sunday at Met Life Stadium at 1pm.
This story was written by Mike Lalor with contributions by Bryan Revello. Mike Lalor can be heard talking about the NFL on the Spadora on Sports Radio Program and has a weekly blog at spadoraonsports.com.