The New York Giants continued their roster purge after missing the playoffs, cutting leading rusher Ahmad Bradshaw and defensive tackle Chris Canty.
There is an obvious reason why the Giants went from a Super Bowl champion to a frustrated team that missed the playoffs. It’s consistency.
The only real answer to the current question is simple. Sometimes, things just don’t fall right, even for a defending Super Bowl champion.
When a pro athlete fails to realize his potential there’s usually something more tangible and turbulent behind it.
The Giants aren’t giving up despite not being in control of their playoff destiny.
The Giants have the same coaches, players, and talent, but not the temerity
The defeat eliminated the defending Super Bowl champion Giants (8-7) from contention in the NFC East and severely damaged their chances of qualifying for a playoff berth.
New York’s inactive list Sunday includes defensive end Justin Tuck (shoulder), who is replaced in the starting lineup by Osi Umenyiora.
“He’s a vital member of this team,” guard Kevin Boothe said. “He’s our physical, fiery leader. Whenever you get a chance to get him out there, it’s good for the team.”
The return of Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to practice on Thursday after missing the previous day with a sprained left knee could only bode well for his on-field rapport with quarterback Eli Manning.
“Your back is against the wall,” Coughlin said. “You don’t have any choice. What we really want is right there for us. There is only one way to get it, and it’s not like playing like we did (on Sunday).”
Ahmad Bradshaw will miss the Giants game, Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
Giants starting right cornerback Prince Amukamara missed practice Thursday with a strained hamstring.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said that he has not ruled out running back Ahmad Bradshaw from Sunday’s matchup in Atlanta, despite a knee injury.
With three games left, the Giants (8-5) have a one-game lead in the NFC East over Washington (7-6) and Dallas (7-6). If they win their final three games, they’ll win the division title for a second straight year.