How many players will follow the lead of players such as Jon Beason, Justin Tuck and Antrel Rolle when they say that upsetting the Super Bowl-favorite Seattle Seahawks would be a significant accomplishment in an otherwise disappointing season?
In the past week, Geno Smith took an important step. He readjusted his game, at the urging of offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, and stopped trying to be perfect. He got back to running with the football. He played more freely.
“I didn’t even notice it was down,” Giants quarterback Eli Manning said Wednesday. “I didn’t really notice when it was up, either.”
“To be honest with you, I don’t care,” the captain told WFAN radio. “Whoever wins, wins. Whoever wins, they deserve to win. To me, to be honest with you, I don’t care who is the better of the two.”
To say that the New York Giants have had an inconsistent season is to be kind. In fact, at times, New York has performed downright poorly, as penalties and poor execution have plagued the G-men all year. Not surprisingly, these same themes reared their ugly head as Big Blue fell to the San Diego Chargers 37-14 on Sunday. Coupled with wins by the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers, the loss dropped New York out of playoff contention.
Giants linebacker Jon Beason could be in for a huge payday. He’s helped hold the Giants’ defense together.
Antrel Rolle told “Joe and Evan” that teammate Justin Tuck “had the eye of the tiger” in Sunday’s victory over the Redskins.
“Things are not gonna work out in your favor all the time. That doesn’t mean that you hang your head low. You gotta go out there, and you get better. You play football, you play with pride.”
“Talk is cheap,” Coughlin said. “Play the game. I don’t see anything that gets accomplished by the verbalization part of it. We’ve never been a team that has been one to provide bulletin-board material.”
Good teams, playoff teams, do not continue to make enough mistakes to lose games. The Giants (4-7) have learned that the hard way this season.
Hatcher sported fake blood on his face and wrote the following caption next to his picture: “They say blood would be shed. Just finished eating a giant. #actionspeaklouderthanwords.”
While the Giants’ defense has been the catalyst in their amazing comeback from a dismal 0-6 start, there were concerns after last week’s win over Green Bay.
“With Dallas, we all understand that it’s a division opponent, it’s a division rival. But at the same time, like I said, every game from this moment on is a must-win game.”
Who would have imagined three months ago that the Jets would be in the wild-card hunt? (Sunday’s blowout notwithstanding.) And who could have thought one month ago that the Giants would be back in the race? (Besides Antrel Rolle.)
“I read the formation, the tight end, how he was set, and I caught the ball,” said Pierre-Paul, who told teammates in the huddle before the play that he was going to pick the pass.