Tom Coughlin doesn’t have many options at halfback for the winless New York Giants. The choice now is rookie Michael Cox, and that’s it. Yes, Michael Cox.
The Giants’ 0-6 start is the worst for the organization since it lost a franchise-worst nine in a row in 1976, a season that saw coach Bill Arnsparger fired after seven games.
Forget about it. The mission no longer is about saving New York’s playoff hopes, it’s about finding out which pieces need to be part of the new foundation.
It’s a recurring theme for the Giants, as a crucial turnover in the fourth quarter doomed New York. Eli Manning overthrew Brandon Myers, and Tim Jennings intercepted the errant pass to preserve the Bears 27-21 victory over New York. The Giants are 0-6 for only the second time in team history.
For the Giants (0-5), running the ball has been a major challenge. The offensive line has not blocked well, the backs are a step off, and the result has been an average of 56.8 yards.
The New York Giants have the NFL’s worst running game and it doesn’t look like it’s going to improve much this week.
“(It’s) embarrassing, ridiculous, infuriating, frustrating — whatever you want to say,” Francesa said. “It’s as bad as it could possibly be. It’s not even worth saying the season’s over. Everybody knows the season’s over.
“We have a lack of excitement on the sideline,” the two-time Pro Bowler told reporters. “When I look up and down the sidelines, sometimes we’re in it and sometimes we’re not. I don’t know what the reason is for that.”
There were very few individual performances to point out, so for the first time we’re going to select some units in our following segment because this was a collective effort.
The Giants are 0-2. It’s not an inescapable hole. There may be many days ahead. But bad things don’t happen to good teams. The performance level must rise.
New York has decided to sit rookie running back Michael Cox, who has been their No. 1 kickoff returner.
Giants safety Antrel Rolle says running back David Wilson has only two options after his nightmarish season opener: “He can either get in the tank, or he can man up.” Rolle didn’t recommend, however, that Wilson blast his critics on Twitter.
“The Giants have given me a great opportunity,” Jacobs said Tuesday. “This is where I wanted to be. These are the coaches I want to play for and I wanted to come back with my teammates.”
According to multiple reports, the Giants have brought back Brandon Jacobs on a one-year deal.
Brandon Jacobs played for the Giants from 2005-11. On Twitter, Jacobs said he’d “give it all I got” to get back with Big Blue.