In any other year, Tom Coughlin wouldn’t be happy playing an extended preseason schedule.
After missing the playoffs the past two seasons, Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants aren’t one of the morning-line favorites to get back to the postseason.
The Giants have one thing they can feel very good about. It’s the division they call home, the NFC East.
Beckham was hit in the back of his leg late in practice Monday and he did not practice Tuesday. Coughlin ruled him out for Friday night’s game.
Eli Manning understands the concern about the New York Giants’ offense with the regular season three weeks away. The guys entrusted with making new coordinator Ben McAdoo’s unit work have done little in the last two preseason games.
Coach Tom Coughlin would never criticize his franchise quarterback, but he knows that there has to be changes with Eli Manning and the offense.
Although the performance against Indy has led to widespread consternation about Manning and his first-unit group, one must understand that McAdoo is keeping things under wraps.
A day after the Jets were doused by members of the Cortlandville Fire Department, the Giants took their turns answering the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, albeit in a bit more subtle fashion.
NFL head coaches tend to be more revered than their counterparts in Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL. Tom Coughlin is still viewed as elite, and deservedly so.
Eli Manning has too much talent, temerity and intelligence to turn into the turnover machine he was last year. And no doubt the Giants will do everything in their power to avoid a repeat of their galling 0-6 start in 2013.
Coughlin said he hopes to get his first-string offense more opportunity to play together this week against the Indianapolis Colts.
Coughlin didn’t just deal with booing. He also dealt with hecklers. A “Lets Go Buffalo!” chant broke out when the coach was answering questions, and one guy yelled, “New Jersey frauds!”
“It was good to get the running game going and get that offensive line firing off,” Manning said after Sunday’s preseason win over Buffalo. “That always helps out the whole offense.”
The severity of Wilson’s neck injury has not been released by the team. One report by NJ.com said the 23-year-old would “need a miracle” to get back on the field.
The Giants are holding their breath on Wilson, whose career was thought to be in jeopardy when he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis last season.