The Giants won Christmas Eve. Whether you like it or not, it was a battle of mediocrity. At a meager 8-7 record, they put themselves in position to win their division. Paraphrasing our GM Jerry Reese: Once you’re in the “tournament” anything can happen.
Last season kiss my a** Tom boasted like Rex Ryan about how a 10 win season was an accomplishment in the NFL. Meanwhile with TEN wins, this did not qualify them for the playoffs. Needless to say, they hit the links. Winning the division is usually more of an accomplishment than just finishing with 10 wins, but the Giants have that opportunity this weekend. However, much to the consternation of this blog, we dispute the relative competitiveness of the NFC East. Longstanding Giants fans: Are we satisfied with their performance versus a coach with “the dream team” who had his “worst coaching job of (his) tenure? Not only did (Reid’s) self-promoting team underachieve spectacularly, it did so in a year "when the rest of the NFC East was pathetic." Sadly, the Giants had the chance to put them away weeks ago, but let the numbers game handle that. Let’s not forget the 2 losses to the bottom-dwelling Redskins. If the Giants do prevail on Sunday against the Cowboys, it will be a first. The NFC East champ would lose two division games versus a last place foe.
What happened to the tradition of Giants football which we have grown accustomed to. We used to watch their tradition of linebackers with Huff, Van Pelt, Carson and Taylor. The Giants team was about a tough physical defense that stopped the run. They stood for a physical and power running game. When everyone knew the Giants were going to run, needing a yard or two, they got it done. Many Giant fans can remember getting amped up when the defense took the field. Contrast the past with the present defensive unit. One winces when they take the field with a lead.
My father related a story that preceded the dark years of Giants football. Allie Sherman took over for Jim Lee Howell, who incidentally had the likes of Lombardi and Landry on his staff. Sherman was an offensive-minded coach very much like Coughlin is today. Cornerback Erich Barnes, who was good friends with my father, was up for a contract after the first season under Sherman. After his contract expired he went to the front office to re-negotiate. Barnes called my Father from the front office and said, “Did you hear they just traded Sam Huff?” My father replied, “No.” The player added, “Well if they traded Huff everyone is available.” That season Sherman discarded many key players on defense and built his team around the offense.
The Giants historically have produced some big names in NFL coaching history such as Lombardi, Landry, Fox, Payton, Spagnuolo, Belichick and Parcells. Problem is they don't cultivate them. Instead we let them go and get the likes of Allie Sherman, Perkins, Handley, Reeves, Fassel and Tom Coughlin. I related a story some time ago about how cheap and conservative the Mara family has been. My father told about sitting next to Rose Mara at the wake of Tim Mara’s funeral. My father asked Mrs. Mara if they had planned to hire Vince Lombardi as their next Head Coach. Her response was, “Oh no son, he wants too much money and an apartment too.” So we only hope that Mara and Tisch will not repeat the poor decisions of the past. We hope Mara desires to bring back the traditions that we have lacked this season and truly see what this team really is: a mediocre team in a pathetic division.
I hope you are right but everything they have done says nothing has changed.
One major difference between now and the Parcells -Young era is the masterful way the Giants handled free agency. The Giants had a nice team prior to one superbowl but were really thin on the O.L. Young went out a took two aging veterens off the waiver wire and that move won the title. The Giants were always looking for an O.J. Anderson and they did it well enough to win.
Of course as history has proven the Giants have had some of brightest young minds of the past twenty years coach in their organization. The same guys hold Head Coaching jobs in Denver,New England,New Orleans and even Dallas.Coughlin was a Giant AC before he ever went to Jacksonville for those of you whp like the guy.
Reese was an o.k. head scout but man he laid some huge eggs. He has hurt this team badly by bringing in expensive players on defense who all have been busts.
Boley is an o.k. player but for $5 mil? Canty is a huge bust. He gets $7million. Then there is Rockey"the stomach Bernard" who originally got about 4$4 million
and was a big bust. He took a cut in salary but the millions he gets now are just crazy.
The worst part is that the Giants blew a hole in the cap which has hurt them a lot,Eli has a $100 million a year contract that has not been restructured and the constant failure to address the defense has cost us two drafts where the needs at Linebacker,O.L. and running back were/are incredible.
I read today that that the spread between yards gained in the air vs yards gained on the ground is one of,if not the worst spread in NFL history.
I anm like Andy. I would much rather see good football,an improving team,solid game plans and execution than to play 500 football,lousy football and make the playoffs.
You can build on that and when a team that might be 6-10 is the best in the conference the game is corrupt.
As much as I enjoy and agree with your occasional insight, concerning Coughlin you're like the Michael Moore of posts, an idiot, who loves the sound of his own voice. Granted, I suppose you need to go a little outside the box to keep the site interesting. ... However, Coughlin is not a good coach. He is a great coach, affiliated with the likes of Seymour 'Red' Kelin, Spag's mentor, Sam Timer, Bucknell. These kinds of moral, defensive minds aren't easy to find. If the Rams let go a Spags, jump on him.
@longtimegiantfan Idiots? I think thew body of work says otherwise.
Obviously your use of words is a joke as great would mean Tom Landry,Vince Lombardi,the amazing teams from Pittsburgh,Minnesota,and the incredible brain trust in Sanfrancisco in the 90's.
Shula,even Ditka had far superior results with arguably a fraction of the talent.
I would argue that there is a huge difference between a football fan and one who is blind to what many smart people think.
Everyone is entitled to an opinion but,before you make obnoxious statement and insult others it might be wise to look in the mirror. You sound like someone exposing a bitter mouth with Nothing to support your noise.
Coughlin for the Hall. You heard it here first!!
@longtimegiantfan oddly enough there are Giants fans that respect michael moore and his take on american hypocrisy. he makes it a point to let ordinary americans speak for themselves in his work, giving voice to the voiceless. and as far as coughlin being a great coach, this is clearly an opinion i have never heard uttered even from his most ardent supporters and giants yes-men. based on his second half of the season debacles of year's past, something tells me that lombardi, walsh and paul brown are not waiting for coughlin to join them on mount rushmore.
@DavidCastro@longtimegiantfan Good point. On Moore, I should have been more clear. I've no problem with WHAT Michael Moore says, more his obnoxious delivery. But, back to football. Okay, 'great' in comparison to the coaches you mention is a bit of a stretch. Good, solid, worthy and totally undeserving of being mentioned in the same breath as a coach such as Handley is more to the point. That's insulting.
Furthermore and though I'm improperly punctuating and writing a lot of run on sentences. (Typing on my phone so excuse that). I do have faith with Coughlin in that under his watch we won a super bowl and after how we played against green bay coupled with the mediocrity of the NFL; I do believe if we can manage to stay out of New Orleans we got a shot to go on a run for the title. Dallas if TC finally communicates with his coordinators and comes up with an aggressive attack first defense ( more blitzes and press coverage) and switch up some of our offensive plays keeping defenses off balance (ie less predictable kildrive garbage and more like the gilbride from the giants eagles first game this year). We should then be able to easily defeat Dallas at home and then either Detroit or Atlanta. From there beat GB in lambeau and hopefully head to san fran for a championship game in which we should beat them if we play them again. This would restore my faith in TC that maybe he can turn a leaf and make adjustments/think outside the box.
Longtimegiants fan you need to wake up and smell the coffee. This game has passed coughlins 20th century thinking and he cannot compete against any team with a halfway decent coach. How can you call a coach great when we have all the talent we have and are home to a REX GROSSMAN LED REDSKIN team with nothing to play for and they put forth that effortless sh*t show! What does this great head coach say before the other team comes in his house he says "I'm scared!". What kind of message does that mentality send to your team. He can't keep his players motivated, his coordinators run the same Swiss cheese zone, and same manila offense that runs the same 5 plays in the redzone week in week out. The only reason were not at the bottom of the division is because of eli and the athletic talent guys like bradshaw, jpp, and Webster possess. Coughlin does some things well and runs a tight ship. He has also drafted above average during his tenure though that mainly falls on accorsi and reese. He makes no adjustments nor does he stay in touch with his coordinators and improvise by saying hey why do we always start a game with run run pass and then go 3 and out and come back with a hapless deep ball off of a super slow developing play action.
Anyway the list goes on and on with all his errors, he continues to employ the worst special teams coach in the history of the game in Tom Quinn. I could write a novel on his miscues and a short story on his positives. I do appreciate the way he prepared the team for the super bowl by keeping them far away from the stadium and all the mental preparation but there comes a time when pre game power point presentations just don't cut it anymore for a pep talk. Agreed he shouldn't be mentioned with the likes of ray handley in the least bit and as far as where he ranks in giant history as coach it should be toward the top, but his time has passed. In addition to the way our defense has gone in the crapper since the loss of spags. It's becoming more and more evident he was the sole driver that propeled this defense to sb Champs where tc earned his teflon. PS I hate Michael Moores fat a$$! But comparing this article which is well written and had personal references to the giants owners and their mentality is a great piece and its as much a travesty to compare this article to Michael Moore as it is to mention coughlin and ray handley in the same sentence.