The Giants have been trying to get into the “Winning Team” VIP Room of Club NFL for three difficult weeks. Then finally on Sunday, with a fourth quarter lead against the Chargers, the velvet rope opens and the bouncer beckons the Giants in. But the Giants proceed to knock bottles over, talk all loud and obnoxious, and get themselves kicked right out. Conclusion: The Giants just aren’t VIP Room material.
Tom Coughlin’s play calling shows he has some misconceptions about the strength of his team. When the Giants found themselves first and goal in late in the fourth quarter, with 14 yards between them and a likely game icing touchdown, Coughlin called three straight running plays. This is the thought process of a team with a dominant defense…we’ll chew some clock, kick the field goal and we’ll stop you from going the length of the field. Only the Giants D had no semblance of an ability to stop the Chargers two minute drill, and San Diego casually and effortlessly cruised down the field for the game winning TD.
After the Giants defense had seemingly just turned the tide of the game with a dominant fourth quarter series, I guess its understandable that Coughlin his D could control the outcome. In that series Fred Robbins enveloped Chargers QB Phillip Rivers for a sack and then Justin Tuck introduced himself to Darren Sproles in the backfield for a 9 yard loss. Tuck later appeared dominant again, ending a subsequent Charger series by sniffing out and stuffing an end around to Vincent Jackson.
These plays no doubt had Giants fans leaping off the couch in celebration, for a change, and Coughlin must have once again started to drink the Kool Aid with regard to his defensive front being a dominant force. Which they clearly are not; the defensive line is good and can make some big plays but they’re not a definite game changer.
For the Giants to not even try one pass play in their fateful fourth quarter possession, for them to play for the field goal and leave it all on the defense, is ludicrous. It shows Coughlin is coaching the team in his head and not the one on the field.
Finally, I have to single out the person more responsible for the Giants heartbreaking loss than anyone else in a blue uniform. I'm talking about punter Jeff Feagles. The Chargers first two touchdown scoring drives were kicked off by horrible 32 and 31 yard Feagles efforts. Both of these punts started the Chargers in Giants territory, and the short field was a killer to the already shaky Big Blue D. What is with Feagles? He has been painful to watch.
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Written by Mark Reichman