Three games into the season and it is safe to say that the Giants unfortunately look like the same team from last year. You know that team; the one that gave up 40 points on five separate occasions, the one that quit on their coach, the one that had no defense or a running game and the one that got beat on both lines of scrimmage. The Giants lost to the Tennessee Titans yesterday in their new stadium 29-10 and it appears that Tom Coughlin may really have lost the team for good. Looks like last year wasn’t a fluke rather a trend after winning their first game in 2010 they now are 1-2 on the season.
The Giants had 11 penalties for a loss of 86 yards, but worst of all 6 of them came on personal fouls that could have been avoided. Tackle Kareem McKenzie had two of them within 7 minutes of each other in the fourth quarter leading to his benching, Antrel Rolle also was benched (Time to stop talking about other players on your new team Antrel and start to take your own inventory, leadership starts within), Brandon “Hot Head” Jacobs had one in the second quarter, David Diehl had one in the 3rd quarter when Ahmad Bradshaw coughed up the ball on the Titans 5 yard line and the worst one of all was from Ahmad Bradshaw who threw a chop block in the end zone which resulted in a safety and negated a 43 yard pass play from Manning to Manningham. Speaking of Manning you can’t fault his effort trying to make something happen, but what was he thinking throwing the ball left handed for an interception in the Titan end zone in the first quarter when he surely could have held on to the ball and tied up the game 3-3. He is too good to make these kinds of mental mistakes and he must start to work with his young receivers who show signs of greatness at times and at other times resemble legendary volleyball player Karch Kiraly with how many balls they keep batting in the air for interceptions. Now if that wasn’t ugly enough, the Giants special teams will plain frighten you with their ineptitude. Who knew that punter Jeff Feagles departure would make this big of an impact. Rookie punter Matt Dodge is killing the team and if they don’t do something about it soon he may punt away the season all by himself. While Dodge didn’t even punt once, he did manage to blow a field goal with a delay of game that allowed Lawrence Tynes to miss from 44 yards. Dodge also hammered a line drive kick after the safety which gave the ball to the Titans on the 50 yard line and within a few minutes the Giants went from being tied to down 9 points in the 3rd quarter. Special teams coach Tom Quinn better fix this soon as his special teams have looked more sloppy than special giving up a 45 yard kickoff return as well.
So while it really is only three games into the season, it is time to see the red of those rosy Coughlin cheeks come out and rear their ugly side again. As a Giants fan, I just feel better when Coughlin looks angry, red in the face and ready to have a near heart attack, so angry that his players are afraid to show up 5 minutes early to a meeting. Please Mr. Coughlin for the sake of all Giants fans, get angry, throw a headset, do something to make us feel like there is hope for this season, the rumblings are already starting and the whispers of Bill Cowher have been heard. Your team is once again undisciplined and the Bears are coming to town Sunday night, if you want to salvage this season it is time for one of those fiery tirades we grew to love through the years. So Tom, instead of watching all that game film, change the VCR to the famous movie Rudy and pay particular attention to Dan Devine when he says, ”No one, and I mean no one, comes into our house and pushes us around. You already know this but this is the most important game of your lives, no excuses do the work. Our lady of victory, PRAY FOR US.” Go get em COACH!
About the Author
Written by Dennis Napoliello
Graduate of Providence College with a BS degree in Business Administration. While at Providence College, I co hosted the #1 radio program titled "The Sports Page". I make my living in the fitness industry as National Vice President of Sales at David Barton Gym located in New York City. On a personal note, I have been a long standing Giants fan as my family has held season tickets since the opening of Giants Stadium in 1976. I now own the tickets and enjoy going to the game with my three children (Peyton, Trevor and Camryn), wife (Michelle), Dad (Al) and brother in law (Chris). Other than college, I have lived my entire life in NJ and currently reside in Roxbury, NJ. My objective with this blog is to have fun writing, along with my two sons, about the team we love, and to be as objective as possible always trying to give you the fans point of view,