Former Giants LB Carl Banks, now an analyst on the team’s radio broadcasts, took a swipe at the teams’s manhood, togetherness and overall competency yesterday on WFAN with co-hosts Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts:
They don’t like themselves. That’s what it really comes down to. They don’t like each other. They’re not willing to fight for each other. When you have a premier quarterback in this league, and you don’t have enough self-respect — not for him, but for yourself — to protect him to do your job, I think it speaks volumes. I think these guys really do need to all stand in (front of) the mirror, and it’s gut-check time.”
“I have a pretty good idea of what type of coach Tom Coughlin is, and what he expects of his guys, but he doesn’t play. And if they don’t have enough pride as men … And you can hate your coach, and never want to play this bad ever again. If you don’t have enough pride to stand up and do something … I don’t think I’ve seen a collective group just line up and get punched in the face, and stand up and do it again and again and again.”
Q: Carl Banks on the radio thought the team quit. How do you feel about that?
A: I don’t like that. That is a very strong thing for someone to say. It wasn’t pretty, I will say that, but I don’t believe they quit.
Q: He also said that he thought this team isn’t fighting, that they didn’t like each other, didn’t want to fight for each other. Do you sense any of that?