Respectability is all that’s left for deflated Giants to play for

The Giants fell to 5-8 and out of playoff contention for the fourth time in five seasons after taking a 37-14 shellacking at the hands of the Chargers in San Diego yesterday.

Head coach Tom Coughlin is running out of ways to try to motivate his lethargic club. Although he tried to spin the situation into a positive one, there was no hiding his deflated state….

“Very, very disappointing loss for us. We have a three game schedule to go. We have three games to work as hard as we can, prepare as hard as we can and see if we can regain some of the respectability we lost today.

There’s a lot to play for. There’s pride to play for. There’s the fact that we’re competitors, we play for the New York Giants and we’re expected to go as hard as we can. We created our own situation here. No one else did but us, so it’s our responsibility to finish.

We should be disappointed, but as has happened a number of times, thank goodness for the character of these guys, we bounce back. I expect that to happen come Wednesday. We’re going to have to get back up off the floor. This is no fun for anybody.”

GEICO SportsNite covers the Giants’ 37-14 loss to the Chargers with interviews from Eli Manning, Jon Beason and Justin Tuck.