Tom Coughlin did his best Allie Sherman Monday afternoon in his postmortem conference call with reporters. As Allie would always say ‘I saw some good things’ even after his sorry team got pasted week after week.
This version of the Giants is nowhere near as bad those mid-to-late 60′s teams, but a loss is a loss even if it is the preseason game. Plus, no one hates to lose more than Tom Coughlin.
One of the big reasons for the loss was the Giants’ ineptitude in the red zone, where they settled for four FGs instead of TDs vs the Colts last Sunday. Coughlin was asked why his team was having brainfreeze inside the 20…
“Execution. It’s execution is what it is,” the coach said. “That’s the common denominator. Execute. There have been some opportunities to hit some open receivers, which we haven’t done. We got stopped our first time down on fourth and one, which is a good play by them. I’m not going to say it wasn’t. They made a nice defensive play and we couldn’t get to the free safety, or the strong safety, and he caught the runner at an angle, instead of perhaps getting north and south, which wasn’t the fault of the runner. He had to do what he had to do to avoid being tackled earlier. There are execution issues along the line and again, making plays. Make a play. Somebody, let’s make a play.”
Coughlin: “When you look at this tape, I mean I made an incredible number of notes on the side and not taking anything away from the Colts, but this game was a lot about what we didn’t do, what we weren’t able to accomplish. When you go right down the line, there are some good things….”
“We held them to 2.7 (rushing average) and they had seven runs of minus yardage. We averaged four yards a clip.”
Big deal – a 4th and one on IND 7 yard line – went for zero yards when Andre Brown got stuffed around left end.
“Of course we had the … stat in terms of sacks. They sacked us six times, we only got them once.”
No JPP, no Damonster played into that, but still…On offense, the line allowed way too much pressure in addition to the sacks. The goal this offseason was to get nastier in the trenches. Not sure that’s happened.
“The one key thing for me was the 10 penalties, which were totally the opposite of what the circumstance was the week before.”
One of which was called on Coughlin, but the defense was hit with several roughness penalties. You can’t criticize them for their aggressive play, especially after citing them for being too soft last season.
“We were 0-for-4 in the green zone, they were one-for-one.”
The TEs were not getting open and the second-level blocking for the running game is non-existent. That leaves the short passing game, which has looked sluggish in both preseason games.
“As I looked at it, I thought we had the opportunity to intercept five balls, I really did. I thought we had a great chance to have five interceptions and as I looked at the field position and the way in which the ball was driven, there’s three opportunities for touchdowns if you just strictly stay with the minimum.”
But they didn’t. The defense needs to be more aware of where the football is….Aaron Ross and Hosley are great athletes but their football acumen seems to be questionable right now…
“I was disappointed in the fact that we didn’t make those plays and again, they made some and we made a few, but we certainly didn’t make enough. That’s basically the disappointment that I have coming out of this game.”
I have to blame it on the lack of practice time. Every team has this problem, but the Giants don’t scrimmage vs other teams in the preseason. They may have to start. They were not sharp and had little energy.