Tuesday Morning Report: Solving the ‘Slump’
John Fennelly , Executive Editor
The Giants were at TIMEX yesterday for their usual Monday routine, the mood somber due to combination of Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh and the fact many still do not have power. Tom Coughlin talked about many things, something he does when his emotions get the better of him.
“No,” said Coughlim when asked if he was more angry than normal after this loss. “Probably not and in a circumstance like that, I don’t think so. I may have acted it out a little bit more than… It was an emotional time.”
Coughlin was asked if the word ‘slump’ applies to football…..“I don’t know what that is. This is not baseball. I think we didn’t play well. We didn’t play well for a couple weeks on offense and we’ve got to do better. We’ve got to get back to: drop back, throw it. Let’s get the game going.”
He spoke about his team’s misfires in the passing game on Sunday and believes the ship can be righted.
“I think we can work it out. I definitely do,” said Coughlin. “I think it’s got to happen relatively fast, to be honest with you. I think it can be solved, I think a lot of it is the individual. When you look at some things, like the crossing pattern that was tipped, there’s nobody on it. I mean, he’s got a chance to turn and go. The ball doesn’t get there, the ball gets tipped and that hurt us. On that third-and-one, it was a fade stop; there was a miscommunication between looking for the ball and winning deep by the rookie (Rueben Randle). That can be worked out. So, I think a lot of this can be solved.”
On the lack of touchdowns the past few weeks: “It’s going on. It’s been going on for quite some time now. We passed up a couple of opportunities. We were one for two, yesterday. The second one was a huge one. We missed that opportunity. You can’t miss those opportunities. You have to make the plays when they’re there.”
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Coughlin said yesterday that MLB Mark Herzlich “played okay” but could have been better. When asked if the team missed Chase Blackburn, the coach did not hesitate: “Oh yeah, definitely.” Coughlin scoffed at the idea that Blackurn could be overrated: “Not by me.”
The coach said that WR Hakeem Nicks needs to pick up his game and that the team has not lost confidence in rookie wideout Rueben Randle.
On the middle of the defense, which got manhandled Sunday: “It was soft, no question. It was soft early. We came back and played a little bit better and then they had their breakout there at the end of the game, but that was also a third down and nine that was converted. So we got mushed a little bit up front. Their big bodies knocked us back and time-to-time we got a little bit better. We didn’t tackle well. We missed 12 tackles in the game.”
S Kenny Phillips who was a late scratch on Sunday was not as ready as we were led to believe: “He just didn’t feel like after a couple days of practice that he could do the things he had to do to perform in the role that we wanted him to be in.”
On if the bye after Week 10 is too late, if the team is currently tired and in need of a break: “No, I don’t think so. I think 7-3 will be a nice break.”