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Is this season on Tom Coughlin?


The short answer is no. There are however, more nuances once you get below the surface. Here's my take on all the huzzah around Tommy RedCheeks..

First off, players play and coaches coach. I don't believe for a second that TC has not done his drill sergeant best to get Blue prepared for the games. Is there something to the fact of being over-prepared or over-coached? Definitely. It would at the very least, seem to explain the inexplicable brain-lock that we witness week in and week out.

However, at some point, this group of players need to accept responsibility and demand accountability from themselves and each other. We call for the HC to be fired, as us fans typically do, since it's easier to fire the coach than half the team. TC will dutifully accept the blame and perhaps go down with the ship. The larger point is that the same group dynamic will persist. If a guy who has brought so much success to this organization/player group cannot get you to perform, it's time to start looking in the mirror at yourself. The rookie/veteran cycle of leadership should be complete by now and the team is still rudderless in the locker room. We keep mentioning 2007 (which is starting to sound old) but we had leaders on that team. Sam Madison, R.W. McQuarters, Antonio Pierce, Amani Toomer, Michael Strahan were all established vets.

Who has stepped up on this team to continue the cycle? Tuck doesn't have that presence, Manning may have started to attempt to fill that role but neither seems to have the stature of the aforementioned guys. The time to be a leader can't just be after you get shellacked. Sometimes it needs to happen while you're getting pounded on to perhaps stop the bleeding early, before you get triaged right out of the game. Unless and until we get someone who really WANTS to be a leader, we'll continue to seem flat and uninspired.

TC has made some questionable decisions, no doubt. Putting Nicks on KO's last week almost did it for me by itself. Inserting O'Hara for Seubert, bad hires for co-ordinators, special teams, etc.. are all questionable at best. However, the point remains, the players at some point have to play better. Have to. On the flip side, TC has to do a better job realizing when something is not working and make some immediate changes and not wait until halftime or the season is over. If his message is stale to the players, then you need to start shaking things up and getting the attention of your players. The players have to realize as well, that they are getting paid to perform. You don't like the coach, you should still have some "dignity of labor" to play at your very best and not use someone else as the excuse for your failures. I don't think you can coach a guy to have pride/desire. You should have that intrinsically or get replaced for someone that does (that's on TC). This team has a collective desire to be content with doing just enough. The resiliency instilled a few years ago has disappeared. I can't fully place that on the coach.

You don't appreciate what you have 'till it's gone and if Blue plays TC right out of town, they'll "learn the hard way" again. I've said it numerous times, but TC deserves better than this.

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