Quarterbacks who can’t get off a pass aren’t elite, which is why the Giants have worked to build and maintain arguably the best, most consistent pass rush over the past half-decade.
"It’s well-planned, it’s well-thought out," Tom Coughlin said. "Certainly we’ve had some outstanding defensive ends and interior players as well, who were able to provide us with flexibility and allow us to present some issues in pass protection, not only from an athletic standpoint, but from a scheme standpoint.
"We draft for that. And we’ve been able to do a good job of that."
Mike Garafolo's look at today's game.
Despite an accomplished career that includes leading the Giants to a Super Bowl title just three seasons ago (beating Belichick's then-undefeated Patriots, no less), Coughlin gets less credit than a guy who's defaulted on his student loan and had his credit cards canceled.
Across the Gillette Stadium field from Coughlin tomorrow will stand Belichick, who has justifiably been deified as the elite of the NFL's head coaching elite.
Despite the fact he has a more recent Super Bowl title than the great Belichick, he's not only not considered among the elite, his job status seems to be an annual issue pending results.
To date, the way the Giants have overcome injury after injury to key players this season you can make a good case for Coughlin being a leading Coach of the Year candidate.
"I have no clue why he doesn't get the credit he deserves, but Coach doesn't spend time thinking about it,'' Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty said. "It's not the type of person he is and, quite frankly, it's not the type of team he wants to coach. People who know football understand just how good a football coach he is.''