New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin walks off the field after a loss to the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium on December 18, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Once again the 7-7 New York Giants were left trying to explain the seemingly unexplainable following Sunday's 23-10 loss to the Washington Redskins. That is, once again the Giants were left trying to explain a confoundingly poor performance that turned into a costly loss against a team the Giants should beat.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin admitted during his post-game press conference that he was "very disappointed" in the performance.
"I just expected to see more. I expected to see quality, quality execution and really, quite frankly, we didn't get much of that," Coughlin said. "We didn't look like the team that played Sunday night [against Dallas]."
Coughlin, of course, was not the only one who disappointed.
"We had a tremendous opportunity here against a division opponent and we let it slip through our fingers. We didn't take advantage of it and we did not play New York Giants football. It was a very disappointing loss. Too many mistakes, too many penalties, we just didn't make enough plays," said defensive tackle Chris Canty.
Canty was also asked how the Giants could play so well the week before in their victory over Dallas, then so poorly against the Redskins at home.
"I don't know and that's the frustrating part about it. We played against a very difficult division opponent on the road, performed at a very high level and we were able to get a win. Then we come back home, an environment where we should have a lot of energy, sharper execution and we did not demonstrate great purpose or great focus," Canty said. "We looked like the four-win team out there today rather than the Redskins. It's embarrassing, I'm embarrassed."
Canty, embarrassed or not, said the Giants simply have to move forward.
"This game is gone, there's nothing we can do about this opportunity," Canty said. "We've got two games ahead of us and we still have an opportunity to do exactly what we want to do, what we set out to do so we are going to go to work tomorrow and figure out what went wrong today and try to get it corrected in a hurry because we have a short week and we don't have a lot of opportunity so we need to lick our wounds and move forward."
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