New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin called his team "a work in progress" Tuesday when he met with reporters to review Monday's 28-16 victory over the St. Louis Rams. That is an apt description for the 1-1 Giants, who have yet to look sharp in any real phase of the game through the first two weeks of the season.
"It’s great to win, there’s no doubt about it," Coughlin said. " We have a lot of work to do. We are, without a doubt, a work in progress."
As we have been discussing here at Big Blue View today, the porous pass defense was forefront in Coughlin's mind. The Giants surrendered 331 yards passing to Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, and allowed 10 pass plays of at least 17 yards.
"We gave up some big play passes, which in the National Football League, you can say what you want, I guess that’s going to occur on occasion," Coughlin said. "It’s occurred a little bit too much for us in the first two games of the season."
Coughlin was asked specifically about the play of Aaron Ross, who was benched for part of the second half. He side-stepped speaking directly about the cornerback, who was targeted consistently by St. Louis on Monday.
"I just think that you have to learn and you have to get better as a result of it and you have to go forward. There are many mistakes out there on the field that we have to correct and we will do that in a positive way because we won, but nevertheless, they all need to be addressed and we will do that." Coughlin said. "Not just on the defensive side of the ball but the offensive side of the ball as well."