At what point is it "okay" to mail it in? That's what really bothers me about the Giants' coaching staff, and it has over the past few seasons, particularly with offensive play calling. Mind you, I am not trying to say that we lost to Baltimore because of an early fourth quarter (down three scores) called draw play. But this is exactly what has pissed me off the most about the Giants' coaching staff, because I believe the team reflects that attitude with their play.
And that attitude is: the Giants don't need to play sixty minutes of football. All too often, over the past several seasons, I have watched the Giants attempt to establish the run down well into the fourth quarter, even when down by huge deficits. In a playoff game, it failed to amaze me that it happened yet again.
The Giants failed on many levels today, don't get me wrong. But this attitude of our coaching staff I will never understand. No matter who you are playing, the play calling should indicate some sense of urgency. Yet, time and time again, the Giants play with none. It happened last week with Atlanta. It happened again this week. It's happened numerous times over Coughlin's tenure as head coach.
And no matter what the stakes are, it doesn't seem to change. The Giants get down by a large deficit, and then call plays as if the game is lost, and why the game may be lost to any rational person, you have to play to win the damn game.
Coughlin and co. can look as befuddled as they like. But really, it's that simple. Call plays as if you want to win every game and maybe your team will play as if every game counts.