Good morning, New York Giants fans! Your Giants are down after two straight NFC East losses, but they refuse to believe they are out.
"We have nine more games to play. Let's win all nine games," defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said on Monday. "I think we can do it. We just have to believe."
Optimism was the them of the day for the Giants, as you will see from this morning's trip around the Inter-Google.
"There is a ton of football,'' Manning told reporters. "If we handle our business and start winning games, we have a shot to be OK and in good shape.''
Head coach Tom Coughlin did his best Monday to pump up his troops as they head into the bye week:
"He said to prepare yourself," veteran linebacker Mark Herzlich said. "Prepare yourself for this great run we're going to make. It wasn't a question of if we're going to make a run. It was ... we're going to make a run."
"When we get back, it's time to win," wide receiver Preston Parker said of the coach's message. "Everybody knows what time it is."
The Giants have played games for 12 straight weeks.
Members of the Giants could almost be heard exhaling as they looked forward to a bye week they hope will restore battered bodies and weary minds.
"We have to get our minds right," defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins said. "We have a lot of opportunities in front of us, but it is going to be tough."
Tight end Larry Donnell was devastated by his costly fumbles Sunday. Some advice from his wife soothed him, and could help the Giants:
"I told my wife I'm just trying to figure out what happened, and she said, 'You know, it's simple. Just hold the ball like you're holding Z,' which is my daughter,'' Donnell said, referring to 4-year-old Zarri. "I thought, that's some pretty good advice.''
So much for optimism. Hank Gola of the Daily News blisters the Giants linemen on both sides of the ball:You would like to believe that if you're a Giants fan because this team has always played its best football when people have given up on it. The '07 and '11 Super Bowl seasons are proof of that. Tom Coughlin's teams don't pack it in.
But there is also a truth that goes back to the days of single wing football. If you lose the line of scrimmage, you've got problems. The best Giants teams have traditionally won the pits, but right now, they have problems ... big ones.
"It’s more us than it is our opponents,’’ left tackle Will Beatty said. "We’re shooting ourselves in the foot. We have to literally take this week off and evaluate ourselves, make sure that we find our identity — the Giants 2014, who we are, what we want to represent, what we want to show, how we come together, how we play. "We’re too inconsistent. We have great games and then we get shut out. You don’t want it to be like a coin flip — which Giants are you getting this week?’’
Asked what he believes the identity of the offense should be, Beatty said, "When you say ‘New York Giants,’ you say ‘running the ball.’ We’re too inconsistent.’’ "We know what the expectations are and we’re not living up to those expectations.’’
Pat Traina looks at the play of Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Her conclusion? Don't blame him for what ails the Giants:
Lost in the mess that is the Giants' crumbling 2014 season is the fact that Manning has quietly rebounded from last year's horror show despite the shortcomings of the talent around him.
David Diehl, ex-Giants lineman, ripped by Baltimore Sun columnist for chatter during Ravens game | NJ.com
The former Giants lineman was criticized along with his broadcasting partner for their chatter in the booth.