New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin offered some passionate, direct answers during his weekly exclusive chat with Michael Eisen of Giants.com. Here are a few samples:
On goals for the remaining four games:
"I want to win. I want to win the first game (Sunday at Tennessee) right off the bat. I want to play four quarters. I want to get to a situation where the game is on the line and win it and finish the game, which we've talked about since day one. I want to quit inventing ways to beat ourselves. I mean, there wasn't any question about the formula against the team (Jacksonville) last weekend. So what do we do? Not only turn it over, we give them touchdowns off of turnovers. It's the most incredible thing you've seen.
"There's a lot to get done. I want to score some points. Since when is 21 points enough? It's never enough. You're playing against good teams. They've got players that can put it in the end zone. I want to stop somebody on defense. I want to react well to the running quarterback. I want to force the other team to turn the ball over. Hell, catch the ball when they throw it to you. I want to do all those things. I want to run a punt back for a touchdown. I want to run a kickoff back for a touchdown. I want to get a turnover from a special teams outfit. I want to get better as the game goes on, like it's supposed to be."
On trying to stay positive in front of players despite the seven-game losing streak:
"I find that the circumstance that we're in here is one of trying to get people back up, lift them up and encourage them. Don't worry about me. They asked me a question and I told them exactly what it was. What do you think it was, ice cream and cake? That's not what we're here for. Nobody expected this, but guess what, you're not going to get me down. Not publicly. You're not going to see that. I am not going to cower to the adversity. I'm not going to do it."
On the difficulty the Giants have had in the second half of games:
"I don't think halftime has anything to do with it. We don't score enough points, period, no matter what you say. And we do not play four quarters. Some games, we play three, sometimes we play three and a half. We leave a huge section of the game where nothing happens in our favor. The last three weeks, whoever you like to put up at the end, they don't do the job. We're in the game to win it. We're right there. We are at the critical point in the game where winning or losing can take place. People have to make plays. First-and-goal from the four and we can't score? Two-minute drive and they have to go 80 and they do score. Make a play. We get a holding penalty last week and move them back to the 45. The next play is a quarterback run for 25 yards. What was that? Jeez. I don't care what position you're in. I'm in dead center field, can't I run up and tackle the guy for a 10-yard gain? He got across the line of scrimmage, come on. Where are we? It's frustrating." [NOTE: Antrel Rolle was in 'center field' on the play Coughlin is referencing. Take that as a shot at Rolle if you wish].