These two weeks have been among the most brutal for New York Giants fans as the 0-2 Giants blew another lead Sunday due to a series of mistakes and mismanagement, losing to the Atlanta Falcons, 24-20. There's plenty of blame to go around as the coaches and players for one more week have to endure a painful loss. Tom Coughlin uses only three words to perfectly describe how the Giants and all the fans are feeling.
"I'm disappointed. Again."
The theme so far for the 2015 Giants has been the avoidable, self-inflicted mistakes which have led to two heartbreaking collapses. Coughlin has a lot to say about these miscues.
"We can’t make mistakes," Coughlin said. "So we have to count on the other guy. And we didn’t get any today."
One of these mistakes include a fumble by Eli Manning as the Giants were about to add to their lead. At that point the offense was moving the chains at will. The momentum, however, shifted after that fumble and the offense was nowhere to be seen from that point on.
"The unfortunate thing, the most disappointing thing for me was from that point on I didn't any offense," Coughlin said. "I don't know what happened there, but we didn't really, until the last series when we got the ball to midfield with the penalty, we didn't press beyond after that sequence at the end of the third quarter for us."
Another crucial mistake includes the delay of game late in the fourth quarter as Eli Manning looked to lead a comeback victory. Coughlin said there "was no reason for that."
"There was plenty of time when we were out over the ball, plenty of time, and I think, the only reason I can offer is, he's changing the protection around and he loses track of the clock."
Speaking of Manning, Coughlin found it tough to evaluate the inconsistent quarterback.
"He'll get better, he'll improve. There are times when it's tremendous and other times when it's not. I'm frustrated like you are in terms of, at that point in time, all the engines have to be going full speed not the other way around."
While these mistakes have been killer, the Giants have still been in positions to win these games. The lack of clutch play at the end by both sides of the ball have contributed to these losses as well.
"We talk every week about finishing," Coughlin said. "That wasn't a finish for me."
It wasn't a long time ago when Giants fans would look forward to the fourth quarter in which comeback victories seemed like foregone conclusions. Now the Giants are blowing games instead of finishing them. Now the Giants look to earn their first victory against the Washington Redskins on Thursday night. Coughlin will have to prepare on three days rest.
"We're not going to feel sorry for ourselves, we didn't do that last week. There was frustration but there wasn't anybody feeling sorry for themselves. It's our own doing, there's nobody to blame but us."