Home / Sports / Tom Coughlin all-out blitzes Giants, even Jason Pierre-Paul

Tom Coughlin all-out blitzes Giants, even Jason Pierre-Paul

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is unhappy with his team's performance Sunday vs. the Jets.Peter Morgan/AP

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is unhappy with his team’s performance Sunday vs. the Jets.

As the seat under Tom Coughlin gets hotter by the day, the embattled Giants coach appeared to be at wit’s end Monday as he attempted to pick up the pieces from Sunday’s disastrous loss to the Jets.

He called out his players — including Jason-Pierre Paul — by name for not making plays on Sunday. He said his team will win when it deserves to win and said the failure of the 2015 season is on everyone.

He even took some blame himself.

“The conclusion that I come to: We’ll win when we deserve to win,” he said on Monday, a day after the Giants blew another fourth-quarter lead and fell to 5-7. “We haven’t done enough things in order to put ourselves over the top.

“We’re all sick of losing, let’s face it,” he added. “We’re all sick of that, going through that. We’ve had too many very, very close games that went the other way at the end of the game for whatever reason. It’s not any one individual, it’s not any one group. Everyone contributes.”


While standing by his decision to go for a touchdown instead of kicking a field goal for a 13-point lead with a little over six minutes left against the Jets on Sunday, Coughlin pointed to a few plays that should have been made, singling out Pierre-Paul — who is bascially playing with one hand — for not corralling an interception on a screen pass.

“I was serious with JPP,” said Coughlin, straight-faced. “There was one of those screen balls that was not very far from his ability to reach out and catch it. . . One play makes the difference in a ballgame, and it’s got to be the one that you make.

“You can’t get to a situation where all of a sudden you stop making plays or don’t make plays that are there. We should have had at least two interceptions, maybe another.”

Coughlin again defended his game-changing decision to go for it on fourth down at the 4-yard line with a 10-point lead. Manning’s ensuing interception gave the Jets the momentum they needed to come back.

Eli Manning's fourth-down interception hurts the Giants.Elsa/Getty Images

Eli Manning’s fourth-down interception hurts the Giants.

“It’s pretty frustrating, to be honest with you,” Coughlin said. “But you know what, I’ve always done it this way. I blame myself. To be honest with you, nobody knows my team better than I know my team. So when you sit in judgment of what goes on, it’s all been thought out, whether you like it or not, whether it’s right or wrong.”

Unfortunately, wrong has been the answer all season. From playing for a field goal — instead of TD against Dallas in Week 1 — to Sunday’s mess, Coughlin’s decisions have backfired all season, as the Giants tied an NFL record Sunday by blowing their fifth lead in the final two minutes of a game.

Still, a team that doesn’t deserve any ray of hope was back in first place in the embarrassing NFC East with Dallas’ win at Washington on Monday night.

“We’ve got four games left and we can win all four of them,” Pierre-Paul said.

Except the Giants, who have the toughest remaining schedule of any NFC East team, haven’t won in a month, and haven’t deserved to win behind the two-time Super Bowl champion coach who now pushes all the wrong fourth-quarter buttons.

Coughlin admitted that it’s “very frustrating” that his late-game calls aren’t working, despite what he maintained is solid game-planning.

“We’ve got to try and find a way to win a game and to change this negativity,” said Coughlin. “Get our momentum going in the right direction.”

They’re almost out of time.

This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.

Daily News – Sports


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

nine + two =

Read previous post:
Friend arranges surgery to end N.J. man’s decades of pain

Susan Watts/New York Daily News Arthur Shaw (center) recovers from hip surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital Friday after his friend...