Head coach Tom Coughlin admits to watching games while his New York Football Giants aren’t playing. He deservedly watched the Thanksgiving divisional battle between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys. As with most Giants fans too, he knows what’s now at stake as the ‘Skins took that game away from Jerry Jones’ Cowboys in their own house.
Walking into Week 12, the Giants again have a chance to pull away in the NFC East standings.
“We’re calling it a ‘six-game season.’ We do have the ability to be in position to continue to lead our division, to hold destiny in our own hands,” Coughlin stated.
Green Bay can be akin to San Francisco in that they’re still smarting from last post-season – when they “beat themselves” and gave the G-Men a big, fat “W” in January at Lambeau. Some call it revenge.
“Those guys are going to be hungry,” safety Antrel Rolle said. “I don’t expect anything less … other than a hard-fought war-battle. Those guys are going to be hungry; those guys are going to want revenge from last season. We’re trying to get ourselves back on track and make a push toward the postseason and win our division. There’s no room for error at this point.”
However, it’s regarded the look is the same. Whatever the Giants put forth on the field this time of year will yield what they need to produce (possibly more so) in their upcoming competitions. Destiny, technically, cannot be controlled. What can be controlled is how any given opportunity is approached. Ahem. Here’s where that All In needs to surface. Waiting until the temperature in the pressure cooker that is the media, fans and job security is at an all-time high is getting old and this year, can be too late.
While other teams are experiencing real concerns as: quarterback controversy, injury issues without proper depth, and lack of experience, they maintain better records. In other words, the New York Giants need to act like they’ve been here before. The bye week should have included some serious introspection. Big Blue has mad talent and the cohesion is still there. However, to look into oneself on a profound level to get to the “who’s, what’s, where’s and why’s” is more of a common practice than some realize. To put it in one basic term, think “mental toughness.” The NFL is a brutal sport; it can take its toll. There’s a fine line between giving up and being All In some days. As fans, we just hope that fine line isn’t on the negative side on actual game days anymore.
Back to grasping the task at hand: one game at a time in a six game schedule. Focus is a predominant area that needs unyielding application. Looking back (not only on past games, but on past years and missed opportunities) and looking ahead should be areas that are cordoned off – football blinders, if you will. Follow through (with said focus) on the present game day’s gridiron task is part of what Coughlin continues to relentlessly preach. It’s also a main ingredient in the formula for remaining in control of Big Blue’s “destiny.” Well, let’s just call it the goal of reaching the post-season. Onward.
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