Only five teams in NFL history have ever started 0-3 and come back and made the playoffs. For the New York Giants, they believe they can be the sixth. And on Monday, linebacker Mark Herzlich admitted they've dug themselves a deep hole, but says it's not too late to scratch and claw their way out of it.
"We are falling behind. We dug ourselves a nice little hole but it’s not too late. If this is our little bad streak and then we’re solid through the rest of the season, October and November, I mean, November has been our slump," he said. "We get that out of the way now and play hard and physical and don’t let down, then we can still have a good, productive playoff season. We have made it harder for ourselves, definitely, so we need to be sharp and we need to be perfect."
The idea that they need to be "perfect" from here on out isn't going to ease the burden of many Giants fans. After the way they've played over the first three weeks of the season, "perfect" seems like an impossibility. At this point, they need to start small and just play well for more than a single quarter.
One thing Herzlich did acknowledge however, was that Carl's Banks lack of passion comment was fair and accurate.
"That’s what happened. They kept hitting us, hitting us and hitting us and we didn’t stop them. Carl’s right, we need to have more passion, we need to have that fire," he said.
Head coach Tom Coughlin, of course, vehemently denied Bank's assertion, claiming there are no issues amongst the players and that their will to win is not in question. Despite that stance, several of his players — including Antrel Rolle and now Mark Herzlich — have claimed that's exactly the problem.
Whatever the reality may be, the Giants do have to do something, and it has to be done now. While Herzlich says they are running out of time, the fact is they're already well past the time where they need to step up and turn things around. A loss to the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend and an 0-4 record will, essentially, spell the end to their playoff hopes after only one month of the season.
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