New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin doesn't believe in quitting. It's for that reason he's going to approach Big Blue's final three games just as he would approach any others: the goal is to win, while improving in all three phases of the game.
What happens over the final three games, Coughlin admits, will shape any potential changes to the franchise. Who stays? Who goes? Who gets the inside track on more playing time next year? All of that will be impacted based on how well the team performs against the Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins.
"You obviously go as hard as you can each week and then you assess the season when the season is over, so each one of these games is a critical game for us," Coughlin said on Monday. "It’s a critical game for our team, for our franchise, for all of us and so we certainly will throw everything we have into these individual games and then we’ll assess the entire season when the time comes."
Still, Coughlin doesn't want his team to distance themselves from reality. They're out of the playoff hunt earlier than they have been since 2004, but that doesn't mean it's time to pack it in. Yes, they have little to play for in terms of standings; and yes, the games themselves are meaningless. But how the players react and the pride they take in their jobs is still quite meaningful, and that's a message Coughlin demands his players hear.
"As I’ve tried to say many, many times in the past, we have to deal with reality, too," he added. "The truth of the matter is we’ve got to apply ourselves and hope again, I’ve used the word 'respect,' that we can gain and earn some of the respect back by virtue of how we play in these last three games and that’s all we can possibly think about right now."
If nothing else, the Giants certainly could earn a ton of respect (and cause a ton of heartache) by defeating the Seattle Seahawks, who are arguably the best all-around team in the NFL, this coming Sunday.
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