EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – When the Giants won the Super Bowl in 2011, their season-long theme was "Finish." Tom Coughlin would like the current team to adopt that mentality.
The Giants have been in position to win their last three games, but alternating fourth-quarter breakdowns by the defense and offense have prevented them from celebrating a victory. The result is a losing streak that has reached six games. So how do the Giants get back to being the team that finishes games successfully?
"That's the question, isn't it?" Coughlin said at his news conference this morning. "That's the question. It's very simple to state it. You work your tail off to get the game in a position where you can win it. Now let's go win it. We haven't done it. You keep working. Obviously, is there confidence, is it an issue of confidence, what are the issues? We analyze everything, just as you do, fine and dandy, but until we do it and we step up and the guys that can do it perform so that we can win, it will be a question that all of us will ask. We do spend a lot of time talking about finish, finish, finish, finish. That's what this thing is about, that's the whole point, is to finish. Well, we've got to do a better job."
- Only six teams have fewer than the 19 sacks the Giants have recorded in their first 11 games. Coughlin was asked what he can do to challenge his pass rushers to be more productive.
"We've been challenging them for the entire year," Coughlin said. "Obviously, we're not doing a really good job of that. To be honest with you, when we call pressures, take a look and see who's getting home, whether it comes out of the secondary, the linebackers, whatever you want to call it. You can talk about pressure all you want, but we've got to have people to get to the ball, get to the quarterback. That hasn't happened much. And we, quite frankly, have called pressures, pressures have been aborted or not performed very well.
- How would you like to be the guy who is sitting there calling pressures and we call pressures and nothing happens, so you're vulnerable in the secondary even more when you do that. You're not getting home, how would you like to be the guy calling those plays? It is something that has been missing the majority of the time this year. The effectiveness of pressures, whether they come out of the secondary, the linebacker level, we have not been good with that. Plus, to be honest with you, we've had some missed assignments when those are called. The responsibility starts with me. We'd like to think we would be a better team with pressure."
- Linebacker Jameel McClain, defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka and offensive lineman Adam Snyder will not practice today. Each has a knee injury.
With McClain sidelined, Coughlin said Devon Kennard and Mark Herzlich would take snaps at middle linebacker in practice.
Linebacker Jacquian Williams (concussion/shoulder), tackle Justin Pugh (quad) and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (quad) will participate in individual drills.
The other players on the early injury report were wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (back), cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/hamstring) and offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz (toe).
- Safety Antrel Rolle was excused from practice today to deal with a personal matter.
- The Giants signed tackle Michael Bamiro to their practice squad. Bamiro played at Stony Brook University and spent the entire 2-13 season on the Philadelphia' Eagles' practice squad. And … he's 6-8 and 345 pounds.
"We found the biggest man we could," Coughlin said. "No, I'm just kidding. He is huge, he's a big man. He worked out yesterday, worked out well. He's in outstanding shape, so he's here."
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