Letters to the Editor: November 5, 2012
Chris H. writes…
Enough is enough. Coughing must take responsibility for Gilbride’s lousy red zone play calling. At what point does something get done? There is no deception or creativity inside the twenty. It is just field goal after field goal. Also does anyone else wonder why on third and short we go deep or throw a 15 yard back shoulder throw?
Chris, where were the complaints about the lousy red zone play calling when the Giants were winning? Could it simply be a matter of execution being at work here instead?
Jeff H. writes…
Coughlin is a fantastic coach, but I have a few complaints:
1) Coughlin is too loyal to his “guys”. David Diehl and Ahmad Bradshaw need to be phased out. A guy can’t lose his job because of an injury? Bologna!!! Let the better man play.. Also, it’s a shame that we are putting a foot on David Wilson’s big time play-making ability.
2) The Giants are an offense that typically starts off slow. So, why does Coughlin always want to receive the ball in the first half?! It often consists of a few Bradshaw 2-yard duds, a rusty Eli pass, and then we get stuck punting in our own territory– it’s an instant advantage to the other team regarding field position, momentum and possession in the 2nd half. I don’t get it Tom!
Jeff, excellent points. I’m still perplexed as to what Coughlin felt the need to fix an offensive line that was playing fairly well together. As for your second point, I think the hope is that they want to put the ball in Manning’s hand and get off to a fast start, but I can certainly see your point.
Mike M. writes…
The Giants should be concerned that this is the third straight game where they were outplayed … and the Steelers were better by far in every facet of the game. The offense is struggling, and yes Eli IS in a slump. Bad throws and bad decision making. (Cruz fixation?)
Carl Banks keeps saying that Eli has checkdowns open on these 3rd and shorts, but he keeps chucking it deep. Since Carl has a better view of the whole field than TV viewers, I’ll take his word for it.
The defense is getting gouged by the run; yesterday it was up the middle by a backup RB who was averaging 2.7 yds/carry. Was much of that due to Herzlich, or that the DL didn’t get off their blocks.
And the special teams were horrendous. I know with such a bad performance it’s a bit unfair to single individuals, but Rolle has taken bad angles during the year that have left the CB’s vulnerable and yesterday he whiffed on Wallace on the TD. And how could Hosely line up offsides? Also, the last two games I noticed on replays of special team plays that Sash has been particulary bad.
Last year, the Giants didn’t play all that badly when they went on that losing streak. This year, the Giants haven’t played all that well in wins, which could mean a tough second half. Of course, it seems every time the Giants are heading south, they turn it around. Let’s hope so.
Mike, I am willing to bet the deed to my house that there is concern about their play over the last three weeks. I agree with Carl Banks – in our review we saw check down options open yet Manning’s decision making process left a LOT to be desired. AS for the run defense, I don’t think you can put it all on Herzlich as you can the defense’s inability to wrap up guys and make tackles. Lastly, Rolle hasn’t been as horrible as you seem to think. Yes, he’s had some issues here and there, but he’s been one of the more consistent performers. And I agree with you that Sash needs to sharpen up his play on specials.