Coughlin on his last breath with the Giants?
At 0-3 to start the 2013 season, the Giants may have put themselves in that kind of position when it comes to their head coach, Tom Coughlin. Dating back to last season, the team has lost five of their last six games and has looked terrible doing so.
The fuel to Coughlin’s potential firing was further fueled by the team’s 38-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon. It was a game in which the whole team never got into a rhythm and for perhaps the first time this season, not competitive enough to win the football game.
Obviously, the blame cannot solely be placed on Coughlin’s shoulders. Franchise quarterback Eli Manning has struggled mightily, the team’s defense has been porous and as a whole, no one on the team seems to be on the same page.
With that said, it is surprising that the Giants have not put in a bigger effort considering their struggles. When Coughlin’s job has been on the line in the past, the team has always found a way to win games, go on improbable runs and surprise the rest of the league.
Given that the team is 0-3 already, that all seems unlikely this season. Let’s take a closer look at the team’s loss this past Sunday, perhaps their most embarrassing loss under Coughlin.
For starters, the team’s offense was dreadful. Manning threw for just 119 yards, was picked-off once (that makes eight on the season), and got beat up by the Panthers’ defense.
In fact, it got so bad for Manning that Coughlin put in quarterback Curtis Painter to close out the game. The way things went for the Giants, it came as no surprise that he threw an interception on the team’s final drive.
Speaking of the team’s offense, the Giants did not come close to the end zone. The Panthers’ defense held Coughlin’s club to just 60 rushing yards and forced the Giants to try and make plays that were not there.
It should also be noted that the Giants’ crossed the Panthers’ 50 twice but were then stopped by the Panthers’ defense. Other than that, the Giants never really threatened.
Defensively, the team is just as bad if not worse than what their offense has accomplished so far this season. In three games, the Giants have given up 115 points, good for last in the league.
Again, not all the blame can be put on Coughlin. It is the players that need to go out and execute and unfortunately for Coughlin, his team has not been able to do that through their first three games this season.
While everyone knows that Coughlin will continue to work hard and get his team focused on their upcoming game against the 3-0 Kansas City Chiefs, it can be said that Coughlin’s life as the Giants head coach might be on its last breath.