The New York Giants (6-4) will hope to replicate the success the New Orleans Saints have shown when they travel to meet them on Monday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Coach Tom Coughlin knows his offensive line has not been in their best of form, a prime example of which can be witnessed in last week’s 17-10 defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles.
On the other hand, the Saints (7-3) have been posting big numbers on the board consecutively. Their offensive line has seldom faltered which is why Coughlin is happy to get the extra day of preparation against them. Coughlin stated that he would need all hands on deck when the Giants encounter the Saints.
Saints offensive line has adopted a very mature approach in passing the ball. Quarterback Drew Brees has easily been finding a safe way out of the pocket when play breaks and nearly always found a pair of hands to receive his throw. Their calm and cool approach in scoring touchdowns near to the end zone is also very commendable.
A reporter asked Coughlin in his pre-match new conference if the Giants’ offensive line had a bad day against the Eagles last week or whether the problems had been lingering since the start of the season.
Coughlin responded with, “I am not going to go into great detail about last week. Last week is last week and it is over. There were some issues that we were dealing with that I hope that the players can return to full strength. I know that there is a lot of pride in that unit and I know very well that we will. That one is behind us and this one is in front of us.”
Coughlin also commented on whether these struggles were natural as the Giants had played with the same offensive line for the past couple of seasons. Coughlin said, “It is not natural, no. Actually, this line has gotten better in the previous games coming into this game and we continue to do that. We did not play well the other night and hopefully we will go right back to it. It is something that you would rather not happen but it did happen so we deal with it. We have to get back to work now so that we put ourselves in position so that we don’t have that happen again.”