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Strahan on Giants: “They got soft and relaxed”

Michael Strahan

It was only a matter of time before Michael Strahan went Tiki on his ex-team.  Like so many frustrated Giants fans, Sunday’s loss to the Eagles sent Strahan over the edge.

“I’m not apologizing for that, they should be ashamed of themselves,” Strahan said in comments FOX sent out via Newsday.  “You look at that game and wonder how it got out of hand for the Giants. They got soft and relaxed. They thought ‘we got it.’”

The emotion of Sunday’s collapse makes it easy to forget how well the Giants played for most of the game.  They were drubbing the Eagles.  No one other than Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson could pull off that comeback.

Still, we can’t really argue with Strahan’s thesis:

“With eight minutes to go, they’re up by 21 and give up an easy touchdown to Brent Celek and all of a sudden the blitz’s looked like ‘whoever gets there gets there’ [lackadaisical] instead of ‘I’m going to make that play and not wait for someone to make that play. Then when it came time to pick it up, they couldn’t.  The end of the game was fitting because you don’t let a team back in when you’re up like that,” Strahan said.

There is not much separating the Giants from the very best teams in football, but Strahan thinks they lack a “killer instinct” to finish games.

We’re not so sure.  Their other losses weren’t about blowing late leads.  The Tennessee loss was really the only other one with a late-game meltdown.  They were just out-played in the other games.

It’s just that this Eagles loss causes a lot of people, especially those who care about the team, to lose a little perspective.

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24 Responses to “Strahan on Giants: “They got soft and relaxed””
  1. 8man says: Dec 21, 2010 6:47 PM

    So they were….flaccid?

    Yeah. That sounds like New York.

  2. citizenstrange says: Dec 21, 2010 6:54 PM

    That’s what heshe said.

  3. bc01red says: Dec 21, 2010 6:56 PM

    He didnt go Tiki on his old team, that ridiculous. He is just stating the facts. They let their foot off the gas against the most explosive offense in the league. He has every right to call them out. Giants fans have a lot of respect for him and this will change nothing.

  4. camprobot says: Dec 21, 2010 6:59 PM

    haha “easy touchdown”. Ok, spin it however you want brah. It’s always about the losers “giving the game away”, never the winning team just flat out balling.

    Whatever though. NY sports are a joke in general and the Giants getting bent over and spanked by the eagles everytime they meet is just gravy.

  5. mad55555 says: Dec 21, 2010 7:06 PM

    “No one other than Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson could pull off that comeback.”

    The MAClin with 2 TDs also contributed
    big time to that win but if you want to put names out there might as well run them down, Akers with a perfect onsides kick, Riley “Fabio” Cooper catching the onsides kick at the 39 and a half yd line, brent Celek with a bobble, catch, run, for 65 yd TD, Jason Avant with a crushing KO block on a LBer, on the punt return. Before the PR from Jackson he was almost a non factor besides running off the safeties so Vick had space to run.

  6. fireman22 says: Dec 21, 2010 7:23 PM

    I like Strahan, but wasn’t it him pointing at the scoreboard in the 2002 playoffs just before the Giants blew a 24 point 2nd half lead to the 49ers?

  7. sf49erguy says: Dec 21, 2010 7:26 PM

    Wow Mike, How soon we forget. 1/5/03 Remember giving up 25 to the 49ers in just over a quarter? In a playoff game!!! I remember Strahan pointing to the scoreboard & yelling at T.O after the 49ers pulled it within 18.. That made the victory extra sweet. What’s funny too, is that the Giants blamed it all on their long snapper in ’02 & in ’10 they blamed their punter. How about blaming your coaches & defenses that gave up the points to make it so close….

  8. dwinsgames says: Dec 21, 2010 7:31 PM

    Look, I’m a big fan of Strahan and the Giants, but I can’t help but wonder what Michael would have had to say about the way the D collapsed vs. the Titans in 2006 and blew a 21-0 4th quarter lead by giving up 24 pts. Or in a more important game, the 2003 debacle in the playoffs when the Giants D blew a 38-14 lead with 5 minutes left in the 3rd Q and lost 39-38. Was he soft and relaxed in those 2 meltdowns? Was he ashamed afterwards?

  9. kingjoe1 says: Dec 21, 2010 7:37 PM

    No longer Big Blue, now they can go by “Little Blue Pill”

  10. bluefan204 says: Dec 21, 2010 7:54 PM

    Mike will always have the ear of the fans because he played like a man his whole career. His comments are 100% right on, and he has every right to blast the team for that pathetic performance at the end of the game. They had the Eagles on the chopping block, ready to bring down the axe for the kill….and they STOPPED.

    “Ashamed” isn’t a strong enough word. It’ll take months for me to get over this game.

  11. bluefan204 says: Dec 21, 2010 7:57 PM

    That made the victory extra sweet. What’s funny too, is that the Giants blamed it all on their long snapper in ’02 & in ’10 they blamed their punter. How about blaming your coaches & defenses that gave up the points to make it so close….

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    Both Coughlin AND the Defense took all the blame for this debacle. Have someone Google the articles so they can be read to you, because it’s obvious you can’t comprehend any of it yourself.

  12. nodak2de says: Dec 21, 2010 7:58 PM

    Here is the real story! Andy should have challenged 2 times that he didn’t and the play that got looked at should have been overturned so with all that the Giants took advantage of it and scored 21 pts!! With that said the game was closer than it appeared!!!!!!!

  13. nodak2de says: Dec 21, 2010 8:01 PM

    Oh look the game is on NFL network right now!

  14. keakuamai says: Dec 21, 2010 8:16 PM

    Hey Mike, you mean they go relaxed and soft like you guys did against the 49ers at the 2002 NFC Wildcard playoff game?

  15. skurdzzz says: Dec 21, 2010 8:27 PM

    a fisting like that will be hard to shed moving into the playoffs

  16. philaeagles31 says: Dec 21, 2010 8:37 PM

    Dear Giants — there’s a reason you play for 60 minutes. Losers give up after 50 or so minutes. I guess that’s what you are. lol

    The only way you can get away with being a loser is if you’re the Steelers and the refs give you Super Bowl XL.

    I still have never viewed the NFL the same after that game.

  17. frankvzappa says: Dec 21, 2010 8:58 PM

    hopefully they get it together and make it to the SB so the pats can get revenge

  18. skurdzzz says: Dec 21, 2010 9:43 PM

    i have. we have seen many many crooked results in the nfl over the years. if you think this stuff isnt “nudged” regularly you didnt watch indy-tennesee

  19. ham1 says: Dec 21, 2010 9:47 PM

    yea it was a tough loss but ya know what?
    Egirls cannot buy a superbowl.
    They can have the greatest team and still they will find a way to lose it.
    Superbowls will always continue to escape that team.
    Killed the skins.
    Upset the G men with a helluva come from behind victory.
    For sure fans are plunking down the price of a ticket to watch the Vick show, but take it to the bank,,,,no Superbowl. Thats the egirls.

  20. neverend1 says: Dec 21, 2010 10:27 PM

    “It’s just that this Eagles loss causes a lot of people, especially those who care about the team, to lose a little perspective.”

    Yeah, and looking at the final score, causes some PFT reports, especially those very mislead, to say things out of their rear end.

    Even in games they won, the Giants lack a killer instinct. You can go back and see how the let the cowboys come back at 41-35 and come within an onsides kick of maybe even winning the game. Similar thing happened against houston, if the giants dont have a 7 minute drive, the texans may come back and make that game interesting. Redskins had over 250 yards of offense in the second half against the giants and were a couple of stupid turnovers away from making the game interesting too. A killer instinct is definitely lacking with this team

  21. sickpuppyz says: Dec 21, 2010 10:36 PM

    This should be a lesson to all the monkeys who accuse the Pats of running up the score and never letting the foot off the gas. Once you relax you lose all that game ready edge and you’re done. so as BB says, you score until the other team does not have enough possessions left to make a comeback. no killer instinct, no deserving of winning.

  22. brintfarvruhsux says: Dec 22, 2010 3:31 AM

    skurdzzz says: Dec 21, 2010 8:27 PM

    a fisting like that will be hard to shed moving into the playoffs

    —————————–

    That’s imagery that I will have a hard time shedding forever!

  23. cleverbob says: Dec 22, 2010 8:08 AM

    kingjoe1 says:
    Dec 21, 2010 7:37 PM

    No longer Big Blue, now they can go by “Little Blue Pill”
    ========================================

    Classic! Hopefully this sends the Giants reeling right out of the playoffs. I wouldn’t want to have to see the Birds beat them again.

  24. fallensceagle says: Dec 22, 2010 12:53 PM

    Eagles BUY a super bowl?? WTF you talking about, Eagles NEVER bought anything of the Sort, that was the Redskins Dumbass. But to have won three championships and two back to back, when football was REAL and hard hitting, im not to upset about your rings.

    True the Eagles may never win a SB with Vick, in our past, Randall and McNabb where classic under pressure chokers We will see how Vick does in the playoffs. Keep in mind the reason we lost the Super Bowl against Pats was due to McNabbs INTs he sucked.

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