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Tom Coughlin says Giants should be playing for pride

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin walks away after beating the Carolina Panthers during a NFL football game in Charlotte AP

Thanks to Sunday’s loss against the Ravens, the Giants no longer control their own destiny. But whether a win on Sunday earns them a playoff berth or not, Giants coach Tom Coughlin wants to see his players playing for pride.

“That’s what I talked to our team about this morning – was pride, honor, dignity, playing the game the way we’re capable of playing the game,” Coughlin said, via the Star-Ledger. “Finish the season with a game we can all be proud of.”

The Giants haven’t done anything to be proud of the last couple of weeks and are now a long shot to make the playoffs, needing not only to beat the Eagles on Sunday but also to have the Vikings lose to the Packers, the Bears lose to the Lions and the Cowboys lose to the Redskins. But Coughlin just wants his players to do their jobs well on Sunday and not worry about everything else.

“It’s all three phases playing well together,” Coughlin said. “You have a couple phases that are not doing their job right now and they have to if we’re going to resurrect a little bit of pride here in our last game. . . . I would like to see our team play an astounding football game, a game in which the execution of our team is significantly better than what we have seen over the last couple weeks.”

This Giants team has shown that it’s capable of turning things around and playing its best football at playoff time. But at this point it may be too late for a turnaround to mean anything, other than to show that the Giants still take pride in their work.

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62 Responses to “Tom Coughlin says Giants should be playing for pride”
  1. matthewcarlson1 says: Dec 26, 2012 12:35 PM

    Glad they’re missing the playoffs, they deserve it after what Eli did to my fantasy team. Never drafting him again.

  2. patriotsdefense says: Dec 26, 2012 12:40 PM

    I thought the loosing team was supposed to have the Super Bowl hangover…

  3. jbaxt says: Dec 26, 2012 12:40 PM

    Pride is overrated!

    Poor NY makes it to week 16 and they’re in contention for a spot and they get coverage about playing for “pride”??? Poor guys, won a SB last year, barely missed the playoffs this year and getting media coverage like the Mayans were right.

    My teams been playing for pride since KC hired Scott Pioli. “Pride” doesn’t help when it’s early October and I’m looking at mock freaking drafts.

    Get in line for sympathy! Though you’re NY so you get bumped to first class for breaking a nail.

  4. yousuxxors says: Dec 26, 2012 12:40 PM

    Should of been playing for pride the past 4 weeks

  5. nyjetsfan08 says: Dec 26, 2012 12:41 PM

    I could see the giants getting in. I see packers over the lions and skins over the cowboys. If the giants can win and the lions get lucky and beat the bears..it’s Not that crazy.

  6. manningbowl88 says: Dec 26, 2012 12:43 PM

    sorry TC i like the fight but if you couldnt get them inspired for a game to get you into the playoffs you wont get them inspired for “pride” they should have 0 football pride after last 2 weeks..

    got to let gilbride go..after 9 years eli has heard everything this man has to say.. i truely believe eli cant take that next general mentality step until he has a new direction, new voice in his ear who has different views and opinions and most importantly new calls and plays that havnt been on tape 100 times a game the last 8 years

  7. manuich1 says: Dec 26, 2012 12:47 PM

    Too many players not playing the way should, they’ll just get DESTROYED if they sneak into playoffs. Nicks aint doing squat, Bradshaw is slow and cant break a long run longer than 20 yards if his life depended it on it. Tuck is far below average this season, Canty is done for the season….. Teams a wash…

  8. southpaw447 says: Dec 26, 2012 12:47 PM

    I’ll tell ya folks, there is nothing sweeter than watching the Giants lose.

  9. psousa1 says: Dec 26, 2012 12:50 PM

    I like the Giants odds on making the playoffs. Vikes have nothing to play for except force feeding AP the ball, Depending on which Cutler shows up, the one who will want to spite the coaching staff or the one who is playing for a post season spot and the Cowboys can screw up a one car funeral.

  10. ravenator says: Dec 26, 2012 12:50 PM

    Pretty sure Ravens already knocked out whatever pride was left

  11. redandgoldhitman52 says: Dec 26, 2012 12:50 PM

    its ok. giants should have a playoff party and watch the 49ers from the recliner.

  12. flash1283 says: Dec 26, 2012 12:52 PM

    “But…But…we have Eli, and he’s an elite QB”

    Eli Manning, the most inconsistent “elite” QB in the NFL!

  13. Patriot42 says: Dec 26, 2012 12:53 PM

    The NY media will shower the Jets and Giants with praise even though they don’t deserve it and makes me want to puke.

  14. fiverings37 says: Dec 26, 2012 12:56 PM

    where was the pride the past few weeks?

  15. emoney826 says: Dec 26, 2012 12:59 PM

    If my Packers win the super bowl this year, I would just like to say thank you to the New York football Giants for missing the playoffs and giving my team that opportunity to win it.

  16. immafubared says: Dec 26, 2012 1:01 PM

    Nyjetsfan08 saidI could see the giants getting in. I see packers over the lions and skins over the cowboys. If the giants can win and the lions get lucky and beat the bears..it’s Not that crazy.

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    The Giants have no chance. There are four teams with better records and only one of them have to win to knock the Giants out. Plus the Pack is playing the Vikes not the Lions.

  17. justintuckrule says: Dec 26, 2012 1:05 PM

    I said this in the beginning, we let one too many foot soldiers walk in free agency. Although players like Jacobs, Manningham, Ross, McEnzie and Grant won’t be knocking on the doors of Canton anytime soon, they were instrumental cogs in the machine. Especially Jacobs and Manningham. Jacobs was a great team leader and MM took tons of pressure off of Cruz and Nicks. There’s a reason Harbaugh suspended Jacobs instead of cutting him. Oh well. We can’t win it every year.

  18. ctgiant says: Dec 26, 2012 1:06 PM

    Gilbride could not run a HS offensive, yet his “complicated” offensive is the most predictable one over many years, like 16 years!
    Eli can’t do a Bree’s act, 1,2, 3, throw, because Gilbride sees 30-40 yards down field something
    that isn’t there.
    Nope, you must adjust, and he has not. Fewell hasn’t helped much, in fact added to the confusion, but the fact is, this team is “old” and many should see cuts or contracts cut going forward. I hate the freaking Eagles, but I’m happy to give them this one if Gilbride get fired, just like Reid.
    THE CT GIANT

  19. blarry21 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:07 PM

    I love it. I’ll admit, they’ve had the Packers number lately, but they are wildly inconsistent. I predicted they’d miss the Playoffs this year. Now the door is wide open for the Packers to win it all. Atlanta doesn’t scare me at all, we play better on turf anyway. I hate the Giants.

  20. kev86 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:07 PM

    Coughlin is right. The Giants beat some good teams and lost to some good teams ( see schedule) this year. Win or lose we did not play against too many cream puffs. Cant win it all every year. It’s great to be a Giants fan.

  21. toonloonboon says: Dec 26, 2012 1:15 PM

    they should play for john mara’s hairpiece

  22. robmar924 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:16 PM

    Everyone is talking about the giants playoff scenarios but not even mentioning they still have to beat the eagles. Maybe a few weeks ago that was no problem but teams with nothing to lose and Vick trying to prove himself makes for no cakewalk.

  23. lemfaxx says: Dec 26, 2012 1:18 PM

    They still have 10% chances,
    40% for cowboys,
    And 50% for redskins

    Goodluck!

  24. skins23 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:23 PM

    psousa1 says:
    Dec 26, 2012 12:50 PM
    I like the Giants odds on making the playoffs. Vikes have nothing to play for except force feeding AP the ball
    _______________________________

    Except for getting into the playoffs if they win.

    Do us all a favor and don’t post anymore, k?

  25. oldladykillaz says: Dec 26, 2012 1:23 PM

    yeah playing for pride sounds better then playing to not get laughed at by ending a terrible season with a loss against the nfc version of the jets!

  26. lemfaxx says: Dec 26, 2012 1:24 PM

    This is true:
    If peyton is good, eli is bad
    If eli is good, pyton is bad
    They cant be the same…
    Its peyton this time…

  27. snoop24 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:24 PM

    I love it. I’ll admit, they’ve had the Packers number lately, but they are wildly inconsistent. I predicted they’d miss the Playoffs this year. Now the door is wide open for the Packers to win it all. Atlanta doesn’t scare me at all, we play better on turf anyway. I hate the Giants.

    _____________________________________

    Pack will lose this week and not make it out of 1st round.

  28. cooklynn17 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:30 PM

    redandgoldhitman52 says: Dec 26, 2012 12:50 PM

    its ok. giants should have a playoff party and watch the 49ers from the recliner.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Better hope the 9ers don’t see Seattle again, because if they do they will be next to have a seat.

    But don’t worry 9er fans, that recliner sure is comfortable.

  29. tundey says: Dec 26, 2012 1:31 PM

    As a Redskins fan, I wish nothing but the worst for the Giants franchise. That’s karmic payback for the evil John Mara did us in the offseason ($36M in salary cap space on the eve of FA because the Redskins didn’t collude with the other 30 teams).

  30. fafaflunky says: Dec 26, 2012 1:39 PM

    ny football cheaters

  31. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 26, 2012 1:43 PM

    Well… This escalated quickly.

  32. tooba2026 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:46 PM

    im a huge packer fan and believe it or not im kinda bummed they mite not b in the playoffs. it would b nice to get a little revenge on them after what theve been doin to the packers. as much as i hate to say it, gotta respect them cuz theyve been beatin up on my fav team.

  33. nyjalleffingday says: Dec 26, 2012 1:51 PM

    @Patriot42

    Yeah, that’s what’s happening to the Jets. They’re being praised. Right.

  34. fasteddy415 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:53 PM

    They normally say if a team does not make the playoffs the following year after a championship run. It’s most likely a fluke championship. I agree with that statement in this case! 2011 Ny Giants a fluke!

  35. emoney826 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:53 PM

    @snoop24,

    You’re a idiot. The packers will not lose this week, just like they didn’t lose the past 10 divisional games. I’d give the vikings a shot if they had more than a running back, but that’s not enough to take down the packers. So keep dreaming, junior. Or go smoke some more of that weed, snoop.

  36. rayfla says: Dec 26, 2012 1:54 PM

    Don’t know why anyone is surprised at the G Mens demise. They were not that good last year, just got very lucky at the right time. 27 th ranked defense and offense not much better. Gave up more points than they scored in reg season. Don’t think that’s ever happened before and win SB. Eli is average at best ( sorry for your fantasy teams that drafted based on last year). I like TC as a coach, but this team was overhyped and the final results are playing out as they should have last year. Can’t pull out the rabbits foot this time.

  37. rcali says: Dec 26, 2012 1:54 PM

    Wait, are they not getting paid this week? Are the fans not on the hook for the costs of having tickets and attending this game?

  38. beerbudsnbevo says: Dec 26, 2012 2:25 PM

    Maybe Mara needs to start screwing over more teams than just the Cowboys and Redskins….

    Can’t believe the NFL allows him to make judgments against other franchises….

  39. jmota222 says: Dec 26, 2012 2:30 PM

    As a life ling Giants fan I can honestly say I don’t want them in the playoffs they don’t deserve it period !!!!

  40. justintuckrule says: Dec 26, 2012 2:37 PM

    @redandgoldhitman – You better pray the Giants don’t sneak in or that’s who you’ll get in the 3-6 matchup instead of a sacrificial lamb like Chicago, Minn, or Wash.

  41. justintuckrule says: Dec 26, 2012 2:50 PM

    @Giants fans who say they don’t want the Giants to make it because they don’t deserve it, etc….

    You give us all a bad name. If anything, we deserved it far LESS in the years that we won it all. In 07 and 11 we lost to some pretty dreadful teams and played uninspired ball for long periods until we lucked into some momentous turning point games those years (Pats, Jets off the top of my head).

    This year, we had a pretty daunting schedule and played pretty decently for the most part until it appeared that we simply ran out of emotional gas toward the end here. That, and every week we had the champion target on our backs. Some years you can overcome these issues and injuries, and some you can’t. It’s no surprise that SB participants have difficulty maintaining it the next year.

  42. thesmedman says: Dec 26, 2012 2:54 PM

    Shouldn’t they be playing for a playoff spot? Considering it is still possible…

  43. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 26, 2012 3:00 PM

    All you need to do is get into the tournament. Different season the playoffs. I hope they make it.

  44. brintfatre says: Dec 26, 2012 3:18 PM

    “We have a Manning, they OWE us a playoff spot” Coughlin thought as he conducted the press conference.

  45. patriotenvy says: Dec 26, 2012 3:18 PM

    I came on here during the off season and said that the giants wouldn’t make the playoffs AGAIN. Got a bunch of thumbs down by giants fans ofcourse. I still don’t know how this team managed to make it to the SuperBowl last year.

  46. justintuckrule says: Dec 26, 2012 3:34 PM

    With the crazy SB wins and paths that the Giants have taken the last 5 years, would anyone be that surprised if all of these dominos fell into place this weekend?? After all, most non-Giants’ fans think that the Giants are the luckiest sports franchise on the planet. It would be fitting if they snuck in and went on another run, wouldn’t it?

  47. mjkelly77 says: Dec 26, 2012 3:36 PM

    patriotenvy says:Dec 26, 2012 3:18 PM

    I came on here during the off season and said that the giants wouldn’t make the playoffs AGAIN. Got a bunch of thumbs down by giants fans ofcourse. I still don’t know how this team managed to make it to the SuperBowl last year.
    ___________________

    EVERYONE wondered how the Giants made it to the Super Bowl last year.

  48. censoredagain says: Dec 26, 2012 4:01 PM

    Funny stuff. The hate means that the Giants have done something right. Maybe not this season, but certainly in recent ones. Don’t be mad at them because your teams suck.

  49. bluebongzilla says: Dec 26, 2012 4:55 PM

    Laughing at the Giants is not the same as being mad at the Giants.

  50. patriotenvy says: Dec 26, 2012 5:06 PM

    “Maybe not this season, but certainly in recent ones”

    They haven’t even made the playoffs 2 of the last 3 seasons. Finishing above .500 must be a big deal to you. In 2009 they barely did that!!

  51. justintuckrule says: Dec 26, 2012 5:54 PM

    @patriotenvy – Not everyone can be blessed to be playing in the joke of a division the Pats have been in for the last 20 years where you get 6 built in wins per year. In fact, we’re 7-1 against your division the last 2 cycles we played it and 3-0 in our last 3 against you with not one of those being played at home.

    Two years ago we went 10-6 and became one of the few with that record to miss out. So please don’t make it sound like we lucked into the playoffs twice in the last 20 years and magically won the SB those times. If we could get 6 built in wins per year and then find a way to scrape 4 wins out of 10 from the rest of the league, we’d probably be talking about the Giants as the team of the 21st century instead of your overrated team (who is one HOF QB away from being the Bills). Instead, we’re consistently trying to cobble a playoff qualifying record playing against perennial 10+ win teams in Dallas and Philly and 1st place schedule teams such as Saints, GB, Atl and SF.

    If anyone should be ashamed at what they’ve “accomplished”, especially having the G.O.A.T. at QB, it’s really the Pats.

  52. Robert says: Dec 26, 2012 5:55 PM

    Giants are not dead yet. Vikings and Bears will lose.

    Giants will beat Philly, and get the 6th spot. Not a Giants fan, never count these guys out, they have a way of making fools out of the haters.

  53. gcsuk says: Dec 26, 2012 5:56 PM

    patriotenvy says:Dec 26, 2012 3:18 PM

    I came on here during the off season and said that the giants wouldn’t make the playoffs AGAIN. Got a bunch of thumbs down by giants fans ofcourse. I still don’t know how this team managed to make it to the SuperBowl last year.
    ———————————————————————

    Most NFL teams don’t make the playoffs 3 out of 5 years, much less win the Super Bowl twice in that 5 years. There are exceptions/perennial favorites (Patriots, Colts, Steelers are teams that come to mind recently), but even those teams have down years. There is a reason why there is so much “post season turnover” every year.

    And don’t think that the Patriots are going to be winning like this forever. At some point, they will be rebuilding, and they will stink something rotten. ALL teams do.

  54. beretta96d says: Dec 26, 2012 6:03 PM

    needing not only to beat the Eagles on Sunday but also to have the Vikings lose to the Packers, the Bears lose to the Lions and the Cowboys lose to the Redskins.

    Being a Pats fan, I cannot stand the Giants, but with that being said, the odds are in their favor to make it!

  55. beerbudsnbevo says: Dec 26, 2012 7:02 PM

    All these Giants fans hoping for win/loss scenarios on other teams….

    Bears won’t lose to the Lions…

    See ya at the draft…

  56. macwomack says: Dec 26, 2012 7:11 PM

    It is awesome that Mara is reduced to rooting for the Redskins — ha ha ha!

  57. gmenfansince81 says: Dec 27, 2012 1:48 AM

    Give the giants a break once again they have had the hardest schedule in the league, and get off Eli’s back 2 superbowls in 5 years. As a true die hard fan I’ll take it.

  58. 6thsense79 says: Dec 27, 2012 3:50 AM

    After the stunt Mara pulled and being the driving force behind my Skins losing cap space for the crime of treating an uncapped year like an uncapped year I’m loving it that the only teams playing for more than pride in the division are the Boys and Skins. I usually save my disdain for the Cowboys but this season I have a special hatred in my heart for all things Giants.

  59. playbookofeli says: Dec 27, 2012 11:16 AM

    Lol redandgold, still butt hurt by the giants smashing the 49ers?

  60. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Dec 27, 2012 2:31 PM

    Kept waiting for the Giants to flip on the switch in December and make their run but it just never happened. There were some locker room issues this year and they just never seemed to play with as much energy and toughness this season.

  61. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 27, 2012 3:34 PM

    There wasn’t a “switch” to be flipped. That’s all contrived by ESPN. Last year we simply got several key guys healthy in December. When will people stop parroting what they hear talking heads say on TV? These guys just really aren’t that good, and that’s speaking of the ones who are actually healthy. The few playmakers we have healthy are being taken away and no one else is stepping up.

  62. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 27, 2012 4:06 PM

    redandgoldhitman52 says: Dec 26, 2012 12:50 PM

    its ok. giants should have a playoff party and watch the 49ers from the recliner.
    ————–

    SF is going to be one and done, what does it matter whether you barely miss the playoffs versus losing the only game you will play?

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