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Tom Coughlin doesn’t think Sunday’s a must-win for the Giants

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Last week, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said that the team’s game against the Panthers in Week Three was one that the team had to win.

They didn’t even come close. The 38-0 pasting in Charlotte dropped the Giants to 0-3, a record that rarely results in playoff berths. Losing your first four games makes it even harder, but coach Tom Coughlin isn’t willing to salsa in his receiver’s footsteps and call this week’s game a must-win for the Giants.

“I think it’s a long season,” Coughlin said, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “We’ve played three games. We have a lot of games to go. Certainly, we want to win, and that’s our entire objective. Are we standing on the edge of the cliff? I don’t look at it that way. I see a lot of football to play.”

There was plenty of positivity around the Giants on Wednesday. Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks ignored last week’s shutout and said the Giants had the pieces to be the league’s best offense, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said he’s “pretty sure” the Giants will win this weekend and Cruz agreed that a better version of the squad will make an appearance in Kansas City.

Players also talked a lot about adopting better attitudes and approaches to the game, although Coughlin made it clear earlier this week that effort hasn’t been nearly as big a problem as the fact that the team is getting manhandled by their opponents. With a pair of starters on an underperforming offensive line ailing ahead of a date against a feisty Chiefs defense, more of the same has to be a concern for Coughlin and that explains why he’d prefer not to compare another loss to an unrecoverable plunge off a cliff.

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28 Responses to “Tom Coughlin doesn’t think Sunday’s a must-win for the Giants”
  1. jcmeyer10 says: Sep 26, 2013 9:25 AM

    Tom Coughlin doesn’t realize his team is 0-3 and not a couple plays away from 2-1, 0-3. They are a legit 0-3.

  2. jjackwagon says: Sep 26, 2013 9:27 AM

    I agree with Coughlin. It’s not a must-win, so hopefully they won’t.

  3. weepingjebus says: Sep 26, 2013 9:31 AM

    “It’s really more of a can’t-win.”

  4. damnsureis says: Sep 26, 2013 9:33 AM

    If they lose, they’re not out of the playoffs by any means. But they would need a 9-3 run to even have a chance at qualifying.

  5. joetoronto says: Sep 26, 2013 9:39 AM

    Oh yes it is, Tom.

  6. concord148 says: Sep 26, 2013 9:39 AM

    The Giants will be 0-15 and still Coughlin doesn’t think the next game is a must-win. Ok, make it 0-16 and get the 1st draft pick.

  7. jjb0811 says: Sep 26, 2013 9:51 AM

    Hard to say Eli & Tom aren’t great, but in reality their regular season records are just a hair above average. They never really dominated less the 2 superbowl runs.

  8. sabatimus says: Sep 26, 2013 10:03 AM

    How many times has Coughlin been on the hot seat, only to have the Giants somehow make the playoffs and then win the Super Bowl? I really think they’ve gotten far these last few years despite him, not because of him.

  9. daysend564 says: Sep 26, 2013 10:11 AM

    It’s good that it’s not a must win, as you won’t win.

  10. newjerseygiants says: Sep 26, 2013 10:28 AM

    Attention Tom Coughlin: The season is not exactly that “long”. Its only 16 games. This isn’t Baseball Tommy Boy. Losing your first four is 25% of the season gone without a win. Or is there something I’ve missed?

  11. blacknole08 says: Sep 26, 2013 10:37 AM

    They can lose to Kansas City and still make the playoffs if they make a run and win 10 games. Its the divisional and conference games that our must wins.

  12. ccjcsr says: Sep 26, 2013 10:37 AM


    Season is Over!

  13. realfootballfan says: Sep 26, 2013 10:43 AM

    I see Tom is taking the denial approach to things these days.

  14. dino2997 says: Sep 26, 2013 10:48 AM

    In that sorry excuse for a division the Giants will be in it all the way to the end. Coughlin obviously knows this when he made his comments.

  15. athwartships says: Sep 26, 2013 10:49 AM

    Either senility has finally set in or Tom is trying to use reverse psychology on……football players.

  16. scaredhitless says: Sep 26, 2013 10:55 AM

    Good thing everyone in the NFC East has the same attitude.

  17. shlort says: Sep 26, 2013 11:00 AM

    Coughlin is keeping it positive anyway.

    The Giants are on pace to finish up about 6-10 at best. I don’t see any of the drive to win in this team that was present in years past when they rallied to come up with some wins in crunch time. This Giants team is a lot like the team that faded in 2010. Only difference is that the fade started week one this time. The Giants are done because they have no heart.

  18. beckhruby says: Sep 26, 2013 11:15 AM

    After 0-7, then it becomes must win because 9-7 will win this poopy division.

  19. fordmandalay says: Sep 26, 2013 11:26 AM

    They’re in a division with the Cowboys, Eagles, and Skins. Even at 0-6 they’d still have a shot at being division champs.

  20. thebirdofprey2 says: Sep 26, 2013 11:33 AM

    Tom Coughlin knows they play in the NFC Least. He can cash that playoff ticket in even 0-5. Smart man

  21. 23rdusernameused says: Sep 26, 2013 11:42 AM

    Must lose??
    he’s so old, I think dementia is starting to set in!

  22. earpaniac says: Sep 26, 2013 11:52 AM

    I know I’m not a NFL head coach, but losing 1/4 of the season’s games through 1/4 of the season seems like it’d be a pretty big deal.

  23. surfinbird1 says: Sep 26, 2013 1:25 PM

    Ole hands on hips has finally snapped.

  24. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 26, 2013 2:28 PM

    Why should he worry? He gets paid millions on a guaranteed basis even if he fails. No sweat. Bring in a real football producer though if you want to also achieve glory and win some games. Coughlin doesn’t need to do that to sleep well at night.

  25. thinkarez says: Sep 26, 2013 2:48 PM

    got to love a coach who doesn’t think its important to win! who dey!!

  26. gman0319 says: Sep 26, 2013 3:31 PM

    Every game is a must win know, why can’t the giants just dominate the division for once.

  27. n0hopeleft says: Sep 26, 2013 3:42 PM

    Right now, Tom Coughlin is watching every sports network and giving the finger to the television with his bright Superbowl rings on each middle finger.

    You think this man doesn’t know what’s going on around him right now? He’s one of the most successful coaches in the last 20 years, and a Hall of Famer…

    Get real….

  28. bigbluelou says: Sep 26, 2013 6:08 PM

    I can’t say I agree but being 0-3 is pretty bad.
    The Dallas game was almost a toss-up albeit 6 TO’s; They played good the first half against Denver (10-9) until Peyton woke up and the Carolina game was crap. So, I can see his point but you can’t just think this team is going to just turn it on. It doesn’t work that way. With the upcoming schedule of Chiefs, Eagles, Bears, Vikings and Eagles again. The NY Football Giants season looks very bleak indeed.

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