Eli Manning might not be worried about the progress of the Giants offense (or lack thereof), but his boss seems to be.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin had some sharp words for his offense, saying “They better” share his urgency to get things fixed, threatening more playing time in the preseason finale if things don’t turn around.
“It’s not written in stone about what you do in the last preseason game either,’’ Coughlin said, via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “The idea is to come out of this having your team prepared throughout the course of these games so that when you head into the regular season you’re ready to go. We still got some work to do along those lines.’’
So unless Eli Manning actually completes a pass downfield (or perhaps one to Victor Cruz) Friday night against the Jets, he might have to play more in the preseason finale.
The Giants starters have had 11 series in the preseason, and five of them were three-and-out. Eight ended in punts, and one on a lost fumble. It might not be time to panic about Ben McAdoo’s new system, and Coughlin wasn’t giving up hope yet.
“We’ve had in the last years what would have to be looked at as unproductive preseasons or unproductive games in preseason and yet we still been able to come out and play well, early on even, offensively in the regular season,’’ Coughlin said. “Now is that the case here? I don’t know that. We’re gonna have to see how that goes. It is a concern? Sure it’s a concern.’’
That might be the understatement of the preseason.