Giants toning down the talk now that they’re winning

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When the Giants were 0-6, they were full of confidence.

Maybe because they were 0-6, they were trying to talk themselves into it.

But after winning three straight, they’re amazingly within a game and a half of first place in the NFC East, and have dialed back on the rhetoric.

“It’s smart,” Tom Coughlin said, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “It’s one game at a time. Where are you? You’re right where you are. And obviously you keep your dreams alive, but you focus on the task at hand.

“That’s, I hope, what we’re doing.”

At 0-4, outspoken safety Antrel Rolle was the one who declared: “I believe we can go 12-0 from this point on.”

Now, he says they’re not worried about the division title, focusing on a narrower field.

“I do what I have to do and I say what I have to say,” Rolle said. “That’s the best way I can tell you. Like I say, we’re 3-6. If we start looking ahead of ourselves, we’re going to find ourselves behind. One game at a time. That’s our only approach at the moment.”

“I wouldn’t say necessarily we’re back in it,” defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins added to the chorus. “But we’re taking steps. We’ve got some positives here. We have a little momentum going for ourselves right now. But there’s still a long way to go to the point where we’ll be back. We can’t get too anxious now because we’re close.”

But they can get quiet, and hope people forget about them again.

10 responses to “Giants toning down the talk now that they’re winning

  1. They are toning down the talk because they know they aren’t very good. That whole NFC East division makes me want to throw up all over myself. They are all embarrassingly bad, and it’s embarrassing that one of those hideous teams are going to be in the playoffs.

  2. Maybe they just realized that beating the vikings, barkley led eagles, and the raiders isn’t something to get too excited over.

  3. I’m gonna laugh so hard if the Giants come back and steal the division. It would be a testament to how pathetic the NFC East is right now. Honestly though, I expect the Eagles to steal it away, and to do it in a way that makes the week 17 meet with the Cowboy’s a non-issue.

  4. The keyboard bravado for people posting online is funny.

    Since the salary cap was put in place, there is much more parity, and that means that the best teams don’t dominate like the best teams did in the 1980s.

    The dominant 49ers, Giants, and Bears teams of the 1980s would only lose 1-2 regular season game, and they’d lose those games to good teams in close game. Then they’d blow through the playoffs winning by 20+ points per game. Those teams had no weak areas, they were good to great at every position.

    Check out the last 3 Super Bowl winners, the Ravens, Giants, and Packers. All 3 suffered blowout losses or multiple losses to bad teams or both during the regular season. All of them had areas where they were weak.

    Could the Cowboys win the Super Bowl this year? Of course. The Eagles, Giants, or Redskins? Of course. The Lions, Colts, or Jets? Of course. The Bears or Bengals? Of course. This doesn’t mean that any of these teams is the most likely winner, but even though the Seahawks, Chiefs, and Broncos look like the best right now, and the 49ers and Panthers look like the next best, doesn’t mean any of them will even make it to their conference championships.

    I don’t understand how some guy sitting in front a keyboard who might not have even played high school football writes that the NFC East is an embarrassment. The Seahawks were 7-9 in 2010 and knocked off the defending Super Bowl champion Saints in the playoffs. The Giants were outscored during the regular season in 2011 and blew out the defending Super Bowl champion Packers in the playoffs. The Ravens were blown out by the Texans and Broncos it the regular season, and lost 4 of thier last 5 regular season games, but still won the 2012 Super Bowl.

    Could the Chargers make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl? Of course. The Cowboys didn’t even make the playoffs in 2011, but they missed by only one or two plays and if they had made the playoffs of course they could have won the Super Bowl.

    It’s not as if any underdog winning the Super Bowl this year is anywhere near as unlikely as an underdog winning the Super Bowl in the 1980s would have been.

  5. Footballviewer – You sound offended, so that means i’m 99% sure you are a fan of a team in that sorry NFC East. You can justify however you want guy, whatever makes you feel better for your pathetic excuse of a team. There is not one single person in this world that would prefer to trip over themselves all yr to be 7-9 or 8-8 with the 30th ranked defense as opposed to being 14-2 with homefield advantage. A loser team doesn’t even DESERVE to be there in the first place which is why there has been talk on occasion with regards to just taking the top 6 teams in each conference. No matter, what has happened recently – I’m quite sure Saints fans or Seahawk fans get a half a chub at the mere thought of your Giants coming in to N.O . It will be a total destruction. But you go on ahead and keep having those cute hopey thoughts

  6. The Giants still have to play the Packers, Chargers, Lions, Cowboys, Redskins twice, and Seahawks. Eli Manning leads the NFL in interceptions.

    I don’t see them beating Seattle. I don’t see them beating San Diego either. But the Chargers are adept at finding ways to lose games in the 4th quarter. I could see them beating the Redskins once, maybe twice. Their game against Dallas could go either way. The game against the Lions is going to be tough, as the Lions will be in a deep fight for the NFC North.

    Best case scenario: two wins against the Redskins, a win against the Cowboys, a win against the Packers, a win gainst the Lions, loss against the Chargers, and a loss against the Sehawks. That gets them to 8-8.

    Middle scenario: Win against the Packers, split against the Redskins, a win against the Chargers because they mess it up in the 4th quarter again, loss to the Lions, loss to the Cowboys, and loss to the Seahawks. That gets them to 6-10.

    Worst scenario: Split with the Redskins, loss to the Cowboys, tossup against the Packers (I just don’t see Green Bay losing three games in a row, even without Aaron Rodgers), loss to the Lions, loss to the Chargers, and loss to the Seahawks. This gets them to 4-12 or 5-11.

    I think that the Giants end up 5-11 or 6-10. At the very best, if everything went their way, maybe 7-9. But the Giants team we saw at the beginning of the year, when they went 0-6, is what we’ll see later. And against the Lions, Chargers, Seahawks, and Packers, they’re going to have a tough time.

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