The Giants have always been known for their conservative, all-business approach in running the day-to-day operations. They have essentially been the model NFL franchise. Even through all the off-field hiccups in the past, e.g. Plaxico Burress, the Giants' brass has taken the high road more often than not.
The current sideshows that have been in the news have the Giants on the ropes with the fans and the media. The Jason Pierre-Paul fiasco, which gets more troubling by the day, and the embarrassing loss to the Cowboys on national television, coupled with its mismanaged aftermath, have many questioning the leadership of one of the league's steadiest franchises.
Head coach Tom Coughlin is doing his best to mitigate the finger-pointing and second-guessing that ensued after his team's poor choices in the final minutes in Dallas cost the Giants an upset win. On Wednesday, he spoke about where his club goes from here:
"The challenge is simply to recognize the encouraging things that happened in the game," he said. "I thought we played hard, we were aggressive. We’ve got to continue, obviously, to do that. But we’ve also got to get our X’s and O’s better. Our offensive execution and the fact that the offensive team, their responsibility is not only to protect the ball but score touchdowns. So that’s basically where we are."
Asked if he did anything differently after such a devastating defeat, Coughlin revealed little.
"Well, we talk to our team in specific ways when we gather on Monday," he said. "And then we are encouraging where need be, and we talk about nothing but improvement in other areas. But again, let’s get back on the practice field and get going."
The media pool pressed on for more salacious information, but Coughlin pulled a page out of his old friend and colleague Bill Belichick's book and ended the line of questioning.
"We’ve had the conversations, and we’re on to Atlanta," he said.
The Giants rarely get themselves entwined in controversy and Coughlin is not going to swing at any pitches in the dirt. He's been around too long to let exterior factors and petty issues creep into his daily course of business.
That doesn't mean they going to dissipate into thin air. What is sone cannot be undone, and the questions will linger until the Giants find solutions whether they be through actions or through words.
From Wednesday's programming....
Daily News Live: SNYGiants insider Ralph Vacchiano and the panel discuss the Giants' season turning into a Jets-style circus with JPP's injury and their Week 1 meltdown.
The LoudMouths discuss Jason Pierre-Paul's self-recorded workout video and his desire to return to play for the Giants.