"I'm disappointed. I expect more and continue to expect more," Coughlin said. "My concern is for my team. You can blame it all on me."
Last season, the Giants went 4-3 over the last seven weeks of the season to finish 7-9.
"I think there is a lot of pride in them being Giants," Coughlin said. "We all feel the same way about the losing aspect of it. Somehow, some way you have to you have to gather strength and stick together and understand that every aspect of improvement starts with me. If I want my team to improve, I have to improve first. I think we do have that attitude and they will hang in there and battle, scrape and scratch until we do get a win."
I guess if you're going to get the credit when you win, you have to accept the blame when you lose. That's life.
But I don't see how much of this is Tom's fault, unless he's doing something that exposes his team to injuries, which is the real culprit of this team's demise. I haven't seen anything to suggest that and I'm sure no one else has either.
You can point a finger at the front office for not stocking the team with credible and viable backups, but even some of backups are on IR, so that argument falls fallow. Coughlin is the victim of some bad luck. That's the way I see it.
He's a stand up guy, so he's going to fall on his sword for the cause. But he would have done himself a huge favor is he had replaced both coordinators in the offseason instead of just Kevin Gilbride.
This defense is one of the worst in the 90-year history of the franchise. A change was warranted and in hindsight not making a change at DC could end up being the major factor in his exit.