For many reasons, the Giants and head coach Tom Coughlin do not want to sink to 0-3 to start the 2015 season. A slow start usually means no playoffs, and for the Giants, no playoffs for the fourth consecutive season will likely mean wholesale changes.
From Steve Serby of the New York Post:
You reap what you sow, and if you don’t win, if you haven’t won in a while, if you have forgotten how to win, the buzzards begin circling, and no carcass is spared. It was two summers ago when general manager Jerry Reese warned that everyone was on notice. It sounded good at the time. It fell on deaf ears.
It was the end of last season when John Mara revealed he wanted to fire everyone after his Giants collapsed in Jacksonville. One of these years, he will have no choice but to fire everyone.
A loss tonight against the Redskins, who the Giants have beaten four straight times, could start the sound of the proverbial death knell for many within the Giants organization. It's already queued up if you ask me.
From Jordan Raanan of NJ.com:
The odds of making the playoffs after starting the season with two straight losses are already at 12 percent. They dip well into the single digits if they reach 0-3. Only five teams in history have ever made the playoffs following three straight losses to start the season.
This is a "must-win game" right off the bat here in September for Big Blue. Even with the NFC East power structure in a revolution these days, an 0-3 start is an 0-3 start. Don't kid yourself that you still have a realistic shot.
Coughlin cannot heal WR Victor Cruz's calf and Jason Pierre-Paul's hand. He can't direct Eli Manning in the red zone late in games, nor can he rush the passer or cover the league's elite receivers. But he can shake up his roster. This week, he cut WR Preston Parker after he cost the Giants with several dropped passes in critical points the first two weeks.
"Everybody wants to know that," Coughlin told Michael Eisen of Giants.com about why he cut Parker. "The message is you have to perform, you’re here for a reason. The reason is very specific. If the reason you are here is not being fulfilled, then the question becomes, what are we here for?"
So the message is loud and clear: You have a job, you have to do the job. That’s part of it, and the other part, we felt we needed a defensive lineman. We've got guys that are nicked and can’t play, especially in a short week."
So, tonight's the night, Giants fans. Unless you feel like testing history. Win or wallow for the rest of the season.