Tom Coughlin met the media for the final time this season. He heads off into 2013 with more questions than he would normally like to have, but did not indicate if he planned on making many - if any - changes to his staff or roster
Opening statement:?Good afternoon. We met with our team this morning in their exit meeting, and we talked about the game yesterday against Philadelphia. I did think we played very well. I thought that it was a very fitting way for us to complete the season, with a very good effort, with good execution. We talked about pride and execution being the themes, and I think we did that. But, I immediately moved into? You look at your season, and sometimes when you walk off the field, having lost a game?for example, the first Philadelphia game 19-17, the game in Washington, 17-16?your thoughts are, ?Boy, I hope this one doesn?t come back to haunt me, bite us in the butt in the long run.? But in reality, that?s what happened. I look at the first game of the year, the Dallas game.
We had played into February, we were the World Champions, we had extra time on the field, and I thought it would be a huge factor for us, opening the season. It didn?t turn out to be. We lost that game at home. You look at the Pittsburgh game, where we had a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, and we were not able to hold on. So, you have the ebb and flow of the season, and you just pray that you can rise up, and accomplish what you need to accomplish to get into the playoffs. Our goal is always to win the division. At one point, we did have a three-game lead in the division; we were not able to hold onto that lead. To be 9-7, yes, much better than 8-8, no question about it. Not good enough and I think all of our players are very much aware of that, that our goal was obviously to get into the tournament, we didn?t get to the tournament. So, we?re disappointed in that.