Big Blue Nightmare
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But take away that Super Bowl and the subsequent afterglow that bled into this season, and Tom Coughlin would be fighting to keep his job. Sound harsh? Remember it was exactly one year ago today that the Giants lost to the Redskins, dropping the team to 9-5 and inspiring a maelstrom of pundits and tabloid columnists to yap, once again, about regime change. Just like they had the previous December and in Decembers before that.
Besides the miracle of the 2007 postseason, Coughlin might have been confused for Reggie Jackson -- "Mr. October." He was usually great when the NFL season wasn't on the line. Since taking over Big Blue, in 2004, Coughlin has gone 17-3 during baseball's final month and 9-12 during the football's. And with the exception of 2007, Coughlin has never won a playoff game as New York's head coach.
Take away that chimeric aberration and you could say that Giants are currently meeting expectations -- two straight December losses, a flaccid offense led by a confused-looking Eli Manning, a red-faced coach battling to hold his team together after a terrific start. Maybe 2007 wasn't a dream, but it could have been a fluke. And should that seed of doubt begin germinating in players' minds, it will rapidly become the reality. If so, pinch yourself, Giants fans; you're in for a rude awakening.
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Posted by: gratianus | December 16, 2008 1:22 PM
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