The bye week has come to a close for the New York Giants. After a week to rest up and recharge from the first half of the season, the Giants were back on the practice field Monday, preparing for the start of their nine games in the second half of the season. Going into the bye week, the Giants were coming two tough losses to NFC East Division opponents and have been surrounded by questions since about how good of a football team they really are. That question will be answered in the second half of the season, where the Giant have a lot of football to play says Big Blue head coach Tom Coughlin in his speech to his team after the bye week.
Coughlin on his message to the team about the second half of the season said “That you look around the league and you see teams that are playing superbly that maybe hadn’t been playing superbly, so to me, we’ve got to play above the Xs and Os. We’ve got nine games to play as well as we can possibly play. I think anybody in that locker room can do that. They just have to realize the amount of the season and the schedule that’s gone by and yet we have nine opportunities. Let’s go. One at a time.”
The Giants will play of the first of their nine games left on the year next Monday night at MetLife Stadium, when they take on the AFC South Division leading Indianapolis Colts. One Giants player though that will not being on the field for Big Blue against the Colts on Monday night, will be starting middle linebacker Jon Beason. On Monday, it was announced that Beason will have season ending surgery on his right foot that he injured back in mini-camp, that caused him to miss all of training camp.
Coughlin on the decision of shutting Beason for the season said “We got the guy on the field, he tried it, it actually became a little bit different kind of an injury but the same area. He gave it everything he had and he had the doctor’s approval. Unfortunately, it didn’t work. Let’s get him right.”
With Beason out the rest of the season, linebacker Jameel McClain will move over from the strongside linebacker spot to play in the middle. In the games Beason has missed this season, McClain has played very well in his replacement and linebackers Mark Herzlich and rookie Devon Kennard have also played well filling in at McClain’s spot as the strongside linebacker.
Staying on the injury front, coach Coughlin says that running back Rashad Jennings status is day-to -day and said that offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz came back to practice on Monday from his toe injury, and took reps with the starters.
The Giants are 3-4 heading into the second half of the season and still have a chance to make a run at a playoff spot or the NFC East division crown.