With the Giants needing to win the rest of their games just to entertain the notion of a playoff run, it’s natural for talk about the team to turn to the future. And these days, talk about the future begins with the Giants’ 68-year-old head coach, Tom Coughlin.
The two-time Super Bowl champion is the oldest head coach in the NFL, and he hasn’t made the playoffs since the 2011 campaign. Those facts might bring one to wonder how much longer New York is willing to go with Coughlin leading the way.
The Giants’ players, on the other hand, aren’t paying attention to any of the talk going on outside of the locker room.
“We all understand [Coughlin],” said safety and defensive captain Antrel Rolle, “We all understand where he is coming from with his messages and so forth and so on. He is our guy, so we are going to go out there, we are going to play ball, try to get a win at all costs.”
With Dallas in town on Sunday, the Giants have another tough battle on their hands. The team is coming off of a brutal 16-10 defeat to San Francisco, and the last time New York played Dallas, the Cowboys came away with a 31-21 win in Week 7.
For the Giants to prevail this time, it’s going to take an inspired effort from players and coaches alike.
“In the situation we are in right now, we have to go out there and fight, try and get a win at all costs,” said Rolle, “Just go out there and play hard-nosed football. That is what this game is going to boil down to, who wants it the most, and who is going to go out there and be the one to go get it.”
The game is also going to come down to whether Rolle and an injury-depleted secondary can break up some passes thrown by Dallas quarterback Tony Romo. The veteran quarterback shredded the Giants in Week 7 with 279 yards and three touchdowns on just 23 pass attempts. It was one of the most efficient games of Romo’s career.
“A lot of it came on us not making plays when the opportunity presented itself,” said Rolle, “Some busted coverages, but Tony Romo always brings his ‘A’ game when he plays us. He had a good game against us.”0
If Romo has another game like that, the questions about Coughlin’s future will only intensify.