Another season has officially come and gone for the New York Giants. The G-Men played their last game on their 2014 season yesterday afternoon, against their NFC East division rival the Philadelphia Eagles. Unfortunately for the G-Men, the season didn’t end on a high note. The Giants lost to the Eagles 34-26 in front of their hometown fans at MetLife stadium, and saw their current winning streak snapped at three straight games.
“Disappointing. How else do you want me to say it?,” Coughlin offered after the loss. “Not enough wins, too many losses. Just close enough.”
“We had a lot of yards and did a lot of things very well offensively,” Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said on the loss to the Eagles. “[However], not enough. Defensively, again, I say we had a good plan, the plan was well taught. I thought we did a pretty good job, but in the long run, it wasn’t enough.”
The Giants had many opportunities to take control of the game, but couldn’t score touchdowns down in the red zone and had penalties kill drives. Even with that though, the Giants still had a chance at the end of the game down eight points, to tie the game and force overtime. That chance though, ended abruptly when quarterback Eli Manning throw a game ending interception and the G-Men lost their team lose their tenth game of the season.
“It was an interception,” Coughlin on Eli’s late game mistake. “We don’t run it very well. That puts too much pressure on any quarterback. You’ve got to have something to balance off. We had some five-yard runs, but we didn’t have enough of them.”
As for the season as a whole, Coughlin was very complementary of his quarterback.
“I think he got much better. I think he really got to perform in this scheme well. I think he understands it. He has the ability to adjust pretty much everything, including the protections and placing personnel and snapping the ball, and having all these things going. I think it suits him to a tee. That’s how he plays his best and that’s what he wants to do.”
With the loss, the Giants ended the season with a 6-10 record and will now head into the offseason with many questions to solve for next season
“We are going to evaluate our team, just like we always do,” noted Coughlin. “We’re going to present, along with pro personnel, to the owners an evaluation of our players and take it from there. If there’s anything else, it will be initiated by ownership.”
For the first time since 2004, the Giants have had a season 10 losses and for the first time since the 2003 and 2004, the Giants have had back to back season with losing records. It also marks three straight season that the G-Men did not make the playoffs as well.