Consistency in execution has been a prevailing theme that Tom Coughlin discuss again this preseason, this time in relation to his offense following the New York Giants 28-18 defeat to the New York Jets.
“The execution was not consistent enough," noted Coughlin. "We didn’t make enough plays one after the other, and again we left ourselves in a lot of second and longs. We didn’t do as much on first down as we wanted to do, so I would say overall it wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be and there is a lot of work to be done. We did do some things okay.”
“Well, in spurts we did fine and other times we didn’t do fine.” said Tom Coughlin when referring to his offensive line. “We didn’t keep as clean a pocket as we’ve been keeping back there in the two previous games. I give credit to the Jet defensive line and linebackers—they did a very good job in terms of pressure.”
His offensive prognosis continued as he said “I like the ball thrown down the field, I like taking shots, I like all of those things and it is one thing to talk about it and another thing to do it. We just haven’t done it and we haven’t that many opportunities or taken that many opportunities and it is frustrating because there were some opportunities out on the field last night for some big plays and the other thing is we are not taking advantage of some of the opportunities that are created by some of the receivers.”
Coughlin was equally so-so about the defense, saying “I think we all have a ways to go. I don’t think any of it is exactly where it should be… And we didn’t make as many stops as we want to make, and so from that standpoint we have work to do. But as I say, there weren’t a lot of points scored, but there was some run yardage out there that you like to think you can stop.”
The coach refused to allow the various injuries to his squad to justify a loss, saying “There is no excuse—I mean we’ve been practicing long enough…” But injuries take away from in-game experience as Coughlin followed up with “…there is no question that when you are constantly changing parts that it is not quite as smooth as you’d like it to be. And many times, although our game is a game of continuously building on the present week, over the long-haul you really do have to build and build and build and allow that what someone experienced two weeks ago—if in fact it comes up again in a game—and perhaps it’s something new, then you have to be able to reach back into your toolbox and into your memory bank and understand what’s trying to take place.”