The past is the past now for the New York Giants and their head coach Tom Coughlin.
Being tied still atop the NFC East, Coughlin and his Giants are moving forward from their heartbreaking loss to the New York Jets and turning their attention to the Miami Dolphins.
“We really do have to go forward,” Coughlin said. “We have to take care of our own business. Every one of us has to improve in order to raise that level and be deserving of a win.”
It has been a season of tough fourth quarter losses for the Giants. Besides their losses to the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, every other one of the Giants five losses have come with them having a lead of seven or more in the fourth quarter.
Still though the Giants are tied for first place of the NFC East and control their destiny for the most part.
If the Giants can win at least three of their final four remaining regular season game, they will have a good chance to win the NFC East crown.
“Four games to go, we are tied for the division lead, we will win as soon as we deserve to win,” Coughlin said. “Deserving to win part of it, obviously it comes from being able to finish on a stronger basis than we have.”
The first step the Giants will have in front of them, with be the Dolphins, who they play on Monday night.
A team with a lot of talent and speed, the Dolphins have not been able to exceed the lofty expectations they had going into the season.
“They have outstanding team speed. They’re minus-three in turnover ratio. They have a talented group of offensive players,” Coughlin said about the Dolphins. “ Their special teams, does an outstanding job, and Jarvis Landry is very dangerous as their punt returner.”
It will be crucial for the G-Men to hold the explosive Dolphins offense in check, if they want win this game. Teams all year have been able to score on the Dolphins defense, so if the Giants offense can do the same and the defense can make some stands throughout the game, the Giants will win this game.
The bottom line the Giants need to beat the Dolphins, if they want any chance of making the playoffs.
Even with all the heart breaking losses they have had to endure all season, the Giants still have a chance to win the division and make a run at a fifth super bowl title.
“We’re in the hunt and it’s a good and exciting thing,” said Coughlin. “I think the players realize that.”
Starters Devon Kennard and Ereck Flowers, did not practice on Thursday. Kennard, missed the Jets game with a right foot injury and Flowers is still being treated for an ankle injury, that he sustained in the Jets game. Both players statuses for the Dolphins game is still unknow.