The New York Giants took on their inner city rivals, the New York Jets, in a game that featured inconsistent play on both sides of the ball. Gang Green emerged victorious in overtime topping Big Blue 24-21.
For the Giants, this was the latest example of a preseason contest where the offense was unable to score touchdowns in the red zone or points off turnovers.
“We really didn’t have anything to help us on the offensive side of the ball,” said Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. “The one thing that’s very disappointing to me is where we are offensively and the fact that we, in all three areas, were obviously not all doing what we need to do in order to give ourselves a chance to win” added Coughlin who would go to say about the awful play of the offense “That’s my main concern.”
One of the reasons the Giants had problems offensively against the Jets was due to several key injuries along the offensive line. Both David Baas and David Diehl were inactive for the game and Big Blue moved up rookie first round pick Justin Pugh to the starting right tackle spot and moved up backup center Jim Cordle to starting center. Coughlin wasn’t exactly pleased with the effort of the offensive line. “
Well, obviously we had problems tonight, admitted the Giants’ head man. “They were a good defense and we all acknowledge that. But I didn’t think it was any reason for us to flounder around like we did. We’ll look at the tape. These guys have got to play. That’s where we are.”
Besides the awful play from Eli Manning and company, the Giants did play well on the defensive side of the football, forcing five turnovers.
“What happened tonight was we fought like heck throughout the entire game on defense and on special teams” said Coughlin.
One bright note for the defense, was the play of cornerback Terrell Thomas, who saw significant snaps in the game. Thomas can help out the Giants’ depth in the secondary during the regular season.
“He got over 20-plus plays and we got him out,” said Coughlin of Thomas. “But hopefully it’ll build his confidence.”
Thomas’ play is also huge because free safety Stevie Brown is officially on injured reserve with a torn knee, making two players in the secondary going down in the last week. Safety Antrel Rolle hurt his ankle two weeks ago in practice.
“It’s a knee, but I don’t know,” noted Coughlin. “I have no more information for you. I feel bad for Stevie Brown. He’s been a tremendous addition to our team. The guy has another interception and then has that happen. I don’t really understand how it happened. I couldn’t see it, but evidently he just got his foot planted the wrong way. I don’t think it was a contact injury.”
The Giants now have one more preseason game which will be Thursday night up in Foxboro against the New England Patriots and two weeks from today, will open up the regular season against the division rivals. the Dallas Cowboys.