Friday, November 27, 2009

On Sheridan

Tom Coughlin has seen defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan's unit struggle and, ultimately, implode last night. But it sounds like the head coach has no plans to get any more involved with running the defense than he already is.

"Certainly, there are certain aspects that have to be corrected," Coughlin said. "Those are the things we talk about. Or we talk about personnel. It's a continuous thing.

"It's not an attempt after one game to become part of the defensive thinking."

At the same time, though, he made it clear he's certainly not pleased with the first-year coordinator.

"We have to play better," he said. "We have to be more physical. We certainly need to do a better job in that area."

The defense has struggled mightily toward the end of games and certainly throughout this last 1-5 stretch. The shutdown group of 2008 has turned as leaky as a cheap faucet, allowing an average of 35.5 points per game over the six games. Last night marked the fifth time this year the unit allowed more than 300 yards of total offense.

The entire middle of the defense, from the tackles to MLB Chase Blackburn, who missed several tackles last night, to safeties Aaron Rouse and Michael Johnson, has simply ceased to exist as running backs pound it and tight ends and slot receivers make all kinds of yardage through gaping holes.

The Brandon Stokley touchdown proved a case in point. Coughlin said a single mistake by a single player, probably Aaron Rouse, created a situation where Stokley could stroll unmolested into the end zone on a 17-yard completion.

"There isn't anybody, starting with me, that's satisfied with anything," he said. "There's no one individual at fault. It's a full team, and there's no one individual at fault here. We're doing this as a group, as a team, and as a coaching staff, and that's the way it'll always be."

Until Coughlin decides a change is needed. But that doesn't appear to be in the cards right now, at least.



  1. Remember Accorsi forced Coughlin to get rid of Tim Lewis and Hufnagel.
    What's this gonna take?
    Reese seems satisfied with this mess and Coughlin, at least by his statements, appears unconcerned.
    NFL coaching may be a tough job on most teams, but on the Giants, it is apparently a day on the beach.
    No responsibility, no accountability.

  2. He wanted to coach from upstairs but stayed on the sidelines because the players didn't want that. Maybe they should let him.Maybe it will give him the first hand look he needs. Gotta do something.

  3. Maybe the change that is needed is the entire coaching staff, top to bottom. This team looks like it has quit. They weren't outplayed, they simply did not even bother to give Denver a game. Does anyone believe NY could even beat Detroit playing that way?

  4. Weak up the middle is an understantment. Like I said, they are in the bottom 5 of the league right now in that area! Great to see Osi yelling, but where the hell was he? Did he make one play?

    TC needs to get involved in the defense. This thing is a sinking ship. Something has to change. The bye week changed nothing and hence it showed Sheridan to be ineffective. Way to many issues with this defense. The secondary still looks totally confused at key times and can a tackle make a play, PLEASE!

    Tell me, what changes against the Boys? Romo and Whiten will have a field day with this D. They have a good running game as well. I don't like where this is heading....


    As stated above the secondary is in shambles they are confused and not ready to play when ball is snapped. The secondary coach has to take the blame with Sheridan as well as a d line coach who has not corrected the d ends pass rush, they take themselfes out of every play with the wide rush . Also a note to the Offence my HS linbacker can read the giants run game just follow the sliding FB to the hole , stop giving the play away.

  6. Maybe we can get John Fox back after Carolina gets rid of him after this season.