BALTIMORE—How can the Super Bowl champs, the team that not long ago blew out the Packers and Saints, the team that convincingly stayed on message with we-got-this assurances, go out ruin their season with two straight no-shows?(1)
To get blown out by the Bengals, a team that seemed constitutionally incapable of blowing out anybody before yesterday, requires the confluence of many breakdowns: coverages must be blown, pass rushers must take the game off, the quarterback must regress back into shell-shocked rookie form, the offensive line must be whipped, backs must fumble, and receivers must drop balls.
The Giants succeeded in all of these missteps on Sunday, making the 31-13 loss everybody’s fault, though some players (David Diehl) deserve more blame than others (Prince Amukamara, Andre Brown).
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—It was time for Tom Coughlin’s daily session with reporters, which meant it was time to talk about injuries.
Despite all the mugshots and perp-walks though the years, and even the lesser self-imposed humiliations like that Nutrisystem commercial, L.T.’s legend is still intact, safely preserved in the ‘80s highlight videos celebrating his greatness, in which football talking heads proclaimed we were watching a player who had changed the way the game is played.
Seven-eighths of the way through the regular season, the 2011 Giants were 7-7. They managed to squeak into the playoffs over the next two games, but did so with the ignominy of being the only team with a winning record to have scored fewer points than their opponents. They are the only Super Bowl team in history with that distinction, and their 9-7 record is tied with two other teams for the worst of any Super Bowl participant.
Each time the Giants or Jets play a football game, Capital will write about a home-team member who took part in it. This post is about Kenny Phillips, who played safety in the Giants’ 17-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
As NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth noted several times during Sunday night’s broadcast, there was a gaping hole in the middle of the Giants’ pass defense that the Eagles exploited continuously.
Each time the Giants or Jets play a football game, Capital will write about a home-team member who took part in it. This post is about Antrel Rolle, who played safety in the Giants’ 28-14 loss to the Washington Redskins.
Giants safety Antrel Rolle thinks good teams need it. He thinks good players need it. It’s that nastiness. It’s that freewheeling abandon that makes football fun, at least for those who, like him, have the instincts and the aggressiveness to be good at it.