Tom Coughlin Warns Giants To Ignore the Hype

Pro Football NYCSenior Writer IAugust 24, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - MAY 09: Tom Coughlin, head coach of the New York Giants walks on the field at rookie camp on May 9, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Tom Coughlin stood before the media yesterday reminding us that regardless of what is written and said, his team has yet to prove themselves on the field.

He was referring to the depth of the defensive line, of course, the unit that has been receiving a boatload of praise this summer. The same unit that was steamrolled by the Chicago%20Bears" title="See other pages Jiglu tagged with ‘Chicago Bears’" onclick="return(Jiglu.overlayOpen(this))">Chicago Bears Saturday night.

“I don’t know what you’re watching,” said Coughlin. “The players who are supposed to be the depth haven’t even practiced yet. You’re talking about something that looks good but hasn’t really materialized.”

The defensive line has taken some injury hits and had not gotten a chance to show it’s full potential. It has been revealed that Chris Canty is recovering from a torn hamstring and Jay Alford’s season could be over with a double tear in his knee. Rocky Bernard and Fred Robbins just returned to action this week.

Coughlin also seemed frustrated with the lack of statistical data needed to properly gauge the progress of the wide receivers. Injuries to the offensive line have led the quarterbacks to dump the ball off to the backs rather than look downfield for the wide outs. The starting guards, Chris Snee and Rich Seubert should both be available for Saturday’s game against the Jets.

Through all of the uncertainty the constant of Giants’" onclick="return(Jiglu.overlayOpen(this))">the Giants’ running game continued to stand out. The combination of Brandon Jacobs, Danny Ware and Ahmad Bradshaw racked up 115 yards on 21 carries and another 46 yards on seven receptions.

The unit has been been a strong one since the day Coughlin and RB coach Jerald Ingram took the reins in 2004. Even in defeat, the rushing attack remains successful.

John Fennelly is an accredited member of the media covering the Giants for several major news outlets.