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2009 NFL's Biggest Disappointments

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22:  Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants looks on against the Atlanta Falcons on November 22, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Falcons 34-31 in overtime.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Football ManiaxsSenior Writer INovember 30, 2009

By Fred Schwager.

With Thanksgiving behind us, let us reflect on what’s lived to disappoint thus far in the NFL. Twelve weeks are behind us, and a number of teams, players and coaches just have not given their fans reason to be grateful.

 

New York Giants: Despite everything that’s happened, I have a gut feeling that this team is going to make the playoffs. But it’s not a good feeling. It’s that feeling you get when you look at the playoff picture and every year, there is that one team that undeservingly slips into the postseason.

Eli Manning is putting up career numbers. The Giants rank in the top 10 in both offense and defense. Yet, they are just 6-5, and they outscore their opponents by an average of exactly one point per game. This team can never seem to get it together to play a complete game. They either play well on offense, defense, or sometimes fail to play well in any phase of the game.

Who’s to blame here? Well, everybody, except maybe the receiving corps, the one bright spot that was supposed to be the only question mark entering the season. Shows you just how smart NFL analysts really are. Let’s leave this one on the shoulders of Tom Coughlin and Bill Sheridan. Every week, Coughlin cannot seem to answer why his team looks completely unprepared. Every week, questions arise regarding Sheridan’s play-calling and his defense. Yes, the Giants have had injuries, but it seems Steve Spagnuolo was missed just as much as everybody thought he might be...

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