Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 11/18/14

What was it? Eleven weeks ago the Giants had just suffered the last of what seemed like an unimaginable slew of injuries during training camp. It not only drained the depth of the defense, but put some pretty shady characters into key roles. Ultimately, whatever enthusiasm their fan base had towards the season was dead, and the idea of finishing .500 seemed far-fetched, especially with the Eagles loading up.

Flash forward 8 weeks. The team sits a surprising 6-2 with a defeat of the Patriots in New England. They were playing way above their expectations, and despite further injuries to the team, they were winning. Expectations elevated, and people were talking about winning the division, forgetting the obstacles they had to overcome to get to that mark. 

The 6-2 record was earned, but it wasn’t holding up. They’ve now got 10 guys on injured reserve. With the recent activation of Justin Trattou,  the Giants have 11 rookies active on their 53 man roster. (1.5th their roster was playing college ball a year ago!) They’ve been without their leading rusher. They’ve played a pretty brutal stretch of the schedule. And yet, their fan base questions the head coach? Come on! WAH!

Had the Giants started 2-6 instead of 6-2, the calls for Coughlin’s dead would probably have a little less vinegar. This team grossly overachieved to start the season, and now they’re coming back down to Earth. No coach would do much better than Coughlin has. You should be thanking him for having you in the race, and not becoming an afterthought. Coughlin’s tenure in New York has been the second best stretch, only to Bill Parcells, canning a coach who has been this successful is absurd.

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