Originally written on Big Giants Boom  |  Last updated 11/19/14

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 08: Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants watches from the sideline during NFL action against the San Diego Chargers at Giants Stadium on November 8, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Coach Tom Coughlin gives his thoughts in a postgame interview  after a loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday evening. Photo courtesy of Giants.com

Frank Gray
BGB Editor


The New York Giants opened their title defense on National television by dropping passes, fumbling carries and letting the Dallas Cowboys walk all over them. They lacked intensity and toughness.

The next few days were followed with speculation of the players being angry at themselves for their pathetic showing. On Friday, Coach Coughlin set the record straight. He referred to the mood of the team as "somber and remorseful", this according to ESPN.

The terms "somber" and "remorseful" in this case is nearly an insult. While the players stated that they were ashamed of their performance and felt that they embarrassed themselves and their fans, they should not be carrying themselves like a sad dog with his tail between his legs.

Rather, they should be focused on making an example of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While that may still be their plan, announcing their mood as anything but angry or motivated is a mistake. It shows weakness. In their profession, weakness is not an option.

Coughlin also talked about the Offensive Line not moving people. He said "you have to win" when speaking of the matchups in the trenches. That, to me, is the mentality they lacked on Wednesday and in games last season when it seemed as if this team had just not shown up to play.

Call it a mental lapse, call it an overconfidence. Whatever the case may be, this team often has times when they just don't play their very best. They seem to play down to lower competition and up to the better teams.

When they are favored, they lax in their focus and make mistakes that end up costing them. They relish the underdog role. Perhaps, they need to always see themselves as the underdogs, those that have been shunned and underestimated by the league.

If they adopt an "us versus the world" attitude, they will unite in one goal, one purpose, as one team. We've seen them do it repeatedly during Coughlin's tenure. Twice, it has led to them being the last team standing.

This is a primary change in mentality that is a requirement for playing New York Giants football. Not being soft, not being ashamed, not being somber, not being remorseful.

Rather, being strong, being bold, being fearless in the face of your enemies, being a GIANT; an opposing force that imposes their will on all who dare enter their domain.

If they adopt this mentality, they will succeed. The sooner, the better.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kentucky remains unbeaten after thrilling win over ND

Alabama DT arrested on domestic violence charges again

John Calipari blasted for postgame interview

WATCH: MJ, Tom Brady play pickup game in Bahamas

WATCH: Wrong national anthem played for El Salvador

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

WATCH: Russell Wilson smashes HR in Rangers BP

John Fox: Jay Cutler will have to earn starting QB job

Report: Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall candidates for Texas

Kurt Warner is helping to turn around Colin Kaepernick

Bizarre call allows Duke to cover spread against Utah

Saints love TE Josh Hill following Jimmy Graham trade

Sam Dekker's hot shooting sends Wisconsin to Final Four

Jim McElwain complains about Florida roster

Mark Few: I put Coach K up there with John Wooden

WATCH: Enes Kanter embraces boos in return to Utah

Mariners prospect dies from boat accident injuries

T.J. Ford sends heartfelt tweet about Rick Barnes

Bruins coach suits up as backup goalie

Tennessee fans show love for Bruce Pearl on campus rock

Louisville guard turned off phone after clutch NC State win

Steve Spurrier hung out with Kenny Chesney before concert

Winnipeg Jets prospect had a rough night on the ice

Did Dean Smith’s gifts to former players violate NCAA rules?

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

John Fox: Cutler will have to earn job

Texas eyeing Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall?

WATCH: Brady jumps off cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Nique in HORSE

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Notre Dame vs. Kentucky

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

James Harden and the collective consciousness

Hottest coaching seats in NBA

Under-the-radar NL MVP candidates

Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.