Originally written on Big Giants Boom  |  Last updated 9/9/12

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.

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