I went back and looked at my opening remarks when the schedule came out this summer. Here’s what I had to say:
The 2011 New York Football Giants schedule was released yesterday and it promises more of the same for Giants fans. A predicted fast start,(THEY OPENED 6-2) a balanced home and away schedule, and then the opportunity to make or break their season in the last 7 weeks. Knowing Tom Coughlin, it is the exact challenge he wants for his players. He and the coaching staff are going to concentrate on one message this year…FINISHING….finishing the 4th quarter and finishing the season. The Giants, as we now know have been one of the best 4th quarter teams, and Eli the best 4th quarter Qb in football.
It is tough for fans to have such an off balanced schedule for one simple reason. When your team opens up 6-1, you have great expectations of a fabulous season, when realistically you can look for them to finish either 4-5, or 5-4 and still make the playoffs or win the division. Of course all the “experts” will point to their downward spiral and lack of finishing ability heading into the post season, but that’s why you intelligent fans read blogs like this. Look for the same fight to 10 or 11 wins….and look for the theme of FINISHING to be prominent around Giants camp all year.
Well, here we are. Fighting to 9 wins. Fighting for the Division Title. Fighting to Finish Strong. The message that was put forth in training camp and all season long should propel this team to the playoffs, if they can summon another good effort and FINISH.