While the regular season may be over for the New York Giants, do not tell head coach Tom Coughlin and his players because they are having none of that talk. Running back Rashad Jennings, for example, has decided to stick around the Giants’ facilities to get work in for anticipation of a playoff schedule after the conclusion of the 2015 regular season.
"“A couple of guys are actually going to stick around and keep training for the next couple of weeks as if we’re playing in the playoffs,” Jennings said. “I’m doing that and making them train with me to keep the feel because this time next year we’ll be in the playoffs and probably heading to a meeting in a little bit. If we keep working out, our bodies will stay in a routine so we know how it feels next year.”(George Willis, NY Post)"
This team does not have the mentality of a 6-10 team. While the media and some fans were calling for Coughlin’s release, the players were too busy trying to finish this past regular season in strong fashion for one another and their coach.
Coughlin expressed optimism for next season and the players have bought into it. Tight end Larry Donnell also expressed anticipation saying that the Giants offense in year-two under offense coordinator Ben McAdoo and returning wide receiver Victor Cruz will be “a sight to see.”
"“Man, Coach Coughlin, he’s a stand-up man,’’ said linebacker Jameel McClain. “He’s 100 percent who he is. To come in and be motivated and bring inspiration to people day in and day out and to be an honest man, from the moment I met him he was an honest person and I respect that, I love that, I’ll play for that every day because honesty is what this league should be based on.’’(Willis)"
Cornerback Prince Amukamara was also in defense of Coughlin, saying “We love him to death. I’m sure you’d hear that from every player.”
While many witnessed two very underwhelming seasons with Big Blue, pride seeping in the air at the Meadowlands since there is a lot of unfinished business. Injuries have really held this team back and an offense that was declared as broken just a season ago by co-owner John Mara seems to be up-and-running once again.
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Quarterback Eli Manning has enjoyed a resurgence of a season by passing for 4,410 yards (3rd-best in the NFC) with 30 passing touchdowns to 14 interceptions (his lowest since 2009).
He has expressed comfort in playing out the final year of his current deal, during next season, although the Giants are very likely to address the situation with their franchise quarterback.
The issues that need more tending to lie more on the defensive side of the ball regarding the job-status of defensive coordinator of Perry Fewell, and the contract-statuses of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and safety Antrel Rolle.
Mara has stated that Coughlin has full authority in the handling of who should be carrying out defensive coordinator duties. General manager Jerry Reese has spoken with Pierre-Paul one-on-one regarding how they may handle an upcoming contract.
While there still are questions with this team, things may not be as bleak as they may appear – at least to those within inside the organization.