Sunday, December 15, 2013
Coughlin: 'Pathetic offensive performance'
By Matt Ehalt
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tom Coughlin had no qualms pointing the finger at one unit in particular after Sunday's 23-0 thrashing at the hands of the Seahawks at MetLife Stadium.
"I think defensively and with our special teams, we got it. Offensively, we did not -- there's no way to sugarcoat it," Coughlin said. "A pathetic offensive performance -- we didn't block anybody, we didn't make any plays, we didn't create any opportunities for ourselves."
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In what has been a nightmarish season for their offense, the Giants hit rock bottom on Sunday as they managed just 181 total yards against Seattle. The Giants are the only team in the NFL that has been shut out this season, and have the indignity of having it happen to them twice.
"It's out there, you saw it. Everybody else saw it," Giants center Kevin Boothe said. "It's pathetic, embarrassing. Whatever word you want to use, It's accurate."
In a scene that has become all too familiar this season, the Giants' offense looked lost Sunday against one of the top defenses in the NFL. The Giants were unable to run the ball, tallying just 25 rushing yards, which is somehow not the team's season-low because of previous ineptitude.
When Eli Manning dropped back to pass, he was under constant pressure, getting sacked three times, and his receivers couldn't create any separation against Seattle's defensive backs. Manning was intercepted five times, and totaled just 156 passing yards.
The 181 offensive yards were the second-lowest on the season, once again magnifying how dismal the offense has been this season.
"Unfortunately, it sounds like a broken record over the course of the year, but just didn't execute," Boothe said. "Face a team like Seattle, they're going to make you pay, we knew that going into it. I don't really know what to tell you."
Coming into the season, the Giants' offense was expected to be among the league's best with Manning at the helm, and a talented group of receivers that could spread the field. The opener against Dallas gave high hopes with an aerial assault, but the Giants haven't been able to stretch together consistent offensive performances.
With Manning's five interceptions, he now leads the league with 25, and has also tied his career-high. After being sacked three times Sunday, Manning has been sacked 36 times, extending his career-high. The Giants have also turned the ball over in each of their 14 games.
The players are surprised an offense with this much talent can struggle so mightily. Dating to last season, the Giants have now been shut out three times in their past 17 games.
"I think if there was an easy answer, we would have fixed it. We have talented players and there's really no reason why we should struggle as much as we did this year, especially when you're so used to being successful," Boothe said. "It's tough. You have to figure things out here and play a great game next week."