The turning point in Sunday’s loss arguably came long before Victor Cruz slipped and Eli Manning threw a pick-six.
With 7:07 remaining in the third quarter, the Giants were pinned back at their own 5 and trying to get out of trouble.
They elected to run a play to the right in which the front side linemen -- Chris Snee and Kareem McKenzie -- would pull and Henry Hynoski would provide a lead block, allowing D.J. Ware to burst through a gaping hole.
The problem with this whole play was, Jake Ballard never executed the down block on Anthony Hargrove, and the big defensive lineman shot through the wide-open gap untouched before drilling Ware in the backfield for a safety.
“I don’t think you should blame any individual for that one,” Coughlin said. “Collectively it should’ve been done differently. It wasn’t really a good idea in that particular spot.”
• Six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle, Marvin Austin is finally out of a sling and looking forward to amping up his rehab.
“I’m getting stronger and my range of motion is a lot better,” said Austin, who could begin working out with his left arm either during the middle of this week or next week. “I’m excited to see what I can do.”
Austin said he’s nowhere near where he needs to be, but hopes that he makes a big improvement in the next couple of months because the injury is healing a lot faster than he thought.
“I’m just taking it step by step and not trying to force anything,” Austin said.
Austin isn’t concerned about not playing football the last two seasons.
“Guys have sat out two, three years and the come back and made the Pro Bowl,” Austin said. “It’s not something that I worry about. I’m excited to get back out there. I can’t wait.”