Friday, October 11, 2013
Big Blue Morning: Not a lot left to say
By Dan Graziano
Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants
The news of the day: The Giants fell to 0-6 on Thursday night with a 27-21 loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The only other time the Giants started 0-6 was 1976, when they started 0-9 and finished 3-11. Coach Bill Arnsparger was replaced by John McVay after the seventh game of that season. These Giants aren't firing their coach, though. Tom Coughlin's just going to keep trying to figure out how to win a game, and they'll all reassess everything when the season is over. It's a tough thing for fans to accept, especially with October not even half over, but the final 10 games of this Giants season are for nothing but pride and auditions.
Behind enemy lines: A special-teams spat between Bears kicker Robbie Gould and return man Devin Hester was settled after the game. Winning does tend to help with things like that. To this point, there hasn't been any bickering or infighting among the Giants in spite of their circumstances, and that's likely a testament to coaching and leadership.
Around the division: As Tony Romo and the Cowboys prepare for a game Sunday night against the Redskins that could go a long way toward deciding control of the NFC East race, Romo is having no trouble shaking off last week's heartbreaking loss to the Broncos... As Jeff Chadiha points out, things aren't going so smoothly for rookie Eagles coach Chip Kelly at the NFL level.
Around the league: Very disturbing news about the recurrence of the MRSA infection for Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks. And if you're a team that's played the Buccaneers so far this year, don't you have to be wondering about the possibility that that nasty, hard-to-kill virus may have found its way into your locker room as well? Scary stuff.