By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
Tom Coughlin has been on the hot seat before.
The long-time New York Giants head coach was nearly fired several years ago. But the Giants ownership group elected to keep him instead of firing him.
The main reason why they kept him was because they wanted long-term stability in a head coach. And Coughlin has indeed done that, as he has been the Giants head coach since the 2004 season.
He has even guided the Giants to two Super Bowl Championships within the past decade, as well.
But, now, after an 0-3 start and an offense that has been struggling to start the season, Coughlin is back on the hot seat. Plus, it doesn’t get any better, as it has been over a decade since an 0-3 team actually made the playoffs.
One has to go back over a decade since an 0-3 team started the seasn and made the playoffs. The Buffalo Bills were the last team to do it, as they went 0-3 in 1998 and made the playoffs.
A team in 1992 and 1995 also made the playoffs after going 0-3 to start the season.
However, the Giants are presently at the bottom of the NFC East. Both the Washington Redskins and the Giants are 0-3, while the Dallas Cowboys lead the conference with a 2-1 mark, and the Philadelphia Eagles are in second place with a 1-2 record.
In three games, the Giants have had 13 turnovers by their offense. That’s more than 4 turnovers per game average.
The Giants are 18th with 1,004 yards in three games. They are nearly 300 yards behind the first place Philadelphia Eagles, who have 1,385 yards.
Yet, they are averaging 290.3 passing yards and 44.3 rushing yards per game. And Manning is presently 5th in the league with 931 passing yards through the three games for a 310 passing yard average.
But he has thrown eight interceptions to just five touchdowns. And he has been sacked 11 times.
While Manning has shown promise at times, but at the same time, he has been equally as bad. In fact, he would do better if the Giants running backs and wide receivers have not failed him, as they have just 336 yards in three games.
The Running Backs have a measly 133 rushing yards, with David Wilson having 75 yards. Da’Rel Scott had 30 yards, while Manning has 22 rushing yards. And newly acquired Brandon Jacobs could only muster 6 yards in two games.
Victor Cruz leads the Giants wide receivers with 261 receiving yards and three touchdowns. If you eliminate his three touchdowns, Brandon Myers and Scott had the other two.
Hakeem Nicks, Myers, and Rueben Randle have less than 200 receiving yards each. Nicks is just three yards shy, as he stands with a 197 receiving yards. Myers had a 173, while Randle has a 155.
Of the 10 receivers, who have one or more catches this season, they have just 69 receptions. Yet, they have been thrown to a 118 times.
Until the Giants offense, especially the running game can get their act together, then the Giants will continue to have a failed 2013 campaign. And this would be their second straight year that they’ve missed the playoffs, as the last time they made the playoffs was the 2011 season when they ended up beating the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.