Osi Umenyiora is frustrated, Tom Coughlin is apologetic and the Giants are out of the playoffs. Not the best of times for the Giants or their fans right now.
Coughlin met with reporters Monday, a day after the 41-9 blowout loss to the Panthers in the final game at Giants Stadium, and apologized to fans for his team’s performance.
“I think for whatever reason a team that had an awful lot to play for, that had opportunities there, playing in Giants Stadium for the last regular-season game of the Giants, didn’t play up to our capabilities,” Coughlin said.
“It is very frustrating. It is very humbling,” he added. “There is a lot of room for being embarrassed, if you will. But, nevertheless, we have one game to play.”
Eli Manning was at a loss for words to explain the rout, also offering an apology while saying the Giants need to find a way to be more consistent.
“I wish I had an answer,” Manning said. “I wish we could have come out and played better football. I don’t have the answer to why it happened or why it has happened kind of throughout the season where we have been up and down in our play. … That is what you see from the good teams in this league — they are consistent week in and week out. You might not win every game but you are going to be in the fight for every game.”
Coughlin ran off a long list of problems he saw in the Giants’ performance, but generalized the team’s problems under the umbrella of inconsistencies. He also said he met with the team’s leadership council, and spoke to the rest of the players after the meeting.
One of the players in the leadership council — Umenyiora — didn’t hold back following the loss, venting his frustration and wondering if he had played his last game with the team. Coughlin said he had heard the comments and plans on meeting with Umenyiora, who has been relegated to a part-time role despite posting 40.5 sacks over the last four seasons.
“I would just tell you that he is a very, very important asset to our team and just leave it at that,” Coughlin said.