One Preseason Game In And One Columnist Is Already Counting Out The New York Giants
The New York Giants lost their preseason opener last night to the Carolina Panthers by a score of 20-10, and while the final score of a preseason game rarely means anything, don't try telling that to Newsday's Bob Glauber.
After dropping a game in which their starters played less than a full half, Glauber used the preseason loss to rip the state of the team and coach Tom Coughlin, while comparing them to their division rival Philadelphia Eagles.
Let's see if we've got this straight: Shaun O'Hara , Rich Seubert and Shawn Andrews gone in salary cap/injury-related moves. Barry Cofield signed by the Redskins. Kevin Boss signed by the Raiders. Plaxico to the Jets . Steve Smith to the Eagles. And still no sign of Osi Umenyiora on the field after a contract snit that might or might not end Monday.
And if those developments weren't troublesome enough, they were made even more vexing by the Eagles' remarkable run of acquisitions, including Nnamdi Asomugha , Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie , Ronnie Brown , Cullen Jenkins and Smith, who bolted from the Giants Wednesday after receiving a $4-million contract that included $2 million guaranteed.
Glauber's column certainly brings up some valid points, although using a 10-point preseason loss as launching point of it seems somewhat questionable. There definitely are some current question marks on the Giants' roster, however any team's offseason is going to pale in comparison to the Eagles'.
Perhaps the most troubling part of Glaubers' column is his proclamation that after one preseason game, it's safe to say that a playoff run is out of the question for the G-Men.
But after the colossal roster upheaval in recent weeks and that Dream Team collection of players down in Philly, Coughlin will have to do the coaching job of a lifetime to get this team to play in January. Playoff run? Sorry, Coach. Not this time.
Seems like an extreme statement to make while we're still in August, does it not?
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