Anyone who has seen New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin in action knows he's a no-nonsense leader, so Coughlin's quotes on Giants.com yesterday after New York's shutout loss, should not be any surprise.
"I don’t know. I’ll look at the tape and see what the tape tells us. We are what we are. We have people who have made this team and they’ve had an opportunity, except for the young guy at right tackle to play in that position for quite some time and we expect more," Coughlin said when asked if offensive line changes are in the works.
The 38-0 shallacking at the hands of the Carolina Panthers was the worst loss in Coughlin's tenure as Giants' coach.
As ineffective as Will Beatty was yesterday, it's doubtful that the team will pull the plug on the starting left tackle. And left guard Kevin Boothe probably flew under the radar as others struggled more than he did, and since Coughlin mentioned right tackle Justin Pugh specifically as not being blamed for yesterday's performance, that leaves David Baas and Chris Snee.
Reportedly, Snee (hip) was banged up after yesterday's game, and Baas (neck) is continually on the team's injury list. Baas has been a major underachiever since being signed away from the roster of the San Francisco 49ers in 2011.
Also posted on Giants.com, center David Baas said, “It’s unacceptable, no matter who you are – especially if you are the New York Giants. We take a lot of pride in keeping Eli clean and that was definitely not the case today. We have to take a good, hard look at it and get it corrected - fast.”
Backup center Jim Cordle was given a limited opportunity in the preseason, and reserve James Brewer did not light the world on fire against the Cowboys. Brandon Mosley did start at guard against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the pre-season and fared well. But the options are certainly limited.
Draft pick Eric Herman and free agent Stephen Goodin currently reside on the practice squad.
The poor play of the offensive line has taken some attention away from the defensive line and linebacking corps, but those units scuffled against the Panthers as well.
But make no mistake, if the offensive line problems cannot be cleaned up promptly, then the Giants season is as good as over.