EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 29: Eli Manning #10, Chris Snee #76, David Baas #64 and David Diehl #66 of the New York Giants in action against the New York Jets during their pre season game on August 29, 2011 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The Giants' Monday night's loss to the Jets was just plain ugly. From the many penalties to Brandon Jacobs' ejection for fighting to the measly seven points scored, the Giants just weren't a team who looked ready for the regular season. Now, Tom Coughlin is worried that they may not even be ready for their last pre-season game.
The Giants are slated to play the Patriots on Thursday night for the last game that will be played before the team has to cut down its roster to 53 players on Saturday. With the short turnaround time forced by Hurricane Irene, Coughlin is considering sitting all the starters, but that's only the start of his worries. The discombobulated practices caused by the ever-changing schedule means that Coughlin is worried that the Giants won't be ready for the season.
“Am I concerned about it? Of course,” Coughlin said. “You're supposed to be in training camp to prepare, and that usually means practice. Just look at the practices we won't have this week. Now who's fault is that? You're talking about a force of nature here. You're not talking about someone making a decision that you're unable to practice."
The one good bit of news for the Giants is that the league has given them a few extra days to cut down their roster so that they have extra bodies for Thursday night. The team will need them, especially if the starters get a night off.
Coughlin commended the players for not complaining, but their good attitude doesn't cover the bad luck that's hit them. No team has been hit harder by injuries than the Giants. Add on top of that a hurricane and an unforgiving schedule, and you can't blame Coughlin for his concerns.