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Head Coach Tom Coughlin Says it is Time for Giants ‘to Be Bold’
After three consecutive losses, the New York Giants' playoff hopes lie on thin ice. Worse yet for the Giants, the Green Bay Packers (11-0) come to MetLife Stadium this Sunday, which means that sheet of ice could very well have a gaping hole in it by Monday.
On Wednesday, New York (6-5) head coach Tom Coughlin, whose team was routed 49-24 by the New Orleans Saints this past Monday, spoke of turning the page and ignoring the gloom and doom talk that surrounds Big Blue.
"It's pro football, got to move on to the next one,'' Coughlin said. "We'll bounce back. That's the thing I believe in. It's a time for us to be bold, not listen to what you all are saying."
Of course, Coughlin's club needs all of the optimism it can get. But, again, if New York's defensive line—which will be without Osi Umenyiora (ankle) for at least two games—doesn't regularly put Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers on his back, the same way it failed to do so against Saints QB Drew Brees three days ago, mark the home team down for a fourth straight loss.
The Giants produced two sacks vs. the San Francisco 49ers in Week 10, just one in their Week 11, Sunday night game with the Philadelphia Eagles and none at New Orleans this week. Nothing less than a dominant performance by New York's defensive front will get it done vs. the undefeated Packers.
Beating Green Bay is as tough a task as any in professional football these days, but one Coughlin claims his squad is eager to take on.
"We look forward to this great opportunity,'' he said, before adding, "It's a short week for us but an exciting week."
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