Tom Coughlin rips Giants offense after loss

The New York Giants are 0-4 after Sunday’s 31-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Giants offense had 298 yards —200 passing and 98 yards rushing— and scored just one touchdown on an Eli Manning pass to Victor Cruz, who had 10 receptions for 164 yards.

“There’s no continuity, no rhythm,” said coach Tom Coughlin about the offense via the team’s website. “There’s a play here and a play there, but there really isn’t any rhythm. We don’t make any first downs. Play calling is like throwing a dart at a board. There’s no real feel for the ball being continuously moved down the field. I think that’s some of it. Is that all of it, maybe not.

“The first half, we had some runs that were pretty good. That gave us that play action pass which was the deep touchdown. I thought we were going to have a good mixture the second half. It didn’t quite prove that way, ended up being throw, throw, throw and that’s not good.”

Still, Coughlin isn’t considering making a change in who calls the plays.

“No, I’m not saying it’s bad play calling,” he said. “What I’m saying is that when you make first downs and you get into a rhythm it’s a lot easier than it is when you have a third down. We’ve had trouble making third downs. Let’s face it, we’re not doing much with third downs.

“When you don’t do that, your first downs are minimal and you’ve got issues with any kind of drives. I think the drive before the half, that was probably one of the most lengthy drives we have had all season.”

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who had three receptions for 33 yards, remains confident that the Giants will turn their season around.

“It was definitely something that we’ve got to dig whenever we put ourselves in on offense,” Nicks said. “There were some plays left out there today, definitely on my end. I felt like I could have come down with two or three that I didn’t come down with. But you have to bounce back, don’t start pointing the finger.

“We’ve just got to come together as an offense. We know what we’re capable of doing. It wasn’t that long ago when we were putting up big numbers. So we’ve just got to come back to that and just get it done. It’s really nothing to talk about it. We’ve still got the same guys who still can make plays. It’s still early in the season. We believe we can fix this. I believe we are going to fix this.”

Manning says this is the most puzzled he’s been in a long time.

“You feel like you have good preparation and guys competed today, but we just aren’t making many plays,” said Manning. “I think we have play makers. They’re just not doing too well, but I feel like we can play better.”

“I fumbled the play, had an interception,” Manning said of his play. “It seems like we get in a lot of 3rd-and-long situations, had some penalties and not very good first and second down production, not finding completions when we throw the ball. I thought we had some chances on some plays we just couldn’t finish them.”

The Giants will try to get their first win next Sunday at home against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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