Giants Notebook: Tom Coughlin addresses laundry list of issues

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coach Tom Coughlin wasn’t getting many easy questions from the media on Monday following Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Steelers, but the last one may have been the hardest: How do you prioritize the Giants’ issues?

“There’s a few things that have to be fixed,” Coughlin said. “You know, when I list them on Wednesday there will be a bunch of them. But certainly you have to stop the run. In our game, you got to stop the run, you got to run the ball and you’ve got to be able to cover [kicks and punts].”

Coughlin’s answer omitted what may have been the greatest topic of conversation at the Giants facility on Monday: The suddenly unproductive passing game.

Obviously, that facet is inextricably linked to the running game, but Coughlin wasn’t displeased with the Giants’ efforts on the ground in the first half of Sunday’s loss. (They finished with 68 rushing yards on 22 carries but were okay in the first half — 37 yards on 11 carries).

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Manning did, however, throw another interception — his fourth in his last three games.

“It starts with the first play of the game,” Manning said. “I had a shot to hit Hakeem [Nicks] on a deep post and I underthrew him a little bit. It’s just little things like that, just making great decisions. I obviously had an interception that hurts in the red zone. I had a bad decision on another one that got dropped. [I’ve got to] learn from those, make those corrections and make sure I’m not hurting our team.”

Manning’s issue wasn’t really accuracy on Sunday. Rather, he and his receivers never seemed to be on the same page — particularly he and WR .

“I think we didn’t do a good job of adjusting throughout the game to the different coverages, adjusting our routes and our route combinations according to that coverage,” Cruz said.

Manning rejected the idea that opposing defenses are consistently dropping more players into coverage, and Coughlin said if that is the case, Manning should be “checking the ball down and making five yards or whatever.”

Obviously, Coughlin’s confidence in his quarterback and his offense was unwavering on Monday. He described Manning as “resilient,” adding that the Giants can “definitely” correct the problems but must do so “relatively fast.”

Of course, that’s only the beginning.

Nicks was targeted four times but made only one reception Sunday, which begs the question if he’s been able to shake his foot and knee issues.

“I certainly hope so,” Coughlin said. “That’s what we depend on, and we haven’t seen that or that hasn’t happened in the last couple of weeks. That’s another area that we’ve got to get going.”

Bennett did have three catches but appeared to be dealing with a yet-to-be-determined injury.

“It was my whatever that was hurting,” Bennett said, adding that his “whatever” felt better on Monday than it did after the game.

He went on to say that there is no swelling to his “whatever” and that he hopes it doesn’t limit him in practice this week.

The rookie was targeted twice in Week 8, making two catches for 68 yards. Naturally, Coughlin wanted to see more from Randle on Sunday, but inexperience may have ultimately been a factor.

“Based on the week before, we felt like he could contribute,” said Coughlin of Randle, who was targeted three times but failed to make a catch. “And we still do. And he’s got to make the plays when he’s put in position t joined the battle for Benfica defender Ruben Dias.Having already closed a deal for Porto stopper E joined Dutch side SC Cambuur on loan until the end of the season.The midfielder, 19, signed a new three-year contract with Chelsea in July 2019 ahead of the current season, having been part of the Academy since the age of eight.McEachran’s developmeder Militao, Real are returning to Portugal for Dias.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, when speaking on El Chiringuito.Inda sayo do so.”

Coughlin pointed to a “miscommunication” between Manning and Randle on a third-and-one fade route as well.

The Giants were without (hamstring) on Sunday, but Coughlin felt the issues on defense were bigger than that.

“It was soft, it was soft, no question,” Coughlin said of the defense. “We got mushed a little bit up front. Their big bodies knocked us back and, as I said, from time to time we got a little bit better. We didn’t tackle well. We missed 12 tackles in the game.”

Short answer: No.

DT (groin), RB (shoulder), Cruz (ribs), Blackburn (hamstring) and WLB (calf) are all question marks heading into this week of practice, but Coughlin did not have any information.

After missing time because of an MCL sprain and serving in the “XO” tight end role (as a blocker) for the last three weeks, Diehl replaced RT in the starting lineup and had a mixed performance on Sunday.

Most of Diehl’s first half was uneventful, but he had a costly false start penalty late in the second quarter and seemed to struggle more as the game went on. Ultimately, he was beaten for a sack and allowed Steelers OLB Lamar Woodley to force a fumble out of Manning’s hand.

On Sunday Coughlin adamantly said the health of Diehl’s knee had no effect on the game, and he remained consistent on that subject Monday.

“He did okay,” Coughlin said. “He had the one false start that hurt.”

The Steelers had a kick return of 68 yards and a punt return of 63 yards, which is inexcusable in Coughlin’s book.

“We didn’t tackle, we didn’t cover,” Coughlin said. “We’ve got a bunch of guys hanging around the 25-yard line rather than penetrating, making the play on the ball, you know, figuring someone else is going to make the tackle. No, you have to make the tackle.”

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