Despite the first home shutout since 1995, the first season with two shutouts since 1996, the Giants' first losing record since 2004 and a quarterback on the verge of setting the franchise record for most interceptions in a season, Tom Coughlin said he's sticking with offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.
Asked if he continues to have faith in his offensive coaches, Coughlin said simply: "Yes. Oh, yeah."
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There remains a chance that at the end of the season, someone who outranks Coughlin will make a decision to part ways with Gilbride, who has won two Super Bowls but has become a target of Giants fans' disapproval this season. But Coughlin seems to think the offensive woes have more to do with putting the proper and healthy personnel on the field than the offensive play-calling.
"It certainly hasn't been a connect-all-the-dots-from-day-one type of year, but Kevin is a pro, he's been around, he's done this a long time," Coughlin said. "We try to find ways to take advantage of things. It's not been easy."
Coughlin was asked if he believes Gilbride's system and philosophies can translate into wins when the Giants have all of their players at their disposal.
"That's exactly right," he said.
No turnovers, no blowout
Coughlin said he is impressed by the Seahawks, the team poised to earn the top seed in next month's NFC playoffs. But he said he doesn't think they are "in another league" and that under different circumstances, the Giants could have held their own against them and not been clobbered, 23-0.
"Offensively, I'm very disappointed that we weren't able to play at a higher level than we did," Coughlin said. "I would say that if you took the turnovers away, maybe defensively we would have proven that we were there, that we could compete."
No updates on Cruz, JPP
Coughlin had no update on the status of Victor Cruz, who left Sunday's game in the third quarter with a concussion and a knee sprain. He also said he did not have any further information on Jason Pierre-Paul, who has missed the last three games with a shoulder injury. . . . DE Justin Tuck said he and other starters might take reps on the scout team this week to help the Giants' offensive line get ready for the Lions. "I'm not as big as [Ndamukong] Suh, but I think I can get down in a three-technique and rush pretty well," Tuck said.