Will Beatty said he doesn't keep track of individual game statistics, so he couldn't be sure if he'd ever before been part of an offensive line that gained a woeful 23 yards rushing on 19 carries as the Giants did Sunday in a 41-23 loss to the Broncos. But there are some numbers he is aware of.
"I know I've been a part of offensive lines that got running backs 1,000-plus yards [in a season], and I plan on doing that again,'' Beatty said. "With a slow start.''
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The 23 rushing yards against the Broncos were the Giants' fewest since they had 6 yards at the Los Angeles Rams on Nov. 12, 1989, in a 31-10 loss.
According to Pro Football Focus, an analytical website, the Giants' running backs had 24 rushing yards after first contact with a defender. In other words, had they not broken tackles, they would have finished with minus-1 rushing yards for the game.
"I think we are close,'' Eli Manning said. "It's not like everybody is just messing up and we're getting out-physicaled. We are very close.''
The offensive lineman agreed.
"We have a fun uphill battle, but the season is far from being over and in no way are we saying we can't run the ball,'' Beatty said. "Yeah, we know we can make mistakes running the ball. So we get that out of the way and we move forward.''
Defensive captain Antrel Rolle stated the obvious when he noted that the Giants need to improve. But as always, he said it with more flair than most would.
"We need to understand that and we need to get extremely better,'' the safety said. "Not just a little bit better, but a whole lot better.''
Rolle also questioned the spirit of the team.
"I don't think we're playing with the excitement, the enthusiasm,'' he said. "What it looks like from the sideline, and outside looking in, it seems like sometimes we're in it, sometimes we're not.''
Tom Coughlin canceled his news conference Monday to tend to a family medical emergency. He was with the team throughout the day . . . The Panthers announced that safety Charles Godfrey is out for the season with a ruptured Achilles . . . Former Jets safety Kerry Rhodes reportedly will have a workout with the Giants on Tuesday.