The question going into the Giants' regular-season finale in Washington is whether the Giants will play for head coach Tom Coughlin when there is speculation about his job security and their playoff situation is beyond their control. But Coughlin said after Friday's practice there is no question how he feels about his players.
"This is my team, and I love these guys one way or the other," Coughlin said. "I told them two weeks ago that I was proud of them. They were shocked that I said that after the Philadelphia game."
A lot of people would be shocked that Coughlin said that after the Giants surrendered 28 points in the final 8:17 of a 38-31 loss. "They wouldn't think that I wouold be open with that statement, but I did," Coughlin said. "We all know the game is about performing; it's about executing; it's about playing; it's about winning. So, to that end, we are a team; we are all together, all our goals are team-oriented. We just have to go do it."
If Green Bay beats Chicago Sunday at Lambeau Field, nothing the Giants do will put them in the playoffs. They'll be playing just to reach 10 wins. And since both games are scheduled at the same time, they could lose motivation during the Washington game if Chicago has no chance to win.
Another poor performance after the defensive letdowns of the past two weeks could undermine Coughlin's future as coach of the Giants. But in a week that has been rife with media speculation about his job security, Coughlin said he hasn't addressed that issue with the team.
"No," he said. "It's not about me."