There are some Giants who think losing four straight games is tough. And then there is Cullen Jenkins.
Going back to last year when he was with the Eagles, Jenkins is 1-15 in his last 16 games. That lone win came against the Bucs last December. So what can the veteran defensive tackle tell us about how to handle losing?
“You have to make sure it’s not the mindset,” he said. “You don’t want guys thinking ‘Here we go again’ or that to even develop.”
Jenkins pointed to a Packers season earlier in his career when the team was 1-4 and made the playoffs.
“One of the things that made that team so good was that they were used to success,” he said. “Even when stuff got bad, they expected it to turn around. You kind of have that feeling around here that this is not something that guys are used to and everybody is trying to find that trigger to get it turned back around because they know that it can be turned around and they’re expecting it to be turned around.”
That wasn’t the case in Philadelphia last year.
“It’s too totally different teams,” he said. “A lot of players, totally different attitudes. I think with this team here it’s just more we’re not cashing in on opportunities. We’re leaving too many opportunities on the field and the other teams are making the plays when it counts in the bigger situations than we are.”
Still, losing is losing. And after a while they defeats become like mileage signs on the side of the highway, buzzing past in a steady blur. Jenkins isn't the only one in that kind of a rut. Brandon Myers was with the Raiders last year. He's 3-13 in his last 16 games. But Jenkins is a much better quote about the agony of defeat after defeat after defeat.
“It’s rough, coming in here on Monday,” Jenkins said. “It’s like you’re listening to the same speeches, it’s the same type of feelings.
“I’ve been in some streaks,” he added. “I’ve been through some tough times, been through times that we weren’t able to get out of and been through tough times we were able to get out of. Just looking at the team, everybody, some of the vets, the leaders, the captains, the attitudes, there’s definitely not a sense of quit in here. Everybody is getting frustrated, people are trying to find answers, and we’re trying to get this thing turned around.”