Tom Coughlin started every week by briefing the Giants’ players on the standings in the NFC East. It was a way of making them aware of where they were and, more often than not, where they needed to be.
Ben McAdoo does no such thing. His focus, he’s said, is not on any other team but the Giants.
The players seem to be responding to that. Sort of.
“Everyone in the division has a winning record, I know that, and we’re obviously in last place,” guard Justin Pugh said.
Don’t sell yourself short, Justin! The Giants may have headed into their bye week in last place, but after Washington tied and Philadelphia lost on Sunday the Giants jumped into second place, two games behind the Cowboys.
“Oh, we are in second?” Pugh said, startled by the revelation. “See, I guess I don’t pay attention.”
The Giants are hoping that kind of ignorance turns into bliss. At least, though, there is a general awareness of records in the NFC East and there is certainly a palpable sense that Sunday’s game against the Eagles is a significant one.
”Everything is right in front of us,” running back Rashad Jennings said. “There’s a lot of football to be played in a short period of time and there’s excitement, but we’re not looking too far ahead.”
“We know what we have to do,” Pugh said. “We have to handle our business at home in the division and it starts with this one right now.”