Just like the act of changing a flat tire for the first time is often slowed by hesitation and uncertainly, trying to remember the process and keep track of all the components, the Giants muddled through the previous regular season and only tightened the final daunting lug nut in time to make a six-game Super Bowl run.
This year they’re hoping that experience has taught them to change those tires like a pit crew.
“Right now we know where we messed up and where we need to improve,” Justin Tuck said. “Last year it took us a couple of weeks to stop pointing fingers. So we’ve addressed those problems. Will they come up again? The other team gets paid too, they’re going to make plays. But I think we’re in a better position to play this game this week than we were last week.”
While many of the issues that plagued the Giants for much of 2011 resurfaced in the opening loss to the Cowboys, the Giants are confident they can be fixed. And fixed faster.
“We’re professionals,” safety Antrel Rolle added. “We know how to fix each and every problem. Whether we go out there and do it or not, that’s pretty much on us. But all things can be fixed.”
The list for the Giants was familiar, but also long. It included dropped passes from normally reliable Victor Cruz, broken coverages in the secondary from normally reliable Corey Webster, and a fumble from rookie David Wilson who, perhaps one day, will be normally reliable. They couldn’t run the ball well and gave up a big running play on defense.
“Everything that occurred is very correctable and it’s just going to come down to fixing it, making better plays, better decisions during the game,” Eli Manning said. “Guys said ‘We can fix this.’”
All of which is just a long way of saying what Perry Fewell said at the end of his press conference yesterday:
"We know how to play the game. We’ll play the game this week and we’ll play it like it’s supposed to be played."