One of the first things Tom Coughlin said about the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday was that “they do not beat themselves.”
No one would say the same about the Giants. That’s why this week is not so much about who the Giants are playing or the danger of falling to 0-3. Coughlin’s introduction of the opponent this week should have included a snapshot of his own team.
“We gotta get our football right,” he said. “It’s a challenge for all of us to get this right, right now.”
The biggest blemish for the Giants is their 10 turnovers in two games, seven of them on interceptions.
“We can fix a lot by hanging onto the ball,” Coughlin said. “A lot of what we can accomplish for ourselves would be to take better care of the ball.”
As for the direct comparison between the Panthers and Giants and them beating or not beating themselves, Coughlin said it was obvious.
“I don’t think anybody in the room over there would think any different,” he said of the locker room. “Let’s face it, we played two very good football teams as well. But you can’t have the field position and the lack of opportunity.”