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Quinn: I let the organization down

EAGLES 38, GIANTS 31 Biggest lead: 21 points

EAGLES 38, GIANTS 31
Biggest lead: 21 points (fourth quarter)
Dec. 19, 2010

With 7:28 to go in the fourth quarter, the Giants led 31-10. By the end of regulation, DeSean Jackson was trotting through the end zone on a high-step-off punt return for a touchdown. The Giants’ offense was anemic late, gaining just 23 yards after scoring with 8:17 left. Their defense was just as ineffective, with Michael Vick engineering a trio of touchdown drives. Then, on the final play of the game, Matt Dodge punted the ball to Jackson, instead of out of bounds. After muffing the ball, Jackson recovered and sprinted 65 yards for the score.
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Obviously there will be plenty of attention paid to special teams this week, which is why Tom Quinn’s press conference probably had as many reporters at it as he’ll see all season.

The big topic was last year’s DeSean Jackson punt return. Quinn was asked what went wrong.

“The snap, the punt, the coverage,” he said. “It was very poor tackling. It was a poor punt and the snap didn’t help. That’s my job to have the snap where it’s supposed to be and the punt where it’s supposed to be and the coverage where it’s supposed to be.”

Most of the blame fell to Matt Dodge, who was clearly instructed to kick the ball out of bounds at all costs and wound up kicking a line drive down the middle of the field.

“I felt bad that it got all thrown on Matt, but all 11 guys are out there,” Quinn said. “We all have a hand in it. It starts with me.”

I asked Quinn if it is fair to say that those were the worst 10 or 15 seconds of his coaching career.

“Easily,” he said. “You feel like you let the team down. I let the organization down. I let everyone down. You take it hard and it sticks with you and you try to get better.”

Quinn has obviously watched that play and broken it down this week as he and the Giants prepare for the Eagles. But there is no escaping it. It's even in the video intro to Madden '12.

"You see it all over the place," he said. "It sucks, pardon my expression. You see it, but it does. It’s a tough way to have a game end."

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