Tom Coughlin tried to shield the players from criticism today by saying that the blame for the 0-5 start should be placed squarely on his own shoulders.
“What should happen is people should shift it to me,” he said of the blame.
Of course that’s not entirely true. And Spencer Paysinger, for one, knows it.
“Coach Coughlin, he’s one of the best coaches I’ve ever had,” Paysinger said. “He’s one of the best coaches in the NFL hands down. So when he says that, I automatically in my head respond: No. The coaches can only put us in the right position, but it’s up to the players to take the action. We’re on the field, 11 players offensively, defensively and special teams, so he can’t put all of that blame onto himself. He’s a great coach, but some of the blame has to lie on the players.”
That’s not to say that Paysinger and the players don’t appreciate Coughlin’s gesture.
“When any player has a coach that can pretty much take the bullet, you do learn to respect that,” Paysinger said. “I myself have the utmost respect for Coach Coughlin. But I do know that when I’m on the field I’m there to help the defense as well as everyone else. I know that I have to make those plays and I can’t put the blame on our coaches.”
Paysinger also said that he does not think the Giants locker room will splinter if the losing continues.
“I don’t believe this team is going to break apart at any given moment,” he said. “We have leaders in this room, young and old, that that’s their character. They’re not taught to quit or pack in the season. Whatever comes up starting Thursday, win or lose, we know we’re going to stay positive.”