The alarm clock in Tom Coughlin's head is ready to start ringing.
"There has to be a little bit of a sense of urgency right now," Coughlin said on Tuesday. "We're a couple of weeks away from lining up [for the Sept. 13 opener against the Cowboys]. I'd like to see things done well, done right, whoever it is.
"If it doesn't go the way it's supposed to go, and we've been at this for a couple of weeks, why doesn't it go that way? You have to look hard at that. The practice part of this thing has got to be understood and it's got to be done right and it's got to be done with a sense of urgency."
The most glaring aspect of that lack of connection has been with second-year receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who has yet to catch a pass in a preseason game despite six targets, including five last Saturday against the Jaguars. One might suspect that Coughlin would not be too concerned about that given Beckham's skill level, but one would not be very familiar with Coughlin's thinking if that were the case.
"You worry about everything," Coughlin said. "You give opportunities and guys make plays and when they don't make plays you analyze why they did or why they didn't and present it. You'd like to see it the other way."
Coughlin pointed out that the players who have made plays in the games - and he named rookie Geremy Davis as one - are generally the ones who have been practicing consistently. Coughlin groused earlier this week about not having seen Beckham, Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle on the field together much this preseason. Randle, suffering from tendinitis in his knee, is expected to practice Wednesday.
As for Beckham's lack of catches, Coughlin pointed to a number of issues.
"To me, he had a chance for one ball that was thrown out in front of him," he said of the first pass to the receiver in the Jaguars game. "He had a drop [on a sliding attempt]. To me, it's timing, it's rhythm, it's all of those things."
And with the opener just 19 days away, all of those things need to be fixed.