In some ways Tom Coughlin has come full cycle with the New York Giants.
Coughlin spoke of restoring Giants’ pride when he took over an underachieving team in 2004. And his message heading into what might be the final week of a suddenly very disappointing season is again about restoring that pride.
With a playoff berth on the line, the Giants (8-7) haven’t shown an ounce of pride the past two weeks, losing to Atlanta and Baltimore by a combined margin of 67-14. The offense produced little and the defense stopped no one.
The season has been reduced to a finale against Philadelphia (4-11) on Sunday in what might be Andy Reid’s final game as Eagles coach.
The Giants need to win and get help to make the playoffs.