Head Coach Tom Coughlin
Postgame vs. Jets, December 6, 2015
Difficult game to even bring your team up after the game. Youíre up 10. Didnít finish. Didnít finish, had opportunities. As I mentioned, I went for it on fourth and two thinking that that would certainly give, after the long drive and the amount of time used up in the drive, I thought that that was the play at the time. I still do. Obviously we didnít score there, we had an interception there. They drove, kicked a field goal and then we didnít do anything with the ball again.
So we have a four-minute offense, weíre expected to end the game with the ball in our hands, we havenít done that. We ended up kicking the ball back and the other team scores. We get in overtime, they drive it down, we stop them, they kick a field goal, we drive it down, weíre in field goal range. But I was thinking more touchdown, to be honest with you. I was not thinking field goal, and we left ourselves a long field goal and, for whatever reason, we missed it. I think thatís the first one that Josh (Brown) has missed all year.
I do think youíve got to score more than 20 points to win in this league, and we got an outstanding special teams play, but, again, did not finish. Had the lead, 20-10, and lost the ball, again.
Q: You said youíd stand by that decision on fourth and two. A 13-point lead usually is something you take at that point, making them need to score two touchdowns?
A: Well, yeah make them score two touchdowns to beat you, but by that same token, if we scored there and fourth and two, then we push the score up to where maybe they canít beat us with whatever. So weíre up 17. I stand by it.
Q: In 41 minutes they didnít score two touchdowns, so what made you think they could do that in nine minutes? If you kicked a field goal, youíre up 13. They hadnít scored two touchdowns at that pointÖ
A: I thought that was the play. I thought that was the play
Q: What made you think they would score two touchdowns in the last nine minutes?
A: Did you see them do it? Thatís what made me think it.
Q: No, they kicked a field goalÖ
A: Yeah, but they were down there. How do you know what they wouldíve done? They wouldíve scored or they wouldíve tried anyway. You can argue all you want.
Q: Rueben Randle on that interception there, it looked like he just stopped his route?
A: Iíd have to look at the tape. I canít tell you that.
Q: You said itís hard to bring a team up after that. What were you describing there? Was that the scene in the locker room?
A: Well, itís difficult. Again, our team put a lot into this. They worked very hard for this. They worked very hard for this. They had outstanding practices on Wednesday and Thursday. We were in good position to win the game, we didnít win the game, we didnít finish it, we didnít win it. So there was a lot of disappointment, obviously.
Q: This obviously isnít the first time your defense has had issues in the fourth quarter late in the game; do you think theyíre just wearing down in those situations?
A: I just think we keep sitting there saying, ĎLetís make a play. Letís make a play. Letís make a play.í There were a couple of tipped balls late in the game there that mightíve ended up, could very well have ended up, as interceptions. Thatís part of your thinking, too, maybe you get a turnover.
Q: You have given up the winning points prior to today three times in the last ten seconds of the game and then lose today in overtime. Is there a way to characterize or put into perspective how difficult the season has been?
A: Weíve been in position to win games and we havenít won. Iím taking full responsibility for that. But still, weíre there. As I told the team, weíve got to find a way to finish a gameÖ to win a 60-minute game and be in position at the end of the game to win it. It seems like back and forth we do have opportunities even offensively to end the game before they get the ball on the final drive and we hadnít been able to do that.
Q: Can you talk about your offensive line and how they performed today with the different parts and the rookie Bobby Hart at right tackle?
A: Itís obvious that we were going to run the ball or try to run it and we did. We did try to run it. I havenít seen the tape, but [Bobby Hart] did a respectable job, Iím sure. He went out there and battled, heís been in a lot of big games as a young player, heís only going to get better. We had to obviously go to him and we did and I think he certainly held his own.
Q: Any update on [Ereck] Flowers?
A: No one has reported anything to me, no.
Q: Thinking behind Jason Pierre-Paul lining up on the left side?
A: It was just to put him on both sides, to use him on both sides.
Q: Does the way your defense has been playing and giving up these longer drives affect you and the way you coach and some of the decisions that you make?
A: Well, obviously, I have made a decision to be very aggressive at the end of the games, Iíve done it all year long. I donít have a lot to show for it. Weíve tried to do that. We try to take some of the pressure off of everybody and had we scored that touchdown, fourth and two, I think we would have taken a lot of pressure off.