Head Coach Tom Coughlin
Postgame vs. Philadelphia, January 3, 2016
Played hard, we did an awful lot of things that were good, we didnít win the game so thatís kindíve been the way this has gone. We didnít stop them on third down, but offensively we rushed for 200 yards, we had 54 percent on third down ourselves, had a lot of numbers. About to go into the end zone for a score that would give us a two-score lead and we throw a pick that is not only an interception, but it ends up in the other end zone.
The frustration continues. Youíve got your questions prepared for what direction Iím going in. Iím not going to answer anything about that. The season just ended, there will be time for that. We will get into that discussion. But, again, we practiced well, we prepared well, I donít think the players were distracted about all that was going on in the outside world. They came in, they wanted to win, we talked about what are goals were, how it was going to be accomplished, etcetera. We got a couple of turnovers, we made the one major mistake. They put the ball in the end zone because of it, and that, unfortunately, leaves us exactly the way the game ended.
Q: Given the way you had a hard time stopping them on third down, what was your thought in going for the field goal at the end?
A: Third and seven, take the points. Four and a half minutes in the game, kick the ball off, stop them, come on back down, score a touchdown and win the game. Thatís exactly what it was and I would do it again. If I knew what the outcome was going to be in the game, of course, I would. Punted the ball earlier a couple of times when it was fourth and two or whatever and it started them out inside the five, which we statistically had studied and found that if you forced them to start inside their own 10-yard line, they had 16 drives they had been given the ball, turned the ball over twice, punted 11 times and scored twice. So the percentages were with us going into the game to try and put them back in poor field position. We created that, they moved the ball out of there, unfortunately, but we did get a turnover based on one of those situations, a fumble.
Q: What about the safety position? You came into the game with only two.
A: Yeah, going in, we had two safeties. We had six corners, two of those people were ready to go back and play at safety if they had to, and of course they both ended up and McBride got hurt and then Wade had to go back, Hosley went to the nickel. We were prepared for it, we didnít want it to happen. The two safeties, you wanted the two safeties to be on the field. At the end of the game, Meriweather was hurt and, of course, even Landon was limping around, but they did the job that they had to do. Now probably the one change right after McBride was hurt didnít get communicated real well, the coverage in the end zone, we gave up a touchdown that we didnít have to give up right there, at least on that play.
Q: I know you said youíre not going to talk about which direction youíre going in, but have you made a decision or is that something you have to discuss withÖ
A: Iím going to give myself a little bit of time. Iím sure weíll talk with ownership and then weíll go from there.
Q: When you came in and described this game as ďitís kind of the way this season has goneÖĒ
A: The frustration.
Q: Do you think youíll ever decipher that theme this season? Do you think youíll always look back at this season and just be confused as to what went wrong or do you think thereís an answer?
A: I can tell you what went wrong with fiveówhat, going into this game. Five games that ended up in the final 30 seconds either one way or the other and this is probably the exact same circumstance. Finishing has been very difficult for us, for this team and you see it here. They line up, they throw the ball when the game is on the line, they didnít even go into a normal four-minute mode and run the ball. They made first downs getting the ball in the hands of the tight ends, etcetera, etcetera, and had we been able to stop them earlier, we wouldíve had more time on the clock even though my timeouts were going to be gone. But finishing the game has been an issue all year for us, and weíve talked about it, weíve worked on it, I switched the two-minute drills around in practice to try and make it more of an emphasis, and weíre still working on it.
Q: Did today have any different feel for you at all with everything that surrounds it?
A: No, no, you can say thatÖ
Q: There were reports that your family was on the sideline. Was that something you chose to do?
A: What happens is fortunately we play at home and the family gets together not on Christmas because people have to visit relatives and in-laws and things like that, and so this is the weekend that our group collects. But it was really neat to see it. The kids were all dressed up in a sweatshirt with their name on the back, and I donít know, it was neat.
Q: Did you know they were making those?
A: I didnít know the sweatshirts were. I knew everybody was coming to the game.
Q: First half, youíre down 21-19 and score the touchdown, did you think about going for the two points?
A: Too early. Too early for me. If you followed me at all, itís too early for me.
Q: You talked about the last minuteóhas any of this wounded you as a coach and made you think I couldíve done something different or question yourself?
A: No. If I could play, I would play, but I canít play.
Q: The conversation with the officials when they punted the ball to you and they put two seconds back on, was it about putting time on or were you looking for a penalty?
A: Yes. I donít know if you noticed it, but I noticed it. It was 1:43 when the ball hit in the end zone. Thank goodness the officials put the two seconds back up there for us.
Q: You talk about finishing, does a lot of it go to the inability of the defense this year?
A: If the defense ends up on the field in the end, yeah, but it happened on offense as well.
Q: On Thursday you were asked if you wanted to come back and you didnít answerÖ
A: No, Iím not answering any more questions, thank you very much. I said that I would think about it, and I will certainly let you know.
Q: There were reports that said you had decided to step asideÖ
A: By who?
Q: Thatís not true?
A: No one has decided anything. Where do the reports come from? Did you get initials? Did you get some initials?