Tom Coughlin is no eloquent speaker, nor, really, a willing one.
But seldom is Coughlin rendered speechless.
His Giants had watched a 16-7 deficit after 25 minutes turn into a 30-7 laugher by halftime Nov. 1 in Philadelphia. Afterward, having lost to the Eagles, 40-17, Coughlin had few answers as to why.
Yesterday, addressing the rematch at the Meadowlands on Sunday night, he hopes that has changed.
"There's a lot of work that's gone into attempting to solve some of the issues," Coughlin said. "We were so disappointed, and I think, probably shocked, with a 16-7 score that very quickly was 30. Having given up that many points in that amount of time."
After Eli Manning completed a touchdown pass to make it 16-7, Coughlin and his staff planned to spend halftime plotting how to come back, not how to play out the clock.
"We were thinking along those lines," Coughlin said. Then, "We gave up some big plays. We've worked hard to try to not do that. We certainly are a work in progress in regard to that."
The big plays came from Donovan McNabb to his young receivers. DeSean Jackson caught a 54-yard touchdown pass. After Manning threw an interception, Jeremy Maclin struck from 23 yards out.
The loss to the Eagles came in the middle of a hellish run that began with the Saints, continued against the Cardinals, stopped in Philadelphia and ended against San Diego, a gut-punch of a four-game slide that sucked the wind out of their 5-0 start.
Memorably, the Giants lost to the Chargers, late, on another long pass. Then came their bye week.
Big wins over Atlanta and Dallas sandwiched a loss in Denver. Since the bye, they haven't allowed a significant scoring play as long as the winner to San Diego.
They haven't faced Jackson and Maclin, either.
Fired in Jacksonville, embattled in New York, Tom Coughlin knows how tenuous an NFL head-coaching job can be. He looks down the New Jersey Turnpike and sees Andy Reid, Eagles Coach for Life, and Coughlin admires.