Tom Coughlin has told the media to blame him and not his players for the Giant’s woes as he prepares for what could be his final week as the franchise’s head coach.
The 69-year-old has led the Giants to two Super Bowls since joining the team in 2004, but a 49-17 defeat by the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday means they have now missed out on the playoffs in the last four successive seasons.
Speculation has mounted that Coughlin will step down after the regular-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles, and he has now further fuelled such talk by insisting he accepts full responsibility for results.
"If you want to break it all down, blame it all on me,” he told reporters.
“I'm the head coach, I'm responsible, I lose the games for our players. Put it that way, leave it that way.
"I have tried very hard, and you know this for a fact, the situation is not about me.
"I am hoping the players are not going to be centred around that. We are going to conduct ourselves as we always have.
"We are going to work as hard as we possibly can and put our players in the best position we can, and we'll let whatever happens, happen."
As the Giants’ form has disintegrated, many in the media have turned their attention to the players, suggesting they are not putting in the effort for their veteran coach.
However, Coughlin blasted back at the press, saying: “We try like heck not to put these young men in a position where they feel badly about the circumstances that the head coach finds himself in.
"It's a shame that they have to be put in a position where they have to respond about something to do with me. It's not about me. I'm here for them.”