A day later, Rod Marinelli still wasn’t pleased with his defense’s performance.
Marinelli thought his unit tackled poorly throughout the game, particularly in the first half, and let them hear it again Monday.
“We didn’t tackle very well, I didn’t think the whole game, we just weren’t sharp like I wanted us to be,” Marinelli said after the game. “But we played harder in the second half.”
No player argued that sentiment and knows they can’t let that happen again this week against the Eagles.
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“It’s a mindset,” defensive tackle Nick Hayden said. “Some players came ready to play right away and some didn’t. We had the meeting on it on defense, the guys who weren’t ready, we called them out. Just can’t have that.
“Everyone has to be ready to play.”
Coach Jason Garrett agreed that the defense had to be held accountable even in a win. The Giants sustained too many drives by converting on third downs and Eli Manning had one of his best passing days on the season.
“Regardless of what the result of the game is, you have to go back and honestly evaluate what happened,” Garrett said. “What was good and build on that and what wasn’t good. You have to be honest with players about that.”