| 7 years ago||
|Former Giant Harry Carson says current Giants missing their collective pride
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — On the grim march to his getaway car, escaping a game straight out of Giants Stadium’s infancy, a game his father had endured so many times, John Mara begged for leniency from a profession not inclined to give it.
"Please let me suffer in silence," Wellington’s son asked a reporter on exit.
Mara didn’t need to say any more, not after Harry Carson did all the talking for him. Carson is to the Giants what Rafer Johnson is to the Olympics — a chiseled and dignified face of better and simpler times.
Outside the losing locker room, in the wake of a 41-9 loss to the Panthers that defaced a doomed building, Carson ripped the 2009 Giants for lacking pride and intensity, and for fraternizing with an enemy that was pounding them into oblivion.
"When guys are whipping your a.ss, you don’t get buddy buddy with guys at halftime," said Carson, who was near the sideline when he saw some Giants doing just that.
"When you’re getting your a.ss kicked at home in front of your fans, you should be angry. ... I don’t see the same pride among many guys who are here right now that many of the older guys had."
So when the Giants introduced Carson’s teammate, Lawrence Taylor, at the half, they should have trotted out Flipper Anderson of the Rams, Herman Edwards of the Eagles and every other wretched hobgoblin rising out of the swampland’s past.
On its final Giants’ day, this building deserved so much better from its lead tenant. So did the old-timer fans who go back to Yankee Stadium and the Polo Grounds days, men and women priced out of the new place and sacrificed at the altar of NFL greed.
What a cowardly effort at the worst possible time. When the 2005 Giants were routed here by John Fox’s Panthers, inspiring Tiki Barber’s candid (and correct) a.ssessment of Tom Coughlin’s coaching, at least the home team had its excuses.
Eli Manning was a playoff novice, and Carolina wasn’t half bad.
But Sunday wasn’t just Exhibit A in the case against Bill Sheridan, a defensive coordinator who can’t be fired fast enough. It was an indictment of every prominent decision maker in the house, from Mara to Jerry Reese to Coughlin to the franchise player taking the snaps.
This was a 6-8 Panthers team manhandled by the Jets on this very field only four weeks back. This was an opportunity to rub some dirt on the injuries, to make a legitimate playoff push, to validate Reese’s preseason claim that this roster was deeper and stronger than the one that beat the unbeaten Patriots [team stats] in the Super Bowl two years back.
More than anything, it was an opportunity to honor a ballpark that had earned a lot more respect than the 24-0 halftime deficit gave it.
"To me, it was embarrassing," Carson said, "because Carolina has a pretty good team, but they’re not that good.
"There’s something missing from this (Giants) team that I can’t really put my finger on. It’s one of those intangible things. They’ve got talent, but I don’t know if they necessarily have the heart.
"I don’t really see a lot of life from these guys. ... I’m not saying they don’t have pride, but I don’t really see where the pride is coming from."