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EAST RUTHERFORD, N. Avisail Garcia White Sox Jersey .J. -- Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants are in uncharted territory in his 10th season. The Giants (0-3) are off to their worst start since 1996. Concern is escalating after a 38-0 loss to the unremarkable Carolina Panthers on Sunday, the worst loss since Coughlin took over a team in disarray in 2004. Not only did the Giants get thrashed, they showed little fight and passion in a game they had termed a must win earlier in the week, forcing Coughlin to challenge their pride Monday. "Our pride should be challenged after a game like that," defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins said. "You go out there and you just dont lose, you get it handed to you. There was not much response from us at all out there. He should be challenging our pride. Thats something we are, and I have been checking myself since the game yesterday, trying to look at everything I can do better and improve upon. Thats where it has to start." The Giants performance was one of the low points in Coughlins tenure. It might have been rock bottom for a team that had hopes of playing in a Super Bowl in its backyard in February. That now seems like wishful thinking. The offence gained 150 yards and a banged-up line allowed Eli Manning to be sacked seven times. The defence appeared to quit in the second half and saw the points allowed total soar to 115, the worst in the league. The task wont be any easier this weekend when the Giants travel to play Andy Reids Chiefs (3-0) in Kansas City. "Like I said, its one of the toughest things about being 0-3," linebacker Spencer Paysinger said. "Everybodys going to come after you. Everybodys going to look at you and say that this team is an easy win, they havent been playing in sync, we can get after their offence, we can frustrate their defence, we can convert whatever we want whenever we want. No team is going to be light on us and we cant be light on ourselves. If were light on ourselves, were doing our city and our fans an injustice." Coughlin, who will be attending his brothers funeral in Waterloo, N.Y., on Tuesday, isnt giving up. His approach is "damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead." "Each year is a new year. Each situation is a totally different situation. Were scratching and biting to try to find answers as well," he said. The Giants have issues heading into the week. Coughlin disclosed that centre David Baas (sprained knee) and guard Chris Snee (off-season hip surgery) are having health issues. He would not elaborate or say whether changes were planned on a line that is a major part of an offence that ranks last in rushing. "We have to play better," said Manning, the only star player to talk to the media Monday. "We have to have greater energy, greater enthusiasm, play better, better technique, decision making. There are some plays out there that we left on the field, and sometimes we just got flat-out beat. Its not a big surprise what we have to do to fix it. We just have to go out there and play better football." After the game, Coughlin told the players to stick together. Not everyone did. Receiver Hakeem Nicks complained about not being able to throw the ball to himself. Coughlin said Nicks comments werent "a smart thing to say" and he planned to talk to him. Manning said the throws just werent there. Jenkins said the Giants cant start criticizing each other. "Once you get to pointing the finger, you get that cancer in the locker room like that, it can fall apart easy," he said. "You cant do that. This is a team game. We come into every week, every game, as a team, we leave every game as a team. We win or lose as a team together." Since 1978, only five of 161 teams that started 0-3 have made the playoffs, the last being Buffalo in 1998. Based on that, the likelihood is the Giants will miss the playoffs for the fourth time in five years. "This is gut check time, safety Ryan Mundy said. "Youve got to fight back. Period." If the Giants dont make it, expect changes, especially because general manager Jerry Reese said before the season that winning the Super Bowl every couple of years (after the 2007 and 11 seasons) and missing the playoffs in the other years isnt good enough. Alex Avila White Sox Jersey .C. -- The Steve Smith era in Carolina is over. Mat Latos Jersey .  Almost 40 years to the day, the two teams will meet again, this time at BC Place, to celebrate the past and try to earn important points for the present.As their principal league rival came to terms with their seven-year MLS itch by splashing their loadsamoney cash and monopolizing the headlines, that likely even NYC FC owner Sheik Mansour has been paying attention to, the Montreal Impact have gone about their off season with a minimum of  fuss. Last fall as local media awaited news on if Schällibaum would return, finally on December 18th a plume of Stade Saputo white smoke arrived in the form of a solitary press release stating the Impact were placing their 2014 Trust in Frank. That very same evening at a swanky downtown hotel, the Impact hosted 500 of their favourite supporters at their inaugural Members Council. Introduced to the faithful, Klopas was sat at the head table sharing a stage with the IMFC podium - Joey Saputo, Nick de Santis and Richard Legendre. Klopas slipped out of town the following day - only though after some Christmas shopping with his wife; a tradition for the couple which dates back to the ex-Fire coachs playing days. The Impacts third head coach would remain in Chicago until a week into the New Year. Upon officially taking up the reigns as head coach and director of player personnel the first point of business for Klopas was the following weekends combine. The opening of training camp was a fortnight away.  As the days ebbed away speculation mounted on what the club would do to plug significant roster gaps. Most prominently this came in the shape of a retired Nesta plus the Impact were in need of replacing their captain who had been acquired in December by Barrack Obamas local club. Then throw in the Impacts need to sign a free scoring supporting cast member for Di Vaio, a player they cant expect to repeat his MVP type season. But the only news for local media to sink their teeth into at this time came from city hall as the Mayor proclaimed he would attend March the 22nd home opener. Then just as the Toronto FC plush red carpet was  about to extend itself from Drakes downtown condo to a certain part of North London, training camp a mere 10 days away, the Impact were finally able to announce a player signing. Not a marquee signing most hoped for, instead it was the re-upping of the first player to pen an Impact MLS deal, Nelson Rivas. Having missed last terms entire regular season, the Columbian has the perfect motivation to return the faith shown in him by the club. Aside from calling up three Academy Players plus including four Super Draft picks, Rivas was the only senior player added to the squad of 21 Klopas inherited for when camp opened January 27th. A 28-player squad that was still without Adrian Lopez who was still home in Spain continuing the rehab of a late summer shattered ACL. The FA Cup winner is not expected in Montreal before Easter. It would be a full fortnight into camp before another playing signing was announced when just on Mondday the Impact confirmed Andrés Romero would return on loan from his Brazilian side. Ron Santo White Sox Jersey. . Romero had certainly impressed in early 2013 but as the season wore on the 24-year-old Argentine became the brunt for much supporter frustration. His form taking the most significant of dips, one we now know is strongly attributed to his wife having to return home to Argentina in preparation for the addition of welcoming twins to the Romero household. The Impacts wait for a new player signing finally ended this morning when announcing the signature of 21-year-old centre forward, Santiago Gonzalez. The Uruguayan, a so termed ‘Discovery Signing becomes the fifth South American footballer to join the club. And with it, there goes the neighbourhood and the myth the Impact only sign over-aged Italians. A few hours later Toronto introduced Inter Milans Champions League winning goalkeeper and Harry Redknapp castaway, Julio Cesar on a season-long loan. The man Felipe Scolari will pin his goalkeeping faith on during this summers World Cup is expected to man the posts for a team that leaked goals in 2013 until returning home for his nations tilt at securing a sixth world crown. Toronto FCs shiny looking new squad currently comes resplendent with more DPs on their roster than even the LA Galaxy are permitted. Dont, though, expect the Impact to up its DP quota anytime soon. Following yesterdays final training session ahead of the clubs departure late this afternoon to Orlando in defence of its Disney World Pro Soccer Classic title, De Santis poured extremely cold water on speculation linking the Impact to Valencias Pablo Piatti and SS Lazios Stefano Mauri. Having added a summer signing DP in each of its two MLS seasons to date, dont be surprised if the Impact continue that trend following this summers World Cup Finals. The Impact are set to get their pre-season and their Disney defence underway February 19th when they take on Fluminense FCs Under-23 team.   Rounding out the Impacts group is two significant pre-season matches against the very best in all of MLS last season. A Supporter Shield wielding New York Red Bulls and an MLS Cup Champion, Sporting KC. With Toronto FC paired in a much weaker group which contains Orlando City SC, Columbus and Philadelphia, anything less than an appearance in March 1sts Disney final will likely be deemed as failure. With the Impact starting their 2014 season down in Dallas the night of March 8th, how appetizing is the prospect of a Disney final return and testing themselves against their neighbours, the club which has made most noise this off-season. You can reach and follow Noel Butler at:Noel.Butler@BellMedia.ca@TheSoccerNoel Beginning with March 8ths game in Dallas, you can listen to all 34 Impact regular season games home and away this season on TSN690 – online at www.TSN690.ca Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '

 

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