EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants' ninth loss ensured their first losing season since 2004, and may have opened some cracks in the locker room.
After praising the effort he got from his defense and special teams in Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, coach Tom Coughlin called his offense's performance "pathetic" -- a point of view that appeared to be backed by some Giants players.
"Coach Coughlin can't take any of this blame. I won't allow it," safety Antrel Rolle said. "He can't coach heart. He can't make a player have passion about this game, and that's what we were lacking out there today."
It was then mentioned to Rolle that Coughlin praised the effort of the defense, and he concurred.
"I think the defense came out and played extremely hard," Rolle said.
He then was asked if he was pointing a finger at the offense.
"You all saw the game," Rolle said. "I don't have to say anything. This isn't about pointing fingers, but you saw the game. You know what you saw."
Tight end Brandon Myers was one Giants player who didn't appreciate having his heart questioned, tweeting after the game:
If ppl on this team wanna take shots at me an say I have no passion they are mistaken. I give everything I have each an every week
— Brandon Myers (@myersb83) December 15, 2013
The Giants generated just 181 yards while being shut out for the second time this season. They had 25 rushing yards on 14 carries, and quarterback Eli Manning threw five interceptions to raise his league-leading total to 25 for the season. They didn't snap the ball in Seattle territory until there was 7:08 left in regulation.
New York was 1 for 10 on third downs, and only one play they ran all day gained 20 yards.
"We didn't block anybody, we didn't make any plays and we didn't create any opportunities for ourselves," Coughlin said. "We're not taking anything away from their defense now -- they're No. 1 in the league for a reason. But there's no excuse for what went on out there today."