EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- More than a year ago, the New York Giants were 5-0 and on top of the NFC with a highly ranked defense that stifled opponents.
But Barry Cofield knew then that bad things were on the horizon. Deep down, the Giants realized they weren't as good as their record indicated. They ran through a cream-puff schedule early against the likes of the Buccaneers, Chiefs and Raiders. Injuries began to mount. And the defense had issues that soon would be exposed.