Ex-Giants: Coughlin's team lacks fire

Former stars like Michael Strahan and Harry Carson unimpressed as finale looms

Updated: January 3, 2011, 3:42 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The idea that the Giants can't explain why they're in yet another late-season swoon has been a recurrent theme the past few weeks. They stand at their lockers and admit they're mystified, disappointed, even shocked at how they've lost four of their past five games after reeling off five straight wins at midseason. What's ailing them is either too stupefying or -- more likely -- too uncomfortable for them to publicly admit.

"We know," one Giants starter said Thursday. ...

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