Fewell lambasted both his unit's performance and effort level in the 49-24 loss. Fewell acknowledged that Giants defenders appeared to give up or shy away from making plays to slow down New Orleans' relentless attack.
"As a football coach, as me being the coach and the leader of the defense, that was disheartening," Fewell said, according to The Star-Ledger. "We don't coach pulling up short and we're not going to accept pulling up short. So we won't pull up short again."
From a self-preservation standpoint, it makes sense why Fewell would call Monday's embarrassment an effort -- and not a scheme -- issue. The last time the Giants faced an undefeated team this late in the season, they took down the 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, using a ferocious pass rush to neutralize New England's vertical attack.
Fewell's only hope Sunday likely rides on a similar performance from his big men up front.