Gruden, however, wouldn't put the loss squarely on the shoulders of the quarterback.
"By no means can we put the blame on Kirk for this game," he said. "This was a total team debacle. And total domination by the Giants in all phases. We had a chance, we came out in the second half and got a touchdown to cut the lead and then the interceptions started to happen. But uh, unfortunate."
Unfortunate is one way to describe Cousins' play. Ghastly is another. The quarterback who looked so good in two outings this season was equally as disastrous with his reads and forced throws.
"Sometimes a good slap in the face wakeup call is what you need and hopefully our guys respond, I know the coaches will, I will, we just gotta make sure to get our players to respond from a type of game like this," Gruden said.
Thursday wasn't just a slap -- it was a kick in the pants, too.