Tom Coughlin: New York Giants have room for improvement

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Tom Coughlin didn't see a Super Bowl team in the New York Giants preseason opener.

Far from it.

In a conference call Saturday less than 24 hours after a 32-31 preseason loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Coughlin said he was upset about losing a game in which New York blew leads of 17 and 10 points.

The 65-year-old who has led the Giants to two titles in the last five seasons was most bothered by seeing his team muff two punts and hand the Jaguars 10 points.

However, there were also 11 penalties, a weak opening series by the defense, some shoddy play on both sides of the ball on third down and losing a game in which the Giants won the turnover battle.

"We have no illusions of the improvement that needs to be made, and I am talking about from the top of our team to the bottom," Coughlin said.

If there was a positive for Coughlin there was no sign that this team was living off its Super Bowl laurels. For the most part, the Giants played hard on a night they just made too many mistakes.

"I thought the guys played hard when they were in the game," Coughlin said. "It wasn't a great performance but we did play hard and we do know where we are at and we do understand what preseason is about."

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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