?The Handley Debate. The fans—and the media to a lesser degree—have a simplistic view of New York's sagging fortunes. Fire Handley, they think, and the Giants will win. That's silly. This is an aging team at the end of its run, but that doesn't absolve Handley of blame. In addition to waffling on the quarterbacks, he has yet to get the offense going in his 18 games on the job, and he has motivated no one. The fans' chants of "Ray must go!" have rained on him at both games this season.
On Sunday one play symbolized the fall of the Giants. Dallas led 34-28 with 1:40 left, and the Cowboys faced third-and-seven at their 46. New York had no timeouts left, and the Giants' best cornerback, Mark Collins, had been injured earlier in the game. When Dallas broke the huddle, the New York defense seemed to be momentarily confused. Rookie free-agent safety Corey Raymond, seeing no one on Dallas's All-Pro wideout Michael Irvin, ran to cover Irvin man-to-man. "We messed up," Raymond said later. "Ever-son Walls was supposed to have him."
Irvin ran a short slant-in, with Raymond trailing him by two yards, and Aikman buried the pass in his receiver's stomach. "I should have had him," Walls said later. But that's the kind of mistake you have to expect from these Giants, who certainly aren't giants anymore.