SInce the end of last season, with Buress and the normally sanguine Tiki basically calling out the Giants coaching staff after the playoff loss, I've been wondering if this team could keep it together. Especially when I saw their early schedule this year and how tough it is compared to last years cakewalk (complete with extra home game) I present to you the evidence: 1. Tom Coughlin He's already completely lost teams before because of his draconian ways. While many compare him to Parcells because he is so hard on players, I think there is a fundamental difference. Bill will bend the rules for certain players, and Bill makes it a point to connect with his guys, so the punishment is often more motivation than pain. Coughlin has always been a "by the book" guy, If the book says you get fined for being 10 seconds late to a meeting, you get fined. He never has developed the chemistry with his players that Bill has, and he could be in danger of losing another one.... 2. Jeremy Shockey. He is a bigger, whiter TO. Same talent level, same sense of entitlement. He is convinced the ball should go to him on every play, and has read his own press clippings like a monk studies the Bible. He's also not afraid to speak his mind (what little of it is actually functional). In fact after the game today he flat out stated the Giants were "outcoached". He has been shown on national TV on several occasions physically calling out Eli for not throwing him the ball in both the Philly and Seattle games. How long before his big mouth turns completely on young Eli. How long before he throws him and Coughlin under the bus for the fact that Shockey has largely been a non-factor this season? How does Eli and Couhglin respond? 3. Plexico Buress. The Steelers let him walk depiste being 6'5" and loaded with talent. Why? The answer is tied closely to the reasons he was flat out benched for over a half today despite nothing being physically wrong with him and the team desperately needing a playmaker out there. Buress has been outspoken before. He willfully skipped the teams final team meeting last year after the playoff loss because he was so disappointed in the coaching staff. It is clear that Coughlin is certainly not on Burress' CHristmas Card list right now, and the benching today will probably not serve as a motivational factor. So the question is, with the Giants at 1-2. and really with any sense of reality they should have been 0-3 without an Eagles choke, how soon before the meltdown?