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Coughlin calls on starters to step up

Giants coach Tom Coughlin is looking for a few good men. Too bad for him, most of the good ones reside on the injured list.

Following Saturday’s ugly 24-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Coughlin said he was “disappointed” with the lack of execution and enthusiasm, shortage of able bodies withstanding. The hard-nosed coach refused to use injuries as an excuse but said he hopes someone can step up and be a leader, whether by words or example.

“I expected more,” Coughlin said yesterday. “You’re talking about the ability of the players to demand a level of performance from one another that equates to the game and the importance of being in the National Football League.”

Coughlin plans on playing the starters in the preseason finale tomorrow against New England, saying last Saturday’s listless game had nothing to do with that decision. He said he was going to play them anyway because that’s what he’s done in the past.

“No concerns,” quarterback Eli Manning said. “I can’t tell you what my pre-season record is over the last six years. I don’t know if it’s good or bad or what. We know what we’re capable of and we know we have great talent on this team. It’s just a matter of going out there.”

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