Tom Coughlin: 'Younger players must develop'

Coughlin: 'Younger players must develop'
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Tom Coughlin says that the New York Giants need to see progress from their younger players in order to challenge for the Super Bowl again.

Tom Coughlin has said that some of the New York Giants' younger players must develop in order for the team to compete for the Super Bowl again.

The reigning champions missed out on the playoffs, finishing second in the NFC East.

The head coach told reporters: "When you're a coach, and you've seen this happen before, and you know that some of these careers are much shorter than others, and the opportunities that these players have to take full advantage of their youth and their ability, and literally the primes of their athletic lives, you just don't like to see that not happen for them.

"You don't like to see a year in which you certainly had high, very high expectations not be fulfilled. Whether you take it to the individual level, or whether you take it to the team level.

"Some of your younger players have to develop, quite frankly, in more ways than just one. One of the things that you find a lot of times with young players is they struggle to get their arms around what the National Football League is all about. For some, it happens quick. For others, it doesn't."

The Giants secured nine wins and seven losses this year.

Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw in action against the Saints on December 9, 2012
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