Four-letter profanity gets tossed around a lot in sports.  They're words that begin with "F" and "S" and "D" and are hurled back and forth with such frequency that their sting has all but been nullified.  

No one flinches when a field mic happens to catch an errant F-Word thrown from one player to another.  It's commonplace; it's part of the game.

The Q-Word, though, that bit of four-letter obscenity is different.  When that word breaches the lips of anyone whose opinion is to be taken seriously, the indifference melts away and is replaced by a passionate, anger-filled rhetoric.

Because the one thing you can't do as a professional athlete, is quit.

We'll allow you a bad decision.  We'll allow you faulty mechanics.  Hell, we'll allow each in excess, really.  But quitting is an offense we simply cannot accept.

So when Tom Coughlin took the podium following the Giants' 23-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks and questioned the motivation of some of his players, and when safety Antrel Rolle did the same, ears perked up and the national media began their pile on.

A pile on I'd be happy to join - if I saw the Giants quit.  To me, that 23-0 loss to the Seahawks wasn't about it a lack of effort - save for a lack of fight by two star wideouts. It was, instead, about a bad offensive line being overwhelmed by a great defensive one.

The defense showed up, the special teams showed up, but - as the script has already read so many times this season - the offense couldn't because the big guys up front couldn't block anyone.  They couldn't run block, they couldn't pass block, and, as such, the offenense couldn't run and the offense couldn't pass.

And the defense couldn't hang on all game with no help from the other side of the ball.

It wasn't about quit, it was about bad getting beat down by great - getting beat down by the 2-loss, consensus best team in the NFL.

At least that's what I think.  What say you?