Coughlin Unaware of Locker Room Smacktalk
In the week leading up to Giants – Cowboys, the New York locker room was buzzing.
The then 4-6 Giants had defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul saying that there was going to be ‘blood shed’ and that they’d ‘put it on them’. Corner Terrell Thomas guaranteed a victory on XM satellite radio.
Immediately after the 24-21 loss at MetLIfe Stadium, the Cowboys locker room was buzzing about how the trash talk from the Giants was used as motivation.
“Never in my life have I head a 4-6 team talk like that,” said Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick. “Talk, talk, talk. We had a better record and didn’t talk.”
On Monday, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was asked about the strong words that came out of his locker room the week before.
“‘Talk is cheap, play the game’ is my policy,” said Coughlin, at his press conference. “I, quite frankly, was unaware of the two that were made and people made a big deal about that.
“I don’t believe in that stuff. I think you play the game. Talk is cheap. Play the game. I don’t see anything that gets accomplished by the verbalization part of it. We’ve never been a team that has been one to provide bulletin board material.
“I understand there was a little bit of that last week and I don’t believe in any of that. As a matter of fact, I speak out very strongly against it.”
Coughlin added that he will be talking to his team about it on Wednesday.
For a long-tenured veteran coach who’s hailed for having control of his locker room and keeping his players together, it’s hard to accept that he was unaware that veteran members of the team were making national headlines.
This goes way deeper than Eli Manning not being able to connect with his receivers on the field. This is the head coach not knowing what’s going on in his locker room.
From top to bottom, there is a flaw within the New York Giants organization this year.
It’s official, everyone is having a bad year in New York, even legendary Tom Coughlin.