Bradshaw, Coughlin Confrontation Came After Running Back Told Coach To ‘Run The Ball’
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw and head coach Tom Coughlin had a confrontation in the second half of the Giants’ 27-23 win over the Redskins on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
What did the two discuss?
Coughlin, as one would expect, didn’t divulge.
“That’s between he and I,” the two-time Super Bowl-winning coach told reporters in his postgame press conference.
The two exchanged words following a play in which Giants safety Stevie Brown picked off a pass thrown by Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who was brilliant for Washington in the loss. The running back told his coach to “run the ball” as he returned to the field following the interception, according to the Star-Ledger.
Though Bradshaw didn’t address the media after the game, he decided to speak out about the matter on Monday.
“A lot of my emotions kicked in, and I just wanted to help my team win as much as possible,” Bradshaw told NFL.com.
Coughlin wasn’t the only recipient of Bradshaw’s apparent rage on Sunday. The running back was seen shouting at wide receiver Victor Cruz following a 15-yard run and slapping the Paterson native’s helmet. He later slammed his helmet to the ground before getting into it with running backs coach Jerald Ingram.
Bradshaw was frustrated with Cruz because he though the receiver missed a block, the Star-Ledger reported.
“We’re all just trying to get better, trying to make each other better,” Bradshaw explained.
The former seventh-round pick out of Marshall, who is currently dealing with a foot injury, didn’t have his most dynamic game on Sunday. He found the end zone with a one-yard run early in the fourth quarter, but managed just 43 yards on 12 carries on the day. He also caught four passes for 22 yards.
“There’s never been any question about Ahmad Bradshaw’s toughness, his intensity level,” Coughlin said, according to CBSSports.com. “He plays the game hard. You’d like to have everybody play as hard as he plays. He gives it everything he’s got. Sometimes you do have to control yourself and control your emotions, and he’s working on it.”
The sixth-year player has been sensational for Big Blue in October. In Week 4 against the Browns, the 26-year-old rushed 30 times for 200 yards and a touchdown, and in the following week he carried the ball 27 times for 116 yards and a touchdown against the 49ers.
Bradshaw is averaging 4.7 yards per carry and has scored four touchdowns.
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