NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Tom Coughlin is clearly frustrated with his players.
And who can blame him?
After their brutal defeat on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, the Giants are now 0-4 on the season. They can’t get it done on either the offensive side of the ball or the defensive side of the ball, having been outscored 69-7 in their last two games.
But with 12 games to go, it’s important that the players don’t begin to turn on each other — and their coach.
Captain Justin Tuck known this, and he’s not about to let it happen — not on his watch.
“If anyone turns on our coach, I would be the first one to punch him in the mouth,” the defensive end told the New York Daily News. “And put that in print. It better not happen, I know that.”
There is no evidence that any of the Giants have turned on the two-time Super Bowl-winning coach, though wide receiver Victor Cruz admitted that he was upset when Coughlin opted not to go for it on a fourth down late in the third quarter. The Giants were trailing, 10-7, at the time, and the offense needed to get from the 30-and-a-half yard line to the 31.
“I thought we should have gone for it on that fourth down,” Cruz said. “It’s coach’s call at the end of the day.”
The Giants instead punted, and Dexter McCluster ran the punt back 89 yards for a touchdown.
“If it was me? Yes, because we had the momentum,” the wideout added. “I felt it was a yard — not even a yard, half a yard. We’ve got to take a risk at some point and make something happen.”
Tuck acknowledged that he, along with numerous other players, also wanted the offense to go for the first down. But there’s a reason that players are players and coaches are coaches.
“Every defensive player wanted him to go for it,” Tuck said, according to the newspaper. “That is why we probably will never be coaches. That would have been a stupid move. Even if you get it, it would still be a stupid move.”
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