NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Under the Tom Coughlin regime, the Giants have been known for not talking trash and quietly going about their business.
And winning in the process.
Well the Giants haven’t been doing much winning this year, and they’ve been doing an uncharacteristic amount of talking.
The 67-year-old head coach is sick of it.
“Talk is cheap,” Coughlin said. “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.”
Leading up to the Giants’ crushing 24-21 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday, the surging G-Men spoke very confidently — and perhaps foolishly.
Giants defensive back Terrell Thomas guaranteed a victory and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said, “There’s going to be a lot of blood spilled out there.”
And this past Tuesday, during Antrel Rolle’s weekly spot with WFAN co-hosts Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts, the safety backed up JPP’s comments.
“If JPP said there will be blood, then there will be blood,” the two-time Pro Bowler told Joe & Evan.
Following the game, Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher posted a picture to his Instagram account from Dallas’ locker room. Hatcher, who sacked quarterback Eli Manning twice in the win, sported fake blood on his face and wrote the following caption next to his picture: “They say blood would be shed. Just finished eating a giant. #actionspeaklouderthanwords.”
“We just got disrespected, you know what I mean?” Hatcher said after the game, according to the New York Daily News. “I just finished eating a Giant. I’ll be full for about three days. I ain’t got to eat no more … Actions speak louder than words, so we went out there and we did what we were supposed to do tonight.
“They talked the talk. They had to back it up, and they didn’t. We came out with the victory. We came into their house and took it from them.”
The Giants’ season is now on life support. New York (4-7) is now two games behind the NFC East-leading Eagles and Cowboys with five games to play. Three of those games are on the road, and both the Seahawks and the Lions are on the docket.
“Never in my life have I heard a 4-6 team talk like that,” said Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick, according to the newspaper. ”Talk, talk, talk. We had a better record and didn’t talk … I knew that when the game started, when the clock started ticking from 60 minutes down to zero, they weren’t going to be able to talk their way into a victory.”
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