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The day after his team lost to the Philadelphia Eagles by a 19-17 score, New York Giants' coach Tom Coughlin was in a reflective, and talkative mood.
Tom Coughlin does not love speaking to the media. His answers can be short at times, and it's obvious when his patience is wearing thin. The opening statement of his press conference today, though, has to be considered nothing short of amazing. The day after the Giants lost to the Philadelphia Eagles Coughlin opened with 1,243 words worth of remarks.
Yep. That was 1,243 words. I'd love to put a stop watch on that and see exactly how long it took. It has to, however, be some sort of record for Coughlin when it comes to speaking to the media, especially without having been asked a question.
Coughlin said the loss, which dropped the Giants to 2-2 overall and 0-2 in the NFC East was "very, very difficult for our team."
He said the penalty at the end of the game against Ramses Barden "really, really hurt us" and admitted that in hindsight he might have done things differently at the end of the game."Would we change? Yeah, sure, today you would. Today it's easy. You have the ball at the 28 and you run it once to the 26, you run it again and put it in the middle of the field, but there's no guarantees that a 44-yard or 46-yard field goal are going to be easily handled either. If I were to do it over myself, would I be as conservative with 15 seconds? Not this morning. This morning, I would throw it to the sideline or something of that nature and take a chance on that," Coughlin said.
"What happens if you get a sack there? What happens if you try to fit one in tight, and it gets, whether you catch it or not, you get tackled in bounds? Game's over. Last night I chose to do that, knowing full well that the clock was not in our favor, we had no timeouts. I fully expected the type of coverage that would take the short throw to the sideline away from us. I'm not going to know whether or not that was the case because we didn't try it. I take full responsibility for that, and as I told the players, I'll start the meeting off by talking about my sins, and that is one that I'll confess to."
Here are a few other nuggets from Coughlin's press conference.
On David Wilson's kickoff returns:
"We probably had as good of field position based on our kickoff return game that we've had in a long, long time. David Wilson as a weapon is quite obvious now that people are really going to have to contend with that aspect of our game. But we squandered away incredible field position."
On Wilson's dropped pass:
"We thought it was coming out of there (signals a touchdown). It was an excellent call; it was at the right time. It was well set up. There was no indication that that was coming whatsoever. They had been subject to the crack-block in previous games relatively effectively, and if I was a defensive player, I would play it the same way. They were looking for crack. Because they were looking for crack, it gave us a chance. I don't know if it's an exactly perfect flip, but it should be caught; it's there. Catch it, put it away, and use your God-given ability."
On the difference snaps played by Ahmad Bradshaw (58) and Andre Brown (nine):
"If we have the ball more, with some more opportunities, and we're doing some things other than just feeling like we have to throw the ball, it becomes a little bit better in terms of seeing Andre a little bit more. ... I have no problems with the way it turned out. If I could draw it up, I would do it differently, but there's a lot of things that I would've done differently about last night."
On Lawrence Tynes' missed 54-yard field-goal attempt:
"Coming down we talked about, 'hey, we need to have the ball at the 35.' The ball ended up at the 36, didn't have a lot of choice there. To be point blank honest with you, it wasn't a perfect execution of the kick. The snap wasn't great, getting the ball down wasn't great, I think it did interfere with the flow and the rhythm of the kicker."