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Tom Coughlin: "No place to go" Monday when DRC trucked him

Thankfully, the coach wasn't injured.

The hardest hit from the tackling-challenged New York Giants' defense on Monday night came when cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie accidentally laid out his own coach, 69-year-old Tom Coughlin, with a sideline slam. Coughlin bounced right up and went back to business. In this week's "Coughlin Corner," the coach explained to Giants.com what happened.

"I'll tell you what happened and how it happens. I'm five yards off the field for God's sake. Here come the three guys at me and you know there's no place to go. It's one of those things that hits you, ‘Oh my goodness, here we go again.' But do I look forward to that? No, absolutely not. But you know what? I could see the pattern coming and I could see the receivers, I could see the defenders coming," Coughlin explained. "I usually get the heck out of the way. We were on the wire down there because our (wireless) headsets were out and nothing was functioning, so we had to go to the wire. Well, the wire is restrictive, plus you have somebody standing there holding the damn thing behind you. It wasn't as easy for me to escape as I've become accustomed to. So there it is. Plus, they kept going full speed five yards off the field. I've not seen that one, either. 'There's the boundary, fellas, can you slow down a little bit?'"

The last time Coughlin was hit was in 2011, tearing a hamstring when hit by Giants running back Danny Ware. No injuries this time, except maybe for a bruised ego.

"Most of the time, I'm very, very aware. This thing came from the opposite side of the field, and all of a sudden, they were there and there's no place to go," Coughlin said It's like the Jets thing, those two, ball-carrier and defender, were out of bounds for probably 10 yards when I got hit. They were still going full speed out of bounds for 10 yards. Fellas."