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New York Giants news, 5/16: Tom Coughlin, Prince Amukamara, Tyler Sash

Let's get caught up on some of today's headlines

Tom Coughlin still wants to coach
Tom Coughlin still wants to coach
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The NFL calendar says this should be a quiet week for the New York Giants. There are no OTAs scheduled this week, with three of the team's 10 offseason workouts set for next week. Let's look at some of the headlines involving the the Giants. Actually, mostly involving former Giants.

Coughlin tells SI he still wants to coach

Tom Coughlin is doing just fine without football, but he’d probably be doing better with it. "I’ve coached 47 years of my life," Coughlin said Sunday evening. "You take it away, and that’s not an easy thing to duplicate." He said his "motor is starting to run again," and sounded very much like he’d like to coach next year, but he realizes he’ll need a partner willing to accept a different kind of coach. And not just in the discipline area. "We’ll see," he said. "It’ll take two to tango. The 70-year-old-man stuff will be a factor, and I’m sure they’ll know this would be a three- or four-year thing." And how will he prevent the age thing being a nonstarter? "They’ll have to know the guy," Coughlin said. "If I have an opportunity to speak to anyone [about a coaching job], they’ll see what I’d be able to do for them."

All I will say about that is if the man still wants to coach I hope someone gives him the opportunity.

Amukamara competing for slot role

Free agency wasn't kind to former Giants' first-round pick Prince Amukamara, who ended up with just a one-year deal from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Now, comes word that Amukamara isn't even expected to be a starter in Jacksonville. The team drafted Jalen Ramsey, and now Amukamara will be thrown into competition to be the slot corner, a spot he has never played.

I can hear Giants fans screaming now that the team could have given him the same one-year, $6.5 million contract ($3 million guaranteed) that Jacksonville did to play the slot. Question: Does anyone really believe he would have taken that from the Giants after watching them give Janoris Jenkins a five-year, $62.5 million deal ($28.8 million guaranteed) to take his job? I don't. Amukamara was a good but it was time for the Giants to move on from a guy who couldn't stay on the field. And better for Amukamara to go somewhere else and try to prove the Giants wrong.

Tyler Sash's brother critical of Giants

ESPN's Outside The Lines has done a piece on former Giant Tyler Sash, diagnosed with CTE after his tragic death last year. Sash's brother, Josh, was critical of the Giants for cutting him in 2013 just two days after he was diagnosed with the final concussion of his NFL career.

"Why cut him two days after a concussion? It's almost like, 'You're damaged goods, see you later,'" Josh Sash said.

As understandable as the bitterness is, and as sad as Sash's story is, I'm not sure the Giants deserve to be criticized. Sash's roster spot was in jeopardy that season, anyway, and -- rightly or wrongly -- that is how the business of the NFL works. If you get hurt in training camp or the preseason and probably aren't making the final 53-man roster, you get cut. Teams don't use preseason roster spots on practice players who can't practice.

What communication the Giants had with Sash after cutting him I can't speak to. In my view, though, the Giants didn't do anything other teams wouldn't have done when they cut him.