New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw is extremely passionate about the game of football. It's a trait that he carried over from his days at Marshall, and one that was exacerbated by the equally passionate Brandon Jacobs, whom Bradshaw looked at as a mentor and Brother figure. So when he was held to only 43 yards on 12 carries against the Washington Redskins, the veteran was understandably upset.
After breaking off a long run late in the third quarter, Bradshaw was up-ended by a defender that wide receiver Victor Cruz had previously engaged in a block. Following the play, Bradshaw was seen slapping the helmet of his teammate as they shared words. Then, also in the second half, Bradshaw and head coach Tom Coughlin were seen having a very heated and emotional exchange near the sideline, which ended with Coughlin waiving his arms, presumably telling Bradshaw to get on the field.
In addition to those two run-ins, Bradshaw also briefly had it out with running back coach Jerald Ingram, although that face-to-face was not aired in its entirety on television. It ended with the running back sitting alone on the bench, slamming his helmet on the ground.
After the 27-23 comeback victory over the Redskins, Bradshaw did not address the media. Coughlin, however, did.
“That’s between he and I,” Coughlin said of their on-field conversation.
Bradshaw did eventually take to Twitter early Monday morning, and after having cooled down a bit, tried to smooth the situation over.
"I'm all in! Jus gotta believe! #Ny #gmen #2rings" he tweeted.
Although much will inevitably be made about this, there's nothing to see here. Football is an emotionally charged game, especially at the highest level with the most supreme of athletes. Every week, especially close games like the one they were in on Sunday, emotions will run high and eventually spill over. That's what happened in week seven, but they'll be quick to move on from it as the team turns their attention to the Dallas Cowboys and week eight.
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