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Giants’ Tom Coughlin not Happy with Andre Brown After Fumble, but Doghouse Trip Unlikely

August 12th, 2013 at 1:10 PM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin hates fumbling. It was a point of contention between he and retired running back Tiki Barber, and it landed rookie David Wilson — who fumbled in his first NFL game — in the doghouse only a season ago. And on Saturday night versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, it was Andre Brown who coughed up the ball despite being untouched, leading to a turnover. Needless to say, Coughlin was not at all happy.

“Naturally it concerns me,” Coughlin told the New York Daily News. “It concerns Andre too, because it really was careless. I don’t care how much and how long you’ve played the game, there are certain things that have to happen before you run the ball. You’ve got to look the ball in… you’ve got to catch the darn thing and put it away and cover it up before you can go on to the next objective."

As Brown headed to the sidelines, he was met with a red-faced Coughlin. And if you're good at lip reading, you'd know the head coach was far from pleased. "That was the worst f—–g play I've ever seen," the heated Coughlin remarked.

Brown was promptly consoled by his teammate, and the very man he had consoled a year earlier, David Wilson.

“Dave is mature beyond his age,” Brown said. “And he’s a good guy. So for him to come over there was great. We’re going to feed off each other this whole entire year and we’re going to need each other. So as long as we still have each other’s back, I feel that we’re going to be a very tough running back corps.”

The question now becomes: will Brown find himself in the most famous doghouse in sports? And although some would lead you to believe it's a likely and even realistic possibility, it's probably not. Coughlin may be displeased with the fumble, but he's not about to punish his team by punishing their back-up running back and goal line specialist.

“I’m sure he’s going to learn a lot from that and to his credit he went right back in and did some good things," Coughlin said.

The mere fact that Coughlin plugged Brown right back into the game speaks to the fact that Brown escaped … this time. Should it happen again, it may be a different story. But that's a bridge Brown has no intention of crossing, promising his coach "it won't happen again."

Photo Credit: Mike Gannon

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11 Responses to “Giants’ Tom Coughlin not Happy with Andre Brown After Fumble, but Doghouse Trip Unlikely”

  1.  CT GIANT says:

    I was thinking, if this was a in season game, the back-ups, Scott & Torain, with Cox, none have real game reps, snaps.

    Think Reese will be looking to bring a veteran RB in even to evaluate while camp
    is stilling going.
    I had hopes Scott would improve, but he just doesn’t seem to “want it” enough, although he plays, with little blocking, he knows he has to push his game to be one of the 53. He looks slow, and goes down much to easy, where Cox 6’0 220lbs has his feet moving, like a real RB, and keeps moving his feet.
    Nonethless, I hope Reese finds someone to bring veteran presence , and there should be one getting cut, whether on the 1st or 2nd cut.
    It would help these guys.
    CT GIANT

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Camp ends next week, so he better hurry up.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Torrain is a veteran who has played well in the past, especially for the Skins. That’s why I think if they DO carry four backs he will be among them. But assuming they carry three QBs I still think they’ll go with just three backs. We have to see what Torrain can do in the games, but right now the top four seem to me to have to be Wilson, Brown, Torrain and Cox.

  2.  JimStoll says:

    not at all worried about the fumble
    brown’s production was otherwise good and to my eyes he looks like the most complete back on the team right now
    if I was disappointed with any RB, it was Wilson, who looked like he needed a much bigger hole than Brown in order to make something happen

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    I don’t think there’s any question that Pugh, Mosley and Brewer are included in plans for the future of the O-line. Added to Beatty I think those are four of our starters by next season. Will Snee still be around? Maybe for another couple of years, but no longer than that. What about Baas? He needs to start showing something, but I think he sticks around for a few years even if he gets displaced at center (he would be great depth and can play all three inside positions).

    Boothe and Diehl are gone next year. Cordle has made a place for himself, but will someone make him dispensable? And what about Herman, Capers, McCants and others like that monster Jasper? If Flaherty can develop just one of the last-named four then the O-line should be cooking, with only a single future draft pick needed to round out a pretty strong unit.

    There are lots of battles for jobs going on in the trenches. Those on the offensive side of the ball should be fun to watch.

    •  JimStoll says:

      you forgot David Diehl who will refuse to retire, be cut, or relinquish his vulcan death grip on the starting RT position

  4.  JimStoll says:

    Ralph Vacchiano ?@RVacchianoNYDN 25m
    S Tyler Sash revealed he had surgery on both his ankles during the offseason. Said it’s made a “pretty big difference” for him.

  5.  JimStoll says:

    Conor Orr ?@ConorTOrr 38m
    Interesting from Kevin Gilbride. Called the competition between Curtis Painter and David Carr for the No. 2 job “legitimate.” #nyg

  6.  JimStoll says:

    GiantsWFAN ?@giantswfan 1m
    #Giants sign WR Marcus Harris of Murray State..Kris Adams waived/injured (leg)
    Expand

  7.  F0XLIN says:

    Rolle carted off the field with an ankle injury

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