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New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin Brings Back an Old Classic: Talk is Cheap, Play the Game

August 20th, 2013 at 6:30 AM
By Douglas Rush

If there was one person who was the most upset over the New York Giants 20-12 preseason loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night, it was head coach Tom Coughlin, who seemed very bothered and frustrated at his post-game press conference at MetLife Stadium.

'Tom Coughlin watches from the sideline' photo (c) 2012, Marianne O'Leary - license:

The 10 penalties for 96 yards was definitely one thing that bothered Coughlin (one of which was his for unsportsmanlike conduct), as did the fact that the team failed to score a single touchdown against the Indianapolis defense and were reduced to kicking four field goals. Coughlin told members of the media on Monday that the team should "stop reading all of the clippings" and get back to work.

"Let’s go prove what we are, who we are and what we have," he said after the game. "Instead of everybody telling us how good we are, let’s go prove something."

Some of the media members on hand for Coughlin's media conference call on Monday were a little curious as to what the 66-year-old head coach meant by the "clippings" comment, in which the two-time Super Bowl winning coach elaborated on his feelings of frustration from the previous night's loss.

"I am about 'don’t tell, show me,'" Coughlin said. "Talk is cheap, play the game — I'd like to see us play. And I'd like to see us go forward and be productive and do some outstanding things and then let people talk about it." 

Coughlin is well-known for a no-nonsense type of coaching style who preaches discipline and respect, a style that has nearly gotten him fired at least once from the team and some wondered if he could have been fired a second time after 2011, but each time he's been on the hot seat, his team's respond with a Super Bowl championship.

Despite the two championships, Coughlin is still hungry and determine for more success in the league and from the Giants, which is exactly why the loss to the Colts really bothered him like it did, and many should expect the Giants to look like a whole different team when they return on Saturday night to play the New York Jets in their third preseason game of the summer.


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4 Responses to “New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin Brings Back an Old Classic: Talk is Cheap, Play the Game”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    Well, can’t blame him for feeling frustrated but let’s see if HE’S serious enough to bench Diehl and give Ojomo a chance to show what he can do against legitimate NFL players.

    •  CT GIANT says:

      Totally agree! He is the HC, he sets the leadership, clearly Tuck imo, just isn’t even trying just going through the motions, lets set the example TC, put some
      action behind your talk!
      CT GIANT

      •  Rick021 says:

        I’m a little surprised as to how varied the opinions of Tuck’s performance are. i didn’t get to see enough of the game to make my own call, but some have been praising his effort and returned fire and athleticism, and others are scathing saying he is clearly done.

        I too would like TC and the other coaching staff to take the opportunity of the final 2 preseason games to mix up the depth chart order a little more to give some others opportunities to show their stuff. Once the regular season gets under way we all know their reluctance to change things, until its all but necessary

  2.  JimStoll says:

    OC David Baas — sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his left knee.

    WR Victor Cruz — heal contusion. “

    FB Henry Hynoski (knee -PUP) — working very well. team pleased with his work.

    S Antrel Rolle (ankle) — opportunity to practice this week.

    DE Damontre Moore (shoulder )– getting closer; not there yet

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