New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin reached a breaking point with the media on Tuesday, having grown tired of relentless questions about giving young players — namely quarterback Ryan Nassib — significant playing time over the remaining three games.
It's been a rallying cry since the very moment the Giants were defeated by the San Diego Chargers this past Sunday, but one Coughlin isn't interested in entertaining. As he's done several times already this week, the veteran head coach rapidly dismissed the idea.
"Our No. 1 objective is we have a three-game schedule and we want to play as well as we possibly can,” Coughlin said on Tuesday. “Through the course of these  weeks people have established themselves in their positions; rightfully so and fairly so. Those people who are playing have earned the right to play.”
When it comes to who's earned that right, Coughlin pulled few punches. First on the list was rookie quarterback Ryan Nassib, whom you might remember the Giants traded up for in April's draft.
“Not at this point in time," Coughlin said. "He has done very well as a scout team player. He has taken all of those running quarterback roles and done a great job with it. He has played some safety, does a lot of good things. Very good, very sharp kid. Works his tail off. Knows what his spot is. He’s in that room with those guys; he’s like a sponge. That’s what the intent was.”
Another popular name has been second-year player and the JPP of tight end's, Adrien Robinson. Despite working through injuries, Robinson has consistently found himself listed as inactive week after week.
“He was hurt for a long time," Coughlin said of Robinson. "He has practiced for a few weeks. He did a nice job in being a scout squad tight end for [Antonio] Gates a week ago. He has improved from what I can tell on special teams and if he continues to improve, perhaps that opportunity will come.”
Finally, there's second-year offensive lineman Brandon Mosley, who did see a number of snaps a week ago as an extra blocking tight end.
“He has been the [extra] tight end. He did a nice job of that the other day," Coughlin said, adding "If the opportunity presents itself, so be it. Who would you like for me to take out? [James] Brewer is also getting playing time and he has responded. I’d like to see Brewer continue to get better to.”
At the end of the day (royalties to Antrel Rolle), it's clear the Giants aren't going to give into the pressure. Whether fans want it or not and whether the media presses or not, they aren't going to risk the careers of young players by throwing them into the fire if they don't feel they're ready (or have earned the playing time). So, for the time being, Eli Manning is your quarterback, Brandon Myers is your tight end, Mathias Kiwanuka is your defensive end and James Brewer/David Diehl are your guards.
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