Losing brings out a lot of different emotions from players and fans. Most of them, aren’t good. After the New York Giants suffered their fourth consecutive loss to start the 2013 season on Sunday, emotions were no doubt running high. Wide receiver Victor Cruz openly questioned head coach Tom Coughlin after the game for his call to punt rather than go for a fourth down conversion in the third quarter of Sunday’s game with the Kansas City Chiefs. The comments by Cruz apparently got Justin Tuck thinking.
Here’s what the defensive end had to say about players turning on Coughlin:
“If anyone turns on our coach, I would be the first one to punch him in the mouth. And put that in print. It better not happen, I know that.”
I don’t know about you, but I laughed out loud the first time I read that quote. Tuck did not mince words. You question Coughlin – you get punched in the mouth. Short and to the point.
The point, is that Coughlin is a two-time Super Bowl winning coach. He’s taken this Giants’ team to the promise land as recently as 2011, but today’s NFL is a ‘what have you done for me lately’ business. However, you’d think two Super Bowls would buy you a little cushion.
I’m certainly not buying this ‘Coughlin on the hot seat’ buzz that keeps floating around the internet. If any team can get out of an 0-4 hole, it’s the Giants. It’s fair to start pushing the panic button if you’re a fan, but at the same time, the NFC East is still wide open. It’s way too early to give up on the Coughlin led G-Men. His teams find a way to get it together and there’s no reason for players to be turning on him just a quarter of the way into 2013.
As far as Tuck’s quote is concerned, I’m filing that with the all-time great one-liners in sports.