Giants coach Tom Coughlin says Matt Dodge is still his punter, a day after Dodge’s failure to follow Coughlin’s instruction to kick the ball out of bounds led to DeSean Jackson’s game-winning touchdown on the final play of the Eagles’ victory.
“I told him to get his dauber up. We’ve got to move on,” Coughlin said. “That’s over, you can’t do anything about it. You’ve got to figure out how to do the things I ask you to do. He’s no more to blame than me or anybody else.”
It’s interesting that Coughlin says Dodge is “no more to blame than me” while also subtly reminding everyone that kicking the ball to Jackson was an example of Dodge showing that he needs “to figure out how to do the things I ask.” Coughlin wants us all to know that kicking to Jackson was Dodge’s doing, not Coughlin’s.
As for Dodge, he just seems to be relieved to have a job.
“I came in and my locker was still here,” Dodge said. “So that was good.”