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Giants surely knew about and approved Coughlin’s “kiss my ass” comment

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The NFL Films video featuring Giants coach Tom Coughlin inviting critics to “kiss my ass” had a candid-camera feel to it.  The comment appeared to come organically and spontaneously in the locker room, not from the podium of a press conference.

The “behind closed doors” feel of the video and audio prompted, for example, the Newark Star-Ledger to apply to their item on it a headline containing the words “behind closed doors.”  (Rosenthal used the same words in the headline of the PFT item on the topic.)

But let’s be clear about this.  No video or audio captured by NFL Films sees the light of day without the consent of the team(s) involved.  Like Hard Knocks, in which the Jets permitted cornerback Antonio Cromartie to come off as a guy who didn’t know the names of his kids, the Giants had veto power over the use of Coughlin’s comments.

The real question is whether NFL Films persuaded the Giants to permit the clip to be used, or whether the Giants and/or Coughlin wanted the video and audio to be played.

Given the message, we assume it’s the latter.

And, frankly, we’re not all that impressed by 10 wins and no playoffs.  The Giants could have and should have qualified, but just like the Bucs, who somehow blew their shot at an 11th win against a Lions team that hadn’t won on the road in 26 tries, the Giants failed to deliver victory in a winnable game against the Eagles, which they happened to be winning by 21 points.

Like we said last year when Brett Favre tried to get the media to accept his “going out on top” baloney, only one team goes out on top.  And only 12 of them make the playoffs.  For the other 20, does the number of wins and losses really matter?

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24 Responses to “Giants surely knew about and approved Coughlin’s “kiss my ass” comment”
  1. hobartbaker says: Jan 6, 2011 6:31 PM

    Ol’ Shufflin Coughlin just got tired of being the regular, sensible, normal guy of the N.Y. head coaching fraternity.

  2. bigbluefan1 says: Jan 6, 2011 6:37 PM

    What does one have to do with the other

    TC is right as long as Mara and Tisch give him the team the reporters can kiss his ass

    Or go into the other locker room and kiss rex’s feet

    10-6 was not good enough but it sure was a whole lot better then the dead skins and the cowpukes
    Two of those wins were againest Division Champions Hawks and Bears as a recall we owned the bears and there QB’s

    As a life time fan and season ticket holder I would have loved to be in the playoffs and sit and watch another run to the SB but this was not our year there is always next year.

    Give Easy E someone to throw too that can hold onto the ball and life will be good

  3. monkeesfan says: Jan 6, 2011 6:43 PM

    It is a little amazing that some in the media assume Jeff Fisher is a goner from Tennessee when the coach he outclassed in the playoffs years back and in 2010 in September is not getting the same level of criticism even though Tom Coughlin has not shown he has his locker room at his back. Second-half collapses have been the norm for Coughlin with the Giants and the team quitting on him has been fairly obvious throughout. Coughlin’s free pass stems from the fluke of all flukes, his Superbowl win, and his inability to validate it has been his distinguishing mark.

  4. joetoronto says: Jan 6, 2011 6:44 PM

    The media isn’t in the same ballpark as the players, other coaches and franchises.

    The media is open game and for damn good reason.

    If you’re going to dish it out, be ready to take it too.

  5. fellorio says: Jan 6, 2011 6:54 PM

    Well, did you?

  6. Deb says: Jan 6, 2011 6:58 PM

    Maybe the individual NFL teams aren’t as interested in manufactured images as you and Goodell are. Maybe the attitude of the Giants and Jets is like Popeye’s–or JT’s on CFT: I yam what I yam.

  7. bodybaggame says: Jan 6, 2011 7:06 PM

    Have they posted their vacation agenda’s and tee times?…Perhaps in the future they should do that before say, the final 3 games, since it’s obvious the last two years, this team QUITS at the end of the season….

  8. patriotsworld says: Jan 6, 2011 7:12 PM

    As a Pats fan I don’t like New York teams. Thats my job. lol. I will say this however, Coughlin does a great job with that team. Nobody wins EVERY year.

  9. xtb3 says: Jan 6, 2011 7:22 PM

    youve got a foul mouthed low class pat hanlon running giants publicity department so its no surprise but i doubt mara and tisch still trying to sell seat licenses are happy to hear the old coach tell their market to kiss his behind if you dont like him.

    this is the same old freak who ran out on the field in front of 80,000 and tv millions, and dressed down his punter.

    coughlin is losing his mind!

  10. xtb3 says: Jan 6, 2011 7:25 PM

    bigblufan1

    giants beat one single team with an over .500 record. bears with cutler injured and out from 2nd quarter to end of game. thats it!

  11. mattmillen4president says: Jan 6, 2011 7:48 PM

    Eli found plenty of surehanded DBs this year. Eli is not, and never will be, an elite QB.

  12. commandercornpone says: Jan 6, 2011 7:53 PM

    a few more wins sure matter in daytwa

  13. metalhead65 says: Jan 6, 2011 7:54 PM

    it matters when people like you who have never played the game are suddenly an expert about everything about football,and call into question his ablity to coach a team. no they did not make the playoffs but they did have a winning record which means nothing to you apparently.what’s the matter mike you can dish it out but can’t take when he says something back to you? I am sure you will have a column about proper decorum when addressing the press or about how he needs re-education,I mean sensitivity training so he doesn’t hurt your feelings next time. I am not even a giants but love it when anyone stands up and gives it right back to you.

  14. wferg1121 says: Jan 6, 2011 8:03 PM

    “And, frankly, we’re not all that impressed by 10 wins and no playoffs” I am pretty sure he directed that quote to you guys.

  15. bravin4evr says: Jan 6, 2011 9:14 PM

    He can say that after he KISSED some to keep his job….

  16. xtb3 says: Jan 6, 2011 9:22 PM

    giants beat exactly one team with a record above .500 all season long – end of story. it was an extremely soft schedule.

  17. realitypolice says: Jan 6, 2011 10:13 PM

    @monkeesfan:

    I don’t know what media you’re reading or watching, but every writer I read and talking head I see on TV bends over backward to gush about how great a coach Fisher is and how if he does lose his job in Tennessee he’ll be snapped up in a second.

    No coach in the history of the NFL has gotten more of a free pass for accomplishing less than Jeff Fisher.

  18. zaggs says: Jan 6, 2011 10:15 PM

    “mattmillen4president says:
    Jan 6, 2011 7:48 PM
    Eli found plenty of surehanded DBs this year. Eli is not, and never will be, an elite QB.”

    Guess thats why every other stat of his is in the top 10 eh? And 8 of those interceptions were off both hands of his receiver. So every other stat is in the top 10 for Eli this year and a good portion of the season he was working without one of his top 2 receivers and had a musical chair offensive line in front of him.

    “xtb3 says:
    Jan 6, 2011 9:22 PM
    giants beat exactly one team with a record above .500 all season long – end of story. it was an extremely soft schedule.”

    Site run by dumbasses, attracts dumbasses. Final records dont mean jack, its how the teams are playing at the time. Houston’s D didn’t suck till Demarco Ryan was injured, except Ryan played against the Giants and Houston was 3-1 when they lost to New York. Seattle was 4 and 3 (and was played at Seattle where the hawks were 5-3 on the season). Jax was 6-5.

  19. danwahl80 says: Jan 6, 2011 10:51 PM

    xtb3 wrote: “giants beat one single team with an over .500 record. bears with cutler injured and out from 2nd quarter to end of game. thats it!”

    You forgot to mention why Cutler was out of the game. Oh yeah, that’s right, cause the Giants D knocked him out of the game. And then they knocked Todd Collins, the backup QB, out of the game as well.

  20. jcjets says: Jan 6, 2011 10:57 PM

    Why wouldn’t they approve? He’s got every right to say what he said esp after all the media hype about how coughlin should be fired.

    But you’re right, the bottom line is 10-6 is NOT good enough when you lose your last 2 of 3 games.

  21. backuppunter says: Jan 6, 2011 11:42 PM

    Kiss my grits! Coaches move around all the time, even good coaches leave a team at some point.

  22. gcsuk says: Jan 6, 2011 11:51 PM

    @xtb3
    It takes a lot of guts for an Eagles fan to call ANYONE in the Giants organization “low class”. I thought that team you root for had the market cornered in that.

    Mike Vick…DeSean Jackson…Assante Samuel…The 3 Stooges, and the personification of “low class”

  23. phillyforlife says: Jan 7, 2011 6:05 AM

    bigbluefan1 says ” 10-6 was not good enough but it sure was a whole lot better then the dead skins and the cowpukes”
    ———————————————–
    yeah you are right about that, but the point is that they are all on the same couch watching the playoffs. So the Giants record only matters in the draft order nothing more nothing less.

  24. kev86 says: Jan 7, 2011 9:22 AM

    If the Giants can improve from 10-6 to 12-4 next year, they will be in good shape.

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