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Steve Smith disagrees with Coughlin’s assessment

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On Wednesday afternoon, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said that receiver Steve Smith faces a “long haul” as he continues his recovery from microfracture surgery.

On Wednesday night, Smith was answering reporters’ questions after signing with the Eagles.  And Smith took issue with Coughlin’s assessment of the situation.

“I would disagree with that personally just because I feel good,” Smith said, via quotes distributed by the Eagles.  “I’ve been running, I’ve been doing different things, cutting and stuff and it’s been feeling good.  I haven’t been having any setbacks so hopefully that will continue but we’ll see.”

So what was Coughlin up to?

“I don’t know, maybe Coughlin has a plan or something up his sleeve when he said that,” Smith said.  “Who knows, but I got checked out by both team doctors and have positive reports, so we’ll see what happens when I get on the field.”

Smith said that he could be ready to play by Week Two, possibly by Week One.  He explained that the Eagles had been talking to his agent “for weeks,” and that he had been waiting for the Giants to make a decision.

The Giants made their decision, and the Eagles and Smith made their decision.  With Jeremy Maclin still absent due to an undetermined illness, Smith could end up being a key addition to the team.

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55 Responses to “Steve Smith disagrees with Coughlin’s assessment”
  1. aaronp2098 says: Aug 10, 2011 9:51 PM

    This is starting to look like all the Maclin stories had some fire behind all that smoke

  2. suckmyvick says: Aug 10, 2011 9:52 PM

    Welcome to Philly, Steve.

  3. david7590 says: Aug 10, 2011 9:54 PM

    The Giants are spiraling out of control. Loving it.

  4. nfl fan says: Aug 10, 2011 9:54 PM

    Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Jerry Reese has to go! I can hear it now at the Meadowlands.

    The Giants signed Coughlin to an extension. Wouldn’t that money have been better allocated to Steve Smith…or ANY free agent that can help this team?

  5. giantsfan82 says: Aug 10, 2011 9:54 PM

    Traitor

  6. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 10, 2011 9:55 PM

    You’re still a traitor Steve. 30 other teams and you choose this one.

  7. nygiants1980 says: Aug 10, 2011 9:55 PM

    SS12 basically asked the Giant FO for a 2mil guaranteed advance on his wages to help him through while he recovers from his injury. An injury he sustained while working his tail off, doing whatever he was asked to do, and performing well above his previous contract for the duration of that contract. How well does an employee need to perform and do to get a break from the NY Giant FO to get that chance?

    In come the Eagles willing to give such a stellar employee the help he’s asking for, despite the fact they were on the receiving end of many of his stellar moments.

  8. b1rdbath says: Aug 10, 2011 9:56 PM

    I just heard this on the radio:

    “Eagles now have Eli Mannings two favorite receivers.

    Steve Smith and Assante Samuel”

  9. tdoggnutts says: Aug 10, 2011 9:57 PM

    fvck philly!!!!!

  10. donterrelli says: Aug 10, 2011 10:00 PM

    fantasy stud

  11. hobartbaker says: Aug 10, 2011 10:01 PM

    That why they call him Tom Coughlin While He Squeeze Your Balls.

  12. justbust says: Aug 10, 2011 10:01 PM

    there is no way he dropped off that bad after his injury so that the giants would just throw him out, just no wa. cant wait to see him in the slot

  13. 3octaveFart says: Aug 10, 2011 10:05 PM

    On the same page much?

  14. eaglessuperfan says: Aug 10, 2011 10:07 PM

    This makes it clear that the eagles have no Idea what is wrong with Maclin.

  15. djstat says: Aug 10, 2011 10:08 PM

    hope Benedict Arnold smith re blows his knee

  16. eaglesfan67 says: Aug 10, 2011 10:08 PM

    I wish we that would tell us whats going on with Maclin already. But i think smith will fit in well in philly.

  17. djstat says: Aug 10, 2011 10:09 PM

    Benedict Arnold is at home in philly

  18. number114 says: Aug 10, 2011 10:10 PM

    With HgH testing, these ex-injured players the Birds are signing may have trouble getting on the field consistantly…and yes I am a bitter Giants fan

  19. bullethead527 says: Aug 10, 2011 10:16 PM

    Maclin most likely will be out for a long time if eagles made that move!!!!!

  20. Soulman45 says: Aug 10, 2011 10:17 PM

    Sound like somebody is mad.

  21. bennyd720 says: Aug 10, 2011 10:20 PM

    Osi also agrees…

  22. realnflmaster says: Aug 10, 2011 10:24 PM

    I hope he, Vick, Nnamdi and Cole all tear their useless ACLs.

    FILTHadelphia punks.

  23. pbolyard says: Aug 10, 2011 10:26 PM

    Great possession receiver for Vick to go with deep threat Desean.

  24. jkores44 says: Aug 10, 2011 10:29 PM

    Why would the Giants Re-Sign a reciever recovering from microfracture surgery? Steve Smith, will not be able to report to camp, nor will he be playing any Pre-Season games. If he were a team player, he would realize that he does have a “long hall” to recovery, and injured 3rd recievers DON’T get paid. Instead he jumped ship to the sign happy Eagles to throw it in Coughlin’s face. Congratz Steve, you summarize the fall of the New York Giants.

  25. thomasreilly says: Aug 10, 2011 10:35 PM

    Why do the NY fans vilify the player when the team fails to offer up the bucks? It was the same “traitor” talk last week with the Ellis to NE signing….

    Take it for what it is worth- your team did not value the player as much as the next team! The Giants LET him leave.

  26. youalldrinkhaterade says: Aug 10, 2011 10:44 PM

    go to Steve Smith’s Facebook page, read the comments on his farewell post to Giants fans, and then ask yourselves who the classless fanbase truly is…

  27. pjxii says: Aug 10, 2011 10:46 PM

    “Eagles now have Eli Mannings two favorite receivers.

    Steve Smith and Assante Samuel”

    ——————————————————-

    This is laughing-my-ass-off funny!

  28. skindome1234 says: Aug 10, 2011 11:01 PM

    djstat: hahahahahahaha blow this out

  29. covercorner says: Aug 10, 2011 11:07 PM

    Giants are losing too many good players.

  30. prabhjotfrommumbai says: Aug 10, 2011 11:08 PM

    all the haters saying the giants FO was too cheap to pay smith and now the eagles deserve him, see: desean jackson. they’re not even paying their own star. hanging him out to dry while they’re signing all these other guys because he doesn’t have leverage. i hope he takes this as motivation and goes to another team next year.

  31. jkores44 says: Aug 10, 2011 11:09 PM

    The point is. They were planning on giving Smith a contract. But why rush to give someone the “bucks” when he is hurt. A team player, who only cares about winning, will wait a COUPLE WEEKS til’ he is healthy to get a contract. What is Eli goes down, and they wasted the rest of their cap on an INJURED smith, and he isn’t ready for week 1, and the Giants are out any money to sign a decent backup. Do you think Coughlin WANTED to get rid of Smith? of course not, he’s an old fashioned coach.

  32. conspiracygenerator says: Aug 10, 2011 11:09 PM

    bdert says:
    Aug 10, 2011 7:14 PM
    They will NOT win the NFC!!
    ____________________

    Of course not, Rex has already guaranteed his team will win so how could they? …btw if the sarcasm on that previous sentence was any greater I’d vomit

  33. buckbrennan says: Aug 10, 2011 11:15 PM

    love that fans that trash philly fans are now wanting playing to tear acls…hypocrites

  34. prabhjotfrommumbai says: Aug 10, 2011 11:16 PM

    @thomasreilly: it’s not NY fans only. why is brett favre villified for going to minnesota? you don’t like division rivals getting your players, period. maybe shaun ellis and steve smith are less key figures, but the iggles and pats are pretty polarizing franchises these days.

  35. prplpuzzetrz says: Aug 10, 2011 11:18 PM

    Gosh, I am beginning to think Giants fans are as stupid and pathetic as packer and steeler fans, wow. Blame smith? PlZ
    Your FO and coach are pathetic

  36. stanklepoot says: Aug 11, 2011 12:16 AM

    prabhjotfrommumbai says: Aug 10, 2011 11:16 PM

    @thomasreilly: it’s not NY fans only. why is brett favre villified for going to minnesota? you don’t like division rivals getting your players, period. maybe shaun ellis and steve smith are less key figures, but the iggles and pats are pretty polarizing franchises these days.
    ____________________________
    I don’t care what city someone is from, some of these responses are simply disgusting. Why is it that Philly fans are always getting trashed, but it’s ok for fans of other teams to actually wish physical harm on a player simply because they play for a rival? It’s especially confusing in Smith’s case. Smith injured himself busting his butt for the Giants, only to have the Giants balk at resigning him because of that injury. The Eagles team doctor examined him and was less worried about Smith’s recovery, and the Eagles actually offered him a contract. Even after all of that, Smith still waited for a while to give the Giants a chance to change their minds. Do you think the Giants’ FO was completely unaware that an offer was on the table? People can shove the Benedict Arnorld crap. He’s a professional athlete, and he’s playing for the team that wanted to sign him.

  37. cardmagnet says: Aug 11, 2011 12:59 AM

    Steve Smith is the only reason the Giants have beat the Cowboys the past few seasons. No Smith = Loss to Cowboys.

  38. andyreidisfat says: Aug 11, 2011 1:16 AM

    I am not sure why the Eagles signed this guy as he doesn’t much fit what they do. The only thing i can think of is that Maclin is having a REAL problem.

    Either way Smith when healthy is a decent Wr. He is not as good as his stats from a couple years ago say. But if everyone is healthy and happy smith will make a really nice back up and slot guy. I wonder if the Eagles plan on letting go of Avant next season as he is going to want to go and be a number 2 somewhere as he does deserve a chane to do.

    Perhaps signing Smith this season is really sigining in hopes he signs back next year witht he one team that helped him out. Just a thought.

  39. nfldaddy says: Aug 11, 2011 1:29 AM

    Look I’m an Eagles fan, but stop it with the Maclin stuff already. The Eagles BY LAW cannot tell anyone what is wrong with Maclin if it’s a non-football injury unless he gives them permission to do so.

    Do they not have doctors in your parts of Philly? They have them where I live in Philly. You’ve NEVER filled out a privacy form at the god damn doctor’s office?
    It’s called the HIPAA laws. Google it tards!

  40. drgfri says: Aug 11, 2011 2:06 AM

    Can Coughlin say anything without sounding crotchety? This guy is such a downer….

  41. fmwarner says: Aug 11, 2011 2:25 AM

    All you people calling him a Benedict Arnold are laughable. The Giants were jerking him around and there was a team willing to sign him right now. Are you telling me that if your employer had to take some time to think about whether he still wanted you, you wouldn’t take a solid offer at a rival company? Doubt it. Quit thinking that the players on your team have the same emotional attachment to it that you do.

  42. briang123 says: Aug 11, 2011 3:14 AM

    “Eagles now have Eli Mannings two favorite receivers.

    Steve Smith and Assante Samuel”

    ——————————————————-

    This is laughing-my-ass-off funny!

    302 

    You ain’t kidding. I am in the hospital after lung surgery and this comment added 2 days to my recovery.

  43. lambchop731 says: Aug 11, 2011 6:49 AM

    @realnflmaster says: Aug 10, 2011 10:24 PM

    I hope he, Vick, Nnamdi and Cole all tear their useless ACLs.

    FILTHadelphia punks.

    You obviously weren’t breast fed. In fact I would go so far as to say you didn’t have a mother. You were born from your father’s anus. And your nickname was Boo-Boo.

  44. phillybirdgang1933 says: Aug 11, 2011 7:36 AM

    when you management your money rite you don’t have to pawn your valuables.nyc get it together for your fans.they into rooting against another team more than rooting for their home team.that the trend now dayz.c.boys & packer fans this is for you lames too. fly eagles fly on the road to being hated by you.yeah you hater……..

  45. heywoodjablome says: Aug 11, 2011 7:52 AM

    I’m seeing a bunch of traitor/Benedict Arnold comments from hurt Ginas fans. Get over it. Ginas should have just paid him. Is Kevin Boss a Benedict Arnold also? You’re a bunch of sore loser douches.

  46. giantspunk213 says: Aug 11, 2011 7:53 AM

    It is what it is, Smith had a knee problem and we didn’t wanna pay him, the eagles did and now he’s there, you can’t hate him for it, he’s coming off a devistating knee injury and Philly was willing to pay him more than us, good for him getting paid, and besides it’s a 1 yr deal, if he stays healthy and returns to his old self then we can try next year to sign him with the knowledge that he’s recovered from his injury

  47. mbsbjb3 says: Aug 11, 2011 8:02 AM

    Superbowl MVP’s, I mean Eli, doesn’t worry!

  48. mojosmagic says: Aug 11, 2011 8:20 AM

    By virtue of their own ignorant comments Giant fans are proven classless once again.

  49. goodmaaj says: Aug 11, 2011 8:45 AM

    everyone seems to forget that the giants offered steve smith $15M GUARANTEED last year before he got injured…and he turned it down, saying he wanted to test free agency. You guys would probably be the same people blasting the giants if he signed that contract and then blew out his knee. To say the giants didnt want him is stupid, but just like with Kevin Boss, another team offered him more than double what the giants did. That doesnt mean the team that signed him is automatically right about the value of the free agent (see: Redskins). The giants had certain value and prioorities in the off season, and apparently resigning their starting RB and Kiwinuka were more important than offering an injured WR, who already rejected $15M, $2M a year for MAYBE half the year (if their doctors are correct).

  50. dinvean says: Aug 11, 2011 8:51 AM

    I am a Giants fan, calling him Benedict Arnold is out of line. The Eagles are in a good situation and were willing to give him quality guaranteed $$$ given their salary cap situation. Like Rex on Ellis, I don’t wish him well as his success will negatively impact the Giants – but Smith has to eat too and the Giants couldn’t pay him and/or didn’t believe in his ability to come back.

    Oh on Asante Samuel as Eli’s favorite target – too bad he couldn’t haul in the most important pass- SB42 champs.

  51. jrzproud says: Aug 11, 2011 9:18 AM

    As a Giants fan, I am disappointed. I’ll always be grateful for Smitty’s big catches – especially during the Super Bowl run. No doubt, he will be missed.

    That said, I think the fact that Philly was willing to pay a guy coming off of microfracture surgery $4M – $2M guaranteed – says more about where they are at WR v. the Giants unwillingness to commit to him.

    Just saying…

  52. eaglesnoles05 says: Aug 11, 2011 9:36 AM

    realnflmaster says: Aug 10, 2011 10:24 PM

    I hope he, Vick, Nnamdi and Cole all tear their useless ACLs.

    ————————————————–

    I guess if their ACLs are useless then tearing them won’t affect any of these guys much? You are stupid.

  53. b1rdbath says: Aug 11, 2011 10:23 AM

    @dinvean
    Its just jokes. Just jokes
    you know you laughed.
    Let’s not take this sh*t too seriously.
    Were just fans

    and sorry Briang123 Get better soon

  54. koop85 says: Aug 11, 2011 10:55 AM

    Wed Aug 10 07:31pm EDT on Yahoo Sports Shutdown Corner By Doug Farrar:

    “I would disagree with that personally just because I feel good,” Smith said after the deal was done. “I’ve been running, I’ve been doing different things, cutting and stuff and it’s been feeling good. I haven’t been having any setbacks, so hopefully that will continue, but we’ll see.”

    So what was Coughlin up to?

    “Maybe Coughlin has a plan or something up his sleeve when he said that,” Smith said of his former coach’s assessment. “Who knows, but I got checked out by both team doctors and have positive reports, so we’ll see what happens when I get on the field.”

    Sound Familiar?

    Who Copied Who?

  55. homerosity says: Aug 11, 2011 11:00 AM

    All the eagles fans on here who are claiming innocence should really go to a philadelphia sports game. You think your fans are classy?

    Also don’t hate on giants fans calling smith a traitor. He went to the in-division rivals. Grounds to call someone a traitor. Plain and simple.

    Think of it this way. Vick goes to the Giants when his contract is up instead of sticking it out with the Eagles. How would that me YOU feel?

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