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Coughlin speaks out against bounties

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When he was hired by the Giants, coach Tom Coughlin described injuries as a cancer.  And Coughlin doesn’t think NFL players should be deliberately trying to give other NFL players cancer.

“It’s very, very serious this whole business of the bounty system, and players being paid to try to inflict injury on others really has nothing to do with our game,” Coughlin tells Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski on Basketball and Beyond with Coach K, a weekly, one-hour show on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio.  “Even though we talk about it, you can go back to Coach Lombardi, with the idea that what’s really important is the ability of one-on-one, for one player to whip the other player. We all know that it is a very, very tough, very physical, very, very demanding game but to have the game at its highest level it’s this kind of great competitive effort and physical play that is the very top of the talent level of the game is what the game is all about.

“It’s not about trying to inflict purposeful injury on another player.  It has no point in this game.  It’s a physically demanding game no matter how you look at it.  Injuries do appear, do occur, but to put it in that context of trying purposely to eliminate other great players.  That’s what this game has been founded on, is the tremendous talent of the players that participate at this level and particularly, if you just wanted to isolate it, the quarterback position.  Our game wouldn’t be anywhere near as popular if these fantastic athletes playing these positions weren’t able to perform at the highest level.  We all talk about the physical nature of the game and toughness and the fact that you have to be the tougher team and you have to exemplify that with the way that you play.  And we all know that it’s a gladiator sport and that’s part of the popularity of it but to take it to an extreme, like has been discussed here with this bounty system, has no place in the game.”

So, basically, if/when the Rams fire defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, he need not apply for work on Coughlin’s staff.

After all, Coughlin doesn’t want defensive players who inflict injuries.  He wants defensive players who know when to fake having them.  Allegedly.

Or defensive players who try to inflict new concussions on guys with a history of them.  Not allegedly.

The show airs Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. ET on SiriusXM channel 86.

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28 Responses to “Coughlin speaks out against bounties”
  1. cakemixa says: Mar 7, 2012 4:30 PM

    doesn’t this guy coach a team who made a living and bragged about knocking QBs out of the game a year or two ago?

  2. nebster21 says: Mar 7, 2012 4:43 PM

    anyone notice how an absurd amount of Giants are coming out publicly about being against the bounty. Doesn’t this seem strange to anybody.

  3. infectorman says: Mar 7, 2012 4:43 PM

    “After all, Coughlin doesn’t want defensive players who inflict injuries. He wants defensive players who know when to fake having them. Allegedly”

    ******************************************
    Allegedly my a$$:

    That little NYG trick is documented forever:

  4. thatobnoxiousguy says: Mar 7, 2012 4:45 PM

    Tom Coughlin 2
    “genius” Belicheat 0

    Tom Coughlin owns the “misinterperter of rules” and is the best coach in the league. The Fraud Belichik has not won anything since getting busted for cheating.

    When Coughlin speaks……..listen.
    2 LEGITIMATE championships.

    When Belicheat speaks……….roll your eyes.
    0 LEGITIMATE championships.

  5. radbob1 says: Mar 7, 2012 4:46 PM

    Pot meet kettle.

    http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2012-01-24/giants-targeted-kyle-williams-because-of-his-concussion-history

  6. vtopa says: Mar 7, 2012 4:48 PM

    What a Joke. Tom Coughlin, who breaks every rule there is when it comes to player practice, reporting injuries, having his players fake injuries during games, etc., is going to come out and bash the Saints for something that is very likely to have happened on his teams??? He Tom, I know it was painful when the Saints laid 45 on you this season but get over it, you snuck into a Superbowl and won.

  7. cscfriarbob says: Mar 7, 2012 4:48 PM

    [yoda voice]

    The hypocrisy is strong in this one…

  8. infectorman says: Mar 7, 2012 4:49 PM

    Exhibit # 2, from 2007!:

    Straight from the horses mouth:

  9. jdandcoke says: Mar 7, 2012 4:50 PM

    knocking the excrement out of an opposing player, and doing it only because a bounty was put on said players head, are two different things.

    and to the author….way to go back to ONE play eons ago and try to disparage the job the guy has done since he’s been in the league. thats some seriously immature nonsense dude.

  10. waxdaclam says: Mar 7, 2012 5:02 PM

    Is it really possible to “sneak into the Superbowl and win”? Are you retarded? All those “sneaks” over the years didn’t pull it together at the right time and win, right? I swear, the level of absurd hater-dom by some people just flexes their insignificant knowledge and respect for the NFL. When a defensive line is too strong to be stopped, QBs get hurt. If you take notice, when the Giants were knocking QBs out, many, if not all, of the hits were within the rules put forth by the NFL. Being excited by delivering a big LEGAL hit is what the game is about. When you start putting money on the table for it, it changes the entire message…

  11. larryfinfan says: Mar 7, 2012 5:10 PM

    What ?? A story NOT about Peyton Manning ?? Sacrilege !!

  12. cowboynation9 says: Mar 7, 2012 5:11 PM

    “He wants defensive players who know when to fake having them. Allegedly.” Lmao.

    I don’t condone the Saints activities but after hearing several Giants players proudly state they intended to injure someone with a concussion… I could really do without hearing this hypocritical BS.

  13. rugdog100 says: Mar 7, 2012 5:11 PM

    @infectorman — You’re off point.

  14. manuich1 says: Mar 7, 2012 5:32 PM

    Just a hint, none of our opinions count. Now move along little ones.

  15. christos99 says: Mar 7, 2012 5:41 PM

    @vtopa
    “What a Joke… He(y) Tom, I know it was painful when the Saints laid 45 on you this season but get over it, you snuck into a (the) Superbowl and won.”

    Wow! What a relief, thanks for clearing the air. Clearly, beating an 8-0 Packers team at Lambeau Field and a 7-1 49ers team in San Fran consitutes as sneaking in (and winning over the 13-3 Pats).

    And yes, the Saints loss was painful, however, I only wished it was 45, in reality it was 49.

  16. bbk1000 says: Mar 7, 2012 5:54 PM

    vtopa says:Mar 7, 2012 4:48 PM

    “What a Joke. Tom Coughlin, who breaks every rule there is when it comes to player practice, reporting injuries, having his players fake injuries during games, etc., is going to come out and bash the Saints for something that is very likely to have happened on his teams??? He Tom, I know it was painful when the Saints laid 45 on you this season but get over it, you snuck into a Superbowl and won.”

    Nice to hear your opinion vtopa, but I’ll bet the Saints season highlight of beating the Giants is long forgotten with Big Blue…

    Who won the last Super Bowl?

  17. infectorman says: Mar 7, 2012 6:05 PM

    rugdog100 says:
    Mar 7, 2012 5:11 PM
    @infectorman — You’re off point.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Really?
    Is it not all related? Spygate, Bountgate, faking injuries in the NFL Showcase game and having the blow by blow narrated by a former member of the team that “bent the rules” in Reg Season and Playoff games?
    Deon Grant is a horrible actor by the way and an embarrassment to the GNats
    Strahan SPELLS IT OUT FOR YOU and I still get thumbs down for posting it.
    Classic how many NY fans thumbs down the VISUAL EVIDENCE of their own team cheating in this story. Simply Classic

    Not off point at all-just from your perspective.

  18. nfl1818 says: Mar 7, 2012 6:10 PM

    thatobnoxiousguy says:Mar 7, 2012 4:45 PM

    Tom Coughlin 2
    “genius” Belicheat 0

    Tom Coughlin owns the “misinterperter of rules” and is the best coach in the league. The Fraud Belichik has not won anything since getting busted for cheating.”

    And this has what to do with the article ?

    U won fella – dont be so bitter

  19. jakek2 says: Mar 7, 2012 6:12 PM

    I LOVE listening to the Giants’ haters grasping at straws. Don’t hate us because we’re the only team to have won a SB in four different decades and don’t need to lower ourselves to hiring dog killers, bounty hunters, video tapers, or any other undesirables that your miserable teams hire. WE are the beacon of consistency and you should all bow down and kiss the reigning king’s rings. For you are all serfs in the Giants’ kingdom!! HAHAHAHA. HAHAHAHAHA! HAHAHAHAHAAH!!!!!!

  20. darthhitman77 says: Mar 7, 2012 6:14 PM

    Last year, check the dive at Shaun Hill’s knees against the Giants that broke his forearm and put Detroit down to their 3rd string QB. Coulda sworn not only is diving at a QB’s knees illegal, but I don’t recall a flag on that play, either

  21. hooterdawg says: Mar 7, 2012 8:52 PM

    This site has bloggers who know how to write. Allegedly.

  22. djjasonpaul says: Mar 7, 2012 11:26 PM

    Coughlin can suck a @@@.. That man has no right to even open his mouth with his team faking injuries. Where is the penalty on that scam? They should be fined for playing stupid and Coughlin should choke on it..

  23. kungfubillysims says: Mar 7, 2012 11:53 PM

    Be careful coach it looks like Chris Christie is contemplating eating you!

  24. djohnson11882 says: Mar 8, 2012 12:25 AM

    So, it’s not ok to inflict cancer, but faking cancer is no big deal?

  25. giantsamongmanning says: Mar 8, 2012 10:17 AM

    If you watch football and have a favorite NFL team, guess what, your team has faked an injury at some point too. Get over it.

  26. patpatriot7 says: Mar 8, 2012 10:53 AM

    that obnoxious guy stays true to his name. Why don’t you simply change it to Patriots hater.
    Please provide the evidence that the 2000, 2002 and 20003 Super Bowl victories are not legitimate. As for the two losses to the Giants, while they won the games; remember a bizarre catch by David Tyre in 2007 and a finger-tip miss by Wes Welker in 2012 are the difference between two more!
    You continue to make a fool of yourself. I like Tom Coughlin a great deal. He is still a legend at Boston College, but to hold him up as an paragon of virtue is – like you – laughable.
    You also make it sound like getting to the Super Bowl is easy. Since Bill Belichick took over in New England only eight other teams have won the Super Bowl. That’s one-fourth of the 32 teams in the league. That means there are 24 teams who have not even gotten to the big dance, while the Patriots have been there FIVE TIMES. He has a 139-53 record during that time, has won the division and been to the playoffs nine times. Name another team that has been consistently successful. Not too many on that list! If Belichick were available to coach in the NFL, I wonder how many teams would say, “No, we won’t hire him, he was caught videotaping the Jets in 2007. We’ll wait until someone more virtuous is available – like Tom Coughlin.” Please!

  27. waxdaclam says: Mar 8, 2012 11:39 AM

    @darthhitman77

    If the hit was an illegal hit and the Giants’ defense was not penalized, how does that fall on the Giants? That, my friend, is the fault of the officials.

    Just accept the fact that they JUST won the Superbowl AGAIN vs Tom Terrific and the Patsies. Hate on a team worth hating… I mean, isn’t it fun to root for the underdogs? Which the Giants were thru out the playoffs!!!

  28. patpatriot7 says: Mar 8, 2012 12:55 PM

    @darthhitman77

    “Patsies,” maybe under the inept and underfunded Sullivan ownership, but not since Robert Kraft bought the team and brought in Bill Belichick. Time and time again, other NFL management refer to them as “The model franchise,” and that includes former owner Tim and current owner John Mara of the New York Giants. “Hate on a team that’s worth hating.” Translation: Hate on a team that is a consistent winner. Not here, Patriots fans enjoy being in the playoffs nearly every year – nine of the 12 years that Bill Belichick has been here. Hate if you are a fan of a team that knows before the season starts that they have no chance. Hate on. Rooting for “the underdogs” is an exercise of a fan who can only wish their team was in that position.
    And, I hate to tell you, but the Patriots should be BETTER next year with Welker planning on honoring the franchise tag (while they try to renegotiate his contract and reduce the salary cap hit), salary cap space, one of the youngest rosters in the AFC and two first round and two second round choices in the draft. It just means that our team continues to win consistently (139-53 or .724%). Its GREAT to go Foxborough or watch on TV knowing that your team will win three-quarters of the time. So, hate on! Patriots fans will gladly accept that trad off for continued success!

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