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Coughlin upset Rolle was hurt by sideline photographer

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin walks away after beating the Carolina Panthers during a NFL football game in Charlotte Reuters

Giants coach Tom Coughlin was relieved safety Antrel Rolle was OK, but frustrated he was injured to begin with.

Rolle suffered a bruised knee when he crashed into a camera on the sidelines last night against the Panthers.

Coughlin saw NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson on his way back to the sideline after checking on Rolle, and had questions.

“I said, ‘We’re so concerned about player safety, can’t we do something about this?’ Coughlin  said Friday, via Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger. “‘Can’t we get people away from the sideline enough to that a guy going as fast as he was going and flying through the air doesn’t put his knee into a camera?’”

Rolle was trying to hurdle a photographer but clipped the camera on his way over. He didn’t return to the game, but said Friday he was fine. Photographers on the sidelines have to stay back a specified distance, but they’re not always in the clear.

Coughlin wants to move them back, apparently.

“I think that’s something we can do something about,” Coughlin said. “We ought to be able to clear the playing field so a guy can play…I don’t think he’s going to miss anything or any time, he’s not like that anyway. He’ll play with whatever, but it didn’t have to happen.”

Hopefully the poor schlep who got plowed by Rolle is OK, too, such that Coughlin’s worried about them.

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  1. trollhammer20 says: Sep 21, 2012 5:07 PM

    It’s always seemed to me there’s an awful lot of people who get to stand really, really close to the playing field. I’m kind of surprised this kind of thing hasn’t happened more often.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 21, 2012 5:12 PM

    They just better be glad he didn’t tear his ACL on that. And wasn’t the camera operator a woman? A big one, but a woman?

  3. minnesotablizzard says: Sep 21, 2012 5:12 PM

    The camera men and other random people should not be allowed that close to the side lines. Its a pretty simple fix so something like this doesnt happen again. Put up barriers and have the camera people behind them like in soccer. Then you put Ads all over the barriers. Win-win. No more injuries from sideline scrubs, and more ad space for sponsors. What am I missing here??

  4. mrdry14 says: Sep 21, 2012 5:12 PM

    Maybe Rolle should have taken a knee.

  5. marcolamorsa says: Sep 21, 2012 5:13 PM

    and T. Cough is upset whats new?

  6. theonlyjagsfan says: Sep 21, 2012 5:15 PM

    Coughlin sure is really whiny lately.

  7. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 21, 2012 5:15 PM

    I agree completely. Get out of the way

  8. blacknole08 says: Sep 21, 2012 5:15 PM

    I’ve seen cheerleaders at college games get back up after getting plowed (no pun intended) on the sideline by two players momentum leading them out of bounds.

    Rolle is a man so he should be ok.

  9. 6ringofsteel says: Sep 21, 2012 5:17 PM

    They should be moved back, sooner or later a 280 defensive end is gonna smash into someone and he is gonna end up suing the NFL

  10. explosionsauce says: Sep 21, 2012 5:18 PM

    Coughlin is the Clint Eastwood of coaching, get off my lawn!

  11. wayne1693 says: Sep 21, 2012 5:19 PM

    I think Tom Coughlin has enough on his plate, without having to be concerned about the health & welfare of pesky side-line photogs who always want a closer look. Let’s stay focused on keeping the players healthy!

  12. trevor123698 says: Sep 21, 2012 5:23 PM

    they’ve got good enough cameras to get these photos from the moon (which we’ve never been to btw. I suggest the book by Bill Kaysing “WE never went to the Moon” for proof) so I dont see why we cant move them back. Do the same for the NBA. these people are ruining the game

  13. phillyphannn83 says: Sep 21, 2012 5:24 PM

    omg give it a rest already!!! Quit whining and just PLAY FOOTBALL!!! They REALLY are acting like the NY Ginas this year. Its so pathetic.

  14. mazblast says: Sep 21, 2012 5:27 PM

    I’m with Coughlin on this one. There are too many people on the sidelines of the games, and too close to the field.

    Someone is going to get seriously hurt if this keeps up; I just hope that if it is the photographer that gets hurt, the NFL takes some interest.

  15. 2ndaryinsanity says: Sep 21, 2012 5:29 PM

    I wouldn’t be very concerned with the photographer, either. Photographers have to know there’s a chance that large men may run into/over them….an occupational hazard. The players shouldn’t have to get out of the way, the photographers should.

  16. daysend564 says: Sep 21, 2012 5:30 PM

    Can’t we have it so guys flying around as fast as he is wear pads so that they aren’t hurt when they hit the camera with their knee?

  17. brian32556 says: Sep 21, 2012 5:32 PM

    running into a 100 lb. cheerleader who’s body give way is a lot different than hitting a sitting middle-aged cameraman holding a metal object, and then trying to avoid the woman behind him. Looked like he landed sideways on his foot. At least have these folks on their feet so they can move, with no carts for the lazy bastards to carry their equipment. If you can’t carry it, you can’t bring it!!

  18. telewis13 says: Sep 21, 2012 5:32 PM

    Those cameras can zoom in like 50 yards. Do they really need to be 5 yards off the field.

  19. roadtrip3500 says: Sep 21, 2012 5:34 PM

    It’s not like those are fans down there with $100 digital cameras. They are all professional photographers who are paying serious money for field pass privileges. It should be no problem to tell them all that, as a condition of a field pass, you MUST run laterally out of the way or lay flat with your equipment if a player is coming at you. A photog who doesn’t make the effort to avoid a collision is removed from the field for the remainder of that game, second offense is loss of access for a full game, third offense is loss of access for a year, and if you still don’t get the message, you’re banned from field access.

  20. kingjoe1 says: Sep 21, 2012 5:36 PM

    Can this dude stop whining after ever game? I know he won two superbowls so far too many people give a pass, but every week he has something complain about.

  21. thraiderskin says: Sep 21, 2012 5:41 PM

    Really!? You’re crying about camera people? They’ve been shooting film/taking pictures from those same areas for how long? Tell Rolle to be more aware of where he is running and jumping. It isn’t like the Camera people just showed up on that Thursday.

  22. jgater1981 says: Sep 21, 2012 5:46 PM

    The NFL is entertainment, correct? How many of us watch ESPN or the NFL Network and get to see the best coverage EVER?! Sorry Coughlin, but the NFL is money and they need to be that close to get the coverage we want in this technology age. As the guy above said, “get off my lawn.”

  23. firstclasspack says: Sep 21, 2012 5:58 PM

    Let me start by saying I’m a Giants fan.

    Coughlin shouldn’t be complaining about every little thing that doesn’t go his way. Focus on what goes on inside the sidelines instead.

    Secondly if you move the cameras further away from the field the players will have to run further to find them after they make a big play so they can celebrate by shoving their big heads into the lens so we can see their faces.

  24. snargi01 says: Sep 21, 2012 5:59 PM

    I have a friend, Al Golub, who has been shooting 49ers/Raiders games for 30 years. I asked him about potential collisions and he told me that all on-field media are supposed to be kneeling. He also told me photogs get hurt when they try to react to players coming at them. He said to just stay in position and the player, who is a much better athlete than any of the photogs, will most likely avoid the collision. This camera operator probably moved when Rolle came near.

  25. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 21, 2012 6:03 PM

    The video clearly showed the photographer speared Rolle with the camera as he was coming at him.

    Next time this photographer is at a stadium, each coach needs to run a sweep towards him and make sure at least a couple of guys put a hat on him.

  26. shaunypoo says: Sep 21, 2012 6:06 PM

    I bet Coach Coughlin yells at his own grandkids to get off his lawn.

  27. melikefootball says: Sep 21, 2012 6:16 PM

    Oh no not again Coughlin is upset….ironic he at the end of the game and score way out of sight kicked a field goal…aren’t we glad the kicker didn’t get injured.

  28. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 21, 2012 6:19 PM

    snargi01 says: Sep 21, 2012 5:59 PM

    I have a friend, Al Golub, who has been shooting 49ers/Raiders games for 30 years. I asked him about potential collisions and he told me that all on-field media are supposed to be kneeling. He also told me photogs get hurt when they try to react to players coming at them. He said to just stay in position and the player, who is a much better athlete than any of the photogs, will most likely avoid the collision. This camera operator probably moved when Rolle came near.
    ————–

    No she didn’t move. And didn’t move the camera either, which is why he hurt his knee.

    Why sit that close to the field with that scope that you can see clearly with from Charlotte to LONDON in the first place???

  29. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 21, 2012 6:21 PM

    phillyphannn83 says: Sep 21, 2012 5:24 PM

    omg give it a rest already!!! Quit whining and just PLAY FOOTBALL!!! They REALLY are acting like the NY Ginas this year. Its so pathetic.
    ————

    What’s pathetic is a team whose fans really believe has a dynasty — yet has won anything — is bellyaching here. Go sit in the corner and let us adults speak about champions.

  30. tebowislife says: Sep 21, 2012 6:23 PM

    JPP do us all a favor and throw Coughlin in the ice bath!

  31. bostoncollie says: Sep 21, 2012 6:24 PM

    Funny thing is the player that Rolle shoved, Olsen, went out of his way to not bowl over another camera person. Man’s game.

  32. whateverhommie says: Sep 21, 2012 6:26 PM

    The problem isn’t the fact that videographers, photographers, or reporters are on the sidelines is irrelevant. That are behind the NFL securities mandated boundaries marked on the field. It’s enough distance to react and move out of the way should a player(s) come barreling at them.

    The problem is that that videographer should have been STANDING. Instead, he was SITTING Indian style on the turf and I’m sure there are safety rules in place regarding liabilities for “sitting” on the field in the event something like this happens. If you’re standing, you can react and get out of the way. If you’re sitting down, all you can do is roll left or right, but still be in harm’s way. And if he was sitting, he should have had a spotter/assistant to alert to players coming at him. Once you’re in that viewfinder, you can’t appreciate what is going on around you because you immediately lose all peripheral vision.

    So again, WHERE the cameraman was located isn’t the issue. The issue was HOW the cameraman was located.

  33. sschmiggles says: Sep 21, 2012 6:34 PM

    I used to be a safety for the Giants, but then I took a camera to the knee.

  34. bfrsd says: Sep 21, 2012 6:52 PM

    The NFL is entertainment, correct? How many of us watch ESPN or the NFL Network and get to see the best coverage EVER?! Sorry Coughlin, but the NFL is money and they need to be that close to get the coverage we want in this technology age. As the guy above said, “get off my lawn.”
    ———————————————
    Exactly. People would complain if they didn’t get all the coverage they’re used to getting. How many players careers have been ended by a cameraman?

  35. mrguygadbois says: Sep 21, 2012 6:53 PM

    People can call Coughlin a complainer, but imagine what would have happened if Parcells had been the coach. Would’ve been a great sound bite for NFL Films.

  36. noreasterforlife says: Sep 21, 2012 6:54 PM

    Time to hang another IV bottle for Grandpa, he’s getting cranky. I’m tired of his tirade. 1st he doesn’t understand playing football for 60 minutes (i agree with tampa’s move) and 2nd his players are getting hurt from non-football injuries. Buck up and Shut up.

  37. justintuckrule says: Sep 21, 2012 6:54 PM

    Good for Coughlin. He recognizes that we have a great team primed to cement our legacy. The only thing that can derail us is chumpy college coaches trying to make their bones and frumpy middle age cows taking pictures. He remains quiet with what happens honorably between the lines.

  38. j98me2 says: Sep 21, 2012 6:59 PM

    Anyone want to start a pool on what Coughlin will be whining about next week?

  39. phlflyers says: Sep 21, 2012 7:03 PM

    This jag off is getting like Bill Parcells. He won 2 SB and thinks he invented the game of football. Starting to hate the Ginas more than the Cowboys.

  40. electionconfidential says: Sep 21, 2012 7:04 PM

    Coughlin can complain all he wants when it comes to player safety. It’s part of his job. As many times as a fade is thrown to the side or back corner of the end zone those people should have known very well that there was a chance big men would be running through there at high speed.

  41. ttommytom says: Sep 21, 2012 7:23 PM

    The woman Rolle clipped with his left hand could have been permo injured. She had plenty of time to get way out of the way. The guy in the back never saw the play. He just didn’t look. Brain dead.

    I can understand the camera guys trying to get a shot but she was holding a box and got drilled. An inch here or there with the knee and she could have taken a helmet shot. Players with pads get out of the way, so it’s not that hard to pay attention…

  42. essentialsausage says: Sep 21, 2012 7:23 PM

    Coughlin is so WHINY!

  43. beedubyatoo says: Sep 21, 2012 7:24 PM

    Who’s the next culprit, the Cowboys’ cheerleaders?

  44. justintuckrule says: Sep 21, 2012 7:25 PM

    phlflyers says:
    Sep 21, 2012 7:03 PM
    This jag off is getting like Bill Parcells. He won 2 SB and thinks he invented the game of football. Starting to hate the Ginas more than the Cowboys.
    ——
    Hate on him all you want. By next Sunday night, he’s gonna have your f.a. coach on the hot seat again for the nine millionth time.

  45. topshelf25 says: Sep 21, 2012 7:28 PM

    Tom always looks confused. If you watch the replay Rolle shoves Olsen after he was out of bounds. If he would of never late hit the panthers tight end then he wouldn’t of been off balance and the collision with the cameraman would of never happened. Let’s look at the real issue folks.

  46. grandpoopah says: Sep 21, 2012 8:06 PM

    For a guy who cried about his opponent’s perceived lack of sportsmanship at the end of last week’s game, Coughlin sure dialed up an awful lot of shotgun formations and fade routes into the end zone well after last night’s game was in hand. They even kicked the field goal at the end instead of just taking a knee. I was kind of hoping Ron Rivera would B-slap him at the end of the game.

  47. fluffy19 says: Sep 21, 2012 8:07 PM

    Wow, Tom (who I normally like a lot and wish coached my favorite team) just this week you’ve discovered the dangers of the kneel down play and sideline photographers. Forget that both have been around for years without any real incident. Perhaps next week you will alert us to insidious things, such as the end zone pylons, goal posts, cleats, and tackling?

    The only sore knee after all of this will be yours, Tom, from all the knee jerk reacting. Sheesh. Could it be you just happened to have a couple of fluky, bad luck occurances? If you had been Courtney Brown’s coach in Cleveland, you would have wanted penalty flags banned.

  48. Patskrieg dot com says: Sep 21, 2012 8:21 PM

    I’ve worked the sidelines at college games before. One of the first things the techs tell you is that if you see a guy coming at you: get out of the way. If you have to drop your gear then drop your gear and get out of the way. It’s really not hard.

  49. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 21, 2012 8:27 PM

    Last week it was Coughlin crying about the Bucs trying to get to Manning during a kneel down at the end of the game and now photographers need to be moved way back.

  50. joeytorontosucks says: Sep 21, 2012 9:44 PM

    Let me know when Coughlin isn’t upset

  51. foosballisthedevil says: Sep 21, 2012 11:51 PM

    Complaining about cameras on the sidelines in the first NFL game following the passing of Steve Sabol. You used to be classier than that Coach

  52. too4hunden says: Sep 22, 2012 12:30 AM

    . To all the haters. Coughlin wasn’t whining to coach Rutgers, he was teaching and yelling. 2nd he’s right, what if Rolle blew he’s knee out.

  53. mykosnightshade says: Sep 22, 2012 1:08 AM

    I wonder if Mr. Rolle wishes he would have been wearing his knee pads? I guess this player decided that his own safety is not as important as his comfort.

  54. ninjapleazee says: Sep 22, 2012 1:42 AM

    Next week’s story “coughlin complains about coughlin complaining”

  55. eldritchblast says: Sep 22, 2012 2:05 AM

    sschmiggles won this thread ages ago, I don’t know why people keep typing.

  56. bodhisattva says: Sep 22, 2012 2:54 AM

    Used to root for this guy, now he’s a ball-ache. Retire and wait for the hall of fame to come knocking, the media that used to burn you has already decided you’re in Coughlin.

  57. ballwasher says: Sep 22, 2012 3:21 AM

    I find it annoying when y’all claim Coughlin is whining when it’s likely he was asked once about this, answered the question, and moved on. One moment in the media with a mic shoved in his face….not maketh a whiner.

    Although, how often does this really occur to players? Id rather see some stats here on that. And…couldn’t that dumb camera guy drop and duck? What a clown!

  58. rjkilla says: Sep 22, 2012 3:55 AM

    is coughlin gonna have something to cry about after every week?

  59. bigbluefan1 says: Sep 22, 2012 7:08 AM

    Lets see he complained about the cheap shot in one game and the statue that did not move in the next.

    Both are player safety issues the same topic the NFL always talks about but does nothing about.

    Tom cares about his team

    The NFL cares about money
    If they cared about player safety the only teams that would play on Thursday night are teams coming off a buy week.

    4 days is not enough time to heal and get ready to play and I am saying that after the Giants cleaned cammy clock with our scrubs

  60. jsab99 says: Sep 22, 2012 9:04 AM

    I agree 100%. I recently read that Schiano was one of the most disliked coaches in NCAA football.
    Hard nosed and constantly giving scouts/media problems when at Pro-day and during the season.
    He tries to claim that he ran the play and it got his team to force fumbles on numerous occasions.
    What were the chances, that with 5 seconds left, that TB would recover a fumble and score 7 points all in 1 play. Probably 0 to none.

  61. eldritchblast says: Sep 22, 2012 10:41 AM

    The thing with that cheapshot bull rush play is that I bet his D-line bitch about getting chop blocked and linemen/RBs diving at their knees to block them.

  62. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 22, 2012 11:04 AM

    Giants haters are that fine elixir called laughter, which cures whatever ails the soul.

  63. In the Weeds says: Sep 22, 2012 11:17 AM

    Well, what was clearly posted here yesterday is suddenly gone–so I’ll post it again:

    I have photographed several games at BOA Stadium, and the boundary lines are clearly marked. Only a madman would cross those boundaries during a game.

    Just because Coughlin is upset, does not make this a real issue. It was unfortunate, but the same thing could happen to any player on any team at any time–since the 1920′s.

    Whining about photographers and cameramen?
    The NFL needs Those people a lot more than They need the NFL.

  64. kev86 says: Sep 22, 2012 4:26 PM

    They seem closer than ever to me and dont move like they used to.

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