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Nicks apologized to Coughlin for missing OTAs

Hakeem Nicks AP

Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks still isn’t shedding light on why he skipped all the team’s voluntary OTA workouts.

But he at least feels bad for the skipping.

Nicks told Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post that he had promised coach Tom Coughlin he’d attend, and said he apologized to Coughlin for not following through when he arrived at mandatory minicamp.

“I told him I would be there, but some things just took place and I had to take care of what I had to take care of,” Nicks said. “As soon as I got back, we sat down and talked and got things squared away. I apologized, and everybody knew where I was coming from. . . .

“Me and coach Coughlin have a great relationship. Like I’ve said, he’s one of the best coaches I’ve been around. I like our relationship, and I don’t think it could ever be soured.”

He was less clear if that held true for the Giants as a whole, hedging when asked if he wanted to retire there.

“I really can’t speak for my whole career,” Nicks said. “I enjoy being a Giant right now. I’m going to take care of what I can take care of as long as I’m a Giant, but I do understand the business side of football, too.”

By not talking about the business, it seems obvious it’s about the lack of a long-term contract and the protection it provides. And it’s well within Nicks’ rights to skip the voluntary workouts.

But by putting his admiration for Coughlin next to more nothingness about the organization, it also seems clear what he’s getting at.

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6 Responses to “Nicks apologized to Coughlin for missing OTAs”
  1. fdugrad says: Jun 19, 2013 1:36 PM

    “Me and coach Coughlin have a great relationship.” It’s good to know that in addition to being a wordsmith, Nicks is also a spokesman for coach Coughlin.

  2. mjzaky says: Jun 19, 2013 1:38 PM

    Nicks is (a) classy and (b) smart. Cruz lost leverage when he restricted his agent from pursuing RFA deals with other teams and repeated that he wanted to remain a Giants; Nicks knows better than to tip his hand.

  3. kd75 says: Jun 19, 2013 2:15 PM

    Dear Jerry Reese…Please sign Nicks and Cruz. Please sign Nicks and Cruz. Please sign Nicks and Cruz. Please sign Nicks and Cruz. Please sign Nicks and Cruz. Please sign Nicks and Cruz. Please sign Nicks and Cruz. Please sign Nicks and Cruz.

    Sincerely,
    Every Giants fan

  4. szwhtsup123 says: Jun 19, 2013 2:17 PM

    All will be forgiven if you don’t get hurt and don’t drop any passes.

  5. bookofelisha10 says: Jun 19, 2013 8:14 PM

    JUST STAY HEALTHY FOR CRYING OUT LOUD

  6. myeaglescantwin says: Jun 20, 2013 11:16 AM

    voluntary??

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