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Coughlin: Nicks injury frustrating, but I’ve got to control myself

Hakeem Nicks AP

When Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks skipped voluntary Organized Team Activities in May, coach Tom Coughlin said he wasn’t happy about it. Now Nicks is sitting out practice at training camp with a groin injury, and Coughlin is refraining from saying he isn’t happy about it.

Coughlin acknowledged today that it’s not exactly a great thing to have Nicks on the sideline. But Coughlin also added that he knows he can’t just yell at Nicks to get back in there, and that the team has to give Nicks the time he needs to recover.

“Certainly I want to see him on the field, and he wants to be on the field,” Coughlin said, via Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger. “It’s frustrating, but I’ve got to learn to control myself when it comes to that as well and just realize he’s trying like heck to get out here and he knows he needs to practice and work at it. He came in excited about being able to go but he had this little groin injury which I hope is not going to set him back for very long. But obviously, we’re taking all the necessary precautions.”

So while Coughlin might insist that Nicks get to the training room five minutes early every day, he’s not going to tell Nicks to practice until Nicks is ready.

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31 Responses to “Coughlin: Nicks injury frustrating, but I’ve got to control myself”
  1. sasquash20 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:09 PM

    Very talented very fragile

  2. gooch80 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:13 PM

    Which is why they gave Cruz all that money and haven’t given him anything. Perpetually hurt.

  3. mrhornitos says: Aug 1, 2013 5:14 PM

    GAMEDAY BUCKET GO BOOM

  4. redskinfansince82 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:14 PM

    Must be alot of guys living a little too good. Hamstrings is a product of not working out enough. Nicks is so fragile. When do we play the Giants? HTTR!!!!

  5. reiriza says: Aug 1, 2013 5:15 PM

    Damn you MARCUS VICK!

  6. hehateme2 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:17 PM

    Hey jets,
    THIS is how you conduct yourselves with the media. You cry about the media coverage but you’ll never see the nonsense coming from the Giants that you are now crying about.

    You can’t have it both ways….

  7. citiciti says: Aug 1, 2013 5:19 PM

    Cooper’s fault!

  8. therealraider says: Aug 1, 2013 5:22 PM

    He misses all offseason workouts, then gets injured. Gosh what a coincidence.

  9. captainwisdom8888 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:22 PM

    Every good coach creates a social-mental map of how to get the very best out of each player, and sometimes thats being really hard on a guy and always challenging him to be better or to be a leader…and sometimes it’s the opposite where you have to be more gentle and cuddly with a guy, constantly assuring him that he is special. If a coach treats a player the wrong way, that guy may end up just shutting down and providing very little effort come game day.

    All across the entirety of professional sports, you see the “old school” coach who is hard on his players and holds guys accountable being phased out everywhere. Players nowadays display a lot more of a diva attitude and don’t often buy into these types of coaches.

  10. bigbluenationdb says: Aug 1, 2013 5:24 PM

    If Randle steps up this year, Nicks is out of NY. Can’t stay healthy enough to warrant a big contract.

  11. petehemlock says: Aug 1, 2013 5:28 PM

    Hakeem Nicked-Up

  12. donth8thehorns says: Aug 1, 2013 5:30 PM

    Like Harvin!! Tons of talent, just not reliable enough for the big $ayday

  13. donth8thehorns says: Aug 1, 2013 5:31 PM

    Seattle will give him 6 year $85 million w/$30 mill guaranteed!!! Oops

  14. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 1, 2013 5:53 PM

    If you saw the Football Life show on Coughlin, you’ll see the mellowing with age. This is another example of it. He’s realizing it’s August 1, that this is Hakeem Nicks and that in 5 weeks, he can be ready. Old guy still has the edge about him and still is checking himself. I like it.

  15. mx1dave says: Aug 1, 2013 5:56 PM

    maybe its just training camp sickness and he will be ready to go game 1.

  16. giantsfan2104 says: Aug 1, 2013 6:34 PM

    Mike Shanahan disagrees.

  17. bobonmycob says: Aug 1, 2013 6:35 PM

    redskinfansince82 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:14 PM

    Must be alot of guys living a little too good. Hamstrings is a product of not working out enough. Nicks is so fragile. When do we play the Giants? HTTR!!!!

    Yeah the Giants are so scared of an injured/never will be as good as he was before QB, his crappy quality of WR’s and a defense that a 2 year old could run through. Yeah New York is shaking in their boots right about now.

  18. justintuckrule says: Aug 1, 2013 6:42 PM

    I say bubble wrap Nicks until week 1.

  19. dutchkindelberger says: Aug 1, 2013 6:44 PM

    @ bobonmycob:

    Considering the Redskins have won 3 of the last 4 games, won the division last year and went to the playoffs, while the Giants stayed home; if the Giants aren’t shaking in their boots, they should be.

    Stick a fork in the Giants: they’re done.

  20. justlntuckrule says: Aug 1, 2013 7:06 PM

    Shaun “Hairyback’ O’Hara reports on the Giants practice today by referring to EVERY throw that Eli made as ‘Great’, even his 2 interceptions. How is that not unbiased reporting. Get this slug off of the NFL Network.

  21. giantsfan2104 says: Aug 1, 2013 7:09 PM

    dutchkindelberger says: Aug 1, 2013 6:44 PM

    @ bobonmycob:

    Considering the Redskins have won 3 of the last 4 games, won the division last year and went to the playoffs, while the Giants stayed home; if the Giants aren’t shaking in their boots, they should be.

    Stick a fork in the Giants: they’re done.
    ====================================

    In 2011 Eagles won 4 of their last 5 games, and the Lions looked like they had finally turned the corner after making the playoffs for the first time in a decade. BOTH teams went belly-up the following season. (4-12)

  22. joeyd524 says: Aug 1, 2013 7:44 PM

    How does anyone follow that perfect reply…well done giantsfan

  23. officialgame says: Aug 1, 2013 7:54 PM

    Nobody is more tightly wound then Major Tom. If he hadn’t won 2 Superbowls he surely would have snapped by now.

  24. carpi2 says: Aug 1, 2013 8:11 PM

    I can see a little frustration brewing over Nicks oft injured ways. It was only 2 years ago since his last productive season.

    However, in the NFL, it doesn’t take long to go from being franchise staple to yesterday’s news. He may play his way (or lack of playing, that is) out of relevancy in the offensive scheme.

  25. lennydpocketqb says: Aug 1, 2013 9:24 PM

    When this guy is healthy he is fantastic. Much respect to him.

  26. lanman11 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:38 PM

    TRANSLATION: I’m a crotchety old fart but when I lighten up my team seems to respond, and when I’m a drill sergeant, my team craps out, so I’ll fake it as long as I have to because with these divas, it’s all or nothing.

  27. dynaco says: Aug 1, 2013 10:03 PM

    Tom, you don’t want to lose control and overwind your new Superbowl clock.

  28. weaponx73 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:49 PM

    @ bobonmycob:

    Considering the Redskins have won 3 of the last 4 games, won the division last year and went to the playoffs, while the Giants stayed home; if the Giants aren’t shaking in their boots, they should be.

    Stick a fork in the Giants: they’re done.
    —————————————–

    And the Giants won a Super Bowl in that time frame, what did the Redskins do? Oh yea lost a playoff game. Yea I’m so jealous of you skins fans.

  29. claymatthewshairplugs says: Aug 1, 2013 10:56 PM

    Add Hakeem Nicks to the all injury team. I’m trying to figure out who’s injured more Nicks, Polamalu or Anthony Gonzalez.

  30. bookofelisha10 says: Aug 2, 2013 5:04 AM

    this is really starting to get crazy. every year is the same- if he misses time this year and randell steps up you can count on nicks being with a new team, esp if hes demanding alot. he has all the talent in the world but is so brittle its sickening.

    then again the way the market went this year if nicks winds up missing time he might not get as much ashed think- unless he ends up a dolphin

  31. westtupper88 says: Aug 2, 2013 8:20 AM

    Very talented? Yes. Can he stay on the field ever for an entire season? Helllllll noooo.

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