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Coughlin on unsportsmanlike conduct penalty: “I was wrong”

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Giants coach Tom Coughlin was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct late in the first half of Sunday night’s preseason game, and although Coughlin yelled at referee Ed Hochuli on his way into the locker room at halftime, Coughlin admitted after the game that the penalty was his own fault.

The flag came because Coughlin left the bench area to get the officials’ attention to let them know that he wanted to call a timeout. Coughlin says he knows the officials have been instructed not to allow coaches to run onto the field.

“I’m taking full responsibility for that, I was wrong,” Coughlin said. “I was out on the field too many times. They warned me about that, but in that situation, you’re told by the officials to go ahead and come down if you need to take a timeout when the clock is running out, but that didn’t happen.”

Former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira said that coaches leaving the bench area is a point of emphasis this season, so Coughlin won’t be the last coach to get such a flag. At least Coughlin learned his lesson in the preseason, not the regular season.

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43 Responses to “Coughlin on unsportsmanlike conduct penalty: “I was wrong””
  1. floratiotime says: Aug 19, 2013 10:35 AM

    Old dog … new trick … paging Michael Vick.

  2. cruuuzcontrol says: Aug 19, 2013 10:40 AM

    I’m glad we had to wait until after the game to figure out what happened with that bench penalty. Expert job done by the FOX crew. Pam Oliver was apparently too busy getting hit in the head with a warm-up pass to do some actual sideline reporting.

  3. dsimp724 says: Aug 19, 2013 10:40 AM

    Then hochuli went on to explain the penalty in 2000 words or less and it basically turned into a timeout

  4. sbchampsagain says: Aug 19, 2013 10:41 AM

    It’s refreshing to see a coach simply use some class and let it go.

    Looking in your direction, Jim Harbaugh.

  5. justinstuckrule says: Aug 19, 2013 10:45 AM

    Coughlin had a great run but his time is up. He’ll retire with a big stain on his record for how he ran Tiki Barber out of town. Tiki was all class, the best RB of his era and a great husband and reporter off the field. All the haters can hate on Tiki all they want, but without Tiki, Eli wouldn’t even be in the league today and the Giants wouldn’t have even made it to the Super Bowl since LT.

  6. eaglesfan036 says: Aug 19, 2013 10:46 AM

    In Coughlin’s defense, it seems like there are times when officials are oblivious to the coaches trying to call a time out.

  7. kd75 says: Aug 19, 2013 10:46 AM

    He should fine himself.

  8. aamboca says: Aug 19, 2013 10:51 AM

    With all the haters on this site, I find that I rarely laugh at something someone has written, but cruuuzcontrol… thanks Dude, that was a good one!!!! Not a Giant fan but the girlfriend is… she was not a happy camper last night…. I guess we’ll see if I get to be one tonight!!!! HTTR!!!!!

  9. tinopuno says: Aug 19, 2013 10:53 AM

    Coughlin has made a career of running onto the field to express ‘shocked disbelief’ at obviously accurate calls.

    Like a petulant child, he’s best ignored.

  10. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 19, 2013 10:55 AM

    ustinstuckrule says:

    Coughlin had a great run but his time is up. He’ll retire with a big stain on his record for how he ran Tiki Barber out of town
    ______________________

    Even as a Pats fan I find that statement ridiculous. Tiki ran himself out of town and if he was a great RB its because Coughlin taught him how to carry and protect the ball properly and cured his fumbleitis.

  11. thesconnienation says: Aug 19, 2013 10:57 AM

    @justinstuckrule says:
    Aug 19, 2013 10:45 AM
    Coughlin had a great run but his time is up. He’ll retire with a big stain on his record for how he ran Tiki Barber out of town. Tiki was all class, the best RB of his era and a great husband and reporter off the field. All the haters can hate on Tiki all they want, but without Tiki, Eli wouldn’t even be in the league today and the Giants wouldn’t have even made it to the Super Bowl since LT.

    Now this was a good joke.

  12. beedubyatoo says: Aug 19, 2013 11:02 AM

    I think justinstuckrule is actually Tiki Barber.

  13. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 19, 2013 11:06 AM

    What exactly necessitated this new emphasis on keeping coaches off the field? I don’t remember this really being a problem. I mean there was the time that Belichick tugged at that replacement ref but that was after the game and replacement refs weren’t real people anyways.

  14. iced107 says: Aug 19, 2013 11:08 AM

    dsimp724 says:
    Aug 19, 2013 10:40 AM
    Then hochuli went on to explain the penalty in 2000 words or less and it basically turned into a timeout

    ————————————————————-

    She’ll be joining the concussion lawsuit in the near future

  15. iced107 says: Aug 19, 2013 11:09 AM

    this is the one i meant to copy lol

    Pam Oliver was apparently too busy getting hit in the head with a warm-up pass to do some actual sideline reporting

    ——————————————————
    She’ll be joining the concussion lawsuit in the near future

  16. toonloonboon says: Aug 19, 2013 11:11 AM

    and theyre just getting around to flagging this guy now??? he walks out onto the field and throws his arms up at least twice a game for 10 yrs now.

    makes you wonder. theyve never flagged him during any meaningful game for 10 yrs of him and ONlY him doing this….but the league, on the advice of the ny giants owner will hand down crippling cap penalties to two of this team’s divisin rivals without so much of a law on the books to cite for wrongdoing….

  17. paythevig says: Aug 19, 2013 11:15 AM

    sbchampsagain says:
    Aug 19, 2013 10:41 AM
    It’s refreshing to see a coach simply use some class and let it go.

    Looking in your direction, Jim Harbaugh.
    ____________________

    Look in every coach’s direction when it’s the regular season. No one should be making a fuss in pre-season.

    Would you rather have a coach who’s fired up on the sideline’s or a passive, ho-hum type who just rolls along like a tumble weed, without any display of urgency.

  18. east96st says: Aug 19, 2013 11:20 AM

    justinstuckrule – At first, I thought, “Wow, someone who actually knows LESS about football than logicalvoice!”. I was impressed. Then, I noticed that “logical” has been trolling a bit less and you’ve been doing it a LOT more. Now, I realize that you ARE “logical” and you’re just using a new sign in name to continue to troll the Giants posts disguised as a Giants fan. Well done, logical, well done. I appreciate that in your new persona, you’re going for more of a comedic angle, than just flat out trolling. Yep, nothing says “great husband” more than leaving your wife for an intern while she’s in labor with your twins. Good stuff, man, good stuff.

  19. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 19, 2013 11:27 AM

    Please I beg you to get Mike Pereira off my TV in the name of God.

  20. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 19, 2013 11:29 AM

    Jim Harbaugh will get flagged quite a bit this year.

    Look forward to a holding penalty being a 25 yard penalty.

  21. charmcitychampions says: Aug 19, 2013 11:38 AM

    Oh wait so now Coughlin can’t run around the field publicly chastising his players with his whiny beet red face all snarled up looking like an old irish nun? What a shame. That was always entertaining to see.

  22. lastdukestreetking says: Aug 19, 2013 11:45 AM

    It’s pro sports. Coaches should never be allowed to call a TO.

  23. sbchampsagain says: Aug 19, 2013 11:59 AM

    Would you rather have a coach who’s fired up on the sideline’s or a passive, ho-hum type who just rolls along like a tumble weed, without any display of urgency.

    _____________

    You act like there is no middle of the road.

    Acting like a blathering idiot on the sidelines doesnt get calls overturned or inspire a team of professional athletes.

    Coaches can display urgency and emotion to their OWN team. They can also be upset with a call. And express that displeasure to the refs.

    But do it with some class, man!

  24. tindeaux says: Aug 19, 2013 12:16 PM

    like him or not, 2 rings with the Giants, period!

  25. ravenousmind says: Aug 19, 2013 12:27 PM

    Why not have a timeout flag like the challenge flag for the coaches? Give them a blue flag for timeouts.

  26. justintuckrule says: Aug 19, 2013 12:29 PM

    I guess being the only team in nfl history to win a sb in 4 different decades will bring out the haters even in the preseason. We must have arrived now that we’re hated as much as Dallas and Pittsburgh.

    To my fellow brethren giants fans… Don’t feed the trolls.

    As for the game, it’s only preseason. We’re only experimenting. Come game 1, we’ll be off and running like usual.

  27. nananatman says: Aug 19, 2013 12:34 PM

    Tiki Barber was what now?

  28. damcmp says: Aug 19, 2013 12:50 PM

    Justinstuckrule is deluded!!!!!!!

  29. kappy32 says: Aug 19, 2013 12:53 PM

    Preseason is the time where everyone works out the cobwebs from a long offseason, including one of the BEST COACHES IN THE NFL!

  30. kappy32 says: Aug 19, 2013 12:56 PM

    Somewhere, even Tiki Barber is flabbergasted by @JustinTuckRule’s comment.

  31. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 19, 2013 1:04 PM

    I noticed a few teams have a lot of personnel that literally line up centimeters from the playing field as well as going onto the playing field from time to time. The NFL needs to be more strict and force these coaching staffs to stay within the confines of the sidelines as this is starting to become a problem of professionalism with all of these out of control coaches who can’t keep their emotions in check. NFL coaches need to grow up and stop trying to invent ways to create penalties from the sidelines. That’s just pathetic and there’s no excuse for it.

  32. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Aug 19, 2013 1:06 PM

    I’ve been coming to this site long enough to feel comfortable agreeing with this statement

    JustinTuckRule IS Tiki Barber.

  33. justintuckrule says: Aug 19, 2013 1:16 PM

    Lost on everyone here is that Coughlin is one of the few stand-up coaches in this league. Who here thinks Harbaugh would have been man enough to admit a mistake? He’s still griping about calls from 2011. Think Shanahan and he’s mastery of talking from both sides of his mouth would admit to a screwup? I haven’t heard him yet say that it was his mistake to leave Griffin in. I’m glad TC is my coach. Being a “MAN” and owning up to screw ups is a great quality to have and it is no surprise to me he’s able to motivate under-talented teams to great things.

  34. officialgame says: Aug 19, 2013 1:41 PM

    I’m still trying to figure how Coughlin has managed to win two Superbowls with average teams. Luck? Fate? Who knows? That along with how Mick Jaguar is still alive.

  35. dlk47823 says: Aug 19, 2013 1:44 PM

    Giants looking like they’ll be watching the playoffs at home for the 4th time in past 5 years. Secondary is awful.

  36. justintuckrule says: Aug 19, 2013 2:16 PM

    officialgame says:
    Aug 19, 2013 1:41 PM
    I’m still trying to figure how Coughlin has managed to win two Superbowls with average teams. Luck? Fate? Who knows? That along with how Mick Jaguar is still alive.
    ———
    I’m a Giants’ fan and freely admit that a lot of luck and fate went into it. However, I think 75% of coaching is having the ability to make your players want to run through walls for you. Parcells and his disciples have this innate ability. I’m sure Jason Garrett, and his Princeton degree, is X’s and O’s smarter than Coughlin and Parcells combined. In a league where the best in the world are competing and there’s not much difference between them on a parity level, the ability to make your player an inch better than the competition is what separates SB winning coaches from average coaches.

  37. justintuckrule says: Aug 19, 2013 2:25 PM

    dlk47823 says:
    Aug 19, 2013 1:44 PM
    Giants looking like they’ll be watching the playoffs at home for the 4th time in past 5 years. Secondary is awful.
    ——————————-
    Totally agree. Their defense is bordering on unwatchable. Still, history says you can’t sleep on them. In 07′, their defense under 1st year DC Spags gave up 80 pts in the 1st two games. Aside from Tuck, Ross, Webster, Cofield and Osi, the rest of that defense is out of the league. 2011 – not much different. Bad defense that rose to the occasion when it mattered most.

    For the first time in a few years, the schedule might be their best friend. If they split with the NFC east, they need only find 7 wins out of 10 from against Oak, KC, SD, Den (home), Car, Sea (home), GB (home), Chi, Minn (home), Det. As you notice, they play all 2012 playoff teams at home. Not un-doable.

  38. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Aug 19, 2013 2:30 PM

    If there were voting for goofiest faces made by NFL coaches in the heat of the moment I think Coughlin would beat out 9ers Harbaugh at the finish. He’s always provides a good laugh! Harbaugh would get an honorable mention for full body animation contortions…

  39. billhicks666 says: Aug 19, 2013 2:38 PM

    @ officialgame:

    Mick Jaguar???

  40. melikefootball says: Aug 19, 2013 2:57 PM

    Lets wait and see if the Hairballs get the flag, they love running on the field.

  41. bigwayne75 says: Aug 19, 2013 3:04 PM

    I really don’t believe Justintuckrule is a Giants’ fan

  42. justintuckrule says: Aug 19, 2013 3:49 PM

    bigwayne75 says:
    Aug 19, 2013 3:04 PM
    I really don’t believe Justintuckrule is a Giants’ fan
    ——————-
    I’m just not a blind homer, that’s all.

  43. fdugrad says: Aug 19, 2013 8:13 PM

    Coach C. is SO old school, I’m a little shocked he didn’t cut himself!

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