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Tom Coughlin: Hakeem Nicks hasn’t been reliable this season


The Giants got their first win of the season against the Vikings on Monday night, but the team’s change of fortune didn’t extend to one of their starting wide receivers.

Hakeem Nicks dropped several passes during the game, continuing a campaign that’s featured more bad than good. Nicks has been criticized for not fighting hard enough for balls in addition to not holding onto enough of them, two reasons why Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday that Nicks hasn’t been a reliable enough player to this point in the season.

“You’ve got to get to the point where the reliability factor is there as strongly as it always has been,” Coughlin said, via the New York Daily News. “Has it been there up to this point? No. But we’re saying ‘Let’s get back to work and get this done.’ We count on this guy.”

Nicks didn’t endear himself to Coughlin by skipping voluntary work this offseason, but the coach said Wednesday that he doesn’t think thoughts about impending free agency are contributing to Nicks’ on-field struggles. If they are, it’s a real problem for Nicks because struggling now is going to negatively impact the contract he gets later whether he gets it from the Giants or someone else.

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31 Responses to “Tom Coughlin: Hakeem Nicks hasn’t been reliable this season”
  1. nfl4days says: Oct 23, 2013 5:32 PM

    Hakeem Nicks has dropped more slants and deep routes than I can count.

  2. green41563 says: Oct 23, 2013 5:34 PM

    I mean, pretty easy to see what’s going on here: team stinks, and he’s mailed it in mentally.

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Oct 23, 2013 5:34 PM

    I remember when Giant fans said Nicks and Cruz were better than Garcon, Moss and Hankerson. Bet you wish you had our front office huh. #WeLOLattheGiantsinDC

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 23, 2013 5:39 PM

    Hakeem Nicks also hasn’t gotten paid or been given security, just like what we saw recently with the Freeman meltdown.

    Sounds like you should have moved him a long time ago if you weren’t going to pay him. The Giants are the ones who weren’t reliable on this issue in terms of doing the right thing for their team. Nicks is under contract and getting his money and he doesn’t have to worry about having a job next year, and Coughlin does. So he better start singing a more appropriate tune that relates to what his job is, and smearing your own players isn’t a high-value activity to invest one’s time in.

  5. blacknole08 says: Oct 23, 2013 5:43 PM

    He’d be real reliable in a Panther uniform. Cam could use another weapon.

  6. sandersmarcus10 says: Oct 23, 2013 5:50 PM

    TRADE HIM THEN and get something back!

  7. eviltwin007 says: Oct 23, 2013 5:52 PM

    Why don’t you try to trade him, I’m sure there’s a team that needs a WR. Like my Colts, maybe. Like a 6th round pick should do it.

  8. twelsh36446 says: Oct 23, 2013 5:56 PM

    Totally agree with your comment about him throwing his players under the bus thestrategyexpert. He will be haunted by it when the Giants show him the door and nobody wants to even play for him anymore., and that could be soon.

  9. bigbenh8tr says: Oct 23, 2013 5:58 PM

    Cowboys will sweep the division and sneak into the playoffs at 9-7.

  10. Kayne East says: Oct 23, 2013 5:58 PM


  11. jimsjam33 says: Oct 23, 2013 5:59 PM

    Nicks had better start catching the ball or it’s to the bench for him . No grumbling about contracts or next season because his performance is lacking . He can still turn it around . He better be glad Coughlin likes him . Oh yeah , the season is not over . They are only two games behind in the NFC East , a lousy division . The Giant defensive line needs to step up too , but when you have a Super Bowl quarterback it can be done . It would spectacular though .
    Giant Fan in LA .

  12. laxcoach37 says: Oct 23, 2013 6:23 PM

    Nicks is not reliable… could not be a more accurate statement. He is lazy on routes, drops passes and is always injured. This was his reputation at UNC as well. Clearly the Giants should look to Trade him now. R.Randle is a worthy replacement and while the season is not over; it ain’t lookin good, so they can get atleast a 2nd or 3rd for him. By the way, Coughlin will Retire if he is not fired, but if he wanted to continue Coaching he would be signed as fast as Nicks would be.

  13. 69finfan says: Oct 23, 2013 6:25 PM

    Has Tom Coughlin been reliable this season?

  14. dtownsportslions says: Oct 23, 2013 6:30 PM

    Should have traded him when his value was higher, earlier in the season.

  15. jlinatl says: Oct 23, 2013 6:46 PM

    Good way to build his trade value…

  16. amazingguy101 says: Oct 23, 2013 6:51 PM

    He just doesn’t want to be giant anymore. That’s why he is playing bad.

  17. fdugrad says: Oct 23, 2013 6:57 PM

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. How did that missing the practice thing work for you Hakeem?!

  18. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 23, 2013 7:06 PM

    Tom is right.

  19. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 23, 2013 7:11 PM


    Yeah well these are expensive machines. Coughlin isn’t operating the ice cream machine at McDonalds. These are human beings that operate with complex psychologies and there is a tremendous amount of money on the table. And to me it’s absolutely ridiculous to think that any NFL team would struggle to get a coach that can act professionally ALL of the time. Yet the guys that some of these teams put all of their trust and money in is just an amazingly fascinating thing because so many of them have no clue how to run a football team, yet they get paid MILLIONS to…run football teams! It’s just crazy and sadly irresponsible.

  20. 700levelvet says: Oct 23, 2013 7:27 PM

    And Eli is playing lights out….

  21. vikes89allday says: Oct 23, 2013 7:32 PM

    Free agent at the end of the year where will he go?

  22. thereyougo2 says: Oct 23, 2013 7:42 PM

    This has nothing to do with the QB and the OL has nothing to do with that non-offense.

  23. hor2012 says: Oct 23, 2013 8:04 PM

    I’m a Saints fan. But, I love football period. I don’t think this is about a contract. I’m betting that he’s hurt and playing through it. He has dropped a lot of slants but Nicks has never been a receiver to shy away from contact. I promise you at the end of the year it comes out that he’s not healthy.

  24. kepickle says: Oct 23, 2013 8:05 PM

    this is why Hakeem Nicks should never wear a Panthers uniform

    I know many may not like it but i want WR’s who will help the Panthers not just a local guy

  25. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Oct 23, 2013 8:16 PM

    Coach has got it right here. On MNF I saw Nicks drop passes and display “alligator arms” on slants. Nicks was great a few years ago. Not sure what is going on with him.

  26. multiplemiggs says: Oct 23, 2013 8:43 PM

    lacrosse isnt a sport

  27. roadtrip3500 says: Oct 23, 2013 9:27 PM

    Meanwhile, Cruz is still playing like a WR who wants to get paid, instead of one who just got paid.

    Vic and Rueben are the starting wideouts next season.

  28. kd75 says: Oct 23, 2013 11:53 PM

    Nicks is playing himself out of a contract.

  29. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 24, 2013 1:34 PM

    kepickle says: Oct 23, 2013 8:05 PM

    this is why Hakeem Nicks should never wear a Panthers uniform

    I know many may not like it but i want WR’s who will help the Panthers not just a local guy

    That’s why he would actually fit in with the Panthers.

  30. giantsrollercoaster says: Oct 24, 2013 4:34 PM

    Other than Cruz, Beason and the DTs you could say that about the whole team.

  31. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 24, 2013 5:05 PM

    I will agree. I watch the game, then the film of each game. I will list the guys who have played like every game is their last:

    Antrel Rolle.
    Victor Cruz.
    Kevin Boothe.
    Eli Manning.
    Jon Beason.
    Shaun Rogers.
    Linval Joseph.
    Will Hill.
    Prince Amukamara.
    Ryan Mundy.
    Steve Weatherford.

    Everyone else is either not focused, dropping balls consistently, constantly lost in coverage, spends more time babbling on social media than working out kinks and miscommunication issues, or just flat out stinks and is washed up.

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