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Mathias Kiwanuka: “Absolutely there’s tension” within team

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It was easy to see which side of the ball showed up to play for the Giants Sunday.

And the fact that the offense was so “pathetic” — the word of coach Tom Coughlin — during a 23-0 loss to the Seahawks created a natural divide.

So it was no surprise when Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka said there was some real tension between teammates.

“Yeah. Absolutely there’s tension,” Kiwanuka said on ESPN Radio, via Dave Hutchinson of the Newark Star Ledger. “We’re human. We’re a team. We consider ourselves like a family. Any family there are going to be issues that come up. It’s about how you deal with it.

“In the heat of the game, things need to be said if somebody’s not getting the job done. Somebody needs to step up and tell them what is going on so we can get out of that fight with a win.”

“I have no problem with that. I think where it starts to get into trouble is where you get into things that are said, not behind somebody’s back, but when the other person isn’t there or (you) say something to somebody else about another player.

“That becomes an issue because that can get misconstrued and it takes a lot longer to get resolved whereas if you just go to somebody’s face, . . . you can get it settled much faster.”

Kiwanuka said Coughlin told players in a passionate post-game speech that he “felt sorry” for players who hadn’t given full effort.

“It was real,” Kiwanuka said. “He was speaking from the heart. That’s somebody’s real heart, real passion. You see how much he cares and how much he loves this game. He meant it.

“You don’t get a lot of chances to play this game. You have to make sure you take advantage of every single opportunity. I think that’s what he was referring to. The fact that I feel bad for you because you didn’t give your best in the opportunity you had.

“You’re not going to get that game back. You’re not going to have a whole lot of chances to prove what you can do.”

And it’s likely that some of the culprits won’t be Giants much longer, as they go back and try to fix a season that went impossibly wrong from the start.

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18 Responses to “Mathias Kiwanuka: “Absolutely there’s tension” within team”
  1. touchdownroddywhite says: Dec 18, 2013 8:15 AM

    The question is, will Coughlin be a Giant much longer? Two rings is nice, but what’s happening between can’t be viewed in any positive light.

  2. peymax1693 says: Dec 18, 2013 8:28 AM

    I seem to recall similar issues a few years back when the offense (Eli) was also struggling. I guess it’s to be expected. Eli has got to be the most enigmatic QB I can recall. He literally is a Jekyll and Hyde player. When he is on a roll, he looks like an all-time great quarterback; then he has seasons like this one where he becomes a turnover machine and you wonder whether he should be starting. Just makes me scratch my head.

  3. bigbluenationdb says: Dec 18, 2013 8:44 AM

    I sure would like to know who the players are having tension with. My thoughts is players are tired of seeing the effort Nicks has put forth this year. He looks terrible. Nicks effort has probably resulted in at least 5 INTs.

    The defense has played solid since Beason came in. The offense should be embarrassed. Especially the oline. The rookie Pugh probably has had the best season. Beatty is awful. Baas has been a bust since coming from San Fran. Diehl is done. Boothe is decent but probably wouldn’t start on most teams.

  4. 23rdusernameused says: Dec 18, 2013 8:49 AM

    lovin every minute of it!!
    hey Giants, how much more time does that “super bowl” clock in the locker room say!???!
    At least you have a “ELIite” QB though, YEAH RIGHT!!

  5. hailskins75 says: Dec 18, 2013 9:11 AM

    Chip Kelly could be the most tenured coach in the NFC East in two weeks.

  6. n0hopeleft says: Dec 18, 2013 9:15 AM

    touchdownroddywhite says:
    Dec 18, 2013 8:15 AM
    The question is, will Coughlin be a Giant much longer? Two rings is nice, but what’s happening between can’t be viewed in any positive light.

    ___________________________________

    And yet we still have more wins than your pathetic Falcons. Two rings is great, specifically when we shut out your lethal offense that year on the way to our 4th title.

  7. brobroski says: Dec 18, 2013 9:20 AM

    Remember when people were mentioning Eli Manning and the HOF in the same breath? He’s on his way to leading the NFL in INTs for the 3rd time, he has 232 total TDs to go with 227 total turnovers.

  8. touchdownroddywhite says: Dec 18, 2013 9:45 AM

    n0hopeleft says: Dec 18, 2013 9:15 AM

    touchdownroddywhite says:
    Dec 18, 2013 8:15 AM
    The question is, will Coughlin be a Giant much longer? Two rings is nice, but what’s happening between can’t be viewed in any positive light.

    ___________________________________

    And yet we still have more wins than your pathetic Falcons. Two rings is great, specifically when we shut out your lethal offense that year on the way to our 4th title.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Live in the past all you want. At least Atlanta managed to put points on the board against Seattle… Without their best offensive weapon….

  9. inyofacebltch says: Dec 18, 2013 9:47 AM

    You cannot blame this awful season purely on Eli. Yes he has had a terrible season and there have been some small flashes of him looking like his former self. Our offensive line needs dramatic help. Eli is putting the team on his back, forcing too much and making mistakes. The team isn’t doing their part to help him. Nicks gives up on every play. It is time for him to pack his bags and go to Carolina.

    I really think it comes down to the coaching. I still believe in Coughlin but Gilbride has to go. It is the same stagnant offense over and over and over again. Our defense has relatively held its own recently but the offense is sputtering left and right. I am hoping for some drastic changes this off season.

  10. tarrilasgiant1090 says: Dec 18, 2013 9:56 AM

    lol at this trolling Falcon fan. Let us know when you win a super bowl. Eli has two more rings than any Falcon player ever. hee hee.

  11. rdefranc27 says: Dec 18, 2013 9:58 AM

    Can’t argue about Eli’s interceptions, but since Tiki Barber retired who’s the best offensive skill player they’ve had on that team? Shockey? Plax? Cruz? That’s simply not good enough. They need to invest in skill on offense.

  12. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 18, 2013 9:59 AM

    Shades of those Reeves/early Fassel years when the Giants always had a Top 3 defense, the offense was insulting to watch, and the defense constantly went after the offense through the papers every week. Borderline mutiny for a good four or five years.

    Tom is talking about Nicks and Randle, by the way.

  13. bigbosscrispy says: Dec 18, 2013 11:36 AM

    This season can’t b over soon enough….change will b forthcoming – believe that!!

  14. justintuckrule says: Dec 18, 2013 11:51 AM

    We don’t have a head coaching problem, we have a talent problem. Good article in the Ledger today about how bad our drafts have been. I didn’t realize it. Since 08′, we only have one player on the roster who was drafted in the 4th rd or later (Andre Brown) and he’s been on 50% of the teams in the league. Contrast with Seattle’s defense who have 8 of 11 starters drafted in 4th or later.

    Great NFL coaches are cerebral and are big time motivators. TC has to be tops. Who else would be able to squeeze 5 wins from this roster following an 0-6 start. He’s won 2 SBs with moderate talent. Give him Seattle type talent and they’d be unstoppable. If he were up to it, I’d take him for another 7 years to oversee a complete rebuild.

  15. DonRSD says: Dec 18, 2013 3:17 PM

    Keep Coughlin. Fire all coordinators.
    Clean house.
    All these 1 year contracts are dumb. Build via the draft and let’s have some home grown talent.

    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  16. jetvet77 says: Dec 18, 2013 6:45 PM

    For success in football: offensive line, offensive line, offensive line

    Giants also need a different offensive coordinator – I know – statement of the obvious but just had to say it

    Anyone know what Norv Turner is doing? Lousy head coach but above average oc

  17. gpete1962 says: Dec 19, 2013 6:38 PM

    Start with the GM, Head coach and his staff, and all the fat cat contracts for players who can’t stay healthy. Give Eli one more year with a better O-line, then decide on him as well!

    Clean house baby!!

  18. gpete1962 says: Dec 19, 2013 6:50 PM

    DonRSD says:
    Dec 18, 2013 3:17 PM
    Keep Coughlin. Fire all coordinators.
    Clean house.
    All these 1 year contracts are dumb. Build via the draft and let’s have some home grown talent.

    GO BIG BLUE!!!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    My problem with TC is he’s kept losers Like Kevin Killdrive way to long.

    lets not forget a GM who couldn’t pick a good free agent if his life depended on it. He’s done a good lob of evaluating some late 1st round picks but his contract negotiations have been awful!

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