Giants running back Brandon Jacobs has gone from saying there’s no chance that receiver Plaxico Burress will return to the team to saying there’s a chance. Jacobs can now officially nudge the needle back to “no chance.”
In an interview with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, about which we’ve already posted a couple of blurbs, Burress rules out playing for Giants coach Tom Coughlin.
Burress described their relationship as “ambivalent,” and he said that he rebelled against Coughlin. “I’ve missed some meetings,” Burress said. “I’ve been late. I’ve been fined.”
Specifically, we’ve heard that Burress was fined upwards of 50 times in 2008 alone for a variety of infractions.
In contrast, Burress spoke glowingly about his relationship with former Steelers coach Bill Cowher. And that means it could make sense to keep an eye on teams coached by men over whom Cowher has influence, such as the Cardinals and Ken Whisenhunt, and the Bills and Chan Gailey.
It also could make sense to pay even closer attention to the Steelers, given that offensive coordinator Bruce Arians served as Plaxico’s position coach in Pittsburgh. Given quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s stated desire for tall receivers and Roethlisberger’s close relationship with Arians, an effort to bring Burress back to the ‘Burgh could be in the offing.
Regardless of where he lands, Burress plans to make an impact, promising that the league will be in for a “rude awakening” when he returns.