Posted by Ryan Wilson
Tom Coughlin doesn't sound like he's losing sleep over Plaxico Burress' recent comments. Burress, who played for the Giants before spending more than 20 months in prison for carrying a gun without a permit (that he shot himself with it was more embarrassing than illegal), recently told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith that, "My situation in New York, me and my coach, had an ambivalent relationship to say the least. Some things that I didn't agree with, with the way he went about things. And the only way to show my way was to just rebel. Is that who I am? No."
ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio writes that "we’ve heard that Burress was fined upwards of 50 times in 2008 alone for a variety of infractions." Pretty sure that qualifies as rebelling.
(Of course, Florio also tries to connect the dots to Burress possibly landing with his original team, the Steelers. There's a better chance Pittsburgh brings Tommy Maddox out of retirement.)
Coughlin's response (via the New York Post): "I don't pay any attention to it. … It is what it is. Maybe he's sending me along a badge of honor. How do I know?"
Hey, Tom's ambivalent, too!
While a badge of honor probably isn't in Coughlin's future, he sounded sincere when wishing Burress the best.
"As I've said many times, I'll stay with the same line: I hope he gets some normalcy in his life and has a chance to spend some time with his family and that he gets to know his kids once again," said Coughlin. "His wife has done a tremendous job of holding that family together for the last two years. She deserves some help."
Coughlin was also asked about the lockout. And like everyone else, he's frustrated. "We're getting anxious. We've seen so much time come and go. I try not to look back at our rookies, the fact that we haven't even had the chance to teach them what our expectation level is. These guys are being hurt more than anyone else."
Maybe someone should put Coughlin in the next super-secret owner-player meeting and let him give his Matt Dodge speech. If that doesn't scare both sides into a new CBA then the season is already lost.
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