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Coughlin on Rex: 'Talk is cheap, play the game'

Posted on: December 21, 2011 3:19 pm
 
Tom Coughlin wasn't thrilled with the loss to the Redskins. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Breaking news: Rex Ryan likes to talk about the Jets and how dangerous they are. On Monday, he made sure that the world knows, in advance of a Christmas Eve New York matchup, that while the Giants are an "excellent" team, "I think we're better."

Giants coach Tom Coughlin was asked about Ryan's comments during his Wednesday press conference, and his response was, well, what you'd expect out of Coughlin -- he thinks "talk is cheap."

"I just say, regardless of the talk, it will be decided at one o’clock Saturday afternoon," Coughlin said. "Regardless of what is said. Talk is cheap, play the game."

Coughlin appeared pretty exasperated at his presser, and it's hard to blame him. The Giants breathed new life into their season by taking down the Cowboys two weeks ago, and then turned right back around and tried to kill it off again with a devastating loss to Washington on Sunday.

This Saturday, they're in a full-on elimination match, as a loss would put them at 7-8. Even if the Cowboys lost out, the Eagles (who play Dallas on Saturday) would win the NFC East tiebreaker.

Coughlin knows that, and he's fully aware that engaging in a public war of words won't do his team any good, even though he might use Ryan's willingness to talk to his advantage.

"Perhaps," Coughlin said when asked if he'd used the Jets talk to motivate his team.

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brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:59 pm
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Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Coughlin on Rex: 'Talk is cheap, play the game'

So... this is a story about Coughlin 'talking' about how talk is cheap and it will come down to the showdown Saturday at 1pm.  meh, could care less about either... just seemed like a little irony.



Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:06 pm
 

Coughlin on Rex: 'Talk is cheap, play the game'

"This Saturday, they're in a full-on elimination match, as a loss would put them at 7-8. Even if the Cowboys lost out, the (who play Dallas on Saturday) would win the NFC East tiebreaker."


Actually, it's not an elimination game. If the Cowboys and Giants both lose this week, and the Giants win and Philly loses next week, the Giants will be in. Philly is 6-8. Not sure if this writer is assuming a win by Philly against the Redskins next week, but we saw how that turned out for the Giants this past week.



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:54 pm
 

Coughlin on Rex: 'Talk is cheap, play the game'

Redseat I initially shared in your confusion when I first read this part of the article because it does not sound like it made sense. I then went to ESPN.com (here is the link: ) for some clarity. ESPN.com referred to 'talk is cheap' as being Tom Coughlin's mantra and that is when things began to make sense. Hopefully Will Brinson will edit this to clarify it for CBS Sports.com readers.


Thank you very much for the clarification!



Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:46 pm
 

Coughlin on Rex: 'Talk is cheap, play the game'

I agree with you about Rex and his mouth but Sanchez? Really? He never says anything but the right things and he tries his best. Be angry at the media, they hype him, he is not a self hyper like many other players out there. Incase you did not know this but there are teams in the league that STILL have not won a superbowl, they are not easy to come by. Second if you know the history again it was the media that made Joe do his guarantee. They were pressing him about being such a big underdog and how he had no chance he gave them the verbal bird with a "I guarantee we are going to win this game"
In closing I have to agree with you about Fireboy Ed also

Fatboy Rex and tubby Fireboy are an embarrasment to the NFL. These are two fat circus clowns that have made the jets the laughingstock of football. Isn't it bad enough that the Jets have not won anything in what? 48 years, but you have these fat clowns claiming greatness, guarantees, etc.  And "Sand
chize" is at least smart enough to not run his mouth when it is obvious that he is among the worst QBs in the league, with no faith at all from his own offensive coodinator. All of this nonsense will soon go away when the Jets send Kotite + 50 lbs packing and the next rebuild commences.




Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Coughlin on Rex: 'Talk is cheap, play the game'

Can't stand either of these coaches. The "Ryan boys" are just like their dad was- an ass! Still, Coughlin is just as big an ass. He may take "the high road" in his press conference before the game, but he acts like a 2-year-old on the sideline during the game and regularly throws his team under the bus in press conferences after losses. Both teams have some classy players and some loudmouth jerks (like every team), but both coaches are classless weasels. I hope they both lose.



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Coughlin on Rex: 'Talk is cheap, play the game'

Man I love it, two teams that I totally despise, going at it.
If I had to choose one....I'd take the men in blue................can't stand the G Men, but their coach is a class act and they usually just go out an play, contrary to that big, bloated, toe-jam sucker and his gaggle of mutts.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Coughlin on Rex: 'Talk is cheap, play the game'

I agree with you about Rex and his mouth but Sanchez? Really? He never says anything but the right things and he tries his best. Be angry at the media, they hype him, he is not a self hyper like many other players out there. Incase you did not know this but there are teams in the league that STILL have not won a superbowl, they are not easy to come by. 

Vader1228.  You're right about Sanchez, he doesn't have a big mouth and he's not a self hype player, no doubt about that. But here's the thing, I don't think many people believe anymore that he has the talent to lead the Jets to the superbowl let alone win one.  He has some good games and he's even had some good playoff games in the past, but if not for the Jets shutdown defence in the past and/or a great running game, I don't even think Sanchez would still be the starting qb for the Jets.

Yes, there is the odd exception where a team without a star qb wins it all, but there aren't many exceptions at all.  Tampa and Baltimore a long time ago were really the only exceptions I can think of, and its been a while since those teams won it all.  The closest thing other then that is maybe the Giants with Eli Manning but even though he's not a superstar qb, he still has a lot more big play capabilities then Sanchez does in my opinion.  

If you look at most of the NFL qb's that won or at least made it to the superbowl lately, Sanchez doesn't really fit in.  Rodgers, Roethlisberger, Brees, Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner, Tom Brady... those are pretty good qb's.  The Jets need a qb with a high ceiling that can become something special.  I don't think Sanchez is that guy....  he's had a great running game in the past, he's had a great D in the past, he's had great protection at times, he's had good special teams at times, and I think the coaching has been very good overall.  They've surrounded him with as much talent as he needs ...... 

I think it's time Sanchez goes and the Jets bring somebody else in......  his guaranteed money will be pretty well done I think midway through next season or maybe 3/4's of the way in....  my prediction is if something doesn't suddenly change, Sanchez will be gone.  



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Coughlin on Rex: 'Talk is cheap, play the game'

I agree with you about Rex and his mouth but Sanchez? Really? He never says anything but the right things and he tries his best. Be angry at the media, they hype him, he is not a self hyper like many other players out there. Incase you did not know this but there are teams in the league that STILL have not won a superbowl, they are not easy to come by. 

Vader1228.  You're right about Sanchez, he doesn't have a big mouth and he's not a self hype player, no doubt about that. But here's the thing, I don't think many people believe anymore that he has the talent to lead the Jets to the superbowl let alone win one.  He has some good games and he's even had some good playoff games in the past, but if not for the Jets shutdown defence in the past and/or a great running game, I don't even think Sanchez would still be the starting qb for the Jets.

Yes, there is the odd exception where a team without a star qb wins it all, but there aren't many exceptions at all.  Tampa and Baltimore a long time ago were really the only exceptions I can think of, and its been a while since those teams won it all.  The closest thing other then that is maybe the Giants with Eli Manning but even though he's not a superstar qb, he still has a lot more big play capabilities then Sanchez does in my opinion.  

If you look at most of the NFL qb's that won or at least made it to the superbowl lately, Sanchez doesn't really fit in.  Rodgers, Roethlisberger, Brees, Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner, Tom Brady... those are pretty good qb's.  The Jets need a qb with a high ceiling that can become something special.  I don't think Sanchez is that guy....  he's had a great running game in the past, he's had a great D in the past, he's had great protection at times, he's had good special teams at times, and I think the coaching has been very good overall.  They've surrounded him with as much talent as he needs ...... 

I think it's time Sanchez goes and the Jets bring somebody else in......  his guaranteed money will be pretty well done I think midway through next season or maybe 3/4's of the way in....  my prediction is if something doesn't suddenly change, Sanchez will be gone.  



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:13 pm
 

Coughlin on Rex: 'Talk is cheap, play the game'

I do not have any skin in this game, and I can find plenty of reason's to not like either team.  Rex Ryan is an infant, he acts like a school yard bully, all bark and no bite.  Coughlin is tight lipped, crack the whip hard as$.

Sanchez is an over rated QB, his best feature is his smile, but on a team like the Jets there is not much to smile about.  Eli lives in Peyton's shadow, he has flashes of brilliance and then looks horrible (just like Romo).

Both teams have there fair share of idiots who are famous for headlines based on something stupid off the field.  I hope both teams miss the playoffs.........I am rooting for a tie game.


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