Ryan Mundy talks about the 'very fine line' of hitting teammates in practice
Ryan Mundy was yelled at by Tom Coughlin for hitting Ryan Torain in practice yesterday, giving the running back a concussion. But the free agent safety said that when he looked at the play on tape, “it wasn’t as bad as I initially thought it was.”
“He got hit from the back (by Jacquian Williams), he got bumped into me, and I think he hit the ground harder than anybody,” Mundy told Newsday today. “Anytime you have a guy on the ground with that type of impact, it’s not good for your football team. We have to do better.”
It wasn’t the only time a Giants defender brought a Giants ballcarrier to the ground yesterday. In fact, today Coughlin was still smarting over it. “We didn’t have any lack of contact yesterday,” Coughlin said today when asked about evaluating the linebackers without full impact. But the hit by Mundy on Torain did send the running back to the sideline and he's now out indefinitely with a concussion.
Mundy said it’s a “very fine line” between doing your job as a defender and adhering to the Giants’ rules.
“Coach Coughlin makes sure that he dictates the pace of practice, but we have a job to do as defenders to make sure that we’re physically ready to play against a physical football team with physical backs,” he said. “So you try to do your best to display professionalism. You don’t want to go out there and kill your guys because at the end of the day they are our teammates and we do need them.”
Mundy figures to see a good deal of playing time with the second team against the Steelers, his former team, on Saturday night.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “It’s pretty ironic that my first game as a non-Steeler is against the Steelers. I’m excited about it. I talked to a few guys down there. It’ll be kind of an awkward experience to go into the visiting locker room.”
But not a unique one. Mundy was in the visiting locker room when he played at Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh and the district championship game was played at Heinz Field.