Tom Coughlin understands that Hakeem Nicks is upset
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Tom Coughlin said he hasn't talked to Hakeem Nicks about his display of frustration during Sunday's win over the Packers and he sure as heck wasn't going to talk to anyone else about it, either. "That's something I'm not going to discuss," the coach said on a conference call Monday. "Those things will stay inside."
Nicks was targeted on a pass in the end zone late in the first half of the victory, but the throw was incomplete. Two plays later, with Nicks on the sideline, Eli Manning threw an interception when Nicks' replacement, Louis Murphy Jr., ran the wrong route. Nicks was visibly upset over the missed touchdown and the interception and several teammates addressed him before he returned to the game.
Afterward, Nicks said he was upset because his opportunities for touchdowns have been "few and far between." He hasn't caught a scoring pass in the last 13 games and is the only player in the NFL with 35 or more receptions and no touchdowns this season.
"I'm sure that there is [frustration] and we all share in that," Coughlin said. "[We] just continue to try to support and encourage him to be the best that he can be and it will happen. There have been opportunities, but we've just got to continue to try to get better, work together, and it will happen."
Meet and greet
The Giants were given Monday off but the captains organized players-only debriefings and video-work groups that have become regular components of the weekly schedule.
"Probably everybody was there," Jon Beason said. "Coach gave us the afternoon off but guys still came in to watch tape and work out. Guys are getting ready for Dallas . . . The preparation starts effective immediately after the [Packers] game."
The players were required to check in and lift weights or exercise, but there were no scheduled meetings.
"That the captains decided to have the players meet, I'm pleased with that," Coughlin said, "but I'm not surprised." Giant steps
The NFL announced that the Dec. 1 Giants game in Washington will remain in its original 8:30 p.m. slot and not be flexed out of prime time as Sunday's game against the Packers was. "The reason they created the flex schedule is because they want to play meaningful games at peak hours and if you're playing in those games, then you're doing something right," Beason said . . .