PHILADELPHIA - Former Giants safety Walter Thurmond took some shots at coach Tom Coughlin in a recent interview, suggesting that Coughlin "doesn't believe in the modern medicine to progress the players to that next level."
But Thurmond went out of his way on Tuesday to call Coughlin a "great coach" and acknowledged that while his methods may be different from those of Eagles coach Chip Kelly, he still gets the most out of his players.
"It really comes down to what's your personal preference," Thurmond said after the Eagles' practice on Tuesday afternoon, the team's first training camp session in full pads. "Not everyone is going to be on the coach Kelly mindset as far as doing things, so everyone has their own coaching style. That's what I was alluding to, that everyone has a uniqueness about their coaching style. I'm not saying his coaching style is wrong by any means.
"He's won two championships," Thurmond said of Coughlin. "To be able to do that is a big feat in itself. What he's been doing has worked for him. It was just really showing the differences between the two organizations on how to get things done."
In an interview with Bleacher Report, Thurmond said that Coughlin "doesn't believe in the sport-science aspect like [Seahawks] coach [Pete] Carroll or coach Kelly and the newfound technology for the players. His style takes a hit, because he doesn't believe in that aspect."