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Coughlin to Rolle: Relax, ok?

Washington Redskins' Anthony Armstrong races in front of

Washington Redskins' Anthony Armstrong races in front of New York Giants Antrel Rolle, center, and Kenny Phillips, right, on his way to a 64-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, Sunday. (Jan. 2, 2011) Credit: MCT

Indianapolis - Giants safeties Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips created a stir shortly after the regular season when they suggested on a Miami radio show that head coach Tom Coughlin needed to lighten up and have some more fun.

 “Since I’ve been playing the game since the age of 6, to me it’s never been about the money, it’s never been about anything more than winning and having fun," Rolle told WQAM host Sid Rosenberg. Asked if he has fun playing for Coughlin, Rolle replied, “Honestly, I’m not having the fun I’m used to having.”

Phillips even suggested he wouldn't mind playing for Jets' fun-loving coach Rex Ryan. "I would love to play for a guy like Rex," Phillips said. "He goes to bat for his players. He'll take the blame, he allows you to be you. He's not asking you to hide. If you're a guy who likes to talk, go out and talk, long as you back it up. Like 'Trel said, his guys are playing for him and I'd love to be a part of that."

Both players later clarified their remarks and said they enjoyed playing for Coughlin. And what was Coughlin's response? 

"You should have seen me a few years ago," Coughlin cracked to reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine. "That's my response." 

Coughlin later said he had spoken to both players, and while he wouldn't divulge any details, it appeared the issue had been resolved. 

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