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Coughlin hopes hype helps

Eli Manning and head coach Tom Coughlin of

Eli Manning and head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants look on late in their game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. (December 18, 2011) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Tom Coughlin said he hopes all of the hype surrounding the Giants-Jets game will be good “stimulation” for his team. He’s just not going to add any more to it than already exists.

“Let’s face it, you have a city that …. you would think half would be in favor of one team and half for the other,” Coughlin said. “You’re certainly going to sense it. The excitement in terms of that I would hope would be even more stimulation to make this an extremely important game. More than it is. I don’t think you need any more (hype), quite frankly, to understand how important the game is to both teams. If you played it in the parking lot, for what’s at stake, (it would be important), and both teams will realize this.”

Coughlin, however, would not engage Rex Ryan in a battle of words.

“I don’t usually get involved in the rhetoric part of this thing,” he said. “I think what’s important is that it is an important game to both teams and the game will be settled on Saturday afternoon at 1.”

Has Coughlin ever trash talked? As a player or a coach?

“No,” he chuckled. “Not that I would admit to, no.”

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