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Coughlin sidesteps Rex's bluster

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin reacts

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin reacts on the sidelines during a game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. (Dec. 18, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Before they deal with the Jets on the field Saturday, the Giants have to handle their bluster during the week.

For a team that normally engages in word wars with the Cowboys and Eagles twice a year, it’s nothing new. What makes this one different, though, is that the vitriol is not coming from a far-away opponent but from their own neighborhood. The Giants don’t need to be told what the Jets are saying out them. The headlines and soundbites land right on their front stoop and on their televisions every day.

To no one’s surprise, Tom Coughlin did not engage in the kind of “we’re better” talk that Rex Ryan has been spouting for the better part of three days (or for the better part of three years, really).

“I just say, regardless of the talk, it will be decided at one o’clock Saturday afternoon,” Coughlin said. “Regardless of what is said. Talk is cheap, play the game. That is the way I’ve always believed.”

Unless you interpret that as Coughlin calling Ryan "cheap," there's not must more coming from the head coach of Big Blue.

Coughlin was asked if the Giants can use the talk coming from Florham Park to inspire them, perhaps raise the ante even more than it already is. He gave a one-word answer with a wry smile.

“Perhaps.”

It’s hard to imagine a New York tabloid back page with a close-up of Coughlin over that single word, the closest he may come to trash-talking this week. It's not exactly a throwdown, as far as the Giants are concerned. At least not until Saturday.
 

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