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Coughlin: "You have your moments"

Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York

Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants stands on the field before their preseason game against the Carolina Panthers. (Aug. 13, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Tom Coughlin may not seem like the type of person who will throw his hands in the air, lament injuries, and take a woe-is-me attitude. At least not publicly. But in private?

“You do have your moments,” the Giants coach said today, a day after learning that middle linebacker Jonathan Goff was the latest defensive contributor and second starter lost for the season with a torn ACL. “We are human.”

Despite those Job-like moments, Coughlin said he won’t allow the injuries to change the goals he has for the team, nor the way he approaches achieving them.

“I’m not going to let myself have that sense (of being dealt a bad hand),” Coughlin said. “It’s our game. It’s unfortunate the way these guys have gone down. There isn’t any question that there’s a number of defensive players who we were counting on who are not going to be with us. You can’t hide that fact. But still, we have what we have and we’re going forward with it.

Despite noting that the entire team was shocked and deeply disappointed" by the news, Coughlin said the show must go on.

“We re-group and we accept the challenge, look at it as another form of adversity," he said. "And on we go.”


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