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Giants not upset that Hakeem Nicks wasn't really upset

Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants hauls

Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants hauls in a touchdown pass against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Dec. 9, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Hakeem Nicks may not be able to throw passes to himself, but the Giants are convinced that he wasn’t throwing darts either.

“A little bit of this has gotten a little out of proportion, that he didn’t mean it that way or intend it that way,” Tom Coughlin said of Nicks’ comments after he had zero catches and only one target against the Panthers. “I know that it doesn’t matter. It’s what you say, but there’s some evidence to say that he really was trying to be humble and understanding and realizing that he didn’t make a contribution, blah, blah, blah.”

That is true, as someone who was there when Nicks spoke. He was asked if he was frustrated by the lack of attention in the offense and said no, but then added that he “can’t throw the ball to myself.” Coughlin, ironically, made it a little bit bigger of a deal on Monday when he said he didn’t like the remark and would address it with Nicks.

The two never did speak about it. Nor did Eli Manning and Nicks.

“We kind of looked at each other and said, ‘Hey, we don’t have to talk about this, right?’” Manning said. “Hakeem is one of my great friends and I understand he wasn’t saying anything. I never thought he was saying anything at me or making any jabs. That’s Hakeem. He’s good and we’ll get back on track this week.”

Nicks said he wasn't surprised that his remarks took on a life of their own outside their intended meaning.

"That’s expected,” he said. “As long as I know me and my quarterback and me and my team are on the same page, it’s all good.”


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