Aaron Ross was asked for a moment to comment after the game as he walked out through the tunnel.
“No, I’m good,” he said as if he was asked if he wanted fries with that.
Ross was benched in the third quarter of the win over the Rams, so apparently for a little while Tom Coughlin did not agree with his “I’m good” statement. But he was back in the game later and even wound up fielding some punts when Domenik Hixon left with a knee/calf injury.
Ross did not appear to take his benching very well. The fifth-year veteran who stepped into the starting cornerback position this summer when Terrell Thomas was lost for the season with a torn ACL, was taken off the field early in the third quarter in favor of Michael Coe. It just so happens that the Rams scored their only touchdown on that possession – beating Coe on the touchdown as well as a fourth-down conversion – but Ross watched from the sideline, on the bench, and had to be dragged into a cornerbacks conference after the drive by Corey Webster.
One of the other players who gave Ross a pep talk – and a smack on the helmet – was David Diehl.
“When you see one of your teammates is frustrated or down a little bit you go and pick him up,” Diehl said. “That’s part of being a teammate. He’s a crucial guy on our team. I think the frustration and all that stuff is a part of being a player, You want to make every play but sometimes -- it happens to all of us – somebody’s got to smack you and say ‘Hey, get back up. You’re all right.’ It’s part of being a teammate and we need him.”
As for Coe, well, had he performed better maybe this story would have a more definite ending.
“Of course I’d like to make that play,” he said of the TD catch by Danario Alexander, “and if the ball is inside an inch I probably do.”
Coe said there was no talk during the week about him replacing Ross. “It was more of a today thing,” he said of the decision to lift the struggling cornerback.
As for Coughlin, he tried to downplay the decision. “It was an attempt to find a solution,” he said. “We were trying to solve an issue.”