No one in the Giants organization is more sensitive about the contribution to society of armed services personnel than Tom Coughlin, who has had a variety of military figures speak to the team. But the head coach wasn't going to pour gasoline on a brushfire Friday when asked for his reaction to safety Antrel Rolle's intemperate comments this week comparing football players to soldiers.
"I'm not even going to comment on that," Coughlin said. "I didn't see it, but I understand that he made a statement of apology, and I don't have anything to add."
End of story line. And while he was shooting down story lines, Coughlin halted my attempt to draw a comparison between recent Giants pickup Devin Thomas, who was with Washington for the first four games this season, and Danny Woodhead, who moved from the Jets to the Patriots and has been providing New England's coaching staff with plenty of inside info.
"There really were no discussions with Devin this week at all," Coughlin said. "He didn't volunteer, and I don't think we went to him. I didn't go to him, I'll say that."
Thomas worked with some of his fellow receivers on the tendencies of the Redskins' defensive backs, but that's about it. However, it does appear he will be active as part of the special teams units.
Coughlin did offer a touch of humor when asked if any of his interior offensive linemen ever lobby for the chance to catch a pass as an eligible receiver. "Absolutely," he said. "Richie [Seubert] every week. You know what the worst part about it is? If he's playing that one tight end position, Eli [Manning] throws it to him on Friday. Every Friday, he hits him with it."
With Seubert currently spelling injured Shaun O'Hara at center, it looks like his fantasy won't happen this week either.