When Tom Coughlin was hired by the Giants in 2004, he stated clearly that he thought injuries were "a cancer" and "a mental thing." That was because the previous season under Jim Fassel the Giants had 12 players on injured reserve. This year's Giants almost double that.
Coughlin noted on Wednesday that most of the Giants' injuries this season have been structural breakdowns that require surgery, not the soft-tissue ones he abhors. Of the five players placed on injured reserve on Tuesday, four of them were also headed to the operating room.
"I don't think anybody is interested in surgical repairs," Coughlin said. "You're asking me if it's a losing mentality and I'm saying to you that I don't see that. I don't see that on this team."
Coughlin did say he thinks that the reduced workload thanks to the CBA could have something to do with the rash of injuries.
"A lot of people want to go on and on about, 'Do we have enough offseason?' " he said. "I think that might be a legitimate something to bring up at some point in time."
But not now. There's no time. Not even, Coughlin said, to share some thoughts with Mathias Kiwanuka, who has given nine years to the Giants and may never play for the team again.
"As I said, I feel bad for the guys that are hurt," he said. "It is the nature of our business, unfortunately. We push forward."