Tom Coughlin wants his players to slow down. At least when they get close to him.
After getting leveled by a sideline hit from Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on Monday night, Coughlin discussed it at length in a Giants.com interview posted on Friday morning.
“I’m five yards off the field for God’s sake,” he said. “Here come the three guys at me and you know there’s no place to go. It’s one of those things that hits you, ‘Oh my goodness, here we go again.’ ”
It was, Coughlin said, the third time he’s been decked like that. It happened once at Boston College and once in the Giants-Jets game in 2011. In the 2011 incident he damaged his quad when his leg was taken out by running back D.J. Ware, who barreled into him and hit him low.
This recent one was more of an upper-body collision than a takeout like 2011’s, sending Coughlin flying. And it was exacerbated by his own equipment.
“We were on the wire down there because our headsets were out and nothing was functioning, so we had to go to the wire,” he said of using the landline communication system. “Well, the wire is restrictive, plus you have somebody standing there holding the damn thing behind you. It wasn’t as easy for me to escape as I’ve become accustomed to.”
He said he saw the Miami collision coming, but could not get out of the way. Not that he was taking all of the blame for it.
“Plus, they kept going full speed five yards off the field,” Coughlin said. “I’ve not seen that one, either. ‘There’s the boundary, fellas, can you slow down a little bit?’ … It’s like the Jets thing, those two, ballcarrier and defender, were out of bounds for probably 10 yards when I got hit. They were still going full speed out of bounds for 10 yards. Fellas.”