Coughlin, Bradshaw set record straight over confrontation
The Giants are one day removed from Sunday’s thrilling comeback win over the Redskins, but not everything is rosy.
During the game, head coach Tom Coughlin and running back Ahmad Bradshaw got into an argument on the sideline, but both declined to comment on the matter after the game.
Yesterday afternoon was more of the same rhetoric from Coughlin, as he declined to rehash the incident in full detail, saying it was dealt with in-house.
“I was just saying run the ball. My emotions kick in and I just want to win as much as possible,” Bradsahw offered as his reason for the outburst towards his coach. “[Coughlin]’s just like I am, animated like I am, and excited.”
Coughlin noted he actually appreciates Bradshaw’s competitiveness, but even that has a limit.
“There’s never been any question about Ahmad Bradshaw’s toughness, his intensity level,” Coughlin said. “He plays the game hard. You’d like to have everybody play as hard he plays, to be honest with you. He gives it everything he’s got. You want people to recognize that fact, but sometimes you do have to control yourself and control your emotions, and he’s working on it.”
Bradshaw revealed that such confrontations between him and Coughlin during games aren’t as infrequent as people on the outside may think.
“Exactly, it’s not rare,” Bradshaw said when told people rarely see that side of him.
Perhaps the root of Bradshaw’s frustrations came within the game plan (43 yards on just 12 carries), as he wasn’t featured as much as he was the prior two weeks. He had a 200-yard rushing day against the Browns, and then a 116-yard dismantling of the top-rated 49ers’ defense.
Ultimately, Bradshaw did his best to shrug off the incident, and added there’s no frustration with the game plan, as he just wants to win.
“We had a great scheme but we just didn’t run the ball that much. I guess it’s because [the Redskins] always have the safety down in trying to stop the run, so we decided to throw over their heads,” Bradshaw said. “We’re all just trying to get better, trying to make each other better. … All we want to do around here is win.”
Big Blue notes
» Giants’ safety Antrel Rolle, who’s never one to check his emotions either, said he understands where Bradshaw was coming from, and doesn’t think this a problem going forward. Rolle added that is the charm of Bradshaw, because “he cares, wants to win, like we all do. … As long as it’s not something that hurts the team, I’m OK with it.” Rolle then added with a wry smile who is he to tell another player to keep emotions in check.
Cruz also laughed off Bradshaw’s antics, and even jokingly thanked a higher power that he didn’t get a concussion from Bradshaw’s haymaker.
» Tight end Martellus Bennett also said there’s no problem with Bradshaw’s fiery attitude. In fact, he’d be worried if Bradshaw came into a game stoic: “Ahmad’s like that all the time. It’s who he is. We love him for that. We appreciate Ahmad. If he’s not intense, I’d be worried.”
» The Giants aren’t worried about the bravado that exudes Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones. It was Jones who fired the first salvo during a Dallas pep rally over the summer by saying the Cowboys would “kick the Giants’ [butts].” Luckily for Jones, his team backed up his boast on opening night. The Giants certainly haven’t forgotten Jones’s smack talk: “We take pride in the billboard postings and different things, which motivates our team,” said Bradshaw. “We just use it all for motivation for the game. [We are] definitely looking forward to going down there. We have fun down in Dallas Stadium.”
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