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Rules make it tough for coaches to be tough

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on February 22, 2013 – 12:01 pm


INDIANAPOLIS–At times last season, the New York Giants flashed the talent that made them Super Bowl champions in 2011. So why did they miss the playoffs?

The popular theory is the Giants let success go to their head. Did league rules limiting contact in practices hamstring Coach Tom Coughlin in what he could do to deal with his team’s malaise?

“How do we make the players understand that even though it’s a jog-through, it’s an important practice?” Coughlin said of the impact of rules limiting the demands coaches can place on players.

What the Giants appear to be doing in this offseason is using change to send a message of urgency. The release of running back Ahmad Bradshaw may have sent that message.

“He said it best when he said it broke his heart, but he understands it’s a business,” Coughlin said. “The direction is to get better.”

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