Justin Tuck says he’ll punch teammates who turn on Tom Coughlin

September 30, 2013

Tom Coughlin has stood with his hands on his hips a lot this season. (Charlie Riedel / AP)

In New York, it has gotten late awfully early and, at 0-4, the Giants are under siege.

That doesn’t necessarily mean, despite a 31-7 loss in Kansas City, that players have turned on Coach Tom Coughlin, whose strict, brusque ways haven’t always endeared him to them. Justin Tuck will make sure of that.

“If anyone turns on our coach, I would be the first one to punch him in the mouth,” Tuck told Gary Myers of the New York Daily News. “And put that in print. It better not happen, I know that.”

The Giants are 0-4 for the first time since 1987 and their last three losses have been blowouts. Admittedly, Tuck said, “we are as low as you can get,” but he doesn’t think that’s any reason to question Coughlin, as Victor Cruz did when Coughlin opted to punt on fourth-and-1 at New York’s 30 with the Giants down 10-7 in the third quarter.

“We’ve got to take a risk at some point and make something happen,” Cruz said.

Although Dexter McCluster returned the punt 89 yards for a touchdown, Tuck wasn’t backing down. He pronounced anyone who thinks the Giants should have gone for it “an idiot.” Even Cruz. “When it comes to coaching, yeah,” he told Myers.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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