Coughlin 'never better' after collision

December, 24, 2011
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Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said he felt “never better” after running back D.J. Ware was inadvertently shoved into his left leg on the sideline during the Giants' 29-14 win over the Jets on Saturday.

Coughlin, 65, initially was in discomfort and had to be examined by the medical staff for a brief moment by the benches, before eventually returning and standing on the sideline.

“Never better, never better and thank you very much for asking,” Coughlin said at the beginning of his postgame news conference. “I am never better. Nobody is worried about how fast I am and nobody was ever worried about that, as a matter of fact. I got it on the knee but I think it is up higher.”

Coughlin said he has no plans to undergo an MRI on his leg.

“I am not going anywhere or checking anything,” said Coughlin, who didn't need any help walking around the locker room.

Ware gained 17 yards running down the right sideline before Aaron Maybin shoved Ware into Coughlin. Maybin was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the third-and-3 at the Giants’ 25 with 3:34 left in the game.

The penalty gave the Giants the ball at the Jets’ 43 while up 20-14.

“You have to kill him to keep him down,” said team CEO John Mara about Coughlin. “I said [in a joke to Coughlin afterward], ‘I didn’t want to see you get hurt but I wanted the [penalty] yards.’”

Once Coughlin appeared to be fine, Justin Tuck said he went up to the coach and threw one of the coach’s own mantras at him.

“You can imagine what the players said when they went by -- ‘No toughness, no championship,’” Coughlin said. “I said, ‘You are exactly right.’”
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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