Saturday, September 22, 2012
Coughlin: Move cameras back
By Ohm Youngmisuk
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tom Coughlin would like to see some of the television cameras stationed along the sidelines move further back after seeing Antrel Rolle hurt his knee on Thursday night.
Rolle tried to avoid a cameraman in the corner of the end zone but banged his knee on a camera while trying to hurdle the cameraman late in the game.
Rolle said he suffered only a bruise and some cuts, but it initially looked worse. Coughlin said he crossed paths with Ray Anderson, NFL's vice president for game operations, in Carolina after the Rolle injury.
"I kind of looked at Ray Anderson, and I said, 'We're so concerned about player safety, can't we do something about this?'" Coughlin said. "Can't we get people away from the sideline enough for a guy going as fast as he was going, flying through the air, that he doesn't put his knee into a camera?
"I think that's something that we can do something about," Coughlin continued. "We ought to be able to clear the playing field so a guy can play. ... I don't think he's going to miss any time. He's not like that anyway. He'll play with whatever, but it didn't have to happen."
Coughlin said Anderson didn't really give him an answer to his question.
"Ray was going one way and I was going the other way," Coughlin said. "And I was upset because I just left a player on the ground. My player is laying there and I don't think he's coming back in this game."
Rolle said he has never come close to running into a camera before.
"I never really pay attention to those guys out there," Rolle said. "I never realized they were that close. Certain things happen, it is unfortunate. Hopefully (the cameraman is) OK and I will be OK and make the best of it."