Friday, May 20, 2011
Coughlin talks training camp lockout strategy and Plaxico
By Ohm Youngmisuk
At the end of the draft last month, Tom Coughlin admitted that he had gone through “reams of paper” as he continues to draw up new offseason schedules in preparation for when the lockout ends.
We are now nearing June with no football in sight and there’s the distinct possibility that there will be no offseason training activities or minicamps prior to training camp.
The Giants head coach says he and his peers will have a lot of decisions to make if football does not start until training camp.
“I see eight weeks of the offseason program have gone by and we haven’t had our rookies in, we haven’t had any of our veterans in, we haven’t had our hands on our surgical repairs,” Coughlin said in an interview on NFL Live on Thursday. “And if it continues like this right up to training camp, there will be no offseason, and of course that is going to affect your installation schedule, how rapidly your rookies can pick all this up. It’s going to be without a doubt, some very serious selections that have to be made on the part of coaches as to what pace they introduce their offense, defense and special teams.”
Coughlin also reiterated during the interview that there hasn’t been much talk about a potential reunion with former Giants receiver Plaxico Burress. Burress is scheduled to be released from prison on June 6.
“Well that really hasn’t been discussed by any of us,” Coughlin said. “That will have to remain to be seen. But I’m happy… because there’s a nice article about Tiffany Burress and her struggles with her two children and her full-time job and she is starting a clothing line and Plaxico is still in prison. I’m hoping their family can be reunited real quick.”
While Coughlin stares at the lush green grass on his untouched field at the Giants facility, Eli Manning has been running a handful of receivers through passing drills at Hoboken High School (N.J.).
Many of the other Giants, though, continue to train on their own at gyms around the country with football-related injuries not insured by teams during the lockout.
“Glad to see that Eli was getting together with the receiving corps, he had the tight ends and a couple of running backs in there as well,” Coughlin said. “I’m just grateful that there were some degree of workout there… I know that guys are working out on their own and I am confident that they will condition and stay in shape.”
THE JAY FUND
Coughlin is hosting the 16th Annual Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic on Sunday and Monday in Jacksonville.
Coughlin’s Jay Fund, established in 1996 in honor of former Boston College football player Jay McGillis, raises money to assist children with leukemia and other cancers and their families. Many of his players and celebrities will join Coughlin this weekend.
“(McGillis) died of leukemia and what his family went through and what Jay went through in this process really led me to believe that here was a way in which we could help families with children with cancer or other forms of leukemia or cancer,” Coughlin said. “Here’s a way we can help out and make a significant contribution to the well-being of that family. When we came here, we started out very humbly with our first golf tournament in 1996 and it has grown from there.”