Giants' Reese defends Rolle and Phillips


Giants general manager Jerry Reese defended safeties Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips over their recent comments about coach Tom Coughlin on a Miami radio station.

"Well, again, when things go bad and your season doesn't end like you want it, anything you say can be misconstrued," Reese said in an interview with the YES Network. "I talked to both of those players. They're very remorseful about how it was spun. Both said they're not that kind of people and I believe them. I think they're both good people."

Rolle suggested during the radio interview that Coughlin could stand to loosen up a bit more. And they both talked of their admiration for Jets coach Rex Ryan. That prompted Reese to have conversations with both players.

"Less is more with the media," said Reese. "Hey, you do more on the field. You leave more on the field. You do your things on the field. You let your plays do the talking ... and he said he was 200 percent in, and I believe him."

Reese also reiterated that he wouldn't rule out re-signing wide receiver Plaxico Burress once he's released from jail. The Giants struggled with injuries at receiver all season and had to play without Steve Smith down the stretch.