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Hakeem Nicks Has Surgery, Sadness Over Cuts & More from an Afternoon Tea with Tom Coughlin

February 22nd, 2013 at 2:42 PM
By Paul Tierney

The New York Giants are beginning to ramp up preparations for an eventful offseason, as there will undoubtedly be more major salary cap motivated transactions to come. However, as head coach Tom Coughlin pointed out in his press conference today, there is a lot more news surrounding this team than just roster moves.

Today, Coughlin revealed that wide receiver Hakeem Nicks had arthoscopic knee surgery and that his  "eyes are big and bright again." Obviously, that bodes well for Nicks' recovery and the prospects of him returning to form in 2013. The Giants lack of a consistent offense in 2012 was in large part due to Hakeem Nicks' week two knee injury that plagued him for the majority of the season. If he can return healthy next season, we will see a much more productive offensive attack in 2013.

Center David Baas also received surgery; however, Coughlin would not say how extensive the procedure(s) was or where it took place. Baas played in all 16 games this season, so it's unclear what was specifically ailing him. However, it's difficult to imagine that he could have played through a major injury and not miss any time. It's likely that he received a minor procedure to correct a minor issue that will heal in plenty of time for him to be ready for the beginning of training camp.

Surgeries aside, this was the first time in which Coughlin has spoken publicly since the team cut Ahmad Bradshaw, Michael Boley and Chris Canty. Coughlin said he was sad to see the team let go of so many contributors.

"We're not happy about any [of the cuts]. As a coach, I don't want to see anyone go. I want to wrap my arms around them and see them play forever," Coughlin said.

Unfortunately, Father Time eventually takes his toll on everyone. It only took Bradshaw six seasons to start showing serious signs of decline and a lack of ability to stay healthy. Regardless, the team is going to need a new starting running back in 2013. Coughlin addresses the situation by saying that David WIlson, Andre Brown and Da'Rel Scott will all have an opportunity to compete for the spot.

Overall, Coughlin touched on a multitude of topics that need to be addressed as the offseason progresses. There are still several  question marks on the roster in terms of depth, contracts that need to be restructured and draft needs. The team still has a long way to go before training camp arrives, and the Giants have a significant to-do list to take care between now and then.

Photo Credit: Mike Gannon

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Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown, Chris Canty, David Baas, David Wilson, Football, Hakeem Nicks, Michael Boley, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin

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10 Responses to “Hakeem Nicks Has Surgery, Sadness Over Cuts & More from an Afternoon Tea with Tom Coughlin”

  1.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Well, my source proved right on Nicks.

    Don’t know why he waited so long. He should have had it earlier in the season, instead of trying to tough it out.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Yeah your source does seem like it was accurate. But it’s not just on Nicks it’s a group decision from the coaches to management to the doctors. It was messed up they way we handled him.

  2.  Krow says:

    BBG was 100% right. And the decision to wait on the very minor meniscus tear surgery was one of the dumbest, most bone-headed screwups since Plax almost shot his manhood off in that nightclub.

    Recovery time is 3-4 weeks. We’d have had him back and at 100% for the last half of the season. There’s a good chance we’d have made the playoffs.

    I said it at the time … and I’ll say it right now. They blew our playoff hopes with this epic stupid move. What the hell were they thinking???

    •  GOAT56 says:

      +1

      I think we all agreed that if BBG was correct he should have the surgery. When they didn’t we assumed BBG was wrong because it seemed very non Giant like if Nicks had that injury. Still SMH!

      Even with all of our issues if we have Nicks back for the final 6 games at 100% or even 90% we go at least 10-6 and win the division.

      •  Krow says:

        I’d love to know the dynamics that went into the decision. Who said what … who made the final call. For all we know maybe it was Nicks. He could have flatly refused. And as insane as it sounds the players’ agent is involved too. Awww who knows. But damn … for a smart, successful, professional organization this one is a baffler.

        •  Dirt says:

          Only an idiot agent would encourage a guy to put poor, hampered performance on tape rather than shut it down for a bit.

          But, then again, some agents are idiots…

  3.  GmenMania says:

    UUT

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