When New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin took the podium following a 20-12 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night, he immediately pointed out two things: the team didn't make enough plays and they were penalized far too many times.
Ironically, one of those penalties was called on the coach himself — a 15-yarder for a highly uncharacteristic act of unsportsmanlike conduct. The reason for this call, as former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira alluded to via Twitter, was because Coughlin left the coaches box. This, of course, will be a point of emphasis for the NFL and head coaches this season.
Coughlin didn't shy away from the penalty or makes excuses. Rather, he owned it and admitted he was wrong … kind of.
“I’m taking full responsibility for that, I was wrong,” Coughlin said after the game. “I was out on the field too many times. They warned me about that, but in that situation, you’re told by the officials to go ahead and come down if you need to take a timeout when the clock is running out, but that didn’t happen."
Following the flag, an angry Coughlin continued to state his case. In fact, he even met the officials around mid-field as the teams headed into the locker-room at halftime. He remained animated and made whatever feelings he had in that moment very clear.
At the end of the day, Coughlin is a stickler for the rules. So much so that he often seems to be more versed than the officials themselves are. Such was not the case on Sunday night and, whether he agrees with it or not, he violated a rule the league is focusing on and it cost the team 15 yards.
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