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Baltimore Ravens’ Chris Canty: Justin Tuck Should Worry About Opponents, not Tom Coughlin Haters

October 3rd, 2013 at 9:31 AM
By Doug Rush

This past week, New York Giants defensive captain Justin Tuck made a bold statement to anyone in the locker room who wanted to think about turning on head Tom Coughlin, stating that he would punch anyone in the mouth if they did so.

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Tuck's words were seen as a general feeling that the players have in no way given up on their 67-year-old head coach, who has been dealing with the "hot seat" chatter from the media and other general people around New York and New Jersey, but this week, it was one of Tuck's old teammates who had strong words for him.

Former Giants starting defensive tackle and now current Baltimore Ravens starter Chris Canty decided to take his own public swing at Tuck this week, as he told Paul Schwartz of the New York Post that he should worry less about his teammates hating on Coughlin and worry about the guys he sees on the field on Sunday.

“First and foremost, let’s address Justin Tuck’s comment," Canty said Wednesday night on the NFL Network’s Around The League Live. “He said he’d punch anybody in the mouth that had anything to say about Tom Coughlin in that locker room. Justin needs to worry about punching opposing offenses in the mouth. The way you show that you have your coach’s back is by going out there on that football field and performing."

Although Canty might have some sour grapes about being released from the Giants back in February, he does make a great point about the best way Tuck having his coach's back is to perform on the field, which would be a stronger statement that actually saying the words. But Canty felt that he needed to publicly say it. Canty did have high praises for Coughlin and respects him as one of the best coaches in the league, but stressed the fact that playing hard beats out saying you'll punch out teammates.

“I’m sure Tuck is defending his coach," Canty said. “Tom Coughlin is an excellent coach, he’s a great man, so obviously as a player, you want to have his back. But you’ve got to show that on the field. That’s got to be taken care of on the field.”

With the defending Super Bowl XLVII Champions, Canty has seven tackles and two sacks in his first three games for the Baltimore defense. Last year, Canty had three sacks in nine games for the Giants, so he's trending to surpass his totals from last season.

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16 Responses to “Baltimore Ravens’ Chris Canty: Justin Tuck Should Worry About Opponents, not Tom Coughlin Haters”

  1.  Krow says:

    Canty’s remarks seem a lot better when taken in context. I don’t think he’s all that bitter. He made a lot of money and got a Superbowl ring. And on top of that he’s right … show it on the field.

  2.  James Stoll says:

    And with the Eagles coming to town he’ll have his cjance

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    Well, Chris didn’t need to say that, but hey, it’s true, and if it motivates Tuck so much the better.

    Rolle is saying the same thing in other words. Where’s the fire and the belief on this team? Where are the guys who will make a play when most needed?

    I have plenty of issues with the coaching and while I disagree with those who are now going after Jerry Reese (he has his weaknesses like everyone else but is among the best young GMs in the business and definitely someone they should keep despite the jackals nipping at his heels now) evn he deserves some blame for the start of this season. But in the end, there’s enough talent on this team to win football games. It’s up to the players. And it sure would help if the putative leaders would lead.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    My son told me that at the rate Eli is being hit this season he is on pace to break the unfortunate record of quarterback hits by OVER 80!!

    Someone want to tell me why all those interceptions are Eli’s fault? When you know you have to release the ball early you’re going to have interceptions. But if you don’t do it because you have to hold the ball since defenses have figured out the Giants’ route trees and are covering them better, then you get hit. It’s a vicious cycle.

    Yeah, there have been a few bad throws. But Mr. Manning knows that as he goes so go the Giants. Whatever he has to do to avoid even more hits is what has to be done. So don’t wag the finger at him. Wag it at the players and the coaches and the front office responsible for this revolting offensive line and tight ends.

    There are NO excuses for allowing the core of your team to fall apart. And anyone who tries to say that injuries are an excuse is full of bull. Who cares that Snee and Diehl were injured? They aren’t part of the solution anyway. Okay, Baas’ health problems are a real setback, but it isn’t as if they couldn’t have known what was coming based on his history with us and the fact that he hadn’t fully recovered from the damage last season. They flucked up. Now they’re paying the price. And they’d better be losing sleep thinking about the solution for next season because they CAN turn the O-line around with some judicious decisions, and once that’s done this team is again a competitor.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Believe Eli is on pace for 92 QB hits. Not sure what the record is, but I don’t think he’s on pace to break it by 80, although he is on pace to go over 80 hits.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Hmm, okay. But he already has been sacked 14 times, which would put him on pace for 56 sacks!! Quarterbacks get hit more than they’re sacked, so I’m not sure where he, or you, got those numbers. Sounds to me like the poor guy will be VERY lucky to keep his streak of consecutive games intact.

    •  GIANTT says:

      Im not very knowledgeable about schemes and the options on any route for a receiver
      but what always sticks in my mind after an Eli “bad throw ” or Int , he will stand there and look and gesture to the receiver where Eli thought he should have gone . To me it seems that Eli is not at fault here , he is reading and going to whatever the progression is (third or fourth if they go that high ? ) but the younger guys barely get past the first alternative and even the top guys sometimes dont get the same read as Eli does . So , on the surface , it looks like Elis fault after all he throws the ball but Im starting to believe that a lot more blame should go to the receiver

      • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

        I’ve been saying this since 2004.

        •  GIANTT says:

          For a guy like me that never played football (Just rugby Im afraid) Its appreciated that someone who knows what the heck they are talking about agrees with me !

        •  fanfor55years says:

          I think a lot of the issue is that Gilbride’s system works well in the run-and-shoot, quick throw, move down the field in small chunks and eventually break a long one, because the receiver really only has to make one or two reads, as does the QB.

          BUT, once you switch to wanting the “big play” offense that Coughlin dictated, those reads get more complicated and only a huge amount of working together and a good deal of intelligence on both sides of those reads allows the scheme to work. Seeing how “off” Eli and Nicks are now just shows how continuous working together is critical to making Gilbride’s (and Coughlin’s) offense work. It is very vulnerable to the failures of young players and players who get hurt and lose time working with the quarterback.

          It should have been modified years ago.

  5.  Krow says:

    I don’t think there’s any question that the team is in for change … substantial change. But let’s not go crazy. You can’t fire everyone and expect that will magically make things better. In fact it would most likely make matters much worse. It’s not like we haven’t been successful. Anyway …

    GM … when you’re successful your costs go up. Players on winning teams are in a position to demand more money. So blaming Reese because we don’t have a lot of cap room isn’t fair. I’m not saying he hasn’t made some mistakes. But he can’t pull cap dollars out of his a$$. He has to let people go, and this year he will.

    Coaching … I keep coming back to the same thing; does TC want to stick around if the team goes into a tailspin for a few years? Will he want to do the hard dog-work of rebuilding? This will almost certainly mean firing coaches and letting go players that are friends. And I’m sure he’s got a standing offer of an executive position if-and-when he retires. I know he loves coaching, but … … …

    Talent … quite a few supposed ‘star players’ have let us down. I’m not going to name them, but there’s a core of so-called leaders who are supposed to lift the team when things get tough. That hasn’t happened. My guess is that we really don’t have as much raw talent as we’d like to think we do.

    Game plans and schemes … we’re old thinkers … both sides of the ball. This has been beat to death, but it’s not going to change until we have new, fresh, younger, innovative coordinators. The guys we have now are the brightest minds of their day, but that day was 10 years ago.

    Attitude … this is what baffles me. We’re simply not tough and resilient. We crumble in the face of adversity. Teams come in … punch us in the mouth … and we take it. There’s a distinct lack of fight in this dog of ours. They mope and slump and pout like unhappy little girls who didn’t get an iPhone for their 12th birthday. I don’t know how you fix that.

  6.  GIANTT says:

    I just glanced at an article – something about the 5 teams guaranteed to lose this week -the Giants were on the list – total c–p in my mind but hey sometimes you read something just to see if there is a germ of an idea that might make sense . But one thing that bothers me and its a holdover from the 70s I think is the fragility of the egos on a losing team .There were many games in the 70s and early 80s where the defense was great but just couldnt take being on the field for 40 plus minutes and like in the KC game held its own but finally gave in .This would lead to a kind of mental malaise that “It doesnt matter what we do on defense b/c the offense will just give it away “.
    This week , one team is going to get driven deeper into its pit while the other
    one will come out with a win and may be able to start on the road to respectability .I know this is obvious and its a situation that an optimist like me is going to say that of course its going to be the Giants but there is a little dark corner in me that will harbor some doubt although I do feel that this week gives the Giants a good chance to turn things around .

    •  Krow says:

      Remember back then how they’d hang tough for a while … keeping it close … until some break would go against them. Then they’d fold like a cheap umbrella, and the rout would be on.

      This team reminds me of those days. They’ve got that fragile attitude.

      •  GIANTT says:

        Krow , I wa typing as you posted thats exactly how I feel . I do feel that there IS some talent on this team starting with Eli . Just imagine if we had to rely on just 3 names from the past , Danny Kanell , Scott Brunner or Joe Pisarcik ? THEN I would feel
        like a pessimist !

        •  Krow says:

          And I think we’re much better managed. Back then the NFL was changing from family run mom-and-pops to professionally led business enterprises. We were the last to change, and only did so when the league stepped in … tired of their NY franchise being a joke … and forced George Young on us. So yes, we’re a lot better off.

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