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.
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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