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Tom Coughlin Optimistic Chris Snee Will Be Healthy, Ready to Play for New York Giants in 2014

February 22nd, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Doug Rush

Chris Snee has yet to make a decision regarding his future with the New York Giants for the 2014 season and is expected to meet with the team officials and let them know of his plans.

His father-in-law and head coach Tom Coughlin is a part of the brass that Snee will have to meet with, but from the way he spoke to the media at Friday just before the start of the 2014 NFL Combine, the 67-year-old is expecting his son-in-law and starting right guard to be back with the team and attempt to come back from his injuries and play.

"I think there's no question. I think certainly there's a natural, built-in timetable (for Snee to make an official decision) as far as progress goes along here," Coughlin said. "He's in the rehab aspect of it. For anyone that has been injured, the rehab and all of those things come into play as you start to formulate where you are. Right now, I'm optimistic about it."

Snee missed 13 games during the 2013 season after he injured his hip back in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers and ended up on season-ending injured reserve, an injury that had many people wondering if the 32-year-old veteran would ever play in the NFL again. Snee had mentioned earlier in the winter that he would give it an attempt to play this season, but if it didn't work out, he would walk away from the game and retire after 10 seasons, all with the Giants. Coughlin said that Snee is progressing well and feeling good from the injury he suffered five months ago.

"He's progressing well, he's working, he's building himself up," Coughlin said. "He's feeling good and he's looking forward to feeling better. So all I can tell you is that he's made very good progress."

If healthy and able to play, the right guard spot could be one less position that the Giants have to look at replacing in free agency or the 2014 NFL Draft. With Snee out for most of the season, David Diehl played the rest of the way at right guard and did a decent job stepping in for his long-time teammate, but Diehl is now retired, which takes one less option away from the line. There was some chatter about taking Justin Pugh and moving him inside, but if the Giants can somehow get a healthy Snee, they can leave Pugh at right tackle, where he played extremely well at last season.

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13 Responses to “Tom Coughlin Optimistic Chris Snee Will Be Healthy, Ready to Play for New York Giants in 2014”

  1.  jerseyrich says:

    God forbid the idiots who were questioning Coughlin brought up the whole money aspect of the situation. This season is about to go up in smoke before it even starts. If they bring him back at his present salary I will spend all season cursing mara, reese, and tc.

  2.  James Stoll says:

    Can’t say I’m surprised to hear Coughlin say this
    If it turns out to be true, it is unlikely to bode well for the season
    Guy hasn’t been healthy or good in forever
    But Coughlin has sucked at coaching in forever and he’s still here so what do we expect
    Run Nicks out of town
    Dump Rolle and Tuck
    But keep those old o-lineman until whenever they decide to retire
    Can anyone say 2-14?

  3.  JBeast3 says:

    If this is true and does in fact happen I will be so pissed, the locker room will be divided and as much as i love TC he needs to be fired if Snee starts on the OL in 2014. So we let so many players walk before but we will keep an injured overpaid OG? ONLY the f-ing giants why are all my teams so dumb?

  4.  Krow says:

    Well … this should certainly destroy the locker room. A washed up bum gets $7,000,000 again this year … while we show better players the door. Obvious nepotism with a slight whiff of racism too. That won’t be lost on the team. And of course there’s the cap impact. Two quality players we won’t have because of the royal son-in-law. Yeah, this is it for 2014.

    I was going to say $nee will start his IR vaca after 3 games. But there’s going to be some pressure to pretend he can play to justify the situation. So they may tie up a roster spot for most of the season. He’s the gift that keeps on giving.

  5.  Krow says:

    My sincerest hope is that this is just a cover for Coughlin … something to let him save face with the family. And that when push comes to shove Reese and Mara will trump Tom and handle things. All done with a wink and a nod of course. Comic opera. TC gets to tell them he tired his best … blah blah blah.

    Fingers crossed.

  6.  GOAT56 says:

    Everyone should calm down.

    TC was extended because that’s just how we handle things. It was only for a year. A coach with the success that TC has had just isn’t going to be allowed to coach under an expiring deal. TC is going to retire or be asked to retire not have his contract run out and just not re-signed.

    With Snee the big deal isn’t that he returns, it’s that his contract much like Diehl and Webster is adjusted way down to give us cap space. The truth is a healthy Snee is probably better than the free agent guards out there. But like everyone else I don’t believe there’s a such thing as a healthy Snee anymore. If he’s kept for 1-2 mil that does hurt us much.

    I think not restructuring Eli is actually the most disturbing thing I have heard. Eli is going to be here long term no matter what some of you think. There’s no reason to suffer cap wise this year while not extending him. We should extend him.

  7.  GIANTT says:

    Why are you guys getting ready to jump off a cliff ? And before you get mad , I agree that Snee is at the end of his stellar career
    This is not a black or white situation (apologies to Krow but race is not an issue here ).Bottom line to me is either Snee comes back healthy and has his salary reduced and gets to play as either a better alternative or as a back up OR he cant come back from his injuries and retires .
    Does anyone really think he will get his 7 mill ? I dont

  8.  GIANTT says:

    Goat , Im glad to see someone agrees with me almost to the letter
    lets give someone on the Giants credit from Mara , Reese and TC
    that long range the right thing will get done .

  9.  GIANTT says:

    As far as Eli goes . First does anyone disagree with his contract when it was signed ? No .Whether you consider him elite or upper echelon or just an average QB lately , he was going to get paid .
    I read somewhere that not renegotiating Eli is more a question of taking a big cap hit this year only rather than spreading it out .
    It may be painful but its less painful than spreading it out and taking a hit over the two years . Also maybe the Giants are going to start looking at Eli year to year and this is the start to the process . If he comes back from last year he will get the money , if not then the cap hit is already taken and the Giants can start with a fresh ,cap free slate

    •  Krow says:

      I think everyone agrees it’s not $nee … it’s the $7,000,000 of cap money. If he plays for what he’s worth then fine. Same with Coughlin. They can walk away from a years salary easily if they like. It’s not a factor.

      However the Eli news is troubling. While no one is writing him off, it’s definitely a vote of no confidence. Of course as has been pointed out, if you don’t need the cap space then why bother. It could simply be that. But after two sub-par years they could be hedging their bets. No knock on Eli, but it’s just damn hard to drop 15% of your cap on one guy and be competitive. #Seattle #SF #Carolina #Eagles

  10.  rlhjr says:

    Of all the things Coughlin has been called, stupid is not one of them.
    If he is complicit in keeping Snee and his salary….? Well……add stupid.

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