NY Giants defensive end Justin Tuck isn’t going to stand for any disrespect of head coach Tom Coughlin in the locker room.
“If anyone turns on our coach, I would be the first one to punch him in the mouth,” Justin Tuck told the New York Daily News. “And put that in print. It better not happen, I know that.”
The threat comes after Giants players second-guessed Coughlin’s call to punt on their own 30 late in the third quarter with the team trailing 10-7 to the Kansas City Chiefs. It was a decision that was unpopular among players, which ultimately led to the Giants’ 0-4 record.
Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is the only player on record questioning Coughlin, but he did not turn on him.
“I thought we should have gone for it on that fourth down,” Cruz said. “It’s coach’s call at the end of the day.”
Tuck confessed he felt the same way at the time, but that it would have been wrong to have gone for it.
“Every defensive player wanted him to go for it,” Tuck said. “That is why we probably will never be coaches. That would have been a stupid move. Even if you get it, it would still be a stupid move.”