Tom Coughlin on Hakeem Nicks comment: ‘That’s not a smart thing to say’


Hakeem Nicks, the New York Giants’ No. 1 receiver, was targeted once on Sunday and ended the game against the Carolina Panthers without a catch.

“I can’t throw the ball to myself,” he said after the game.

Coach Tom Coughlin was asked about the comment on Monday, and said, “I’ll talk to him.  That’s not a smart thing to say.  He’s on the field, the quarterback was sacked seven times, hit fifteen times.

“Not a very smart thing to say,” Coughlin added via the team’s website.

Nicks is in the final year of a five-year, $12.5 million contract he signed as a rookie.

Coughlin was asked if the team had chemistry.

“The locker room part of it, you want to see that gel on the field.  That’s what we’re all trying to do.  I think they’re a very compatible group.  I think you need to win to get the thought that you’re talking about.”

The Giants (0-3) head to Kansas City to face the Chiefs on Sunday.  Coughlin was asked what changes could be made before the game.

“I can give you a laundry list of things.  We talked last week about playing four quarters.  That still is there.  We talked last week about supporting and being in harmony with one another.  That’s not there, or that has to happen.  I think you get the response you want to get off the sideline when people make plays and they rally around each other.

“I think there was plenty of enthusiasm when Aaron (Ross) picked the ball off.  There was plenty of enthusiasm when the ball went in the end zone.  Not much enthusiasm when it was brought back.  I think that’s one of the things that we keep talking about, but it has not taken place at this point in time. ”

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