Tom Coughlin to Giants: ‘Talk is cheap, play the game’

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New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin was unaware of the trash talk coming out of his team’s locker room in the days before Sunday’s 24-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

“I don’t believe in that stuff,” Coughlin said, via “I think you play the game — talk is cheap, play the game. I don’t see anything that gets accomplished by the verbalization part of it.”

Giants safety Terrell Thomas guaranteed a Giants victory during an interview on SiriusXM NFL radio. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul told reporters “we’re going to put it on [the Cowboys],” and “There’s going to be a lot of blood spilled out there.”

Coughlin plans to speak with his team about the comments when they reconvene Wednesday.

“We’ve never been a team that has been one to provide bulletin-board material,” Coughlin said. “I understand there was a little bit of that last week, and I don’t believe in any of that. As a matter of fact, [I] speak out very strongly against it.”

The Giants are now 4-7 following their second loss to the Cowboys, and sit two games behind the Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East with five games to play.

To win the division, the Giants will have to finish with a better record than both teams because they own no tiebreakers.

“It’s not going to be over until the five games are over,” Coughlin said. “The one thing that all of you (reporters) would like to try to figure into this is you don’t have anything to play for. We’ve got a lot to play for. We have a five-game schedule. We’re playing against some outstanding football teams.

“We’re trying to assert ourselves. We’re not executing as well as we can and in all three phases at the same time, for sure. I’m looking for that. I’m always searching for perfection, the perfect game. We can’t get it, perhaps, because we’re human, but that’s the objective and that’s the goal and that’s what we’ll continue to fight for. It is the competitive nature of the player, of the coach and that’s where we are.”

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