Tom Coughlin has mellowed a bit since coming to the Giants a decade ago — gone are the days of being 10 minutes early just to be on time for a meeting — but there are still some things that bring out the old authoritarian in him.
After Victor Cruz made comments to the media last week about not seeing the ball enough in New York’s opening loss to the Lions, Coughlin made sure to pull his star wideout aside and let him know that he wants things dealt with in-house — especially from a newly-minted team captain.
“He’s a captain now,” Coughlin said. “It’s not just his group. We’re not exactly scoring any points, we need people to be in that position, and he agreed with me and he’s working towards doing something about that.”
Cruz was named a captain over the summer, as the four-year veteran suddenly found himself as the elder spokesman in the wide receiver room. He responded with an inspired performance for three quarters against the Cardinals, but two key drops with the game in the balance helped put the Giants in a 0-2 hole. Coughlin wouldn’t elaborate (“That will remain private, thank you very much,” was as much as he’d offer) but it’s safe to say that everyone is now on the same page.