Tom Quinn regrets sideline spat with punter

Special teams coordinator Tom Quinn got into it with his punter last week and finally spoke to reporters about the heated incident.

The Giants’ punting game is one that many fans have grown to take for granted. Ever since the DeSean Jackson disaster of 2010, Big Blue has been blessed with much consistency in the form of Steve Weatherford. While he’s not always perfect, the veteran punter rarely shanks one or makes an egregious error.

That’s why it was so strange to see him in a heated exchange on the sidelines with special teams coordinator Tom Quinn during Sunday’s win over Tennessee.

“It was an unfortunate incident that transpired obviously, that we both wish we could have back” said Quinn. “We are fiery, we’re competitive, and it escalated way too far. I’ve got too much respect for the game and this organization and our head coach to have something like put out there. We apologized, we were good the next punt, just trying to communicate with him. He was frustrated with how he punted it, so that was it, just a miscommunication right there.”

Although Quinn has come under fire in recent years because of New York’s inability to cover returns very well, the actual punting of the ball hasn’t been a big issue. Weatherford has given the Giants one position that they don’t have to worry about too much, and that makes this recent incident all the more unusual. Quinn said he regretted the incident, and was just trying to get a point across.

“When you coach special teams, your eyes are always on the field,” he said. “So once he goes, he may not punt again for another ten, fifteen minutes, but I am going to have punt return, I could have field goal block, I could have kickoff return, so I was trying to get a point to him. It has happened before, it happened in the Super Bowl. He came off and he hit a punt and I got a correction to him.”

Considering all that has gone wrong for the Giants this season, it was nice for once to have the attention on what seems to be a minor special teams incident.


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