Tom Coughlin terse in response to Rueben Randle’s frustration talk
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin clearly has no patience for players publicly complaining about playing time, as evidenced by his blunt response to wide receiver Rueben Randle bemoaning his recent lack of opportunities in the team’s offense.
“I would take full advantage of the ones that I do have before I would talk about opportunities,’’ Coughlin said Thursday, via the New York Post. “From Day 1, there’s been opportunities here for everybody to fit in and be a part of — and we do need to have better balance, there’s no doubt about that. Hopefully we can accomplish that going forward.’’
While saying he has “no problem” with Odell Beckham Jr. being the Giants’ primary option on offense, Randle called his somewhat diminished role of late “definitely frustrating” before adding it “can be kind of tough when the opportunities are limited.”
Randle on the season has 42 receptions on 61 targets for 533 yards and four touchdowns, but only six catches on 16 targets for for 109 yards and one touchdown in New York’s last three games, all losses.
The fourth-year receiver at least had the sense to qualify his frustrations by acknowledging Beckham Jr. has earned the right to have more balls thrown his way on a game-by-game basis. But Coughlin definitely put Randle in his place by telling him to take advantage of the opportunities afforded him in the flow of the offense.
In other words, don’t expect Coughlin to engage in some impromptu jumping jacks when discussing Randle’s complaints.
That will never not be funny.