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Tom Coughlin sick and tired of getting plowed over on sideline


New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was bowled over once again on the sideline during Monday night’s 31-24 victory over the Miami Dolphins. And quite frankly, the 69-year-old coach is getting sick and tired of it and wants players to “slow down a little bit” when a play takes them off the field of play.

Coughlin apparently has been on the receiving end of a crushing sideline hit three times during his long coaching career. He explained from his perspective how things played out when Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie ran him down while chasing Jarvis Landry on a pass from Ryan Tannehill sailed out of bounds.

“I’ll tell you what happened and how it happens,’’ Coughlin told “I’m five yards off the field, for God’s sake. Here come the three guys at me, and you know there’s no place to go. It’s one of those things that hits you, ‘Oh my goodness, here we go again.’ But do I look forward to that? No, absolutely not. But you know what? I could see the pattern coming and I could see the receivers, I could see the defenders coming. I usually get the heck out of the way.”

The head coach indicated the coaches were on wired headsets because the wireless ones weren’t working, and that restricted his ability to move around.

“It wasn’t as easy for me to escape as I’ve become accustomed to,” he said. “So there it is. Plus, they kept going full speed five yards off the field. I’ve not seen that one, either. ‘There’s the boundary, fellas, can you slow down a little bit?’”

Coughlin insists normally he’s “very, very aware” of when the play on the field reaches the sideline but says there was no need for the players involved to be going full bore at the point he was flattened.

“They were still going full speed out of bounds for 10 yards,” he said. “Fellas.”

Coughlin of course popped right up after getting steamrolled. He may be getting up there in years, but the veteran coach remains tough as nails.