GIANTS' TOM COUGHLIN BELIEVES BALLARD'S CATCH AGAINST PACKERS WAS A TOUCHDOWN
Excerpt: "A day later, Tom Coughlin was nauseous.
Not about his team’s effort in the Giants’ loss
to the Packers. Rather, about a replay challenge he believes he should’ve
won when tight end Jake Ballard was ruled out of bounds on a pass in the end
zone. The officials upheld the call on the field and the Giants settled for a
field goal. It was 10-7 instead of 14-7.
“I just saw a picture that made me sick to my stomach, which Fox produced and
showed he’s in,” Coughlin said today. “Don’t ask me about that because I really
don’t know why, but I did see the picture.”
I don’t know if this
is the picture he’s talking about, but it certainly makes matters
As I mentioned in my
game review, there was one angle Fox showed from behind Ballard in which it
appears the bottom of his knee pad hits in the blue paint of the end zone before
sliding into the white of the sideline. Fox didn’t show that replay until the
Giants had already challenged the play, so it’s unclear if someone on the
coaching staff had that information.
“I challenged the Ballard thing. No question about that one,” Coughlin said.
“I wasn’t going to not challenge that and have somebody tell me, ‘You know he
was in?’ As I said, the one on the sideline I was upset, I really was, because
it was third-and-3 and I thought we had them stopped.”
That was a 7-yard catch by Donald Driver, who got both feet down before his
“The second one, I really shouldn’t have challenged. It was right on our
sideline,” Coughlin said. “But it was a third-and-3, and I was very much aware
of where the ball was going, where it was headed and if there was any way it
could be turned around. And they were hurrying up to the ball to snap it, so I
really didn’t get a great call from upstairs. But I’ve been overly aggressive
with those calls, not waiting for any kind of advice from upstairs.”
By those calls, Coughlin means potential game-changers. He’s had some close
ones and has lost his last five challenges.
“It seems like we’ve had a series of things that have not been clear, and
even when the pictures are there, have not been really clear,” he said. “But
I’ve gone ahead and challenged anyway. I’ve done so for a number of
One more gripe Coughlin had with the officiating was the interpretation of
the Calvin Johnson rule on Greg Jennings’ touchdown. Jennings takes a while to
control the ball and when he finally does, it seems he might have gotten only
one foot down.
Coughlin said a few weeks ago he was looking
for “consistency” in the rule. Today, he said he’s still searching.
“I would go so far as to say most of us know exactly what the rule reads
like, but I’ve seen it interpreted a lot of different ways,” he said. “It’s
confusing to me.” Read more...