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    NBC DROPS BALL AS IT GIVES PASSING ATTENTION TO NY GIANTS' COACH TOM COUGHLIN'S DECISION TO BENCH AHMAD BRADSHAW

    NBC DROPS BALL AS IT GIVES PASSING ATTENTION TO NY GIANTS' COACH TOM COUGHLIN'S DECISION TO BENCH AHMAD BRADSHAW

    "Any National Football League coach with a clue knows when to call timeout to
    ice a field goal kicker. The maneuver takes neither intellect or skill.


    It does not take guts or commitment, either.




    That brings us to Tom Coughlin’s
    decision to bench Ahmad Bradshaw for
    the first half Sunday night against Dallas. Considering what was on the line in
    Cowboys Stadium, Coughlin not bending his own rules — for anybody — was a
    high-risk, low-reward maneuver. It certainly was more daring than standing next
    to an official, calling a timeout, and hoping it would deposit Dallas kicker Dan
    Bailey
    in the deep freeze.




    Early in the game, Michele Tafoya,
    NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” sideline snoop, reported Bradshaw’s rules
    violation was curfew-related. At the end of the first half she asked Coughlin
    “how difficult” it was to bench Bradshaw knowing the Giants wanted to run the
    football.




    “He had a one word response: ‘Principles,’ ” Tafoya said.




    Considering what goes on in the NFL, the P-word is an anomaly. When mouths in
    broadcast booths hear it they look at each other and say, “What?” Mostly coaches
    are schooled, at least publicly, to pump up their players. Rex Ryan has been accused
    of overusing this sort of psychology.




    While Coughlin is often described as “old school” (his age is mentioned as if
    it’s an impediment, especially inside the Valley of the Stupid), his methods
    should be considered New Wave because so few coaches apply them. If Roger Goodell had not
    suspended Ndamukong Suh for his
    Thanksgiving stomp, would Jim Schwartz had taken
    it upon himself to bench Suh for the next game?




    Here you had Coughlin not only sitting Bradshaw in the first half, but doing
    so on a nationally televised game that wound up recording a 16.1 overnight
    rating, the second-highest of the season for “SNF.” Locally, the tilt did a
    bodacious 21.5.




    So, Coughlin’s discipline, his standing behind “principles,” affected
    Bradshaw on two levels. He was deprived of the opportunity to play in the first
    half and was thoroughly embarrassed in front of a huge national television
    audience who heard him portrayed as a goofball.




    Besides discussing the benching, both Cris Collinsworth
    and Al Michaels presented
    some history from Bradshaw’s controversial past, including how he was “kicked
    out” of the University of Virginia before landing at Marshall University.




    Will Bradshaw get the message going forward?




    Neither Michaels nor Collinsworth attempted to answer that question. Nor did
    Coughlin’s move inspire strong opinions from two voices never shy about
    delivering the word.




    The closest they came was late in the first quarter when Collinsworth
    characterized Coughlin as a coach with conviction. “When you break a rule you’re
    not going to play even though it’s an elimination game for the Giants,”
    Collinsworth said.




    Michaels then injected some historical perspective. “(Coughlin has been) very
    consistent through the years whether it be with Jacksonville or the Giants,” he
    said.




    Right then, it would’ve been nice if “SNF” brainiacs could have come up with
    an instance when Coughlin benched a player of Bradshaw’s stature in such a
    crucial game.




    Instead, the voices stated the obvious: That the Giants’ ground game is
    better when both Brandon Jacobs and
    Bradshaw are available. Collinsworth took it a step further, saying they asked
    Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee that if he could
    take one player — Jacobs or Bradshaw — off the field, who would it be?




    “He said Ahmad Bradshaw,” Collinsworth said. “Tom Coughlin obliged him.”




    That’s it?




    There is a flip side to this, another opinion, that Coughlin was being
    stubborn, dishing out the kind of discipline that could have led to a Giants
    loss. Maybe they would’ve scored more points in the first half if Bradshaw had
    been playing.




    Neither Michaels nor Collinsworth went in that direction, either. Nor did
    they highlight the risk involved. What would the fallout have been if the Giants
    had lost Sunday night and the media perceived Coughlin’s benching of Bradshaw as
    having plenty to do with it?




    Those who were already calling for Coughlin’s scalp would’ve had another
    column to write or a radio soliloquy to recite.




    None of the stuff would have included the word “discipline.” Certainly the
    fact Coughlin is a man of principle would not have mattered, either. Instead
    they would’ve said the coach put his rigid philosophy ahead of winning and
    ultimately could become a collaborator in his own demise.




    A s for Michaels and Collinsworth, well, the current NFL environment may have
    colored the Coughlin story, about a guy who sticks to his guns, more mundane
    than magnificent.




    That’s just what happens in a league where a quarterback is said to be
    touched by the hand of God.




    And the same field goal kicker gets iced two weeks in a row."

    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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    Re: NBC DROPS BALL AS IT GIVES PASSING ATTENTION TO NY GIANTS' COACH TOM COUGHLIN'S DECISION TO BENCH AHMAD BRADSHAW

    I agree with the benching but not the length of it. I think Bradshaw should have been benched for one or two posessions. 2 quarters was ridiculous.

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    Re: NBC DROPS BALL AS IT GIVES PASSING ATTENTION TO NY GIANTS' COACH TOM COUGHLIN'S DECISION TO BENCH AHMAD BRADSHAW

    I bet another player on the Giants team wont "break" the rules...only "bend" them
    "KILL'EM ALL AND LET THE PARAMEDICS SORT'EM OUT!"


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    Re: NBC DROPS BALL AS IT GIVES PASSING ATTENTION TO NY GIANTS' COACH TOM COUGHLIN'S DECISION TO BENCH AHMAD BRADSHAW

    I bet another player will be careful not to get caught []
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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    Re: NBC DROPS BALL AS IT GIVES PASSING ATTENTION TO NY GIANTS' COACH TOM COUGHLIN'S DECISION TO BENCH AHMAD BRADSHAW

    I love how the word bodacious was used in this article

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    Re: NBC DROPS BALL AS IT GIVES PASSING ATTENTION TO NY GIANTS' COACH TOM COUGHLIN'S DECISION TO BENCH AHMAD BRADSHAW

    not to be too dramatic here, but the NFL may get to a point where the coaches are barely more than figure heads and the players will basically be running the league

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    Re: NBC DROPS BALL AS IT GIVES PASSING ATTENTION TO NY GIANTS' COACH TOM COUGHLIN'S DECISION TO BENCH AHMAD BRADSHAW

    [quote user="G-Man67"]not to be too dramatic here, but the NFL may get to a point where the coaches are barely more than figure heads and the players will basically be running the league[/quote]

    Oh great for us, we hardly have any leaders

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