Originally posted on Extra Pine Tar  |  Last updated 6/13/12

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 13: Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles at Giants Stadium on December 13, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Settle down, Tom, will ya?

Tom Coughlin is up in arms because the Giants waived Jake Ballard and the Patriots had the nerve to sneak in and pick him up – which is what you’re supposed to do when you want a player and he is on waivers. I realize that Bill Belichick is evil, but it’s really hard to blame him in this situation. He realized that Ballard is good, so he claimed him. Plus, he weakened the Giants. Seems pretty cut and dry today.

Not for Tom Coughlin. He was damn near tears today when he was interviewed about the situation.

Here’s what I don’t understand: If the Giants were so high on Ballard, why did they waive him to make room for defensive tackle “Rocky Bernard?”

“Hey Jake, we really like you as a player, but we’re going to have to cut you.”

“Oh no, why?”

“Well…Rocky Bernard became available…so…our hands were kind of tied…”

What the hell?

Ballard is going to miss this entire upcoming season anyway after he tore his ACL in the Super Bowl, so I understand why you wouldn’t want him on the active roster, but the Giants could simply have placed him on the 90-man roster and not risked losing him on waivers.

Tom Coughlin was a huge help when asked why the team didn’t do that.

“Don’t ask me those questions,” the Giants coach said.

Oh. Sorry….coach….

The lessons to be learned from all of this? 1. When Rocky Bernard is out there, you have no choice but to drop one of your premier talents to pick him up and 2. If you’re a reporter, don’t ask Tom Coughlin relevant questions even though it’s your job.


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