Dec 8, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin yells at his defense after they were called for a penalty against the San Diego Chargers during first half action at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Coughlin told team he ‘felt sorry’ for Giants not giving full effort


New York Giants were shut out at home by the Seattle Seahawks. After the game head coach Tom Coughlin called out the Giants offense.

“There’s no way to sugar coat it, it was a pathetic offensive performance,” Coughlin said, via the Newark Star-Ledger. “We didn’t block anybody, we didn’t make any plays, we didn’t create any opportunities for ourselves. I told the players who prepared and gave great effort that I appreciate what they did; I told those that were obvious they had not that I felt sorry for them, because they’re missing the whole point.”

During a radio interview, defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka talked about that post-game speech.

It was real,” Kiwanuka said on ESPN Radio, via Dave Hutchinson of the Newark Star Ledger. “He was speaking from the heart. That’s somebody’s real heart, real passion. You see how much he cares and how much he loves this game. He meant it.

“You don’t get a lot of chances to play this game. You have to make sure you take advantage of every single opportunity. I think that’s what he was referring to. The fact that I feel bad for you because you didn’t give your best in the opportunity you had.

“You’re not going to get that game back. You’re not going to have a whole lot of chances to prove what you can do.”

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