On a side-note, can you imagine Daunte's fragile ego in New York?
The press would tear him apart and spit him out faster than he could send an e-mail to the AP.
COUGHLIN SAYS HE GETS BAD RAP AS BAD GUY
New York Post
By PAUL SCHWARTZ
August 22, 2006 -- ALBANY - Tom Coughlin does not like the characterization of himself as a coach who doesn't care to forge relationships with his players, although he admits the chain of command he strongly believes in must make him the heavy in many situations.
"People are who they are," Coughlin said yesterday. "I'm just as approachable as anybody else for a good story or a laugh or anything like that. I'm no different than anyone else that way. I don't spend a whole lot of time thinking about that. I do want our players to know what I do have is their interest at heart and the best interest of the New York Giants.
"There's no agenda, there's no nothing. I don't have a chip on my shoulder, I don't have a big ego, I don't have any of that stuff, but I do have a knowledge of the game and I do have a deep belief in what it takes to win."
Earlier in training camp, receiver Plaxico Burress urged Coughlin to lighten up and said he wished he enjoyed a closer relationship with his head coach. Coughlin said he's not averse to that if that is what's needed, but stressed the player must come to him.
"The door's open, c'mon in, sit down," Coughlin said. "I'm there for them, under any circumstance, if they would need to come to me at any level, I would be there for them."
Informed of that guideline, Burress said, "I don't think it's solely on me, I think it's more of a joint thing. The more time we spend around each other, me working hard and helping our team get better, I think he'll notice that we're basically in this for the same thing, that's to win games. Having those same goals, I think we can get along just fine."
In the most heated fight of camp, two rookies, WR Anthony Mix and CB Gerrick McPhearson, exchanged several blows as the play went in a completely different direction. The 5-10 McPhearson body-slammed the 6-4 Mix to the grass and ripped off his helmet, while Mix fired punches, trying to get inside McPhearson's facemask. Coughlin was not amused. "There's no place for it out here," he said. "I have no idea where that came from, but I'll be visiting with each one of those guys."
LB LaVar Arrington was pulled out of practice when his knee swelled up.