Report: Tom Coughlin Kicked Matt Dodge Out of Locker Room

On second thought, maybe Eli Manning wasn’t the loneliest man in the world on Sunday.  No doubt he was pretty lonely in that press room, but at least he wasn’t ordered into solitary confinement.  After he punted the ball to DeSean Jackson on Sunday and put the nail in the Giants coffin, Matt Dodge probably felt more alone — especially when Tom Coughlin kicked him out of the locker room.

As Deadspin pointed out, Howard Eskin tweeted on Monday that Coughlin walked into the locker room after the Giants loss and “saw his punter in tears.”  He allegedly told him to get out of the locker room and said he was no longer a part of the team.  Talk about rough.

If Eskin’s source is accurate and that’s really what happened, Coughlin owes his punter an apology.  Was it a bonehead mistake?  Absolutely.  There’s no way he should have punted it directly to one of the most dangerous return men in the game in that situation.  However, the game should have never gotten to that point.  When a team blows a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter, the blame should start with the head coach.  Allowing a team back into a game like that shows a complete lack of focus from the players and an inability of the coaching staff to keep them focused.

Obviously, Coughlin didn’t cut Dodge.  He was probably just angry and needed someone to take it out on, but he should have looked in the mirror first.

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  • http://twitter.com/IntheOT Chad Margulius

    What a joke considering how many other factors resulted in losing the game. Blame yourself Tom for thinking the game was in the bag. Running it every play having 3 and outs then playing a prevent D. What about your own defensive players pathetic tackeling. Cant blame Dodger for that. Even if he didnt score a TD you still could have lost in OT. Then who would you blame?

    As dumb as the punt was there is no excuse for a playoff team to be that pathetic at tackelking, especially after Jackson fumbled the ball right off the bat.

  • Anonymous

    Games are won and lost not in the fourth quarter but entire game. Whatever happen to “win as a team and lose as team’??????

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Dodge was just an easy target for Coughlin to unload his frustration. He was part of the reason they lost, but by no means THE reason.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2Q3PFLNA6D7X45KFWMIQOTVY Eric Z

    The defense clearly turned off and thought they could coast into a win. This loss is completely on the coaches for letting that happen. With that being said, a player should never be crying over a regular season loss that didn’t knock them out of the playoffs. Especially, a punter or kicker.

  • Anonymous

    The problem is that Tom Coughlin has no eyebrows…..how can you listen to someone with no eyebrows?

  • Anonymous

    What a complete lie. The guy spreading the BS, Howard Eskin, Eagles fan and Philly jock sniffer, wouldn’t know the truth if it stared him in the mirror and shaved his stupid beard. C’mon; the fact that you turned this lie into a story to give it credibility is just flat out lame.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe if Coughlin would have run Bradshaw more, instead of Jacobs and his 2 yard average, the Giants would have been able to convert a few more third downs.

    It’s a bush league response by Coughlin to shift blame away from himself.

  • Anonymous


    Ahmad Bradshaw (1,182 yards, 4.7-yard average) and Brandon Jacobs (727 yards, 5.8-yard average)


  • Anonymous

    From the horse’s mouth (the horse being Matt Dodge) onWFAN’s Boomer and Carton NY this morning: “IT NEVER HAPPENED.”