INDIANAPOLIS — Tom Coughlin said early in his Wednesday news conference there shouldn’t be a redundant question asked of him.
The Giants coach went the through the madness that is Media Day on Tuesday, and he finds it hard to believe there could be too many original questions left 10 days since the Giants last played a game.
“Any questions? There’s no questions? I don’t know how you can have a question after yesterday,” Coughlin opened, drawing laughs from the media. “It was OK until that guy came over in the, I don’t know, what was that? Adventure Man suit? Then the guy who had the helmet on, the number and the leather helmet — actually he looked pretty good in that helmet. The others were a little shaky.”
For the record, Adventure Man — and I think it’s awesome Coughlin pulled that name out of the ether — actually was Pick Man. Coughlin’s other reference was to (the now iconic) 1930s Football Guy. It’s hardly a shock the old-school coach was a fan of the leather helmet — they still might have been using them when Coughlin began his coaching career at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Both Coughlin and his Patriots counterpart, Bill Belichick, are known as serious guys, but each have sneaky senses of humor. Giants QB Eli Manning talked about that trait during his media availability.
“Coach Coughlin likes to laugh, he likes to smile,” Manning said. “You just got to find him in the right moment.”
Just don’t make Coughlin have to repeat himself. He hates that.
— Dan Hanzus