Coughlin ordered his team off the field at the University at Albany at 2:29 p.m. – about 60 minutes before the scheduled end of practice - as dark clouds moved toward the school and thunder rumbled. Thirty-six minutes later, the players were told to put on sneakers and the remainder of the practice was conducted as a jog-thru on the SEFCU Arena basketball floor.
“We had our day off (yesterday) and now we’re half a practice and we’ve got to come inside,” Coughlin said. “I thought we were going to be able to go, but then the rain was worse than waiting the thing out. That would have put us back on the turf field and that wasn’t a good option right now.”
UAlbany does not have an indoor football facility, so the Giants have no viable options when the weather forces them to abandon the practice field.
Under the new collective bargaining agreement, the players must have at least one day off a week. Coughlin was uncertain if the CBA would allow him to make up the time lost today.
“I don’t really know,” he said. “I’m going to ask, but from what I understand the clock’s even running on you, according to the CBA, when you have something like this happen. I would doubt if they allow you to have anything.”
*The highlight of the outdoor portion of practice was
*Coughlin praised rookie free agent wide receiver
*Coughlin defended second-year safety
“This kid really had no intention of doing anything that is illegal,” Coughlin said. “I know what the definition of the rule is and I understand all about that. Been there myself when you’ve had to ask yourself about… Sometimes you think maybe common sense needs to be involved in this. I feel bad for the kid. He is a heart and soul football player now. He takes everything he has and puts it into the game. He loves to play. We used him in a very, very important role last year as a rookie. Fullback on the punt team, for example. There’s no issue with this young man. He doesn’t need any watchdog over him. … Ignorance is not an excuse for the law. But if he knows what’s expected, he does it.”
*The Giants have no definitive diagnosis on cornerback
“You just feel for the guy,” defensive end and captain
“It’s unfortunate, man,” wide receiver
*Camp attendance today was 1,750.