Ahmad Bradshaw Tom Coughlin Exchange

October 23, 2012 by  

Ahmad Bradshaw Tom Coughlin Exchange, Ahmad Bradshaw’s intensity is nothing new to his teammates, even warranting the term “Ahmad-ing” by tight end Martellus Bennett. But the Giants running back was caught by the TV cameras in a particularly animated exchange with Tom Coughlin during Sunday’s win against the Redskins. As the Giants offense ran back onto the field following Stevie Brown’s third-quarter interception, Bradshaw passed Coughlin, then turned back and offered a mouthful that appeared to tick off the head coach.

“I was just saying, ‘Run the ball,’ going onto the field,” Bradshaw said today. “A lot of my emotions kick in, and I just want to help my team win as much as possible.”

It was one of a string of fiery moments for Bradshaw in the hard-fought 27-23 win. On the previous drive, he popped up from a 15-yard run and whacked Victor Cruz on the helmet, for apparently missing a block, then forcefully ripped off his own chinstrap.

That Giants possession ended in quarterback Eli Manning’s interception, on which Bradshaw showed great effort in trying to tackle cornerback Josh Wilson on the return. But Bradshaw showed his frustration afterward, sitting alone on the bench and slamming his helmet on the ground.

“There’s never been any question about Ahmad Bradshaw’s toughness, his intensity level,” Coughlin said. “He plays the game hard. You’d like to have everybody play as hard as he plays, to be honest with you. He gives it everything he’s got, and so you want people to recognize that fact, but sometimes you do have to control yourself and control your emotions. He’s working on it.”

While Bradshaw’s teammates love his fire — safety Antrel Rolle said he’ll take Bradshaw’s passion “however it comes” — Coughlin didn’t seem entirely pleased. He said he hopes Bradshaw’s emotions are infectious “in a positive way.” Asked if the incident needed to be brought up today, Coughlin said simply, “it’s been addressed.”

Bradshaw’s words to Coughlin — “run the ball” — indicate he may not have been happy with his workload in the game. Bradshaw played 48 offensive snaps, but carried the ball just 12 times for 43 yards. Between Bradshaw and back-up Andre Brown, the Giants handed the ball off just 17 times.

The load was a noticeable drop-off from Bradshaw’s 27 carries for 116 yards last week against the 49ers and his 30 carries for 200 yards against the Browns.

“I just wanted to help my team win,” Bradshaw said, when asked if he wanted the ball more. “Any chance I can get, that’s what I want.”

Coughlin’s curt response to the question of Bradshaw wanting more touches: “That’s not the problem.”

This exchange was shown on the FOX broadcast, but Bradshaw said such interactions with Coughlin are “not rare.” As for what happened with Cruz, Bradshaw explained, “we’re trying to make each other better.”

Bradshaw’s smack looked like it may have smarted, and Cruz confirmed, “it didn’t tickle, to say the least.”

“But it’s all fine,” Cruz said. “He just wants the best out of everyone. On that specific play, he felt like I could’ve done more. I agree with him, and we hugged it out later on.”

Bradshaw appeared to be frustrated that Cruz didn’t block safety Madieu Williams, who was in on the stop of Bradshaw. Asked if he missed a block, Cruz said, “In his eyes, I guess I did.”

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