New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has revealed he is unsure if Jason Pierre-Paul will be at their first day of training camp. Also, he said he offered help to the defensive end, but he refused.
In an interview Jenny Vrentas with Sports Illustrated, Coughlin stated where he was when he received the call about the Pierre-Paul, where he lost his right index finger during a July 4 fireworks incident.
He said: “It was Sunday afternoon, the fifth. That afternoon. I think (GM) Jerry (Reese) was the first one to text me. I texted Jason right away. I just said, “How can I help you?” But I didn’t hear anything back, so. And really there has been very little information even to this point in time.
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“Everybody in this building is concerned with him and his welfare. Even to the point where this fiasco, when Ronnie (Barnes) goes down there and Jessie (Armstead) goes down there, and he won’t see them—these are the people he has depended on all the time he has been there.
“I don’t know what he thought he was going to accomplish by not allowing them to be there to assist, to help, whatever needed to be done. For Ronnie Barnes to add his medical expertise at that point in time … I don’t do anything without calling Barnes. I don’t.
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“If there’s anything, you call him, and he will take care of everything. He’s phenomenal. I thought that was a really poor move by them. By his people. I don’t know what they think they are hiding. It only makes us, me personally, think the worst.
“I think (defensive line coach) Robert Nunn has talked to him a couple times on the phone. He tries to assure people that he is fine or going to be fine, but I don’t know any more than that.”
The 68-year-old then said he hasn’t been able to talk to the defensive lineman at all since the incident took place.
“No. No. I want to help. I want to be there for him. But he’s decided that he doesn’t want our help. He thinks that something will come of it. But, all I care about, all any of us care about, the whole organization, is the well-being of the kid,” he said.
“Something traumatic has taken place here, and we have all kinds of experts here in this city that are at our disposal. Putting those things together is very easy.”
When the Giants training camp opens this Friday, Coughlin isn’t sure whether Pierre-Paul will show.
He said: “I don’t know what to expect anymore. I told everybody I thought he would come to the mandatory minicamp. I thought he would be here for that. He didn’t come for that, either. Now that’s not all his doing.
“The agent has a big part in that, and it should be that the player takes a stand, but he’s obviously going to take the advice of his agent.”
With the facilities that are available for the defensive end, it’s weird to think he hasn’t made contact with the head coach of the Giants at all, or taken advantage of the help that is ready for him to use.
The two-time Pro Bowler has reportedly been rehabilitating in South Florida according to ESPN, closer to his home which makes sense. At this tough time, you would only want to be surrounded by your family.
However, until the Giants see the hand for themselves, I don’t think they’ll be convinced that he is ready to play. This is why he wasn’t offered a new contract and is set to play out his final year with the team.
This is such a huge risk by Pierre-Paul as it could have a major impact on not only his time with the Giants, but the rest of his NFL career. We'll see if he makes an appearance on July 31 when the Giants training camp opens.