DENVER - NOVEMBER 26: Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants leads his team against the Denver Broncos during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 26, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Giants 26-6. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin has a question about the disciplinary actions brought forth against Flozell Adams after he took cheap shots at Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka as the first half ended on Sunday: Namely, where is it?
Adams, we were told, was called for a 15-yard personal foul. However, according to the NFL rulebook, penalties against defensive players cannot be assessed on the final play of the half, meaning that New York was obliged by this curious rule to decline the penalty.
Coughlin, who said he planned on discussing the situation further with NFL Director of Officiating, Mike Pereira, isn't exactly thrilled.
"To not have some kind of immediate officiating response, there's something that needs to be addressed there," Coughlin said in the New York Daily News on Monday. "There was no eviction, no penalty assessment, nothing."
Further disciplinary action could be taken against Adams, a decision expected as early as Tuesday afternoon; this could include a suspension which, with Marc Colombo out for the season with a broken fibula, could throw the Cowboys offensive line into chaos. Pat McQuistan or Montrae Holland would likely replace Doug Free at right tackle, and Free would return to left tackle, the position at which he practiced until the injury to Colombo.
Coughlin wouldn't go so far as to say that Adams should be suspended, but was obviously upset at the lack of discipline thus far.
"Well, that's not for me to decide," Coughlin said of a suspension. "I think there's no place in our game for the act that he took."