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Giants Insider: Tom Coughlin turns up the music

Tom Coughlin lets players practice with music blaring on the field as the Giants look to end their 0-2 start against the Texans this Sunday.Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News Tom Coughlin lets players practice with music blaring on the field as the Giants look to end their 0-2 start against the Texans this Sunday.


The sounds of Biggie Small’s “Hypnotize” and Mystikal’s “Danger” blasted throughout Giants practice on Friday- unusual sound effects to watch old-school coach Tom Coughlin run his team.


But in another example of Coughlin listening to the will of his players, Coughlin agreed to play the music after discussing it with the team’s Leadership Council, a group of players selected by Coughlin to debate issues that he uses to keep his finger on the pulse of the Giants.


“Players wanted that,” Coughlin said of the songs at practice. “We’ve done that before. We did it years ago. We’ve done it. So, just a little bit of noise in the air- like a stadium pre-game.”


Coughlin joked the players took the music off his personal music stash, insisting “I had a little Sinatra today.”


“That’s what they wanted me to tell you,” Coughlin said. “That they took the music off of my…I don’t even know what they’re talking about.”


When a team spokesman said, “iPod coach,” Coughlin replied: “What’s an iPod?” he said to laughter, hopefully joking.


Coughlin then went on an amusing rant on how players are always running with earbuds, listening to music.


“What the heck?” Coughlin said with a smile. “You need music to run? You can’t exercise without that stuff?”


Members Only: Coughlin responded to a published report that safety Antrel Rolle called a player’s only meeting recently to discuss the team’s 0-2 start.

Rashad Jennings wonders why the media focuses more on the bad stuff than good.Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News Rashad Jennings wonders why the media focuses more on the bad stuff than good.


“I think they were just discussing the predicament that we are in,” Coughlin said. “And what they would like to do to get out of this predicament, the idea that we have beaten ourselves and let’s stop doing that. I thought it was- from what I know, and I wasn’t there- it sounded very positive.”


Coughlin didn’t want to bring up last year’s 0-6 start, however.


“I don’t want to talk about last year,” he said on Friday. “I do not want to talk about last year.”


Odell Out Again: The prized rookie Odell Beckham Jr. won’t make his Giants debut after he was ruled out of Sunday’s game, the third straight contest he’s missed because of a hamstring injury. Beckham didn’t practice with the team again on Friday and could be seen off to the side, running full-speed around orange cones and a giant hula-hoop like gadget. Beckham, the burner out of LSU, has yet to partake in a full practice because of a hamstring he initially hurt in the spring and irritated on the first day of training camp and then again in late August.


Bracing for Eli: Eli Manning practiced on Friday with a black compression sleeve on his left knee. Asked about it afterward, Manning, who had offseason ankle surgery, said it was something he’s worn for the past several weeks as a precaution and that his knee was fine and wasn’t sore. “It’s just something I wear in practice,” he said.


Jennings Goes Deep: Along with discussing his fourth-quarter fumble last Sunday, Rashad Jennings waded into delicate territory when he informally asked a small group of reporters on Friday why their newspapers printed so much negativity, a reference to the domestic and child abuse cases that have overtaken the NFL. “What would happen if you all collectively pointed out all the good that everybody does and no longer point out [the bad]- you don’t look for good?” Jennings asked. When it was pointed out that a number of glowing stories were written on him when he signed with the Giants in March, he smiled.


Give it a Rest: Devon Kennard (hamstring) was ruled out for Sunday. James Brewer (back) and Charles Brown (shoulder) were listed as questionable by the team, as was Steve Weatherford (ankle), who didn’t appear at practice. Markus Kuhn (ankle) is probable.


Let Go: The Giants waived guard Eric Herman on Friday after he returned to the team following a two-week suspension for breaking the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances. He may still return to the practice squad.

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