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Justin Tuck will punch any Giants player that turns on Tom Coughlin

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

If you see Justin Tuck punch someone, it's probably because they turned on Tom Coughlin. (USATSI)
If you see Justin Tuck punch someone, it's probably because they turned on Tom Coughlin. (USATSI)

The New York Giants might be 0-4 and going nowhere this season, but don't look for anyone in the Giants locker room to turn on coach Tom Coughlin. That would be a death wish, or at least a broken jaw. Defensive end Justin Tuck has promised a punch to the face for anyone that turns on Coughlin.

"If anyone turns on our coach, I would be the first one to punch him in the mouth," Tuck said, via the New York Daily News. "And put that in print. It better not happen, I know that."

There was some dissension in the Giants locker room following the team's 31-7 loss to Kansas City on Sunday. Wide receiver Victor Cruz was mad that the Giants didn't go for it on fourth-and-inches from their own 30-yard line in the third quarter of what was then a 10-7 game.

If it were up to him, Cruz would have gone for it on fourth down -- from his own 30.

"If it was me? Yes. Because we had the momentum," Cruz said. "I felt it was a yard, not even a yard, half a yard, we've got to take a risk at some point and make something happen."

Tuck said the Giants defense wanted Coughlin to go for it too, "Every defensive player wanted him to go for it," Tuck said. "That is why we probably will never be coaches. That would have been a stupid move. Even if you get it, it would still be a stupid move."

As it was, the Giants punted on the play and Dexter McCluster returned it 89 yards for a touchdown to put the game away. The Giants dropped to 0-4 with the loss and now Tom Coughlin's coaching abilities are being called into question.

That's OK with Tuck, just don't turn on Coughlin, or you might get punched in the face.

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