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Dick Vermeil
Former Head Coach

Dick Vermeil

Has won the Super Bowl, the Rose Bowl and multiple coaching accolades.

Burress Deserved It

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Tom Coughlin was not lax, and his decision to suspend Plaxico Burress was not based on the schedule -- it was based on principles. I know Coughlin and he would have made the same decision even if the Super Bowl was tomorrow. He does what's best for the New York Giants and wouldn't let anything sway that.

Burress deserves what he got. He's lucky he wasn't suspended for four games. And if his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, wants to file a grievance, I say good luck to him! Some players don't have the ability to play within a system like Coughlin's, the kind of system that wins world championships.

This action was taken for the good of the team. It is the only recourse when a player puts himself ahead the team. Plaxico can't set the standards for discipline, only Coughlin can. The other players look to their coach to act when a teammate fail to meet that standard. They will respect Coughlin more as a result-- it solidifies his credibility.

In my experience, over decades of coaching, I had to cut a few players for violating our team rules. It's not an easy thing to do, but ultimately it's the best thing to do, and some times the only thing.

By Dick Vermeil  |  September 25, 2008; 7:40 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Why you gotta hate on Plax. Kid just had to take care of some personal stuff. Aint you ever forgot your phone. They did not even suspend Vince Young in Tennessee.

Posted by: Popa Kristy | September 25, 2008 1:37 PM

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