Tom Coughlin still disputes referees over Victor Cruz’s fumble
The play occurred when Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz was on the right sideline and looking to add some yards. Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick tackled him and safety Jeff Heath took control of the ball and scored a touchdown, making it 7-0. That proved to eb the game changer as the Giants tried to recover and came close, but never broke the lead the Cowboys had set.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin is also dissatisfied with the play that set the lead which eventually cost the game and still sticks to his guns that the whistle should have blown to call it off. As the play was folding out, he was continuously gesturing, screaming and finally jumping around in disbelief as the ball made it to the end zone and still no whistle was called.
Following the 21-24 loss, Coughlin said that the whistle should have been blown to call it off.
“For them to have a touchdown on a play like that is, unbelievable,” he said.
The play itself wasn’t easy to judge. The call would have been complicated to make. It was difficult to see whether Cruz was still going for a few more yards or had stopped. Depending on that, the whistle would have been blown or not. Even after watching the replay a few times, it is still tough to say what would have been the right call.
“I don’t know what the officials were … It was four of them battling one guy. He was up in the air,” Coughlin said about the play which set the winning lead for Cowboys. “He’s still spinning and you can look at it either way.”
“We know that we started the year off knowing full well that the officials were going to blow the whistle this season for every play,” Coughlin said. “So you hope that the whistle should blow.”
Cruz was still uncertain if not blowing the whistle was the right call on the referees behalf and thought that it was pretty close.
“I don’t know. It was tough for me. I was just out there making plays. Things happen. When you’re in the moment, you don’t really know what should be called or what happened,” Cruz said. “So it was tough for me to call.”