Tom Coughlin is living up to his reputation as an irritable old man at the annual NFL meetings on Wednesday, telling reporters about his difficulty using the iPhone and his distrust of the phone's built-in personal assistant Siri.
The tangent started with the coach saying the Giants have commissioned a study on millennials in order to better understand the players.
Then Coughlin started talking about his relationship with his cell phone and things got hilarious.
What's behind Coughlin's disdain for technology? Newsday's Tom Rock has the explanation:
"Two weeks ago I'm trying to get to a roller hockey game that my grandson is playing in, so Marc Ross [the Giants' director of college scouting] had showed me how to talk to this phone," Coughlin said. "I don't trust the lady in GPS, I don't trust her, because they don't send you the right way. I hit the button and I go 'Park Ridge, New Jersey.' And she comes back on, she's giving me directions. So now I figure out where I am. I hit the thing and I said, 'Thank you very much, I know exactly where I am now.' And she comes back and says, 'You don't have to thank me.' I swear to God that's what she said. And then I couldn't get her to shut up. Every turn. 'Take a right here.' I know where I am. I know where I am. I'm a block away from my house and she's telling me where to go. I said, 'I know where I'm going.' "
Coughlin should be careful in his quest to understand the millennial generation, as things went south pretty quick for the last pro coach who researched the group.
- Brendan Maloy