Giants’ family takes ‘Super’ trip
Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012 7:01 pm
By TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Chris Snee has to please his coach every day. His father-in-law, too.
Tom Coughlin is that coach. And that father-in-law.
“It’s been eight years of us working together on the field and we’ll be family off the field, so it’s been a great relationship,” Snee said Thursday as the New York Giants prepared to play the New England Patriots in Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Coughlin said matter-of-factly that Snee gets treated like any other player. There is no favoritism.
“He wouldn’t want it any other way, and that’s never been an issue,” Coughlin said. “I never think twice about it. We’ve been able to keep business, business, and family, family. He does a great job of making sure of that.”
In 2004, then-general manager Ernie Accorsi and Coughlin called offensive line coach Pat Flaherty in to discuss drafting the Boston College guard in the second round. They had one piece of information Flaherty needed to know: Snee was Coughlin’s son-in-law.
Flaherty didn’t hesitate.
“Chris Snee, the football player, is worthy of being a first-round pick,” Flaherty recalled telling them. “Their relationship, that was out of my hands.”
Over the past eight years, Coughlin and Snee have shared the highs and lows of the NFL. They won the Super Bowl in 2008, made the playoffs four years running between 2005-08, missed the postseason in 2009 and ’10, and now they’re once again within a victory of a second NFL title in four years.
Neither Coughlin nor Snee, who is married to Coughlin’s daughter, Kate, seem comfortable putting their relationship under a microscope.
It’s a job. That’s it. Off the field, Snee can call him “Pops,” or “Dad” or whatever he is comfortable doing.
Giants guard Kevin Boothe said if someone didn’t know Snee and Coughlin’s situation, they wouldn’t be able to tell watching them on the field.
“He is one of the best at his position, so there’s not much to get on him about,” Boothe said. “If they talk, it’s Tom asking about the kids.”
Tackle David Diehl said Snee took some good-natured abuse as a rookie because of his relationship with Coughlin.
“Chris is a blue-collar guy and he’s a quiet guy, he doesn’t have to say much,” Diehl said. “He lets his play and work ethic do the talking for him. And with coach Coughlin, he’s treated everyone the same way. If Chris messes up, he’d yell at him just like he’d yell at any of us.”
While Snee and Coughlin seemingly have perfected the art of having your father in-law as your coach, many players who will take the field Sunday laugh about similar arrangements.
Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty had his father, Joe, coach him in pee-wee basketball in Raleigh, N.C.
“I didn’t like it very much,” Canty said. “He was just very hard on us and very hard on me.”
Published in The Messenger 2.3.12