"Don't ask me those questions," Coughlin said when asked why the Giants didn't keep Ballard on their 90-man roster until August instead of risking losing him on waivers Wednesday. "I don't have the answers for you."
It's a topic the media had to bring up. Ballard is unlikely to play in 2012 because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but the Giants could have stashed him on the roster until August to retain his rights. At that point, they could have placed him on injured reserve. But they wanted the roster spot and didn't believe any team would claim him.
Giants fans shouldn't blow this out of proportion. Ballard is a role player who's coming off a major injury. As my friend, Bob Glauber of Newsday, pointed out, he's not exactly Mark Bavaro in 1986.
"If a player's on waivers, he's on waivers," Belichick said Wednesday. "Ours or anybody else's. I don't know what 'unwrittens' you're talking about. Look, anytime you put a player on waivers, you know there's 31 teams that can take him. We all know that, there's no secrets about that."
On this, even Coughlin agrees.
"That's the nature of the business," Coughlin said.