Look who they brought in. Matt Bryant, a cut Tampa Bay kicker who may or may not have returned to full health from the hamstring injury that torpedoed his Bucs career in training camp, and Matt Stover, a 41-year-old great who now lacks consistent range from 40 yards and longer. There's still a good chance that one or both remained on Coughlin's short list. But one would think if he was truly serious about replacing Tynes that he would at least have invited Mike Nugent, the young ex-Jet the Bucs cut a couple of days ago.
Whatever the case, Coughlin yesterday hoped his message to Tynes came through loud and clear.
"He's our kicker," Coughlin said of Tynes, who leads NFL kickers with 41 points, but has misses from 21, 29, and 38 yards. "It's an on-going thing. We have to try to keep ourselves informed of who's out there, no matter what. We do have an issue we have to get corrected, let's face it.
"We have to stop -- these three points are going to become so critical going forward."
Tynes, as you'll see in this video, took it all with an understanding smile, and then offered some interesting insight on the problem.