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- Burress Addresses Team Issues

Chris Pokorny June 16, 2006
Chris Pokorny
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CLEVELAND, Oh. (PFCritics) -- New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress is finally talking. After the Giants suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Carolina Panthers in the playoffs, Burress did not show up to a mandatory team meeting the following day. On top of that, he did not attend the team's offseason workouts.

"No one was happy with the way the season ended," said Burress on Thursday. "If anyone was happy, they shouldn't be in this business. It was just my way of expressing my frustration over the situation, and I went back to Florida to improve on what I did last year."

Burress knows that there's no excuse for missing a team meeting, but he wasn't sorry that he did it either.

"Nothing from that game was going to make me feel better," he said. "I consider myself to be one of the best players at my position in football. The fact that I failed to touch the football that day frustrated me a little. The way we went out was humiliating to me."

Last year, in Burress' first year with the Giants, he caught 76 passes for 1,214 yards and seven touchdowns, giving Eli Manning a reliable target every game it seemed - except in the playoffs. When Manning struggled in the playoffs, Burress showed his frustration on the field.

"Everyone is different," Burress said. "We all express ourselves in different ways. I'm my own biggest critic and I'm the one who has to go home and look in the mirror. If I'm not getting the ball, then I can't make the plays that I'm supposed to make. I consider myself to be one of the best receivers in the game, but without the ball, I can't do my job."

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has stated that Burress is behind the other players in terms of some minor things, but is now working hard.

"Everyone wants to talk about last year and not focus on this year," Burress said. "I'm going to come back bigger and stronger. I just catch passes, score touchdowns and try to win. That's doing my job. If I come back and improve this year, then no one will have a problem with it."

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