In an interview with Mike Francesa, Coughlin said he's "not ready" to welcome back Burress, who was suspended from the NFL in November after accidentally shooting himself at a nightclub. The wide receiver faces two felony gun charges.
"We need to sit down and think about it and talk about that and see what the circumstance might be," Coughlin said on WFAN when asked if he was ready to bring Burress back. "And I told everyone, I told the world, that Plaxico is a member of our team and I am concerned about him, for his well-being and that of his family. But the issues that I have to think about are that there are 52 other guys in that locker room as well."
On Sunday Giants general manager Jerry Reese said he'd "absolutely" want Burress to return to the team.
The Giants went 2-4 without Burress. But Coughlin would not place the blame on the receiver's shoulders.
"I just don't like to go there," Coughlin told WFAN. "Because here's the thing: Plaxico wasn't out there. There was nothing we could do about that. We had to take the players we had and take full advantage of it. We had some opportunities now. We just didn't get it done.
"Of course when you take a player of that magnitude off the field there is going to be an adjustment. There are going to be changes. There's going to be things that you're not going to be able to do that you once did, or that the defense had to do that perhaps they're not doing now. But that wasn't the reason. We still had plenty of people in position to get things done. I'm just not going to go that way."