Snee playing good son-in-law

ROB LONGLEY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

PHOENIX -- How would you like to stroll into the office every morning to see that your father-in-law is running the ship and ready to bark out your assignment for the day?

Let's just say, for Giants offensive lineman Chris Snee life in the NFL work place is all relative.

Snee, you see, has to report to duty and see his wife Katie's father Tom Coughlin running a tight ship as the G-men's fiery taskmaster of a head coach.

"When we're at Giants Stadium, he's the coach and then when we are off the field, he's the father-in-law," Snee said this week. "We've been doing it for four years now and it has been a good relationship."

It might not have been so good had the Giants not won the NFC Championship game in overtime. Late in the fourth quarter a New York touchdown run by Ahmad Bradshaw was called back after Snee was flagged for holding keeping the Green Bay Packers alive.

But both men maintain that such issues can be left behind, that the father-and-son relationship can withstand the heat of game day as well as enjoy the shared experience of family over the dinner table.

"He's a member of the New York Giants and he's a competitor," Coughlin said of Snee. "He is tough and he is physical and all the things you want in an offensive guard in the National Football League and when we're working, we're working.

"On the other side of it, we're very proud that Chris Snee is a member of our family. He and my daughter Katie are married with two outstanding young sons and we enjoy them very, very much when we have that opportunity."

That's not to say that the appearance of nepotism goes unnoticed among Snee's teammates.

"Coaches call people 'son' quite a bit," Snee said. "He happened to say that to me one time when I messed up and, obviously, everybody made a big deal about it and I got picked on.

"But I can give it right back."

As Giants head coach, Coughlin was involved in the decision to select Snee in the second round of the 2004 NFL draft and makes no apologies for doing so.

"The players like to razz him, they like to give him some heat," Coughlin said. "But we're very proud of the fact that he plays for the New York Giants. The quality of the young man is what makes it work."

Snee, who is given much of the credit for the Giants' power running game, met the former Katie Coughlin when both were students at Boston College and his future inlaw was coaching the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He says his wife's inside knowledge of the workings of the pro football world has been a blessing. And when it comes to bossing around the boss, young Dylan and Cooper have the best shot at that.

"If there's anybody who can boss him around, it's the grandkids," Snee said.


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