Boley frustrated with lack of snaps

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Michael Boley wasn’t in the mood for talking after the Giants’ 33-14 loss in Baltimore on Sunday.

Like all the Giants, Boley was upset about the team's lackluster performance. But the linebacker also was not thrilled about playing just 21 snaps.

“Yeah, but, that wasn’t my decision,” Boley said Wednesday. “But coaches make the call, that’s what they felt like going with, so we played it.”

Chase Blackburn played the most of the linebackers, with 79 snaps. Mark Herzlich saw 60 snaps and Mathias Kiwanuka received 50, playing at defensive end as well.

Jacquian Williams played 36 snaps, Keith Rivers got 35, and Spencer Paysinger received 31.

Coach Tom Coughlin said earlier this week that Boley’s lack of playing time was “not necessarily a health thing.”

“It had been a cumulative health thing,” Coughlin said. “He was having some issues for three weeks that we felt was not allowing him to play the way that he’s capable of playing and that’s the reason we went into the game with these different personnel combinations.”

When asked about his health, Boley again said it was the coaches’ decision to reduce his playing time.

“I guess, if that’s what they said it was, that was the reason they chose,” he said. “At this point, nobody is 100 percent. So, coaches make decisions, we just play.”

Boley said he knew his playing time would be reduced when the team went through its game plan last Wednesday.

“It’s happened before,” Boley said. “I’m sure it won’t be the last time in my career, but like I said, coaches made the decisions and I just had to ride it out.”

Boley has a total of seven tackles in the past two games. He had 10 tackles against the Saints three games ago.

Boley doesn’t think his play has dipped. “No, I don’t think I played poorly,” Boley said. “I would never say that.”

“Obviously, it’s not how I would like it to be,” Boley later added. “But I’m still here, still playing, so that’s all I can ask for.”