After 12 seasons, the New York Giants are on the hunt for a new leader following the resignation of long-time head coach Tom Coughlin on Monday.
Last week, Coughlin invited his family to watch what turned out to be his final game as Giants head coach – a 35-30 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium yesterday.
Soon after the announcement of his departure, the former Giants head coach issued a statement:
“I met with John Mara and Steve Tisch this afternoon, and I informed them that it is in the best interest of the organization that I step down as head coach. I strongly believe the time is right for me and my family, and as I said, the Giants organization.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as head coach of the New York Football Giants. This is a not a sad occasion for me. I have spent 15 years with this organization as an assistant and head coach and was fortunate to be part of three Super Bowl winning teams. A Lombardi Trophy every five years is an achievement in which we all take great pride.”
Coughlin leaves behind a tremendous legacy that includes two Super Bowl victories (both at the expense of the New England Patriots) and five playoff appearances.
However, Coughlin’s run stalled at the end. His Giants failed to reach the postseason six times over the last seven seasons. The lone time they reached the playoffs during that run came in 2011 when the Giants won the second of two Vince Lombardi Trophies in Super Bowl XLVI.
As his 70th birthday approaches in August, Coughlin’s run as an NFL head coach may be over.
If it is, he should be headed to Canton for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He made the Jacksonville Jaguars relevant soon after their entry into the league. Since his departure, the organization has been a hot mess.
Meanwhile, his run in New York featured one of the defining games of this generation (or any for that matter) when Coughlin’s Giants topped to the previously undefeated New England Patriots to win Super Bowl XLII.
It was a fun ride Coach Coughlin.
Thanks for the memories.
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