Over the last 12 seasons, the New York Giants have been a franchise discussed in a good and bad manner. We never knew what to expect of them because when they looked to be counted out of the race, they always found a way to go on a run and win a string of games. The man on the sideline for each of these moments was Tom Coughlin and Monday afternoon after an impressive run with the Giants, he’s decided to resign after a 12 year stint as head coach but never stated that he was retiring and he still has the energy in him to continue coaching even at the age of 68 years old.
When things got rough and the Giants hit losing streaks, many called for Tom Coughlin to step down or management step in and relive him of his duties as head coach. New York sports fans want success instantly and if you don’t succeed there, they will let you know about it. When it looked to be bad, the Giants would always go on these winning streaks and get hot when they needed too. 2007 is a perfect example. After clinching a playoff berth in week 16 that season, the Giants faced their toughest task and looked to do what 15 other teams couldn’t and that was facing the undefeated Patriots and handing them a loss. Coughlin caught some heat by playing his starters in a meaningless game and they came close to beating the Patriots that year. I truly feel that game propelled them for the run they went on that season in the playoffs as they became just the second team in NFL history to win three straight road games to get to the Super Bowl. They would face those Patriots again and this time, it went in the Giants favor. Five seasons later in 2011, the Giants struggled and then got hot again and defeated the two best teams in the NFC that season in Green Bay and San Francisco and defeated the Patriots once again for another title.
Tom Coughlin is the definition of a true disciplinarian. As many football coaches would, if practice or a team meeting began at 3:00 PM, you were late as of 2:55. His players have bumped heads with him over the years but at the end of the day, he had the respect of each player in that locker room. He didn’t just make them better football players, he’s mentored and shaped young men which I greatly admire. Some players have stated that playing for coach has made them better friends, men off the field and most importantly better fathers. He’s had a nice run as Giants head coach. Three division titles, two super bowl rings and a record of 102-90 in 12 seasons. Well done and I wish Mr. Coughlin the best in the future.