The Tom Coughlin Era has officially come to end. Yesterday, Coughlin informed the New York Giants that he would not return for his 13th season as the Giants Head Coach. He had a long and in depth meeting with Giants ownership about his future. Coughlin came to a decision that it would be best for him and the New York Giants Organization that he would step down as head coach. It was difficult decision for both Coughlin and the Giants, as he spent 12 seasons in New York and won two Super Bowls championships but it was something that needed to be done. President and Co-owner, John Mara said in a statement, “In addition to delivering two Super Bowl titles, Tom represented us with class and dignity, and restored the pride to our entire organization. He has all the qualities you could ever ask for in a head coach, and set very high standards for whoever will succeed him.” As you can see, the Giants speak very highly of Coughlin and wish him the best in his future endeavors.
The Giants have encountered their third straight season and have missed the playoffs four years in a row and six of the last seven. It has been struggle for the Giants Franchise, so this decision was not much a surprise to anyone. Before taking over the head coaching position with the Giants in 2004, he was the head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars for nine seasons. This was also the same year the Giants drafted quarterback Eli Manning in NFL Draft, so the two started their careers together and have enjoyed success ever since. Eli and Coughlin also have very special bond with one another, it was difficult for Manning to see him leave. “He has been a great coach to play for,” I learned so much from him from an early age when I got here to every year”.
Tom Coughlin finished his New York Giants Career with a final record of 110-92, including playoff games and two Super Bowl Victories over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Coughlin will go down as one the best coaches in Giants history and will always have the respect from his players.
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