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Tom Coughlin rises again

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It was only five weeks ago that Tom Coughlin’s job seemed to be on the line.

His 7-7 Giants were set to face the Jets. Giants owner John Mara had made it clear after the 2009 season that he wouldn’t stand for another bad late season collapse, and the Giants were on the verge of one again this season.

Mara says that his faith in Coughlin never changed.

“Our belief never wavered. Tell you what, I’ve got a stack of letters on my desk [that say] ‘Fire Tom Coughlin’. I look forward to responding to them,” Mara told NFL.com’s Albert Breer. “I held on to them, waiting for the right time to respond. I think this might be the right time.”

(It was that kind of night for the Mara family. John’s mother Ann even made a classic cameo during the team’s post-game celebration, which was caught on FOX.)

A second Super Bowl trophy would change the way we think about Coughlin. But those around the man say he hasn’t changed as much as we are led to believe.

“I can’t say he’s changed,” veteran defensive end Osi Umenyiora told Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports. “But at the end of the day, what he’s doing, it’s working.”

“I don’t think he’s mellowed,” tackle David Diehl said.

Even Coughlin admits he hasn’t changed much: “Oh, I’m not sure about that. I haven’t done a whole lot of that.”

The Giants haven’t really changed that much of the years either, in large part because of the Mara and Tisch families. That stability has helped bring them back to the Super Bowl.

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51 Responses to “Tom Coughlin rises again”
  1. mobuccsfan says: Jan 23, 2012 3:20 PM

    I would gladly have Coughlin coaching the Buccaneers if it were ever a possibility. Much better than the jokes of coaches that franchise has had for much of its existence.

  2. cliverush says: Jan 23, 2012 3:21 PM

    Coach Coughlin is one of the best game plan coaches in football. He did it in college (BC), in Jax and with the Giants. When he coached at BC nobody would beat him into work. 5 AM is the start of his workday.

  3. joelvis72 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:23 PM

    Coughlin is like his quarterback…you can’t really name one thing he does exceptionally well, except win big games.

  4. bspurloc says: Jan 23, 2012 3:24 PM

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    things looked bleak. they had a tough schedule…
    The thing is, it really has nothing to do with Coughlin and lot to do with ELI….
    Eli loses the games when he starts passing to the other team and getting DELAY OF GAMES….
    He did it again last night, how do u get a delay of game after a time out?!?!?!
    Delay of game on your winning FG attempt…. hey Eli actually noticed that one….

  5. kcfanatic says: Jan 23, 2012 3:26 PM

    I’m not a fan of his at all, but you can’t argue with the numbers. Somehow he just knows how to get his team motivated at the right time.

  6. jdandcoke says: Jan 23, 2012 3:26 PM

    coughlin prepares better than anyone….and many people have said that. his QB is the same way. so yeah, i can name one thing that both of them do really well….prepare.

  7. maddog111 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:27 PM

    Not a Giants fan, but don’t you think if the Giants win this game, Coughlin’s ticket is punched for the HOF? Two championships would have to get him in, if he’s not in already.

  8. cowhawkfan says: Jan 23, 2012 3:29 PM

    Didn’t some RB quit at the height of his career because he didn’t like Couglin. Same RB torch Coughlin on his way out. Wonder if that same RB wishes he’d stuck around for a SB ring, maybe two. Darn, wish I could remember that RBs name. Think I saw him on a post-game show once or twice. Mmmm…guess he just wasnt worth remembering. Oh, well…I’m gonna go light a Tiki Torch in honor of the Giants!!

  9. kevpft says: Jan 23, 2012 3:30 PM

    I’m starting to get the feeling that Coughlin, and the Giants, represent the emergence of something the NFL doesn’t want to admit: the regular season is becoming less and less important.

    Of course it’s still very important, because it determines who makes the playoffs.

    But he’s shown that playing down to your competition won’t kill you if you play up to your competition at the right times. You don’t have to go 15-1 or 13-3, or even 10-6, to conquer.

    The NFL always loves dramatic storylines, but I don’t know that they want a regular diet of 8-8 Broncos and 9-7 Giants being the story of the playoffs while 15-1 teams crash out.

    The further we get from last season’s embarrassing meltdown to Philadelphia, the more stable Coughlin’s place as one of the best coaches of our era becomes.

  10. promin1 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:34 PM

    Coughlin was only on the hot seat in the media. He has 18 players on injured reserve. The fact they are in the super bowl just shows what a great coach and leader he is.

  11. mobuccsfan says: Jan 23, 2012 3:36 PM

    If he wins a second ring, yes, I would say he has to be strongly considered as a lock for HOF. Doesn’t anyone else recall (I’m getting older so forgive me here, my knowledge is rusty) but he did take the Jaguars all the way to the AFC Championship game…I believe the same year that the Panthers went up against, I thought it was the Cowboys? It was only like their second or third year in the league. Quite impressive I thought. I will agree with one poster, Eli > Brunell, and is a better quarterback when he doesn’t make a dumb decision (fumble, interception or delay of game penalty). Still, Eli is showing he is much better than big brother, already, regardless of how this plays out.

    And yeah, Tiki really messed up there. You know what they say about hindsight….

  12. nineroutsider says: Jan 23, 2012 3:37 PM

    Tom Coughlin is a great football coach, congrats to him and the Giants. There is something to be said for teams getting hot at the right time and he makes that happen. He is an old school guy who modified his ways to work with new school athletes and it works.

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see him retire after he wins this game and go out on top on his terms.

  13. huskersrock1 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:37 PM

    I think it is criminal that the media fires this guy every year. He is a good coach and the best either NY team has had since Parcells.

  14. acieu says: Jan 23, 2012 3:37 PM

    He certainly doesn’t compare to that other NFL coach in NYC who has won three Super Bowls at last count at least in pre season predictions.

  15. fballguy says: Jan 23, 2012 3:39 PM

    Coughlin is one of the best head coaches in NFL history period. The guy doesn’t nearly get the respect he deserves and I would’ve loved him coaching my Rams these past six years.

    Good for you Coughlin. Give’m Hell.

  16. 6ball says: Jan 23, 2012 3:40 PM

    .

    1. @cliverush

    ” 5 am is the start of his day ”

    That’s 4:50 to you and me.

    2. You’re 7-7 and foundering. Then you realize that the Jets are next up and suddenly realize that you are are the luckiest team on the planet.

    3. The only reason the Giants win is so they can finally tell Coughlin to “shut up “…….and he’s fully aware of it.

    .

  17. usmutts says: Jan 23, 2012 3:40 PM

    There are many reasons Coughlin is taking the Giants to another super bowl, but here are two of the major ones:

    1. His QB is a big game player of the highest order. Nothing bothers him. I hope he gets a second ring so he’ll have one more than his brother.

    2. He acquires lots and lots of immense talent on the defensive line. Then he gets lots more of them. Then even more of them.

  18. trbowman says: Jan 23, 2012 3:41 PM

    “Coughlin is like his quarterback…you can’t really name one thing he does exceptionally well, except win big games.”

    Uh….yes I can.

  19. bigbluelou says: Jan 23, 2012 3:43 PM

    Every time you count this guy out TC comes back. He never loses focus of the task at hand. There is no one out there better to coach the New York Football Giants then him. I mean, last year they were 10-6 and missed the playoffs. The team plays for him you can’t deny that.

  20. trbowman says: Jan 23, 2012 3:48 PM

    Two main things Giants have

    Quarterback and pass rush.

    Those two are key in the NFL in this day and age!

  21. wte1 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:48 PM

    “If you’re on time, you’re late!”

    -Tom Coughlin

    I love that line.

  22. djstat says: Jan 23, 2012 3:51 PM

    Coughlin does a lot well. He schemes. Hires good assistants. Gets the most oout of his team. He has had only one losing season in NY and that was his first year in 2004 and Eli was a rookie. Coughling is a great coach who holds his players accountable. Its not so much he is old school, its he has no tolerance for immature babies who are paid millions.

  23. glac1 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:51 PM

    and the players voted him the coach they’d least like to play for! That shows how many players are in the league for the wrong reasons……..

  24. shaner329 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:53 PM

    He’s definitely fun to watch when he goes on tirades on the sidelines. The things he says when he’s angry are hilarious.

  25. ljtola says: Jan 23, 2012 3:56 PM

    That’s a pretty hideous looking locker room in Candlestick.
    That Ms Mara beatdown of Terry Bradshaw was hilarious.

  26. bigbluefan1 says: Jan 23, 2012 4:02 PM

    Everything I have ever heard even from Tiki and Shocky is that the Mara Tisch are great owners.

    And as far the TC and the players he has built a team yes team not a bunch of high paid divas but a bunch of men who work together to win.

    As far as the reg season do you think the Packer would rather have been 9-7 and in the super bowl or 15-1 and done in the playoffs?

    Eli just comes to work and goes to work no stories about coeds in bathrooms or GQ covers just plain old football.

    If TC calls it quits after this next win good for him but I do not see that happening he loves what he does he loves the players they are a large part of his life.

  27. randygnyc says: Jan 23, 2012 4:02 PM

    Just heard giants owner John Mara say that in 1978 they had several conversations with Joe Paterno to coach the giants. Never heard that before.

    Go Big Blue.

  28. jackntorres says: Jan 23, 2012 4:11 PM

    Saints fan here…

    When I saw the hoodie/superspy put Edelman on boldin with less than 2 in the game, I knew somewhere in the gridiron pantheon a football god was having an aneurysm. I can’t believe they won that game. Bellichick has lost it.

    Go Eli.

  29. clavette says: Jan 23, 2012 4:13 PM

    im more than happy to say i was one of the many giants fans calling out the front office for allowing coughlin to remain as head coach this season.

    i was wrong

  30. tburris says: Jan 23, 2012 4:16 PM

    I will be rooting for the Giants!!!

  31. glac1 says: Jan 23, 2012 4:17 PM

    the’re on a roll like the Packers were a year ago. It would be a major upset if they don’t win it all.

  32. fatelvis77 says: Jan 23, 2012 4:17 PM

    In Eli’s rookie season, 2004, The Giants, with Kurt Warner at QB, started 5-2 and were in first place. They lost 2 games and, with a winning record and still contending, Coughlin pulled Warner and started Eli. They lost every game until the last game of the season against Dallas. Then Eli led them down the field in the last two minutes and on 4th and goal from the 3 he audibled out of a pass play to a run and Tiki skipped into the endzone for the winning TD. The two of them have never had a losing season since. Coughlin had the nerve to throw away a potential playoff berth to give his rookie QB a chance to learn on the job. Great call there!

  33. zaggs says: Jan 23, 2012 4:24 PM

    All In!

  34. nflfollower says: Jan 23, 2012 4:34 PM

    Tom Coughlin is like the crypt keeper….he will always rise back up, he defies the destructive forces of time. But seriously, he’s a good coach.

    What’s going on in that photo though? Weird stuff…

  35. blu4l1fe says: Jan 23, 2012 4:39 PM

    I’ve read some great things said here about someone who goes to work, to do just that-WORK and conducts himself in the most professional way he wants his players to act.

    I will take Coughlin over any coach any time. His tenure with the Giants, non-playoff seasons and late season collapses considered, will always be remembered as that of success.

    One can’t ask anything more from someone like him. Congratulations to coach Coughlin and the NY Giants for making another great run at the playoffs and playing in the Super Bowl.

    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  36. ProDolphinsTalk says: Jan 23, 2012 4:48 PM

    Coughlin should be a HOF coach after this run. Who could forget his Jaguars putting 60 on the Dolphins and sending Marino packing? I can’t. The guy is still at it.

  37. jakek2 says: Jan 23, 2012 4:49 PM

    I’d love to hear what fans of the wet Dream Team and 2012 pre-season SB champion Jets have to say about this matchup. Don’t they play the winner of NYG-NE?

  38. nypd1056 says: Jan 23, 2012 4:58 PM

    Its amazing how many FAIR WEATHER FANS comed out ot the woodwork when the GIANTS are winning. A GIANTS fan since 1956. Been through hell and back with them and will back them till the day the GOOD LORD calls. GO BIG BLUE.

  39. skins23 says: Jan 23, 2012 5:07 PM

    Yup, it was certainly thanks to Coughlin that Ted Ginn was hurt and his backup fumbled twice.

    And that Aaron Rodgers missed wide open receivers and the Packers dropped 10 balls.

    And that Tyree caught a ball off his helmet.

    And Brett Favre threw another killer interception.

    Please, half of you bandwagon Giants fans wanted him and half the team/coaching staff gone 6 weeks ago after the Giants had lost 4 straight and then again after the Skins smoked them once more.

    Guy is on the hot seat every year and every year the Giants do just enough to save him.

    The New York Horseshoe Clovers.

  40. griblets says: Jan 23, 2012 5:09 PM

    @mobuccsfan:

    He took the Jags to the AFC Championship game twice, 1996 (9-7) and 1999 (14-2). In 1999, the only team they lost to was the Titans…3 times.

  41. lemmam says: Jan 23, 2012 5:13 PM

    the NY media fires him every year because the NY media knows more about football than Coach Coughlin (sarcasm). Just look at all the NY media guys and you can tell they played football – video football that is.

  42. nupicasso says: Jan 23, 2012 5:15 PM

    I’m a Packer fan, and all I can say is Eli is what he thought he was: An elite quarterback. The kid is a big game QB. Puts his brother, who I believe is hugely overrated, to shame.

    Hats off to the Giants. They stuck it to us and will hopefully do the same to the Patriots on Superbowl Sunday.

  43. teebaggin says: Jan 23, 2012 5:42 PM

    TC > or = BB

    It’s gonna be Super Bowl 42, round 2 baby!

  44. mikgaes says: Jan 23, 2012 5:54 PM

    Good for Mr. Coughlin. For some reason he’s one of the most maligned coaches out there. Being a Buffalo fan, I’d love to have him coaching our team. Too bad Ralph Wilson sucks as an owner.

  45. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 23, 2012 6:15 PM

    The New York media is tough. They wanted him gone on Election Day, they now want him to be their Valentine…..the man has been great since he was the Giants WR coach 25 years or so ago…

  46. flbills says: Jan 23, 2012 6:18 PM

    Hey Mr. Weaver and the Jags….firing Coach Coughlin…How’d that work out for ya?!

  47. rynjny says: Jan 23, 2012 6:23 PM

    Can’t believe the Jaguars fired Tom Coughlin…

  48. deep64blue says: Jan 23, 2012 6:39 PM

    I’m an Eagles fan and another Superbowl win won’t change my mind about Coughlin – he’s a sure fire Hall of Famer, it’s crazy the way he is under appreciated.

  49. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 24, 2012 2:07 AM

    The venerable Tom Coughlin.

  50. spoiledbratswhosuck says: Jan 24, 2012 8:07 AM

    Coach Coughlin is old school, something the NFL needs a whole lot more of these days. Nothing fancy, not a big mouth like Ryan, just good ole no nosense coach that does not want anybody to love him, just to do YOUR JOB!

    Jints are fortunate to have such a guy.

    Any questions?

  51. goddamnthatsfunny says: Jan 24, 2012 11:20 AM

    He is the comeback kid

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