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Mara likes Coughlin because he’s focused on winning, not his image

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In eight seasons as head coach of the Giants, Tom Coughlin has spent enough time on the hot seat to get burned on his backside. But Giants owner John Mara has always stood by Coughlin, and Coughlin has rewarded that with one Vince Lombardi Trophy and a chance at another on Sunday.

Today mara said he thinks Coughlin epitomizes exactly what a Giants head coach should be, not because Coughlin is a strict disciplinarian, but simply because Coughlin wins.

“Too many people make too big a deal out of, ‘He brings discipline and everything,’” Mara said. “We just felt like he was a winner and he would work so hard and be so devoted to putting a winning team on the field.”

Mara says he likes having a coach who’s focused solely on the task at hand and not on becoming a New York celebrity.

“That’s what we were looking for: a guy who was that dedicated and that hard-working and didn’t care about his image and doing TV commercials or whatever,” Mara said. “We wanted a guy that was devoted to the X’s and O’s and coaching and that’s what we got.”

Mara didn’t mention the NFL’s other New York head coach, Rex Ryan, but the two of them are a study in contrasts: Ryan embraces the celebrity that comes along with coaching, while Coughlin seems to see celebrity as a necessary evil. Another contrast between them is that Ryan guarantees Super Bowls, while Coughlin coaches in Super Bowls.

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20 Responses to “Mara likes Coughlin because he’s focused on winning, not his image”
  1. mrvikingsfan11 says: Jan 31, 2012 7:02 PM

    Here comes another lock out this time. It’s the coaches. Brace yourselves my fellow football fans brace yourselves.

  2. jsho55 says: Jan 31, 2012 7:03 PM

    Well,

    If he likes Coughlin because he doesnt care about giving the media attention or his image………. then he should love Coughlin’s opposing coach this sunday.

  3. vman0626 says: Jan 31, 2012 7:03 PM

    “Another contrast between them is that Ryan guarantees Super Bowls, while Coughlin coaches in Super Bowls.”

    Classic.

  4. lemmam says: Jan 31, 2012 7:04 PM

    Mara’s statement is a shot across the bow (a rather large bow) of rex ryan.

  5. jasku880 says: Jan 31, 2012 7:05 PM

    “Another contrast between them is that Ryan guarantees Super Bowls, while Coughlin coaches in Super Bowls.”

    agreed

  6. soapopera4men says: Jan 31, 2012 7:09 PM

    I hope Rex is the HC of the NYJ for many more years.

    Sincerely,

    Other 31 Teams

  7. 2sausage11 says: Jan 31, 2012 7:41 PM

    Trash talking about teams that aren’t even playing now

  8. Davo says: Jan 31, 2012 7:48 PM

    Ouch! If the Giants win this, Jets fans can expect at least a full year of “we’re still the big brother” banter.

  9. commandercornpone says: Jan 31, 2012 9:07 PM

    that banter will never end.

  10. tmilla19 says: Jan 31, 2012 9:40 PM

    Rex earned all the shots coming his way. Good for Coughlin, he does it the right way. There are methods for success in the NFL, some people get it and some people don’t. Even as a person who never has or ever will play in the NFL, some things are blatantly obvious. Give credit where it is due and let your playing do the talking for you.

  11. cool10857 says: Jan 31, 2012 9:43 PM

    Rex Ryan deserves this insult from the Giants.

  12. ravenator says: Jan 31, 2012 9:50 PM

    Giants > jets

    It shouldn’t even be questioned

  13. roadtrip3500 says: Jan 31, 2012 10:40 PM

    Davo says: Jan 31, 2012 7:48 PM

    Ouch! If the Giants win this, Jets fans can expect at least a full year of “we’re still the big brother” banter.
    ====================
    Brothers? More like “Who’s your Daddy?”

  14. imatelldatroof says: Jan 31, 2012 10:41 PM

    i have to agree that Coughlin has proven that he undersands what it takes to win while sexy rexy continually puts his…or someone elses foot in his mouth year after year.

  15. nygf says: Jan 31, 2012 10:55 PM

    As a Giants fan, I have speculated as to Coughlin’s fate plenty of times.

    I will say two things now. One, while I may not ever learn, there’s a reason I don’t get paid for my football opinions. Two, DON’T EVER LEAVE, COACH!!!

  16. yevrag3535 says: Feb 1, 2012 12:20 AM

    Mara who?

  17. ironworker329 says: Feb 1, 2012 1:04 AM

    Let’s save the arse kissing till after the win please.
    Go! Blue!!!!!

  18. theemployer says: Feb 1, 2012 1:20 AM

    Just goes to show what depth the Mara family has in evaluating and retaining talent. Coughlin’s head has been on the media and fan base chopping block more times than any coach I can recall. And I’ve been an observer of this game for many, many years. This goes back to his days in Jacksonville as well as New York. The former owner of the Jags realizes now how much money he lost on his investment by firing Coughlin. Says it was his biggest regret. Now that statement covers some ground.
    The Mara’s have stayed the course because they refuse to be swayed by carnival atmosphere fanatacism.
    I don’t care for Coughlin’s demeanor. Never have.
    Who cares? Why would any business care about popularity for popularities sake? They pay for results, and when you foot the bill, nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing else matters but achieving that end.
    He can flat out coach.

    Zygi Wilf showed Childress the door. It proves to me that he’s a great owner but a marginal football mind at this point in his ownership. My advise. Watch the Mara’s, Kraft’s and Rooney’s of the league. There is much to be learned from observation.
    Success has always started from the top.

  19. gavriloprincip33 says: Feb 1, 2012 2:24 AM

    Davo says:
    Jan 31, 2012 7:48 PM
    Ouch! If the Giants win this, Jets fans can expect at least a full year of “we’re still the big brother” banter.

    ——————–

    I don’t think that the G Men need to win to flog the Yets for another year; the mere fact that they are in the SB against the Yets…

    Oh wait a minute, I got that wrong now didn’t I? My bad…

  20. monropoobah says: Feb 1, 2012 3:59 AM

    rex has had some success. coughlin was terrible and needed to be fired. now rex is terrible. i think there’s different ways of accomplishing the same thing. while i don’t think ryan’s way has been truly successful, or will be, he’s on a learning curve and i’m looking forward to seeing how he does.

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