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Older, wiser Tom Coughlin: “Losing, it kills you”

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin walks away after beating the Carolina Panthers during a NFL football game in Charlotte AP

It’s tempting, especially after watching his A Football Life documentary, to think Giants coach Tom Coughlin is mellowing with age, gaining perspective a younger man wouldn’t have.

Nope.

“It’s 10 times more difficult,” Coughlin said in an interview with Giants.com, via Newsday’s Tom Rock. “Losing, it kills you.”

Coughlin is still second-guessing some of his own decisions from the end of Sunday night’s loss to the Eagles, wondering if he should have passed when they ran, and ran when they passed in certain situations.

“You just think, particularly based on our experiences, that when we’re in that position, we’re going to win,” Coughlin said. “We had a minute and something left. We’re going to win the game. Now, to be honest with you, we always have our timeouts preserved and if we had one timeout in our pocket, I believe we’re going to win the game.”

That they didn’t, with a clear opportunity to do so, was grinding away at him days later.

“The losses are much more difficult to get over the further you are in your career,” he said. “They’re killers. You don’t sleep. I went on that couch right there [in his office] at 3 o’clock in the morning and I could not get to sleep because, to be honest with you, I kept going over, over and over saying, ‘How could I have helped our team when it was 15 seconds left?’ Of course, I’ve got all the scenarios the next morning. Sure, it’s easy. But who’s telling you a 44-yarder is an easy field goal? We had made two yards on a run and they know we’re throwing the ball. . . .

“You do [relive the sequence], over and over and over and over. And it’s not healthy.”

By all appearances, Coughlin has become the kind of self-actualized human being you want in society, but that coaching urge to obsess over details remains, and sticks its head out from time to time.

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9 Responses to “Older, wiser Tom Coughlin: “Losing, it kills you””
  1. eaglesnoles05 says: Oct 5, 2012 8:34 AM

    Bottom line is, if the eagles aren’t turning the ball over and they are running out of the I formation, not many teams are beating us, Tom. Also, if gramma had a pole she’d be grandpa, but it is what it is. Heck, you’ve lost 8 of 9 to us even when we mess around.

    Eagles fans have screamed for that I off-tackle run game for staley, buck, westy, mccoy, for 10+years, and are all wishful but skeptical on whether we will see in again in the next 10 years… But it’s a winner.

  2. fumblenuts says: Oct 5, 2012 8:43 AM

    Unplug your brain and go to bed Tom. Forget the past and concentrate on your next game…..

  3. imbetterthanyou says: Oct 5, 2012 9:37 AM

    I only doubt Gilbride, never Tom. Glad to have a coach like him, no matter how many times i/all of NY have called for his head on a stake

  4. nfl fan says: Oct 5, 2012 9:47 AM

    eaglesnoles05 says:
    Oct 5, 2012 8:34 AM
    Bottom line is, if the eagles aren’t turning the ball over and they are running out of the I formation, not many teams are beating us, Tom. Also, if gramma had a pole she’d be grandpa, but it is what it is. Heck, you’ve lost 8 of 9 to us even when we mess around.
    ——————————————————-
    Good win, but they don’t give out Lombardi’s for regular season wins. You need to be in it to win it, the eagles history is not impressive having only two appearances in 52 years…with 0 wins. Most of us can’t even imagine not celebrating a SuperBowl victory with your family, generation after generation.

  5. imbetterthanyou says: Oct 5, 2012 10:01 AM

    “Bottom line is, if the eagles aren’t turning the ball over and they are running out of the I formation, not many teams are beating us, Tom. Also, if gramma had a pole she’d be grandpa, but it is what it is. Heck, you’ve lost 8 of 9 to us even when we mess around.

    Eagles fans have screamed for that I off-tackle run game for staley, buck, westy, mccoy, for 10+years, and are all wishful but skeptical on whether we will see in again in the next 10 years… But it’s a winner.”

    i would try to insult you, but being a Philly fan and/or living in the Philadelphia region makes me pity you already…

  6. nfloracle says: Oct 5, 2012 10:22 AM

    I can see a wonderful post-football career for the “self-actualized” Tom Coughlin as a Dr. Phil-like TV host talking about human evolution and potential.

  7. greymares says: Oct 5, 2012 11:34 AM

    the time would have been better spent by kicking the arse of his son and law for constantly being beat up by the rookie Cox.

  8. bigbluelou says: Oct 5, 2012 11:46 AM

    The real thorn in our side about that game was that the Giants were already in field goal range before the PI call on Barden. Eli again did what he needed to do by bringing them downfield. Oil Well. It was a killer just as it would have been for Eagle fans if Tynes made the second FG after Reid called timeout before the first kick. Reid would have been run out of town and rightfully so.

  9. justintuckrule says: Oct 5, 2012 1:08 PM

    “Bottom line is, if the eagles aren’t turning the ball over and they are running out of the I formation, not many teams are beating us, Tom.
    ——————
    You didn’t turn the ball over once, we played like crap on “o” and we were still within a kick away from beating you in your house at night.

    By the way, you ran out of the “I” formation the entire first half and rushed for two yards.

    Wait, did you even watch the game??

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