If you’re a New York football coach, yesterday was the day for an endorsement from your bosses.
First Jets owner Woody Johnson said he was “happy with Rex” Ryan after the Jets are off to a surprising 4-3 start.
But even though their neighbors are 1-6, Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch said they consider Tom Coughlin “one of the finest leaders in the NFL.”
“There’s nothing wrong with the New York Giants that a few more ‘Ws’ won’t fix,” Tisch said, via Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post. “Obviously, we’ve gotten off to a very disappointing start, but, . . . Tom Coughlin is one of the finest leaders in the NFL. We have two trophies in the lobby of our [practice facility] that we won in the last few years that attest to his leadership.”
His business partners — more public co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch — have declined to comment about the future so far, but Jonathan Tisch indicated Coughlin has nothing to worry about.
“We know we’ve gotten off to a very disappointing start, but we know Coach Coughlin is working with the other coaches and the other players to really turn the season around,” Tisch said. “We can still be there [in the playoffs]. . . .
“Sports are a metaphor for life, and sometimes things don’t go the way you want them to. But we know that we have very good players who come to practice every single day, work their rear ends off and want to win as much as the fans want them to win.”
While that’s not an iron-clad vote of confidence (Lawrence Tisch is the team’s treasurer), he also has a pretty good idea of what the others think.
And while there are bad coaches working, Coughlin’s proven to be a good coach having a bad year, which is very different.