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Tom Coughlin steps down as Giants coach

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The meeting with Giants ownership is done and it appears Tom Coughlin is as well.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Coughlin went from meeting with Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch to a meeting with his coaching staff and informed them that the team is making a head coaching change. There’s no word on whether that is a firing, resignation or a mutual parting of the ways.

Coughlin’s tenure with the Giants comes to an end after 12 seasons. He had a 102-90 record with the team and won a pair of Super Bowls since being hired to replace Jim Fassel before the 2004 season. Coughlin’s teams made the playoffs in four of his first five years, but they’ve missed the postseason in six of the last seven and have a 19-29 record over the last three seasons.

There will presumably be an official announcement coming from the Giants in short order and Coughlin’s record of success with both the Giants and the Jaguars, who he coached for eight years, could put him on some wish lists for other teams looking for coaches this week.

UPDATE 2:30 p.m. ET: Coughlin has released a statement announcing he is stepping down as the Giants’ coach.

“I met with John Mara and Steve Tisch this afternoon, and I informed them that it is in the best interest of the organization that I step down as head coach. I strongly believe the time is right for me and my family, and as I said, the Giants organization.”

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175 Responses to “Tom Coughlin steps down as Giants coach”
  1. swellbuilt says: Jan 4, 2016 2:21 PM

    Giants are dumb.

  2. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:23 PM

    ….come on Eagles , go send a limo up to the meadowlands and GRAB him!!!!!!!

  3. swellbuilt says: Jan 4, 2016 2:23 PM

    Giants are dumb. Get coach some players for Pete’s sake. Reese should be out.

  4. steelers4385 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:23 PM

    Stupid organization. Top 5 coach. Is what every pathetic franchise dreams of. You dont let a guy like that walk out. Its not his fault his players are always injured

  5. contender21open says: Jan 4, 2016 2:24 PM

    I’m surprised. He’ll be coaching again next year, if he wants to.

  6. jghs38 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:24 PM

    All respect to this guy, two Super Bowls is not something to take lightly. Didn’t want to see him go out like this.

  7. mariorat says: Jan 4, 2016 2:24 PM

    Wow!

  8. sparty0n says: Jan 4, 2016 2:24 PM

    He’s a proven winner that won’t put up with BS. The Browns should be first in line for him.

  9. fumblenuts says: Jan 4, 2016 2:24 PM

    Coughlin to the Browns…you heard it here first!

  10. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: Jan 4, 2016 2:25 PM

    Another terrible decision.

  11. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Jan 4, 2016 2:25 PM

    Iggles next coach

  12. ebrownwareagle says: Jan 4, 2016 2:25 PM

    STUPID!! Even having missed the playoffs 7 out of 12 season, BUT WON 2 SUPER BOWLS! I’ll take that resume for my Franchise any day. It a FEW FRANCHISE combined that have not won 1!!!

  13. chris11le says: Jan 4, 2016 2:25 PM

    Feels like change for the sake of change and Im not sure that has ever worked out well.

    I think the only good option right now is Sean Payton but who knows if thats even feasible.

  14. gmen4life1979 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:25 PM

    Life long Giants Fan, I wish we would’ve kept him. He did wonders with that roster and I would’ve like to see him end his career when Eli did.

    They better get a better coach than Coughlin now!!

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:25 PM

    Wow bad move Giants.

    If Coughlin wants to keep coaching he’ll have quite a few teams chasing him I think.

  16. medialovesthecowboys says: Jan 4, 2016 2:25 PM

    As a Cowboys fan I’m thrilled. Coughlin still has enough left to take this team to the postseason.

  17. Pitt_Fan87 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:26 PM

    Despite the deficit of patience in the NFL, this still feels wrong to me.

  18. guitarrebel says: Jan 4, 2016 2:26 PM

    Whoever gets him will reap the rewards of a well coached team. Giants lose big on this one and will wear egg on their face for years, just like the owners of San Fran.

  19. skoobyfl says: Jan 4, 2016 2:26 PM

    Tom is the smartest coach they’re going to find after searching for a new one, huge mistake !

  20. larams29 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:26 PM

    Welcome Sean Payton.

  21. jbl429 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:26 PM

    Thanks for everything Tom! Great man, great coach!

  22. elimvp says: Jan 4, 2016 2:26 PM

    Just wrong.

  23. pnut87 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:27 PM

    I’ll wait for an official announcement. Schefter has a habit of jumping the gun for attention.

  24. kevinlawrencecantor says: Jan 4, 2016 2:27 PM

    Giants fans are clueless. They want the Eli Manning/Tom Coughlin pairing to last until 2020, for five more non-playoff seasons because, in Jim Ross’ voice, “By GAWD they won 2 Super Bowls!”

  25. arwiv says: Jan 4, 2016 2:27 PM

    Many people (who actually root for the team) felt this move should have been made two years ago. Im not happy he’s gone but Im certainly not crying over it either. I hope they now do their due diligence and dont just hand the job over to spags or mcadoo.

  26. idpfantasyfootball says: Jan 4, 2016 2:27 PM

    My question the whole time has been who are they going to get that will be better than Coughlin?

    There are very few head coaches that can handle the Giants job.

  27. lawrencetayloristhebestever says: Jan 4, 2016 2:27 PM

    I always watched that lame show in the 80’s and didn’t realize Coughlin was in the starring role. “The Fall Guy”. Thought it was Lee Majors.

    Thanks for 12 years of leading my favorite team with the utmost class, Tom. You deserved better than this and the Giants fans deserve better than to have to continue rooting for Big Blue with Jerry Reese as GM!!!!!!!!!

  28. maurysline says: Jan 4, 2016 2:27 PM

    Will be remembered fondly in NYG history.
    Can never imagine a time when he won’t be cheered upon a return.
    Class act.

  29. faithful49er707 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:28 PM

    I’d gladly welcome Coughlin to coach the 9ERS

  30. coltzfan166 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:28 PM

    Wow. I mean it probably had to happen. But wow

  31. gmen05 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:28 PM

    Damn. As a Giants fan, thank you, Tom Coughlin, for year years of dedication and for bringing two Super Bowl Championships to the NY Giants. I would have much rather seen Coughlin stay and Reese go, but these Giants constantly make stupid decisions that make no sense. If Reese is still here and they fired Coughlin, we’re in for a very rough few years.

    Hope everyone that wanted Coach Coughlin gone is happy. Please let us know who will be the best guy out there to step up and replace him. No coach could have done much with the talent the Giants had this year. No one. The fact that they were even in the lead for 8 of their losses with 2 minutes or less remaining in the game is incredible.

    I also feel really bad for Eli. In his interview with the media, he looked like he was holding back tears when addressing Coughlin’s possible last game yesterday. Eli’s has his best two seasons statistically these past two seasons, and he did it with a brand new offensive coordinator, an awful run game, and the worst ranked defense in the league. Now, after learning a new system, Eli is going to have to go through another strenuous process of learning from the new head coach. What a j0ke.

  32. tvjules says: Jan 4, 2016 2:29 PM

    He’s had three back to back abysmal seasons. Why is anyone surprised?

  33. ohand16 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:29 PM

    Wow 192 wins in 12 years with the Giants…that’s one helluva good job.

  34. absodefinitely says: Jan 4, 2016 2:29 PM

    Shoulda been Reese. Oh well……

  35. nzyme says: Jan 4, 2016 2:29 PM

    Who in the hell are they going to replace him with??? Just stupid….

  36. scoops1 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:29 PM

    he should go back to college

  37. pete2112 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:29 PM

    I’m not a Giants fan, but it’s hard not to root for Coughlin and everything he did for the Giants. Every team and coach will eventually need a change, so I don’t think this is a surprise, but I have a lot of respect for him and what he did with that team.

  38. gmen6820 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:29 PM

    This is a pointless change if they keep Jerry Reese.

    The offense goes on without a hitch if they hire McAdoo as HC, but he’s just not ready.

    Most of the the other prime HC candidates are offensive minded, so they can’t just keep McAdoo as OC with his system, so the offense will be slow after a “reset.”

    Solution: 2016 NYG head coach is…Bill Cowher!!

    …except Jerry Reese is still the GM making the roster, rendering this is a pointless change…

    Sigh.

  39. thealmightybigblue says: Jan 4, 2016 2:29 PM

    It was time rather you want to admit it or not. Thanks for the memories and superbowls. Should be in the HOF. Btw tell Reese to scram as well he definitely needs to go.

  40. ggggggggggmen says: Jan 4, 2016 2:30 PM

    this is one of my more sad moments as a 20+ years of giants fanship. TC gave you his all. Every week he was on the sidelines running around like he was 25 , screaming at refs and those are priceless moments you cant replace with anyone..

    2 superbowls, competitive teams every year (even though alot of the time it ended bad), old man with a young heart. thank you for your time in NY coughlin and i hope retirement does well for you!

  41. shackdelrio says: Jan 4, 2016 2:31 PM

    I wish Jacksonville would take him back. Not sure what they are doing keeping that bozo Bradley.

  42. amaf21 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:31 PM

    Farewell Coach Coughlin. That blabber mouth Mara never deserved you and the super bowls you brought him.

  43. nflgiant says: Jan 4, 2016 2:31 PM

    MISTAKE……idiots

  44. lonewizard says: Jan 4, 2016 2:32 PM

    Who is responsible for this crippled roster?

    Fire that person and NOT the HOF coach.

  45. jpaq68 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:32 PM

    The Jags should hire him as a consultant and then make him the coach if Gus can’t turn the corner with the team by week eight next season

  46. kevpft says: Jan 4, 2016 2:32 PM

    He’s made some poor decisions this year, but overall, still few, if any, better big-game coaches in the league. And in the NFC East, there aren’t many games that aren’t big ones.

    The only explanation for this is that the Giants have a very specific plan to get a very capable name. If it’s anything else but that, it’s crazy.

    And it may be crazy, anyway. There just aren’t many coaches better than him right now, and that goes for next year, too.

    And I say this as a Cowboys fan. Giants are probably making a mistake.

  47. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 4, 2016 2:33 PM

    They are done as a team.

  48. hellawaitsusall says: Jan 4, 2016 2:33 PM

    It was time for Coughlin to go. No matter what the internet GM’s think.

  49. dwarftosser says: Jan 4, 2016 2:33 PM

    Good coach, but it was time to retire. I hope he spends the rest of his days enjoying time with his family and doing what he wants to do.

  50. leatherface2012 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:33 PM

    go to green bay ..you wont take up as much space as that waste of space mchamburger

  51. bunkmcnulty says: Jan 4, 2016 2:33 PM

    ohand16 says:
    Jan 4, 2016 2:29 PM
    Wow 192 wins in 12 years with the Giants…that’s one helluva good job.
    _______________
    This person beat me to it. 12 years x 16 games a year is 192 total games. Impossible (unless they never lost a game and went undefeated for 12 years) to win 192 games. If he did I feel this article might be different.

  52. nflgiant says: Jan 4, 2016 2:33 PM

    2 SUPERBOWLS……WHY????

  53. Deb says: Jan 4, 2016 2:33 PM

    Was never wild about Coughlin–especially when he coached the Jags. But you have to give credit to a man that age who has the guts to recognize he needs to make adjustments to his coaching style, does it, and leads his team to two Super Bowl wins. Sad to see it end this way. Wishing the best to all involved.

  54. jkautz11 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:34 PM

    I don’t know why. But I picture a Mike Shanahan type of break for Coughlin. He just looks exhausted out there, and exhausted during press conferences. I think he’ll take a year-or-two off like Shanny did, and then make another run at HC. Otherwise, I think he’s going to retire.

  55. fwippel says: Jan 4, 2016 2:34 PM

    It’s odd, but when Coughlin arrived in New York to coach the Giants, he had a reputation has a no-nonsense coach who was too hard on his players. Many of his players, including Michael Strahan, talk about how they didn’t like him when he first got there.

    It was prior to the 2007 season (Coughlin apparently barely survived getting the ax after 2006) which prompted Coughlin to change his personality, and become much more likable and easygoing. It worked for that season, and for a few seasons after that. But after two Super Bowl championships, it looks like that easy-going attitude has caught up with the entire team.

    Eli Manning is right. The Giants players did fail Coughlin, and likely because he was too easy-going on them. His players have lacked the intensity necessary to get back to the Super Bowl, or even to the playoffs since SB 46.

    Four straight seasons failing to reach the playoffs? The Giants easily had the best talent in the NFC East this year, and should have won the division going away. Sorry to see this happen, but it is time for a change. The Giants players need a swift kick in the rear, and they weren’t going to get it from Coughlin.

  56. mikeflorio says: Jan 4, 2016 2:34 PM

    Only coach that could out coach Belichick

  57. tommykramer9 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:34 PM

    I’m sure they’re going to go after Rex Ryan now.

  58. laces out says: Jan 4, 2016 2:34 PM

    Bill Cowher sightings expected

  59. jmuller516 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:34 PM

    Jerry Reese is the issue NOT Tom Coughlin…

  60. jcjaguar says: Jan 4, 2016 2:35 PM

    We made the same mistake years ago!

    Signed,
    Jacksonville Jaguars Fan

  61. jh500 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:35 PM

    Gonna miss his F bombs and his tantrums.

  62. jm91rs says: Jan 4, 2016 2:35 PM

    Can you imagine how he would handle discipline with Manziel?

  63. nzyme says: Jan 4, 2016 2:35 PM

    The 2009-2013 drafts were absolutely BRUTAL! And this is COUGHLIN’S FAULT????

    2009:
    3rd-Ramses Barden and Travis Beckham
    4th-Andre Brown
    5th-Rhett Bomar
    6th-DeAndre Wright
    7th-Stoney Woodson

    2010:
    3rd-None
    4th-Phillip Dillard
    5th-Mitch Petrus
    6th-Adrian Tracy
    7th-Matt Dodge

    2011:
    3rd-Jerrel Jernigan
    4th-James Brewer
    5th-None
    6th-Greg Jones, Tyler Sash, and Jacquian Williams
    7th-DaRell Scott

    2012:
    3rd-Jayron Hosley
    4th- Brandon Mosley and Adrien Robinson
    5th-None
    6th-Matt McCants
    7th-Markus Kuhn

    2013:
    3rd-Damontre Moore
    4th-Ryan Nassib
    5th-Cooper Taylor
    6th-None
    7th-Eric Herman and Micheal Cox

  64. jerruhjones says: Jan 4, 2016 2:36 PM

    Haslam…get him on the phone, now!

  65. putthatkoolaiddown says: Jan 4, 2016 2:36 PM

    So now we find out if Cowher is done coaching for good. The NYG job is the one most people have said he has been waiting for.

    Which leads to my larger point: Imagine how many teams would be better right now if Gruden, Dungy, Cowher, etc. weren’t making millions for part-time work from the networks. Yeah, it’s nice to have the “expert analysis,” but ex-players can fill that role just as well.

  66. savoirlaire says: Jan 4, 2016 2:36 PM

    I will second the “good” sentiment. I have been wanting them to get rid of Coughlin for like 3 years now, and every time they seemed crappy enough to make it happen, he pulled some mediocre win out of his butt and they put it off. And yes, I am well aware he won two Super Bowls. Thanks for your service, Coach, now retire with some dignity. “Top 5 coach”?? “Great coach”?? Not so much, anymore…

  67. trainwrecksryan says: Jan 4, 2016 2:37 PM

    Farewell and Good Luck, Coach Coughlin. I still cry myself to sleep every night, thanks to your team.

    -Pats Fan

  68. sdelmonte says: Jan 4, 2016 2:37 PM

    Lots of arguments as to why he should have been fired, lots of arguments as to why he should have been kept on, and lots of reasons why it might be time for him to move on.

    And we will debate them all, and the future of the franchise, and the fate of Jerry Reese.

    But for the moment, let us salute a man who brought two titles to the swamp, who brought stability to the team, who stared at himself in the mirror all those years ago and reinvented himself so that he could keep coaching in the 21st century. He has earned his place in the Giants ring of fame, in the NYC pantheon of great coaches and managers, and in the NFL record book.

    His presence will be missed. I wish him all the best going forward, and hope that whatever he does next, he is just as successful.

  69. billswillnevermove says: Jan 4, 2016 2:37 PM

    Always liked him, not his fault this year. Best of luck in retirement. Job well done with the Giants.

  70. richiethegreek says: Jan 4, 2016 2:37 PM

    A great coach and a great man. His fire and passion for the game never faded all the way until the end. You could see it in him during yesterday’s game. Good luck to him.

  71. youdrivemenutseagles says: Jan 4, 2016 2:38 PM

    Great coach. He proved your team didn’t have to go 13+ wins to achieve greatness. Id take him in Philly in a heartbeat.

  72. 23rdusernameused says: Jan 4, 2016 2:40 PM

    19-29 record over the last three seasons.

    that record sucks! Go retire old man. Game has passed you by!

  73. blackdonnelly says: Jan 4, 2016 2:40 PM

    Tommy is a class act – always has been, always will be. If the G-men see fit to let him walk away, so be it. Coach has already won 2 rings and his place in NFL history set in stone.

    Just a piece of advice: If you’re intent on resuming a damned good coaching career elsewhere in the NFL, avoid SF and Cleveland, period. No need to associate yourself with teams in spiraling decline, or dumpster fires as some folks refer to.

  74. araidersfan says: Jan 4, 2016 2:40 PM

    Not a Jags or Giants fan but I respected Coughlin’s work and his old-school style of coaching with both teams. In both cities it seemed that he did very well in his early years and then tapered off later so maybe in this case (as with Jax) he needs a fresh start if he doesn’t retire from coaching. I wish him the best either in retirement or in his next NFL job.

  75. oddte says: Jan 4, 2016 2:41 PM

    And yet somehow Jeff Fisher still has a job. Nothing personal against Fisher but he hasn’t had anywhere near the success of of Coughlin. But I guess in New York missing the playoffs 6 or 7 years isn’t an option.

  76. bobnyjets says: Jan 4, 2016 2:41 PM

    Coughlin has been good for the Giants but lately just doesn’t seem to be in control of the flow of the game like he used to be.

    There was a time that he seemed to be able to make the whole better than the sum of the parts. As a Jets fan I was always envious of what he seemed to be able to do with the Giants.

    I wonder if the OBJ meltdown 2 weeks ago had anything to do with the it? To me that whole incident was just so out of character for a TC coached team. I wonder if Tom was just so tired of the whole lifestyle that he has lost his way. A break or change of scenery might be good for him.

  77. Marshawn Lunch says: Jan 4, 2016 2:42 PM

    The San Francisco 49ers would be stupid to not try and get Coughlin as their next head coach. And I really think Coughlin could do wonders for that team. For Tom Coughlin, the only teams worth considering are the Colts and 49ers, with the 49ers having the most capacity for change. With the Colts, you basically have to win with what you’re given… which wouldn’t be too bad all things considered.

  78. coltzfan166 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:43 PM

    Everyone saying the Giants are dumb are clueless. The Giants have missed the postseason for four years in a row now, and have had a losing record for three seasons in a row now. It’s quite alarming when a team takes that kind of spiral considering they won the SB just four years ago.

    Yes he’s won two SBs with them and you can’t take that away, but a team that’s done that should be a friggin dynasty. Coughlin has failed to consistently build a winning team.

  79. ppc50 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:43 PM

    Really a great coach. As a Cowboys fan, I would love to see him in Dallas, though it won’t happen

  80. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 4, 2016 2:44 PM

    Giants roster is weak. That’s not the coach’s fault. Reese had a good first draft and he drafted Beckham – that is it. Every draft for the franchise has been mediocre to weak. Give the coach some players to go out and play and you’ll have a different result. Until that happens and the Giants bring in better players the team will not improve. That falls on the GM.

  81. nebbah306 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:45 PM

    I hope he really didnt have the desire to coach anymore. Otherwise, I think the Giants made a big mistake. Eli has looked great under McAdoo, are the Giants now going to force their new HC to keep McAdoo? Otherwise, you’re asking Eli to learn a new offense yet again.

    Reese HAS to go. His drafting is absolutely horrendous. The GM does the food shopping, the Coach does the cooking.

  82. whodatinurface says: Jan 4, 2016 2:45 PM

    He needed to go, he was stuck with a manning for a quarter back, now he can rebuild with another team.

  83. Vikings Fans Have Small Minds says: Jan 4, 2016 2:45 PM

    He delivered an improbably 2 SB trophy’s with a team that has Eli Manning at QB. And a team that has been pretty mediocre talent-wise. They should be worshipping the ground he walks on for being that kind of miracle worker.

  84. bradygirl12 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:46 PM

    I always thought he was a great coach. It’s too bad it had to end this way. I kind of hope another team talks him out of it.

  85. bullcharger says: Jan 4, 2016 2:47 PM

    mikeflorio says:
    Jan 4, 2016 2:34 PM

    Only coach that could out coach Belichick

    —————-

    Hard to disagree with that. I can make some excuses, but Belichick definitely was outcoached in the 2007/8 Super Bowl.

    I think the Giants were probably the better team in 2011/12 and Brady almost stole it.

  86. nflgiant says: Jan 4, 2016 2:47 PM

    Tom did not quit…HE WAS FIRED….what the HELL IS GOING ON???………Vince Lombardi…….

  87. jag1959 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:48 PM

    Thank you for all you brought to the Land of The Giants Tom Coughlin! So long as it was his choice, and knowing the way he comports himself I believe it was, then I respect his decision.

    I fully hope and expect Reese and that sorry excuse for a training staff will not be given the opportunity to go out in their own terms.

    Just because TC and EZ Eli have made it look that way, this is no easy market to be the faces of the franchise in. Mara and Tisch had best choose the new GM and HC wisely, the clock is running on Eli’s career and with the cap space available the Giants SHOULD be in good shape going forward so long as they are placed inn good hands. Reese has more than shown those hands should not be his

  88. bigbenh8tr says: Jan 4, 2016 2:48 PM

    Not going to read a single comment on this article. Just wanted to say that despite my hated for the Giants and their corrupt owner, Coughlin is a class act – always has and always will be.

    I’m sure he’s more than thrilled he doesn’t have to continue coaching 12 year old boys like Odell Beckham

  89. nzyme says: Jan 4, 2016 2:49 PM

    Bobnyjets….You’re talking about the team that use to let Lawrence Taylor sniff cocaine by the pound and hang out at strip clubs all night as long as played well on Sunday…..

    OBJ’s meltdown doesn’t even register on the Richter scale!

  90. bk813 says: Jan 4, 2016 2:50 PM

    Coach,

    There is a guy in Tampa named Lovie and he has been keeping the HC seat warm and ready for you. Come on down!! We need your tough love. We finally have a QB.

    It could not be any worse than the dumpster fire defense Lovie has been putting out there the past 2 season.

  91. richndc says: Jan 4, 2016 2:50 PM

    Good luck to him and his family. He was a class guy, who leads by example and did his best without making excuses on blaming others. btw–I am a die hard Cowboys fan, have been for 30 years.

  92. dohczeppelin says: Jan 4, 2016 2:50 PM

    I don’t even like Coughlin or the Giants but they are fools if they were in any way involved with pushing him out the door. The guy won two suberbowls. Unless he is secretly developing alzheimers or other health problems or something, it’s unlikely that he has lost any of his coaching ability.

    Most people only improve over time. Much more probable that the last couple of winning seasons can instead be attributed to a very mediocre roster. They have manning and beckham and everyone else is “meh.” And the overall badness of their defense has only been rivaled by the saints, as evidenced by their barn burner of a game earlier this season.

    If the guy wants to coach again I’m confident he will have another job shortly.

  93. rcampore says: Jan 4, 2016 2:50 PM

    As a Giants fan, I am disgusted that Coughlin is gone and Reese is still there. I guarantee Coughlin decided to leave because he knew the owners wanted to keep Jerry. He realized he can’t keep coaching half a team with no depth whatsoever!!

  94. rajbais says: Jan 4, 2016 2:51 PM

    Great coach! A likely great guy.

    If Indianapolis wants a coach barring a resolution with Chuck Pagano, this is the team’s possible guy.

    Hell, maybe Miami, Philadelphia, and New Orleans should consider him.

    I think his time in New York had to end because this roster compared with worse rosters likely didn’t get his message. He can coach 3-4 more years and someone should hire him.

    As for Jerry Reese, he should stay. If Dave Gettleman can purge the 2013 roster and John Schneider can blow drafts on Percy Harvin and Jimmy Graham, Reese can stay.

  95. sticklemelvingmailcom says: Jan 4, 2016 2:55 PM

    Coughlin hall of fame coach. won two super bowls. Someone will pick him up.

  96. bassplucker says: Jan 4, 2016 2:56 PM

    NFC East will certainly have a different feel to it next year.

  97. njtaurus says: Jan 4, 2016 2:59 PM

    Great coach that will definitely be missed. Jerry Reese, you’re on the clock….

  98. weepingjebus says: Jan 4, 2016 3:02 PM

    This has been such a great season. Buying a lottery ticket tonight.

  99. djaehne says: Jan 4, 2016 3:04 PM

    Remember Cleveland fans, make an offer to Coughlin as your fifth interview. The first four won’t take the job.

  100. lingsun54 says: Jan 4, 2016 3:04 PM

    He certainly sounded like an idiot defending Beckham. Said he was provoked. Supposedly didn’t know he got 3 personal fouls. Yes, Tom, time to accept the gold watch and retire.

  101. justintuckrule says: Jan 4, 2016 3:04 PM

    Its not like he was given the Titanic and drove it into an iceberg. He was given a shoddy raft with a good mast and sail and asked to sail it across the Atlantic. Somehow, he got it halfway across and the Maras fired him instead of the guy that built the boat. Brilliant.

  102. colt13 says: Jan 4, 2016 3:05 PM

    Good man.

    I actually think he is done as a coach, but somebody like Cleveland should hire him as an advisor because he still has knowledge.

  103. chrisk61 says: Jan 4, 2016 3:06 PM

    “we are sorry to see you go tom.”

    – the rest of the nfc east

  104. laces out says: Jan 4, 2016 3:07 PM

    what’s the over/under these fans complaining are the same people back in 2006 and 2010 who called for his head?

    Coughlin and the Giants know what they are doing. Reese will be next and a brand new regime is coming.

    Those titles were great but that doesn’t mean the job was his until he dies. Change was drastically needed.

  105. bigbluenationdb says: Jan 4, 2016 3:08 PM

    Jerry Reese is the reason for the fall of the Giants. Look at his track record since taking over for Acorsi. He may be one of the worse GMs in the league based on number of players drafted and how many are contributing. I think I read a stat that of the past 40 players drafted by Reese only a handful (10 maybe) are even on the roster and contributing.

    Coughlin did the best he could with the players Reese provided.

    Thanks Coach for the rings and hard work.

  106. qbarrel says: Jan 4, 2016 3:09 PM

    Everyone assumes that the Giants asked him to step down. How do you all know that it wasn’t Coughlin’s decision? Maybe he’s tired and doesn’t want to coach anymore. He is pushing 70, after all.

    As coaches get older and the age divide gets bigger, it has to become increasingly difficult to relate to the new players coming into the league. Maybe he’s had enough?

  107. rportkid says: Jan 4, 2016 3:10 PM

    Great coach and class person. Giants loss. Best of everything Tom.

  108. bonniebengal says: Jan 4, 2016 3:10 PM

    So that’ s Giants, Eagles, Browns, and 49ers. Am I forgetting anyone?

  109. mmack66 says: Jan 4, 2016 3:12 PM

    Time for a Manning Family Reunion!

  110. delgriffth says: Jan 4, 2016 3:12 PM

    Good coach but it’s time. He’ll be 70 soon. Probably should’ve happened years ago.

  111. andrewthediceman says: Jan 4, 2016 3:13 PM

    Help wanted in San Fransisco. Dork should consider hiring him, I think he could turn it around. Crossing fingers.

  112. jrossizzle says: Jan 4, 2016 3:16 PM

    Tom won’t be coaching next year.
    Not that couldn’t / shouldn’t.

    Giants ownership will be paid him not to do so as part of this settlement.

    No way they want him with the Eagles, etc.

  113. crindal3000 says: Jan 4, 2016 3:16 PM

    Coughlin had a good run.

  114. gridassassin says: Jan 4, 2016 3:18 PM

    Tom is a class act. The Giants are too. This was the right thing to do, and the right time.

  115. theheyseed says: Jan 4, 2016 3:19 PM

    Much respect coach Coughlin.
    Redskin fan here.

  116. mmack66 says: Jan 4, 2016 3:22 PM

    Quite frankly, any coach that claims to not have known that Beckham was out there going nuts and got 3 personal fouls, deserves to get his walking papers, as it sounds like he might have dementia.

  117. stinkymcmulligan says: Jan 4, 2016 3:29 PM

    An absolute disgraceful decision to kick Coughlin to the curb. That’s exactly what was done. A disgrace.

  118. bubbahotepp says: Jan 4, 2016 3:29 PM

    Class act. Had the smarts and the humility to change his coaching style when he knew he was alienating players. The result was 2 Super Bowl wins. And true football fans will be forever grateful to him and his team for derailing the Patriots’ ‘perfect season’, saving us all from decades of gloating from the NFL’s most insufferable, front running fan base. Thanks again, Tom!

  119. kelsey59 says: Jan 4, 2016 3:32 PM

    Coughlin > Belichick. He proved it twice.

  120. blynch67 says: Jan 4, 2016 3:35 PM

    TC, thank you for the 2 SB wins over the Patriots.

    TC, thank you for being the classiest guy in the locker room and on the field at all times.

    TC, enjoy your family/grandkids, etc., while you’re still a young man.

    HOF

  121. nullaereale says: Jan 4, 2016 3:36 PM

    Coughlin is done after winning 2 superbowls and Chip Kelly is done after posting a collective winning record but, so far, Jason Garrett is still around? May Jerry Jones live forever.

  122. subzero05 says: Jan 4, 2016 3:37 PM

    Josh Norman has gotten into a fight or scuffle with Cam Newton, Steve Smith, Mike Evans, Julio Jones, Odell, etc. So I don’t really care much for how Coughlin handled the Odell situation and I applaud him for how he handled it

    Missing 4 straight postseasons is obviously a deal breaker. Had he made the playoffs last year I’m sure they would have kept him. One thing’s for sure though, Giants ownership is among the most stable in the league and that’s why they’ve had success in every decade. Other NFC East rivals should take note but won’t

  123. mancave001 says: Jan 4, 2016 3:37 PM

    Oh, stop with the Giants bashing. It was time for him to go. There was nothing disgraceful about how it was handled in the slightest. The man is 70 years old for Pete’s sake. If the Giants wanted to be classless, they would have just fired him. Best of luck to him.

    Eagles fan

  124. genericnflfan says: Jan 4, 2016 3:37 PM

    Tom Coughlin fired* as Giants coach

  125. rootpain says: Jan 4, 2016 3:37 PM

    He goes out a winner in my book. Belichick respected him regardless of where he coached and with good reason. That’s good enough for me.

  126. nullaereale says: Jan 4, 2016 3:38 PM

    kelsey59 says:
    Jan 4, 2016 3:32 PM

    Coughlin > Belichick. He proved it twice.
    __________________________________
    I hate the Patriots but your math might be off a bit. I think Belichick won more than two.

  127. rootpain says: Jan 4, 2016 3:42 PM

    Who cares about Schefter. These blogs make it sound like he is some type of hero that broke up a terrorist cell or something. All Schefter did was send out a tweet. No reason for him to get credit for anything. What a loser.

  128. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 4, 2016 3:44 PM

    Good on the Giants to let him step down gracefully.

  129. bobleblah says: Jan 4, 2016 3:47 PM

    Cowher.

  130. cantescapekarma says: Jan 4, 2016 3:49 PM

    Wow. I am a Bills fan and this is still a sad day. I have TONS of respect for Tom Coughlin. Good luck in whatever your next career move is Tom!

  131. niles6590 says: Jan 4, 2016 3:52 PM

    Jimmy Haslam…THIS is the type of guy, if not THE guy, you should be targeting to turn the Browns around. Not an “up-and-comer”, not another teams OC or DC…an established, proven coach who knows what he’s doing.

  132. schmedley69 says: Jan 4, 2016 3:55 PM

    Good coach, but sad to see him go because my Eagles had his number.

  133. smokehouse56 says: Jan 4, 2016 3:55 PM

    My God, how do you leave a coach like him leave? Other teams are trying to get a coach half as good and my favorite team, the Eagles, are one of them..

  134. mandings36 says: Jan 4, 2016 4:00 PM

    this just in: Coughlin expresses interest in coaching the Cleveland Browns, they pass and hire Ken Wisenhunt

  135. tommyribs says: Jan 4, 2016 4:02 PM

    Thank You for EVERYTHING Coach Coughlin.

  136. zeusdagod says: Jan 4, 2016 4:02 PM

    As an Eagles fan I will say this, if ever there was a coach that players rallied behind, it was Tom Coughlin. Gave us some really classic games over the years and made the rivalry fun again. Class act. Far thee well, sir. and thanks for the competitive spirit you brought to the NFC East.

  137. bigbluefandom says: Jan 4, 2016 4:04 PM

    Coughlin is 70 years old. He is not coaching in the NFL again. If he wanted to, he would have made a case with the Giants. While he did bring us 2 Super Bowls, the last four years has been brutal. Is he totally at fault? No. But like any organization, when you are the “CEO” you are responsible for everything for the better or worse. What is surprising and wrong is that Jerry Reese is still there. Giants never clean house completely. Not their style, although this time they could have. So what happens to the coordinators now? Why would any new coach want old coordinators? The fact is in Giant organization the owner always picks the coach. Coughlin was hired over strong protest from Ernie Accorsi. GM’s job is to put personnel together in Giant organization. Reese has failed miserably in the last few years especially on the defensive side. Can you ONE player you want to keep on the defensive side? NONE! Not one Super Star or the type that set fear into opponents’ psyche. This was the opportunity for the Giants to complete clean house and introduce change. Once again, this is half arse job.

  138. jjackwagon says: Jan 4, 2016 4:05 PM

    He should go to Miami so he can smack Belichek around twice per season instead of just in the SB.

  139. apkyletexas says: Jan 4, 2016 4:10 PM

    Tom, you are and forever will be Billy Belicheat’s daddy. Next stop HOF big guy.

  140. jvw1982 says: Jan 4, 2016 4:10 PM

    Hopefully his agent has had discussion with other teams that really want Tom to lead their team, the easy part is firing someone, the tough part is finding a better replacement…..lets see how you do with that

  141. easyeddie says: Jan 4, 2016 4:12 PM

    Good man and a good person.

  142. n0hopeleft says: Jan 4, 2016 4:24 PM

    See you in Canton Tommy.

  143. bigblue431 says: Jan 4, 2016 4:34 PM

    Giants let go of a HOF coach who’s main fault is to coach the crappy roster given to him by Jerry Reese.

    Jerry Reese and the Giants’ scouts have done about as good a job of talent evaluation and personnel management as Chip Kelly. If Giants ownership wants success in rebuilding this team, they need to move on from the current GM.

  144. immafubared says: Jan 4, 2016 4:37 PM

    Class guy who ended up with too many prima donna’s trying to play me me me football. Not to mention one moron who likes to play with fire works. Ya they should toss that idiot out too. Worthless this year.

    The team needed some running and defense is all. Tom is a classy guy who can hold his head up high. Most of the current coaches will never reach 2 super bowl wins.

  145. funkels says: Jan 4, 2016 4:39 PM

    Best of luck Tom. You gave us 2 Superbowls! I wish you well in your next endeavor.

  146. geezohman says: Jan 4, 2016 4:43 PM

    19-29 over last 3 seasons ? missed post season last 6 of 7 ?

    sounds like he should have left on a high note 6 years ago.

    you know… like Chuck noll, tom landry… (add your own coach name…(cowher…etc

  147. pourman says: Jan 4, 2016 4:45 PM

    Another Eagles fan that is sorry to see him go. It’s good to have an opponent that you respect. Both winning and losing feel better that way. I would like to think that this was his choice. Tip o’ the cap, sir.

  148. headwoundharry says: Jan 4, 2016 4:58 PM

    Playoff drought, too old, the game had passed him by.

  149. weaponx73 says: Jan 4, 2016 5:02 PM

    Coughlin averaged eight wins a season he missed the playoffs seven of the twelve years he coached. Let’s stop acting like the Giants fired Belicheck here.

  150. thetooloftools says: Jan 4, 2016 5:06 PM

    Cleveland is not smart enough to hire this man.

  151. ebdug says: Jan 4, 2016 5:07 PM

    Schefter must’ve thought he scooped the sports journalism world with this one. I found out from Michael Strahan on “Live with Kelly and Michael” at 9 am cst.. Strahan said Coughlin was retiring. Get in line behind the morning talk shows, ESPN, maybe Kelly Ripa will throw you guys a bone.

  152. weaponx73 says: Jan 4, 2016 5:08 PM

    Of course Eagles fans are sorry to see Tom go he could never beat the Eagles.

  153. wallabear says: Jan 4, 2016 5:12 PM

    Two (2) Super Bowl wins with Eli[te] is a major success. If Sean Payton is wooed to the G-Men, then what to do with Eli[te] since one cannot imagine Payton working without “his guy” (Drew Brees)? And on the flip: if Coach Coughlin is in turn wooed to Cleveland, then does Cleveland make some trades in order to get Eli[te] to come to Cleveland to reunite with Coughlin? Boy… this off-season has just gotten a whole lot messier.

  154. billco6192012 says: Jan 4, 2016 5:14 PM

    We will miss u

  155. nygnjd says: Jan 4, 2016 5:18 PM

    He wasn’t fired, he quit. After trying to win games with the crap roster he was given, I can hardly blame him. The offense Manning and Beckham. Jennings and Vereen aren’t bad, but they were both underplayed. 2-3 of the o-line are pretty good, but you need 5 to be competitive. The defense had…DRC and Ayers and a whole list of backups and practice squad rejects.

    He finally got the special teams problems worked out and now he’s gone.

  156. kdub69 says: Jan 4, 2016 5:25 PM

    As a Dallas fan I don’t see why you would fire a coach that has helped you win 2 Superbowl championships. It’s not his fault they have a horrible defense and mediocre offensive line this season. He didn’t look too good after the first game making the decision which led to one of Dallas’ four wins. That, and not doing anything about ODBJr during the Panthers game, then losing the final game to the Eagles was probably what led the management to part ways. Good luck getting someone better.

  157. ltp2568 says: Jan 4, 2016 5:37 PM

    Why is Eli still around The coach can’t be a baby sitter,can’t hold there hands,maybe he made a few mistakes, heck Eli made more then that, things just don’t go right

  158. 1pavikingfan says: Jan 4, 2016 5:45 PM

    Viking fan here – I wish you well Tom. You are a class act.

  159. mototax says: Jan 4, 2016 5:49 PM

    Guys like this get forced out and guys like Kubiak have a job. Go figure.

  160. nyneal says: Jan 4, 2016 5:50 PM

    Coughlin blew it when he did nothing to stop O’Dell Beckham from acting like Charles Manson on the field. That had to embarrass the Maras, who have always been about class.

    It showed that Coughlin had lost touch with what was going on on the field, and he needed to go.

    He was a very good coach and will probably get in the Hall Of Fame, though I don’t really think he deserves it.

    Good luck to him and I wish him well.

  161. edithpiaf51 says: Jan 4, 2016 6:11 PM

    I also feel bad for Eli when I saw him cry. He is very attached to Tom. I just hope Eli is ok. I wish Tom the best. He is class act.

  162. nygnjd says: Jan 4, 2016 6:36 PM

    For any NYG fan that is pleased with TC leaving, I got 2 words for you: Ray Handley.

  163. stevegrogannakedbootleg says: Jan 4, 2016 6:41 PM

    Who is now the whitest oldest coach ?

  164. TheWizard says: Jan 4, 2016 6:43 PM

    Congratulations to Coach Coughlin on an outstanding run with the Giants.

    Stole 2 Super Bowls from my Patriots. I know Belichick has a lot of respect for him.

  165. ikeclanton says: Jan 4, 2016 6:55 PM

    “TC, enjoy your family/grandkids, etc., while you’re still a young man.”

    ——–

    Good coach, but if he’s young, who’s old?

  166. xballhawkx says: Jan 4, 2016 7:00 PM

    In other news, the New York football Giants hire Chip Kelly as Head Coach and GM. Chip’s first move, he announced, will be to trade Eli Manning to Philadelphia for Sam Bradford. He is also set to release O’Dell Beckham and Jean Pierre-Paul as they do not fit his scheme before talent philosophy.

  167. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 4, 2016 7:14 PM

    Can you imagine how he would handle discipline with Manziel?

    ————————————

    He would have cut him off the team during training camp and told the GM he doesn’t care what he thinks.

  168. djvh2 says: Jan 4, 2016 7:22 PM

    Giants will miss Coughlin. For who to get next …. as a Packers fan, I hope the Giants can get McCarthy.

  169. bigdad10359 says: Jan 4, 2016 7:33 PM

    The Giants pushed him out when Jim Tomsula became available

  170. tomtravis76 says: Jan 4, 2016 7:35 PM

    1 SB is impressive and memorable ,but you get 2 as the HC, you are a legend in that fanbase eyes forever.

    If the Giants have any smart people in sales, they would already be thinking of a way to create a special area in the stadium commemorating Coughlins run and find a sponsor. Satisfies the fans with his time as HC and adds a little coin to the coffer.

  171. bigdad10359 says: Jan 4, 2016 7:35 PM

    ESPN reporting Dave Campo at top of Giants list

  172. vicvinegar00 says: Jan 4, 2016 7:55 PM

    Not happy about this. There really isn’t much out there to choose from unless they know Bill Cowher wants back in. There is little downside to rolling the dice with TC one more time.

    With a half decent defense this team was probably winning the East. Most weeks the offense put up points, even with a non-existent running game.

    Fire Spags for a garbage defense or Reese for garbage defensive talent if you want a scapegoat.

    And at age 70, I really can’t see TC going to that disaster in Cleveland. I’m sure he doesn’t need the money.

  173. zigthepatsfan says: Jan 4, 2016 8:13 PM

    See a lot calling the Giants stupid for letting him go but seems like Coach has had enough. Nothing but respect for the guy but he did have a tough year coaching wise in the games I saw…Bad clock managing to close out games and such. Think it’s just time. I’m sure teams would love to have him but I tend to think he’s going to retire.

  174. lanman11 says: Jan 4, 2016 8:21 PM

    Meh…..8.5 wins a year…..backed into the playoffs a couple times….team got hot because they had the right strengths at the right time….parlayed into 2 Super Bowls……that’s not a repeatable format. He’s 70 now so he isn’t getting any younger…..

    I say keep him!

  175. bhinrichs9 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:03 AM

    I am confused here. He won 2 Superbowls which is fantastic but that gives him a pass to continue to have some of the most complete-boneheaded blunders game after game for a coach? I am not a troll but I am happy I will not be seeing his dumb sideline expressions when half the time it was his fault.

    I think the only reason he beat Belicheck was because he was so stupid that Beli couldn’t apply logic when playing him.

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