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Tom Coughlin: Not coaching “a very difficult thing”


For the first time since 2004, Tom Coughlin isn’t going to be preparing a team for September.

Coughlin was replaced as the Giants’ head coach by Ben McAdoo after a second straight 6-10 season and brief dalliances with the 49ers and Eagles didn’t lead anywhere. During a Monday appearance on FOX News, Coughlin talked about how he’s dealing with the change in circumstances.

“It’s a very difficult thing, I don’t care who you are, or how long you’ve been doing it. I’ve been doing it a long time, so you get yourself into the rhythm,” Coughlin said, via “Your whole life, the calendar of your life is based on football, about the seasons, whether it’s in-season or out of season. You have a schedule that you follow. So there’s some adjusting for me to make.”

One adjustment Coughlin isn’t making is considering the change in schedule a permanent one. He said he doesn’t like the retired and that he’s “way to young” for that label.

When they parted ways, the Giants talked about wanting Coughlin remain with the team he coached to two Super Bowl titles in a different position. Co-owner John Mara repeated that desire during Super Bowl week in San Francisco, but it doesn’t appear that anything immediate is in the works.

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34 Responses to “Tom Coughlin: Not coaching “a very difficult thing””
  1. vancouversportsbro says: Feb 8, 2016 6:30 PM

    The guy is pushing 80. What makes him attractable in this league now? He’s won his two rings and did well on two different teams. It’s time to hang them up

  2. weepingjebus says: Feb 8, 2016 6:34 PM

    He stopped like 5 years ago so he should be acclimated by now.

  3. charliecharger says: Feb 8, 2016 6:35 PM

    Coughlin should start studying film on the 3 or 4 teams that will go into next season with a coach that will be on the hot seat. Even volunteer to break down film for another team, just to stay in rhythm. There’s a good chance he’d get a call midway through the season, if not sooner.

  4. justintuckrule says: Feb 8, 2016 6:41 PM

    Ron Rivera is a good coach but Coughlin would have won that game yesterday. Why? He wouldn’t have been letting Newton and the rest of them dab and smile it up for two weeks as if the game was just a formality to a crowning. He wouldn’t have let them forget there was one more game left. That’s TC’s value.

  5. skoobyfl says: Feb 8, 2016 6:43 PM

    He’s been off schedule for several seasons now, father-time caught up with him.

  6. bengalssb51champs says: Feb 8, 2016 6:45 PM

    Welcome to Retirement!
    (Brett Favre style)

  7. war71 says: Feb 8, 2016 6:46 PM

    Tom, you’re old. Retire

  8. kfoyo808 says: Feb 8, 2016 6:47 PM

    Eagles could hire him as their personnel guy. Not gonna have full power, be great spot for him. Could be coaching mentor for Pederson too.

  9. 6ball says: Feb 8, 2016 6:52 PM

    The Patriots would be wise to offer him a job as a ” special assignment” coach. He already has a relationship with Belichick. He lives relatively nearby and could work as much as he wants. Both parties win.

  10. a1b24312 says: Feb 8, 2016 6:56 PM

    He’s not going to the Eagles. Roseman has those puppet strings. he didn’t take the HC job there because he know wasn’t going to have substantive power. And I don’t blame him. I would’ve preferred him over Pedersen (who clearly was the Eagles last ditch choice) but don’t blame Coughlin for not going to that kind of situation.

    He is not “pushing 80”. He is 69. He is a competent coach, like many his age, and age is not a barometer for coaching success. Besides, he won a couple of Super Bowls, for crying out loud,

    He does have an eye personnel wise, which is not typical of a lot of NFL head coaches. He proved that in Jaxcksonville. Giants better ink him to some kind of deal or down the line I would not be surprised if someone else does…maybe…New England?

  11. ariani1985 says: Feb 8, 2016 6:57 PM

    Packers might actually win a playoff game now.

  12. bucsorbust says: Feb 8, 2016 6:58 PM

    From what I heard, Cam Newton blamed him for the loss too….

  13. vegasgreek says: Feb 8, 2016 6:59 PM

    he should sign with arizona . they have a bunch of old coaches there past 70 yrs old . he would fit right in there.

  14. mmack66 says: Feb 8, 2016 7:02 PM

    He made it look easy.

  15. jmscooby says: Feb 8, 2016 7:06 PM

    Geez, the guy is 6 years older than Belichick. Some of your comments are just completely lame. If the guy wants to continue working in a profession he loves, more power to him. Personally, I’m sick of seeing guys in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s not working.

  16. bigbluefan1 says: Feb 8, 2016 7:17 PM

    I really hope the Giants find something of value for him to do
    I know they have a new coach and have to let him do his thing but TC has forgotten more about the game then most will ever know

  17. bluewinger says: Feb 8, 2016 7:23 PM

    Tom thank you for the two Super Bowls!

  18. kash71 says: Feb 8, 2016 7:31 PM

    If Jags don’t win at least 8 maybe 9 games next season, look to him to come back.

  19. cinvis says: Feb 8, 2016 7:42 PM

    Get a life!!!!!!

  20. cowboy2016 says: Feb 8, 2016 7:50 PM

    Everyone’s favorite curmudgeon.

  21. amaf21 says: Feb 8, 2016 7:51 PM

    Jerry jones on line 1.

  22. kev86 says: Feb 8, 2016 7:54 PM

    Start working on the Canton speech. If it’s anything like your goodbye press conference, it will be one for the ages. Maybe go in with Peyton.

  23. fanofpft says: Feb 8, 2016 8:54 PM

    There’s a good chance he’d get a call midway through the season, if not sooner.

    I was just wondering if some of these older well known coaches would join a faltering team with a losing record next season should a spot open up.

  24. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 8, 2016 9:56 PM

    It’s O.K. Tom, the rest of us have adjusted to your absence already.

  25. vikingdoode says: Feb 8, 2016 10:00 PM

    Must be heavenly having him home

  26. tfootball1234 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:26 PM

    Look, as anyone one else would think, its easy to say he is to old to keep coaching. but as a giants fan TC did not blow 4 or more winnable games, his players did. watching a bufoon like rex ryan here in western ny makes me believe a team like buffalo could have been much better this past season if TC were the coach. the giants made a huge mistake getting rid of him.

  27. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Feb 8, 2016 11:41 PM

    He’s a pretty good talker when he wants to be. I can see him cooling his heels on a pre-game show somewhere for a year and see what opens up after next season.

    He’ll get another shot. Why wouldn’t he?

  28. ninjapleazee says: Feb 9, 2016 12:06 AM

    Shoulda taken the Eagles gig.

  29. edithpiaf51 says: Feb 9, 2016 12:38 AM

    Tom Coughlin gave the Giants many good years and two superbowls and made Eli happy. He was a father figure to Eli. Eli took it hard when he parted and I hope he keeps that in mind before accepting positions from other teams. I think he should either accept John Mara’s offer for that different position or retire.

  30. lbmclean says: Feb 9, 2016 2:33 AM

    if I made millions to not control ODB Jr I would miss it too

  31. rhob1960 says: Feb 9, 2016 4:34 AM

    Thank you, Tom for being a great coach. Real football fans know that that useless wretch Reese threw you under the bus with his bad drafting and bargain basement free agents. Enjoy retirement, see you in the hall.

  32. campcouch says: Feb 9, 2016 4:52 AM

    He can replace Jeff Fisher.

  33. goodellsucks43 says: Feb 9, 2016 6:51 AM

    He’s pushing 70, not 80, and would probably go crazy sitting at home all day. He should definitely get an NFL job in some capacity.

  34. bigblue431 says: Feb 10, 2016 9:31 AM

    rhob1960 says:
    Feb 9, 2016 4:34 AM

    Thank you, Tom for being a great coach. Real football fans know that that useless wretch Reese threw you under the bus with his bad drafting and bargain basement free agents. Enjoy retirement, see you in the hall.

    Amen brother! I hope Odell buts a Norman hit on Reese. I’ve lost all respect for him as GM after the way he deflected blame for ruining a super bowl team

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