Coughlin is the coach NFL players would least want to have

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Tom Coughlin has won a Super Bowl, and he currently has the Giants in first place, but that doesn’t mean players on other NFL teams would want to play for him.

In a Sporting News poll of 111 NFL players, Coughlin came in first place, with 22 votes, on the question, “Which coach would you least like to play for?

Bears defensive tackle Anthony Adams explained that most NFL players like a more flexible coach than the strong-willed Coughlin.

“Coughlin is that old school, Bill Parcells, my way or the highway type,” Adams said. “He won’t bend at all. That’s not the kind of coach you’d like to play for.”

Close on Coughlin’s heels was Dolphins coach Tony Sparano, who got 21 votes. Up next was Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who got 15 votes.

There was a big drop-off after the Big 3 of Coughlin, Sparano and Belichick: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll came in fourth with six votes, and Chiefs coach Todd Haley, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Jets coach Rex Ryan got five votes apiece.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz got four votes, and no other coach got more than two.

93 responses to “Coughlin is the coach NFL players would least want to have

  1. The instant Belichick receives that many votes, the purpose and value of the poll is destroyed… at least as far as using it to gauge the quality of a coach

  2. I’ve ALWAYS said that he’s probably the main reason why so many FA’s don’t care to go to the Giants. Personally, I think he’s a very good coach, but his act definitely must get old for the players after a while.

  3. Really?…….. All this guy does is win and I’m a Skins fan saying this. He had to deal with a ton of injuries, and egos this year and the Giants are in 1st place. That’s just craziness.

  4. Coughlin or Belichick would be the guys I WANT to be my coach. I know they’re going to make sure I learn something and stay in good graces with the team and the league. Then again, I grew up in a military family.

  5. Isn’t the Coach the boss, and aren’t the players the “employees”? Isn’t that usually how it works? I know at my workplace, if the boss says this is how he wants it done, that’s how he wants it done. If it turns out to be the wrong decision, the boss pays the price.

  6. Haha, love the players voting for Harbaugh, the dude’s been in the league for like two weeks. How would players already know they don’t want to play for him?

  7. Yea because players want to be able to do whatever they want without any consequences. Of course they would hate someone who doesn’t take BS.

    He is a very good coach and he gave my team a super bowl

  8. My guess is that there isn’t a single significant free agent that hasn’t come to the Giants because of Coughlin. And not that it would mean anything, but I’d love to see a poll of NFL fans who were asked if they’d prefer to have Coughlin or Ryan in charge of their team. I think Coughlin would come out ahead.

  9. after the video on Sunday it sure looks like the Giants love their coach.

    im sure the players that voted are the whiny players that could care less about their team.

  10. Incidentally, typically Belichick also makes the list of coaches players WANT to play for.

    Based on the comments I’ve read, I’m sure all of you would love to work for Tom Coughlin. I guess none of you have had the experience of working for an overbearing, micromanaging boss.

  11. Notice that most of the teams whose coaches were unpopular are doing pretty well, except for Miami

  12. Guess players dont like to win. Have alot of “players coaches” found consistent success in the NFL?

  13. The ones that dont want to play for Rex are Kerry Rhodes, Vernon Gholston, Derrick Mason, Channing Crowder, and Tom Brady.

  14. Obviously,

    Who would want to work for the coach that pulled off the greatest upset in superbowl history

    Developed Eli Manning

    And resurrected Tiki ‘I’m flabbergasted’ Barber

  15. Steve Smith didn’t want to play for Coughlin, either.

    Hey Steve, how’s that working out for you, by the way?

  16. Whaaaaaaaaaa! Whaaaaaaaaa! I don’t wanna play for Tommy…. he’s mean… he yells at us!

    Shut up you PANSIES! WTF happened to the NFL?
    Nice of Adams to compare Coughlin to Parcells though, if I were Coughlin, I’d take that a sa HUGE compliment. Parcells, Belichick, Coughlin…. Yeah, that’s good company..

  17. It’s totally understandable that this may be the opinion of many in the NFL including those free agents that has left the Giants organization. Yes, he is a disciplinarian and would not just sign any big names to fill a roster especially ones that have baggages. But at the same time, this is the same guy who was able to coach the team back in ’07 to a Super Bowl and have this year’s team on a good place in the standings. So I don’t know, if you’re a player, it definitely would be an ideal situation if you could play for someone who is not like Coughlin but at the same time have as much or more of the success he’s been able to get. But that is not likely these days.

  18. I think this poll shows that players are just as much victims of public perception as fans.

  19. Harbaugh votes crack me up. Every 49ers player has praised his attitude, approach and smarts. Locke room loose and everyone having fun. His team 7-1.

    Yeah, who would want to play for a guy like THAT?

  20. There are 1200 players in the NFL. This paper polls 111 of ’em and 22 say they don’t like T.C? What the heck does that tell us? Not much… other than the Sporting News needs a hobby!

  21. Thats because they are not men ! In the spirit of veterans day these would be the same turds that would make General Patton number one in the same pole !

  22. Hmm well this poll seems pretty worthless overall. I think 5 of them had to be from teams the 49ers have beaten this year. That is the first thing any 49ers player will say when asked the difference between Singletary and Harbaugh. “He’s like one of the guys, and he knows what he’s doing” Pete Carroll is another perfect example of a “player’s coach”. Not all are successful this way, but guys really want to be around when your coach is really likable and you can win games. Bellichick is one of the better coaches the game has ever seen so anyone that voted for him either just hates the pats, or are the type of player that doesn’t like to put in that extra effort. Err wait a minute, was Haynesworth and Ochocinco part of this poll?

  23. This makes sense considering most players hate rules and organization…

    I’m a huge Giants fan and I love TC… Good guy, big heart, cares about his players as people and knows how to win (even with 5 torn ACL’s and a wealth of other injuries.)

    Keep up the good work TC!

  24. Really they should be saying Caldwell if they care about winning vs. having some picnic at the beach of a player’s coach. Anyone think Caldwell gets the most out of his players? That’s what REAL players want… a guy who puts them in good positions to win and who knows what he’s doing.

    To the person who commented about BB relating to players. He’s actually pretty good at that. You’d be surprised at the motley crew of guys who love him, like Jim Brown for example. He sucks with his after game pressers and doesn’t give a crap about helping the media do its job. That has 0 to do with relating to players.

    The players who voted against SF’s Harbaugh were probably Lions players. LOL

  25. Haley gives the impression of being the most overbearing schmuck this side of Gilbert Gottfried.
    Shoulda and woulda been a runaway vote were it not for his Head Coaching insignificance.

  26. roastbeefsandwich says: Nov 10, 2011 4:56 PM

    Why all the Coughlin love? One post season run, thats it. The rest of the time he’s busy choking away in December. Developed Manning? Guy is pretty inconsistent.
    __________________________________

    Do some research before you speak.

    Coughlin brought the Giants to 4 playoffs in 7 years including a Super Bowl Championship and 2 division titles.

    Keep eating the roast beef sandwiches.

  27. reddskeletor says:
    Nov 10, 2011 4:09 PM
    Belichick is the Steve Jobs of coaches; he’s considered a genius, detail-oriented, etc. but seems unable to relate to people.

    ===============
    Hahahahahaha 🙂
    That has got to be the funniest post ever!
    There’s absolutely no comparison between Jobs and Belichick.
    First of all, the genius tag applies to Walsh who did more to revolutionize the NFL than Belichick, who’s been making bad personnel decisions for a while now.
    Secondly, what Jobs has done in the computer industry is dramatically change it. No similarity to what Belichick has done

  28. reddskeletor says: Nov 10, 2011 4:09 PM

    Belichick is the Steve Jobs of coaches; he’s considered a genius, detail-oriented, etc. but seems unable to relate to people.

    How the hell do you know how he relates to people??

    From most accounts, Belechik is funny, outgoing, and a great guy to be around….

  29. But I thought everyone wanted to play for Rex Ryan?
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    So 5 players of 111 don’t want to play for Ryan and all of sudden he isn’t a players coach. I bet they were all Patriots or Dolphins too

  30. Sounds like Tiki got a research/survey gig with the Sporting News and got an amazing 111 players to contribute. CONGRATS!

  31. TSN should run the same poll next week. If all players don’t vote for Sandusky, I’ll just say I’m glad those players aren’t on my team

  32. Not surprising, players these days like to play for their “favorite uncle” style of head coach than one that will instill order and discipline. Yet the ones that instill order and discipline are the ones that go into craptastic situations and turn them into winners (Coughlin, Sporano, Haley, even Belicheat all did that). Players need to realize that a coach’s priority isn’t to be friends with you, but to develop a gameplan to lead you to ultimate victory.

  33. bobhk says:
    Nov 10, 2011 5:13 PM

    There’s absolutely no comparison between Jobs and Belichick.
    First of all, the genius tag applies to Walsh who did more to revolutionize the NFL than Belichick, who’s been making bad personnel decisions for a while now.
    Secondly, what Jobs has done in the computer industry is dramatically change it. No similarity to what Belichick has done
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    Jobs has done more to effect the lives of more people than anyone in football ever has. But don’t take comments so literally bob.

    Belichick’s D while with the Giants probably dramatically changed the defensive side of the game as much as Walsh did with the offense. The evolution of the outside / pass rushing linebacker came to be with Lawrence Taylor; which in turn started the evolution of the need to have the best OL be the tackle to protect the QB’s blind side.

  34. They polled 111 players??? There are 1696 total
    in the NFL on active rosters. That is not even 10% of the players!! Need I say more… the report is BS!!!

    I was not sure what to expect when Coughlin
    arrived in NY but he has EARNED my respect
    over the couse of his years in NY & how he changed the year they won the super bowl. Maybe some of these reporters need to watch
    NFL’s America’s Game on the Giants 2007 season.

  35. Tom has recaptured the old pissed off looking face again when things don’t go his way, the way he did before winning the SB…he needs to go, and I’m a Giants fan…

  36. al jack
    Belichick’s D while with the Giants probably dramatically changed the defensive side of the game as much as Walsh did with the offense. The evolution of the outside / pass rushing linebacker came to be with Lawrence Taylor; which in turn started the evolution of the need to have the best OL be the tackle to protect the QB’s blind side.

    I don’t suppose the Steel Curtain had anything to do with that?

  37. wow, no to Coughlin AND Belichick? guess the guys they polled weren’t interested in winning…

  38. Players that don’t want to play for Tom Coughlin are players that I don’t want on my team, anyways.

  39. I bet all of those votes for Schwartz came from Niners and all of those votes for Harbaugh came from the Lions.

  40. Omg did you guys just see a live feed from San Diego on the NFL Network?…they were interviewing some radio guy and Hue was in background, trying to make about three men in business suits laugh,…they were all just standing there with a sad look on their faces,…Hue, that goes over well in the barber shop, not with educated people around you,…January cant come soon enough for this fool, Amy and Mark should just get rid of him now, before hes lost all dignity….I just set you all strait.

  41. There’s absolutely no comparison between Jobs and Belichick.
    First of all, the genius tag applies to Walsh who did more to revolutionize the NFL than Belichick, who’s been making bad personnel decisions for a while now.
    Secondly, what Jobs has done in the computer industry is dramatically change it. No similarity to what Belichick has done
    ———————————————————-
    Jobs has done more to effect the lives of more people than anyone in football ever has. But don’t take comments so literally bob.

    Belichick’s D while with the Giants probably dramatically changed the defensive side of the game as much as Walsh did with the offense. The evolution of the outside / pass rushing linebacker came to be with Lawrence Taylor; which in turn started the evolution of the need to have the best OL be the tackle to protect the QB’s blind side.
    ——-
    Have to disagree with you. If Belichick was that revolutionary he’d have more of a following in the NFL. How many disciples does he have that are successful in the NFL? Walsh on the other hand has had a lot of people follow in his footsteps and become successful.
    As regards Taylor and pass rush, he was great but like some other poster said, that position was already defined by the great Steelers LBs.

  42. It appears the guys with the most votes are probably the ones that win the most. There’s a former Cowboy’s coach that everyone loved to play for, and he sure seemed like a heckuva nice guy, but they didn’t win much either. The vast majority of players need discipline to succeed, and the softy coaches generally don’t work out too well.

  43. First of all – madisonave99 – did you REALLY say that haley and sparano turned bad teams into winners????? I guess you don’t watch too much football……..
    Secondly – can someone please tell me the name of a significant free agent that left the giants in the last 8 years – and had even moderate success after he left?
    Lastly – as has already been stated – the players that don’t want to play for a coughlin or belichick are lazy players that want to collect their paycheck without putting in the effort and hard work needed to be a winner – players you probably don’t want on your team to begin with.

  44. Ironically I had a friend who went off to Iraq about a year before the Giants won the Super Bowl. We talked lots about football and I mentioned to him I would never play for Tom Coughlin and my friend was appalled. He asked me why and I said I simply don’t like his coaching style, in fact I can’t stand it. I don’t begrugde Tom Coughlin a Super Bowl, Lord knows they’re awfully hard to come by (being a Viking fan I know all about that). I simply have never liked his approach and style of coaching. However if he wins another Super Bowl I may have to re-evaluate my thinking!

  45. You guys are all idiots.

    Players don’t like Coughlin, Sporano and Belichick because they lack the humanity and compassion that a good modern football leader has. Players want to play for a coach they believe actually cares about their sacrifice. These coaches obviously don’t leave that impression with their players.

    Players are expendable machine parts to men like them, and players aren’t dumb enough not to notice. Thats why, if given the choice, they would choose to play for someone else. It’s a poll. Don’t dismiss it because you believe in valor and honor and discipline and loyalty and similarly ignorant pipe dreams about what things are really like behind the curtain.

    Ask Penn State what things are like behind the curtain. The myth is a lie. But the myth is powerful. The myth drives this dumb site. This site’s creator preys on the myth, inflates the myth, trumpets the myth. Why all the myth-building, Mike? What’s you aim here? What’s behind your curtain?

  46. @Jackwar,

    Dude, that is an awesome post.

    They build the myth so they can destroy it. For them, it is the closest they will ever come to relevance. In fact, you cite the most recent and likely best example. Of course, for the corporate media and pseudo-journalist to be able to repeatedly pull this off, the fans/consumers must be complicit. And boy are we ever!

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  47. There’s absolutely no comparison between Jobs and Belichick.
    First of all, the genius tag applies to Walsh who did more to revolutionize the NFL than Belichick, who’s been making bad personnel decisions for a while now.
    Secondly, what Jobs has done in the computer industry is dramatically change it. No similarity to what Belichick has done
    ———————————————————-
    Jobs has done more to effect the lives of more people than anyone in football ever has. But don’t take comments so literally bob.

    Belichick’s D while with the Giants probably dramatically changed the defensive side of the game as much as Walsh did with the offense. The evolution of the outside / pass rushing linebacker came to be with Lawrence Taylor; which in turn started the evolution of the need to have the best OL be the tackle to protect the QB’s blind side.
    ——-
    Have to disagree with you. If Belichick was that revolutionary he’d have more of a following in the NFL. How many disciples does he have that are successful in the NFL? Walsh on the other hand has had a lot of people follow in his footsteps and become successful.
    As regards Taylor and pass rush, he was great but like some other poster said, that position was already defined by the great Steelers LBs.
    ——————–
    well people have said that jobs and belichek were both very hard to work for, demanding perfection all the time!
    Belichek had nothing to do with the way LT played, LT was playing that way before BB was even with the Giants. As for the Steelers LB’s defining the position, NOT ONE of them ever played it like LT. He revolutionized it and every single person ever associated with the NFL will tell you that. that being said I have a hard time defending LT just like I have a hard time defending JoPa

  48. Most players who come to NE say there is a perception of Belichick that is not reality.

    Stupid poll.

  49. to jg725

    well we know the Gmen lost Kevin Boss and Steve Smith but neither were because of Coughlin!!!!! that was about money.

  50. Those players that wouldn’t want Tom Coughlin for a Coach are probably the same players we wouldn’t want on the Giants. I can’t understand why Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers would appear on the list – he looks like he would be a lot of fun to be around.

  51. I would have guessed Todd Haley would have taken it. He looks like a guy who’s always bumming smokes and keeps pornography laying out around his home.

  52. The awards keep coming in for Coughlin. Recently in a poll taken in his neighborhood he was elected “Neighbor you would least like to have.”. In a landslide.

  53. Yet the Giants are a playoff contender every year.

    His sole purpose of being the head coach is to make that happen.
    Not to hold hands and sing Kumbaya.

  54. Don’t really care what the players think, just do your job.

    Give me Coughlin or any Coach that can and will win a Lombardi Trophy for my team!

  55. jerseyshoregiant says:
    well people have said that jobs and belichek were both very hard to work for, demanding perfection all the time!
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    many people work hard, especially those who are very good at their profession. But it’s preposterous to say that Belichick is to NFL as Jobs was to the computer industry. Jobs is an icon, one of most impactful people in the computer industry along with Gates.

  56. jg725 says: Nov 10, 2011 6:37 PM

    Secondly – can someone please tell me the name of a significant free agent that left the giants in the last 8 years – and had even moderate success after he left?
    ====================================

    I believe Kurt Warner managed to get by in Arizona.

    And anyone that complains that the sample size isn’t sufficient should brush up on statistics.

  57. Funny, the players who actually play under Sparano seem to love the guy.

    Not saying he’s a great coach, just sayin’…

  58. jg725 says:Nov 10, 2011 6:37 PM

    First of all – madisonave99 – did you REALLY say that haley and sparano turned bad teams into winners????? I guess you don’t watch too much football……..
    ——–
    Well, to be fair, Sparano did take a 1-15 team to the AFC East Title in his first year. And Haley took a 2-14 team to an AFC West Title within 2 years. So, yeah they did turn bad teams into winners.

  59. This study is flawed and irrelavent because 111 players it not nearly a large enough subject group to come up with accurate evidence? How many players from each team? Were the players black or white? What positions were they? All of these things matter.

  60. Pure racism. How come no one mentioned Caldwell, the most incompetent coach in the league. And Tomlin is a my-way-or-the-highway type. But they are black, so the players don’t care.

  61. Coughlin doesn’t get enough credit he’s loosened up some since when he first started coaching the giants.he’s still a hardnose guy but there’s nothing wrong with thAt .

  62. fmwarner says:
    Nov 10, 2011 8:53 PM
    jg725 says: Nov 10, 2011 6:37 PM

    Secondly – can someone please tell me the name of a significant free agent that left the giants in the last 8 years – and had even moderate success after he left?
    ===================================
    I believe Kurt Warner managed to get by in Arizona.

    And anyone that complains that the sample size isn’t sufficient should brush up on statistics.
    ———————
    fmwarner that’s pretty funny that you think Kurt Warner “left” the giants as a serious FA!! The Giants just just signed the number one draft pick in the NFL, yet Warner “left”. He didn’t leave, he was sent on his way. He was an after thought when Arizona picked him up. They figured he might be able to help Leinart, just so happens Warner beat him out. Get a ‘F’n’ clue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    That’s not to say I don’t like Warner but its not the same.

  63. jerseyshoregiant says:
    Nov 10, 2011 7:37 PM
    well people have said that jobs and belichek were both very hard to work for, demanding perfection all the time!
    Belichek had nothing to do with the way LT played, LT was playing that way before BB was even with the Giants. As for the Steelers LB’s defining the position, NOT ONE of them ever played it like LT. He revolutionized it and every single person ever associated with the NFL will tell you that. that being said I have a hard time defending LT just like I have a hard time defending JoPa
    ———————————————————-
    Belichick started with the Giants while LT was a soph or junior in college. Belichick was the linebackers coach LT’s rookie season.

    What LT did on the football field I will admire forever. What he did with his life off the field, while as a player and a retiree, I will always shake my head in disgust.

    and what went on at Penn State………. We are talking about children, little kids,,,, all accountable will be answering to a Higher Authority in due time.

  64. I couldn’t care less what Adams says or thinks.

    Tom Coughlin may be “the most hated coach” according to some measly poll, but there are some good players that would rather play for Coughlin than a Rex Ryan. (Antrel Rolle has gone on record saying so.)

    I’m guessing Adams didn’t see the Giants’ locker room celebration after winning at New England last week.

    I wouldn’t put much stock into a poll that includes just 111 players.

  65. jg725, I guess you didn’t see the 1-15 disaster Fins were before Sporano and Parcells got there. And the Chiefs have been disasterous for most of the 2000’s and Haley led them to a division title last year and is doing a good job this year despite losing their best offensive and defensive players–looks like you’re not the one who watches alot of football.

    I don’t hardly take polls voted on by whiny players seriously.

  66. BTW………Coughlin is the only coach in NFL history win at least 50% of his challenges.

    Lovie Smith is probably the worst in the league in that department.

    Adams may prefer playing for Smith but Coughlin is the kind of coach I would like to play for thats so aware of whats happening on the field.

    I still remember the challenge some years back where Eli appeared to throw the ball past the line of scrimmage, but his left foot was still behind the line of scrimmage, thus reserving the original call of an incomplete pass.

    As long as Coughlin wants to coach………..I want him in N.Y.

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