Tom Coughlin announced Monday in a statement that he is stepping down after 12 seasons as the Giants’ head coach.
The decision was announced after meetings with team ownership, players and coaches a day after the Giants ended their third straight losing season with a 35-30 loss to the Eagles. In his statement, which appears in full below, Coughlin accepted responsibility for those years while also looking back on the happier moments during his tenure with the team.
“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,” Coughlin said. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as head coach of the New York Football Giants. This is a not a sad occasion for me. I have spent 15 years with this organization as an assistant and head coach and was fortunate to be part of three Super Bowl winning teams. A Lombardi Trophy every five years is an achievement in which we all take great pride.
“Obviously, the past three years have not been what any of us expect, and as head coach, I accept the responsibility for those seasons. I think it has been evident these last 12 years here how much pride I take in representing this franchise. I am gratified and proud that we were able to deliver two more Lombardi trophies to the display case in our lobby during that time. That is a tribute to our players and staff, and it was truly fulfilling to be the leader of those teams.”
“I appreciate the support of John and his family and Steve and his family, and of Jerry Reese and his staff. I think our organization is a great representation of what I mean when I talk about ‘team’. Finally, I would be remiss if I did not thank my wife Judy and our four children and their spouses and our 11 (soon to be 12) grandchildren. None of this would have been possible without their unconditional love and support.”
There are already reports that Coughlin would like to continue coaching if the right opportunity should come along. Given his success with the Giants, Jaguars and at Boston College, there should be a few teams making calls to see if their opportunity would qualify.