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Tom Coughlin Has No Plans to Retire, Even If New York Giants Win Super Bowl XLVI

January 23rd, 2012 at 1:47 PM
By Dan Benton

There's been much speculation this season about the status of New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. If he failed to make the playoffs, would the team fire him? What would be enough to save his job? And if he won it all, would he retire?

All of those questions have now been answered.

Following his seventh playoff road victory, tying legendary coach Tom Landry for the most in NFL history, Coughlin received quite a bit of support from owner John Mara, who laughed at the notion of the coach ever being on the hot seat.

"Tell you what, I've got a stack of letters on my desk (that say) 'Fire Tom Coughlin'. I look forward to responding to them," Mara said. "I held on to them, waiting for the right time to respond. I think this might be the right time."

And retirement? Win or lose, that's not happening either.

"I feel good … I still love what I do," Coughlin said. "Retire to do what?"

Coughlin may be one of the most underrated coaches in the entire league. He's consistently successful and gets the most out of his players. For anyone that's actually watched the Giants this year, it's obvious the team loves playing for him – just watch the postgame celebration after they defeated the New England Patriots in week nine or the embrace with Brandon Jacobs during the Atlanta Falcons wildcard game.

The Giants and their fans should consider themselves lucky to have such a high caliber coach, and would benefit from him sticking around for many years to come.

With a year remaining on his current contract, it's almost a certainty that he gets an extension during the offseason.


Tags: Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin

59 Responses to “Tom Coughlin Has No Plans to Retire, Even If New York Giants Win Super Bowl XLVI”

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  1.  The Original G Man says:

    Know what I love about following G101 on Twitter? I know *IMMEDIATELY* when there’s a “UUT”!!


  2.  The Original G Man says:

    DVR Alert: Super Bowl XLII on NFL Network tonight at 8:30 PM.

  3.  Valid says:

    The two two lasting images from the game last night:

    1: Weatherford (of all people) running around the field yelling “we’re going to the f****** Super Bowl!”


    2: Eli getting CLOBBERED on a sack, getting up with his helmet crooked, turf in his facemask, and his shoulder pad sticking out, and continuing to lead his team as if he did not even take a hit.

  4.  wlubake says:


    I was so caught up in the moment, I didn’t notice: Did Baas come back in the game after getting hurt? That seemed to be the point at which the line broke down and Eli’s pressure amplified. I would be inclined to think that Petrus provided a weak spot that couldn’t be covered up.

    I admittedly don’t know enough about O-Line play to “scout” it during the games, but I could imagine that Deihl relies on the LG to help contain the right DE. If everyone needs to help Petrus, every spot on the line logically gets weaker.

    I can’t back this up with tape, but it seems to make sense. Baas’ injury was a turning point in the game, whereafter our offense was much less effective (especially on 3rd down).

    • Jeff Levito says:

      Baas came back later. I don’t remember if it was the same drive or the next, but he was back for the remainder of the game. Most of the pressure was definitely coming from the tackles and Diehl and McKenzie were totally outmatched. Fortunately for them, the ends for NE are not nearly as dangerous. It’s Wilfork they’ll have to worry about.

    • Jim StollJim Stoll says:

      Baas did come back in. He stunk it up along with the rest of the line.
      Ironically, one of their worst efforts of the season.

      •  Krow says:

        Kujo is turning out to be right. He’s been preaching for quite a while how the OL needs an upgrade. Looking over the team I’d be hard pressed not to agree. Especially if you lump TE in with the OL.

    •  ERICHONIUS says:

      When Baas came back there was a play where justin smith came through the A gap and almost every snap after he came back was a low snap… but after baas came back boothe shifted back to guard so petrus wasnt even on the field, so def not his fault… also mckenzie was a revolving door at times… hopefully we get more consistant play from the o-line in the superbowl

  5.  Krow says:

    Osi was on the Jim Rome show a few minutes back … he said that he feels the contract issue will get resolved one way or another. But of course there’s no way to know how to take that.

    •  wlubake says:

      Not to start this speculation, but you would think that New Orleans would be a trade partner if the Giants can’t work something out. The Brees contract is an albatross, but Spags would love to get Osi on his defense. Loomis should be weary of dealing with JR after the Shockey deal, though. They don’t have their 1st rounder, but a low 2 doesn’t sound too far off with the contract it would take, his age and his injury history.

      •  demo3356 says:

        Why would we trade an elite pass rusher to one of the best teams in the NFC?? If he gets traded it is to an AFC Team or a bad NFC Team like the Bucs..

  6.  giantsfan says:

    Nice nugget by Fox’s Pam Oliver on Coughlin having to choke back tears during Saturday night’s meeting at the hotel. “This is a game you’ll tell your grandchildren about,” Coughlin said, per Oliver’s report.

    — I REALLY hope the NY Giants win this superbowl —

    Both Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning deserve this win. I don’t think there have been another HC/QB combination that has been under as much fire for their entire career together than these two. These guys are the real deal. Men of men.

    It’s very clear. The entire lockeroom loves Coughlin. These guys will fight til the end.

    Tuck’s post-game interview about Eli was tremendous. For those that missed it, he said sometimes players respect the QB and follow the QB because simply he’s the QB. But not Eli. Not Eli. Tuck said the players love Eli and respect him AS A FOOTBALL PLAYER. That says a lot.

    Both of these guys deserve this next superbowl win. They deserve.

    Let’s go guys! Go get another one! go get another one…

    •  giantsfan says:

      When all is said and done, the ny giants will win this superbowl. Tom Coughlin is going to retire a winner and possibly be the greatest HC in NY Giants history!

      •  wlubake says:

        Aparently you skip over the article and jump to the comments.

        •  giantsfan says:

          No I do. But it’s just my feel. The man is 65 years old. To walk off the field as a 2-time champion, and in the manner that he did it. I just don’t see any better way to finish his career.

  7.  Krow says:

    And to the theme of the article … well, the proof is on the field. I hope they sign TC to a 5 year contract. He’s erased all my doubts from the last couple years. He seems sharp … motivated … and not ready for the pasture. He’s like Paterno, only without that one thing … yanno.

  8.  HopLax08 says:

    Excerpt from a Pete Prisco article regarding Coughlin/Eli:

    In Manning and Coughlin, the Giants have the most under-appreciated coach-quarterback duo in the NFL. In New York, their careers have been roller coasters, complete with nasty drops and exhilarating highs.Along the way, the media has made them a pair of punching bags, back-page fodder. Now they’re one victory away from being a two-ring, coach-QB combo.

    What the critics of those two don’t know is how dedicated they are to the task. Coughlin is fanatical, at the age of 65 working like a man decades younger. He is a detail freak. But his quarterback is the same way. Peyton Manning’s work ethic is legendary, but Eli Manning is the same way. The film room is his laboratory.

    There are a lot of quarterbacks with one Super Bowl ring. The multiple winners are the ones who separate from the rest.

    Make a checklist. Run it down.

    Compare the 2007 Giants to the 2011 Giants, with 17 players on both teams.

    Toughness. Both teams.

    Grit. Both.

    Resiliency? Both.

    Coughlin? Both.

    Defensive pressure? Both.

    Manning? Both — with one big difference: This Manning isn’t still finding his way, but instead has arrived.

    “That’s it,” Coughln said looking up from the stool in the coach’s locker room. “It’s Eli. He’s a much different player, a much more confident player.”

  9. Jim StollJim Stoll says:

    I’ve been Tom Coughlin’s biggest detractor over the past 8 years. The maddening inconsistency of his teams year-in, year-out has driven me crazy. All this talent and so many sub-par peformances has caused me time and again to call for his head.
    2007 I chalked up to a combination of luck and Steve spagnola inspiring the defense.
    But this latest run forces me to relent and applaud the guy for the simple fact that even with all the inconsistency — and this season was as erratic as any we’ve seen — he keeps his team believing and fighting.

    and of course, truth be told, it is so much about health. most of us were running Perry Fewell out of town, especially after that abysmal Saints game, followed by the inability to control GB on that last drive, followed by the inability to stop Dallas but for JPP’s big block.
    but then Bolely gets healthy, followed by Tuck getting healthy, followd by Osi getting healthy, not to mention Bradshaw.

    so Tom stays and he deserves the accolades. next year if the team is erratic yet again I may forget today’s feeling; but right now, right here, what’s not to love.

    •  giantsfan says:


      Just want to point out next year’s opponents:

      Eagles twice
      Cowboys twice

      Not gonna be easy. But you know what? Those guys better be scared of US!

  10.  giantsfan says:

    BTW, anyone else glad this superbowl’s won’t be on FOX? No Aikman and Buck.

    •  BigBlueGiants says:

      Im actually kind of upset it’s not on Fox. best pregame show in the biz. Noone Bradshaw or Jimmy Johnson picking against us.

      Also, Aikman and Buck have also been our Good luck game callers this year.

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