To many, it didn’t make sense—the “clean house” banter. The team wasn’t giving up on their coach and they surely weren’t speaking ill of him to the media during the regular season weeks. The Giants don’t get rid of a head coach after a few proverbial bumps in the road; the organization is more loyal than most and believe in continuity. It was the supposed experts that initiated the weekly topic; some fans just followed suit. It was said not long after super Bowl XLVI that the Head Coach’s “hot seat” was retired. Tom Coughlin may have had quite a bit of attention on him (umm, NYC market), but the continued pressure came more from within the 65-year old coach. He looked in the mirror before he looked elsewhere for possible reasons for any faltering. He was not bigger than his team.
Coughlin pays attention to detail and is disciplined in his coaching manner. Why not better the team by changing the approach to his older coaching style? The Giants are still a young team with many new players, meaning different type of receptiveness from that of his 2007 audience. He used his assistant coaches as the branches of communication that they are. Personal bonds were built and clarity of a common goal was achieved. All In. The tradition that is New York Giants football remains with Coughlin and trickles down through every coach, assistant coach and trainer, eventually reaching every player. It was just a matter of how to convey the knowledge and the message of Giants Pride.
Tom Coughlin has Big Blue at a 74-54 regular season Win-Loss record since 2004 (almost a 58% win percentage) when he was announced head coach after sitting out of football in 2003. His post-season record is 8-3, an astounding 73% win percentage. Oh, then there’s those two Lombardi trophies. The man holds better post-season stats (in a shorter amount of time) with the Giants than his supposed/projected replacements: Bill Cowher, Steve Mariucci and Jon Gruden. The clamor should stop at some point after the proof, no? Eh, ask Eli Manning how that goes.
One last (surprising) non-topic as of late is the contract situation of the two-time Super Bowl-winning Head Coach. Coughlin is still only under contract through 2012. There’s absolutely no doubt that TC will be an important returning part of the Big Blue machine. There’s absolutely no doubt that John Mara and Steve Tisch fully support their coach. There’s also absolutely no doubt that Tom’s focus is on the New York Football Giants, not himself.
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