Not long ago, news broke that the New York Giants intended on working out a contract extension with head coach, Tom Coughlin. Based on previous years' extensions, the upfront idea was that Coughlin would receive another one-year extension. Now, however, it seems as though the possibility of a longer extension is something that John Mara and Jerry Reese would consider.
The Mara family has always valued loyalty and character, something Reese represents in full. Further, it goes without saying the Coughlin has brought in two Super Bowl Championships and managed teams that have faced some of the worst adversity in Giants history. With injury-riddled teams and contract disputes (many of which ended in veterans leaving the team), Coughlin remains stalwart in his management of Big Blue.
Coughlin is not perfect, nor is any coach in the history of the NFL. He has made changes to his temperament in the way he handles his players, creating a Leadership Council made up of trusted, veteran players on the team. He is open to the feedback of the team, and yet, continues to coach as a "old-school," hard-nosed disciplinarian – certainly not an easy task.
There is also the issue of his unstable trend throughout the season. Often the Giants start strong (several times going 6-2 in the first eight games), but inevitably fall short later in the season. In fact, it was the success at the very end of the season, starting on Christmas Eve against the New York Jets, that the Giants clicked into gear and began their Super Bowl run.
The bottom line, though, is that Tom Coughlin is simply the right man for the New York Giants. He knows the team inside and out, and has proven that he can take even the most tested Giants teams to greatness. Coughlin is trusted by his players, the management, and the fans. He is also the caliber of man and coach that would admit if he was no longer fit for his role as head coach, the mark of a truly devoted leader.
As such, he has earned the right to stay as the Commander-in-Chief of Big Blue, and will likely go down as the greatest coach in Giants history.
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