Only a few short months ago, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was on the hot seat…at least according to many pundits. His team was 7-7 and starring at a third consecutive season without a playoff appearance. Fans were beginning to scream for his head and the magic of the 2007 season had completely worn off. Fast forward to now, and Coughlin has won his second Super Bowl title with Big Blue and earned himself an upcoming contract extension. As a result, the talking heads have done a complete 180 and the National Football Post recently recognized him as the second best head coach in the game.
"Two Super Bowl wins since 2008 as well as the uncanny ability to deliver when he’s pressed up against it has the Big Blue boss right near the top of our rankings. To borrow a phrase from Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, Coughlin’s a stalker who likes to race just behind the lead pack before making his move down the backstretch when it’s time to go for the kill," Joe Fortenbaugh wrote.
One might immediately assume New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick rests comfortably at number, but not so fast. Three victories over Belichick (two Super Bowl's, one regular season game) has propelled Coughlin over his nemesis in the rankings, but it's actually Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz who sits atop the league.
Whether or not you agree with who the rankings, it's still nice to see Coughlin garner some of the respect he deserves. Like Eli Manning however, nothing he does will ever be enough to have him considered the best in the game.
Under Coughlin, the Giants have had only one losing season. They were 6-10 in his first year (2004) as head coach.
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