New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has gone from an intolerable disciplinarian who no one wanted to play for to a two-time Super Bowl champion beloved by all those around him. As a result of the personal transformation and success on the field, Big Blue recently rewarded him with a contract extension through 2014 … and his players couldn't be happier.
“[Coach Coughlin] has taught me how to be a pro, how to be valuable to the team. He demonstrates great character, which rubs off on the players," wide receiver Hakeem Nicks said. “I definitely [consider him a top coach in the NFL]. A good team needs to have a head coach who knows what he’s doing.”
It's not just the veterans that are heaping praise on their coach, it's some of the rookies as well. And with only a small sample size thus far, it's very telling about the leader and man Coach Coughlin has become.
“He treats you like man. He expects you to respond like a man and carry yourself in the proper manner. Everything is team-oriented and it’s focused on the main goal of winning and not being selfish. It’s always about the team," safety Jojo Nicolas said.
The coaching style and interaction isn't the only thing that separates Coughlin from the rest; it's the love he has for his job. At 66-years-old, he's the oldest coach in the league, but you'd never know it when he's out on the field doing his thing. That sort of passion for the games rubs off on his players as well.
“He’s 66, but he seems like he’s 26 to me, walking around out there excited and stuff," safety Janzen Jackson.
The season is still months away, but already the team is having fun and enjoying themselves. They're looking ahead and are anxious to repeat as Super Bowl champions, and that sort of desire and determination spreads from the top down.
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