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New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin Wins ESPY for Best Manager/Coach

July 12th, 2012 at 6:30 AM
By Casey Sherman

ESPN held their annual ESPY awards last night where the great performances in sports are honored. Comedian Bob Riggle did an excellent job hosting, keeping the mood light, making it a truly enjoyable viewing experience. The New York Giants were nominated for the best team of the year, quarterback Eli Manning was nominated for the best championship performance and head coach Tom Coughlin was nominated and awarded for being the best coach of the year.

'Tom Coughlin Watches Giants' photo (c) 2011, Rajiv Patel (Rajiv's View) - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

The best coach award was announced on the red carpet by ESPN's Jon Barry and Mike Wilbon prior to the live telecast of the ceremony. The awards are decided by the fans, who voted for Coughlin over the other strong nominees; John Calipari, Erik Spoelstra, Darryl Sutter, Patrick Murphy and Kim Mulkey, who all had great years.

It should come as no surprise that Coach Coughlin was voted for by so many fans. He is a likeable figure who is very well respected by his players, and regarded highly by other coaches around the league. It is often joked that Coughlin has been fired without actually being fired more times than anyone else. He has led the Giants to two unexpected Super Bowl victories in the last five years, despite mediocre regular seasons, building a resumé that will undoubtedly be considered for the Hall of Fame. More than once he has shown the ability to unite his team at the necessary time during the season to make a deep run in the playoffs.

Tom Coughlin is obviously well deserving of the recognition he received last night. He possesses all the necessary qualities that make him a great leader and example for his players. The Giants are certainly fortunate to have an excellent coach and face of their team.

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4 Responses to “New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin Wins ESPY for Best Manager/Coach”

  1.  Krow says:

    Just to follow up on the OL thread …

    It would be wondeful if every unit was staffed with high quality talent. It would be great if we had enough picks and money to cram a star at every position.

    But that’s fantasy.

    In the real world GMs have to make choices. Tough choices. The Giants have decided that it’s not a percentage bet to use top picks on the OL. They know it’s a gamble. But it’s not a screwup or an over-sight. It’s a strategy. And it works … like it or not.

  2.  Krow says:

    Just a thought … but a lot of time we talk about average career length when assessing draft picks. In other words we would value a WR over a RB because RBs average about 5-6 years and WRs more like 9-10.

    But in today’s NFL that might be faulty reasoning.

    Free Agency coupled with the salary cap has caused an exponential jump in player movement. In a lot of cases this trumps longevity. So the common wisdom that drafting a RB high ends up being a low return on investment may be quite wrong.

    •  Levito says:

      I think another comparison might actually be the 2nd contract that each position may command. A first round WR like Hakeem Nicks, a top 10 talent, has a huge payday coming soon, probably over the $10MM/year range, maybe $14MM if he continues to improve as much as he has. LeSean McCoy, drafted the same year, but now a top 5 RB in the league, just got a deal averaging $8MM a year. Generally a RB’s talent peaks quickly and fades rapidly. A WR, on the other hand, usually doesn’t reach full potential until 3-5 years in the league, and that talent doesn’t fade nearly as quickly. By franchising a drafted RB, by the time they actually hit the open market, they can’t command nearly the salary a WR could.

      •  Krow says:

        Look no further than Aaron Ross. I’m sure they would have loved to keep him. But the money made that impossible. Osi is the next to go. Even though we’re a much better team with him on it.

        There aren’t too many indespensible players any more. Teams can’t afford them.

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