Make no mistake about it, there are few people (if any) in the NFL who want to win football games more than New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. He treats each game as if it's the Super Bowl, and prepares his staff and players accordingly. To him, the most important game is the one being played.
That was just one of the many factors that led to General Manager Jerry Reese's decision to extend Coughlin's contract through the 2014 season.
“I admire his passion to win. That’s pretty easy," Reese said on Saturday. "Nobody wants to win more than Tom Coughlin. The preparation that he puts into it, that’s pretty special.”
At the start of his Giants tenure, it was Coughlin's passion to win that drove running back Tiki Barber into retirement and had defensive end Michael Strahan considering the same. However, a subtle personality change and introduction of the Leadership Council turned things around, and Big Blue promptly won their first Super Bowl championship under Coughlin in 2007.
Following his second Lombardi Trophy in five seasons (Super Bowl XLVI), Coughlin entered the 2012 regular season with the same goals in mind. And despite an opening week loss to the Dallas Cowboys, both he and Jerry Reese have confidence that their recent success will continue.
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