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New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin Says Pain of Missing Playoffs is “Indescribable”

January 4th, 2013 at 10:20 AM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin may not put the pads on every Sunday and run out there with his players ready to take on the opposing team, but there's no denying he has a warriors mentality. That's why it should come as no surprise that he's a lost man right now. No playoffs. No chance to defend his title. Nothing to look forward to but a long offseason.

"I can't even describe how it hurts," Coughlin said during a WFAN interview on Thursday. "I don't know what to do. I'm walking around here like a crazy man. I am. I don't know what to do with myself. We shouldn't be doing this right now."

With nothing left to do, Coughlin and his staff have already begun to breakdown film of the past season. It's in strong contrast to that of New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, who has beached himself in the Bahamas … sporting a brand new tattoo of his wife in nothing more than a Mark Sanchez jersey. But we digress…

Coughlin still has no answers, and that doesn't sit well with him. In fact, it has only compounded the issue to the point where the coach has no way to properly describe how he's feeling. Hint: it's not pleasant.

"The pain of it is almost indescribable. Because your expectations are so high and as a matter of fact it drives you because of the opportunity that you have. The thing that's most difficult to deal with is losing, and then being out of it. It's difficult to describe," Coughlin said.

For the first time all year, Coughlin also acknowledged that there may have been some emotional letdown by his team. He stopped sort of saying the passion and desire wasn't there, but admitted it may be the only logical explanation for some of their performances. Namely against Cincinnati, Atlanta and Baltimore.

"Naturally that crosses your mind," Coughlin said. "I never thought that was going to be an issue with our team, I really didn't. But we certainly left a few holes in our schedule."

Whatever the case may be, Coughlin's candid responses prove one thing: he's the right man for the job. This is a man who clearly wants to win, and when he doesn't, wants answers so that he can fix the problem. There's not much more you can ask for in your head coach.


Tags: Football, Mark Sanchez, New York, New York Giants, New York Jets, NFL, Rex Ryan, Tom Coughlin

24 Responses to “New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin Says Pain of Missing Playoffs is “Indescribable””

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    I think the most difficult thing for TC, the players and us fans is we know if we played our best football we could repeat. Throw us in as the 6th seed going to GB then facing Atlanta. I think many of us would feel good about our chances. If we win 1 more game that’s where we would be. I think if we didn’t win the SB last year we wouldn’t handle this as well as it seems in general given the opportunity we had this year.

  2.  Krow says:

    Spilled milk. Too many times they mailed it in … now they get to sit and watch lesser teams play. Lesser teams that wanted it more. Lesser teams that played harder … and made the sacrifices needed to become winners. Lesser teams that did what we did in those years we won Superbowls.

    It’s a hard lesson … but one they seemed destined to be taught right from that first Wednesday against the Cowboys.

  3.  G-MenFan says:

    Looking back on the season as a rational human being, I can’t say I’m all torn to pieces, like I was after the ’89 loss to Jim “Chrissy” Everett, Flipper Anderson, and the Rams, or the ’08 loss to Donovan McPuke and the Eagles.

    1. Our greatest offensive target was hobbled.
    2. Our O-line was hobbled and the run blocking was poor most of the time, and the pass blocking was iffy most of the time.
    3. Our D-line played poorly most of the year.

    This was not a “vintage” year for the Giants.

  4.  Levito says:

    Well, this team’s always thrived off of the belief that they’re generally disrespected by the media, fans, and rest of the NFL. No matter how much they might have tried to convince themselves that it was the same story this year, it was probably impossible to really believe it. After all, who’s going to take the defending Super Bowl champions lightly, or refuse to acknowledge that the Giants were a dangerous team to face?

    The good thing is the target will be off their backs again next year and they might actually be able to believe they’re perpetual underdogs. They probably need to find a better source of motivation though. Like maybe proving that they don’t take long stretches of the season off and showing they can beat both good and bad teams consistently throughout the season.

    •  Krow says:

      Very true … next year we won’t be everybody’s big game. Hopefully fewer odd times and dates too.

      I wish someone would get Fewell to push the pressure up a notch. Maybe get a real QB coach for Eli. A little luck wouldn’t hurt either.

    •  G-menfan4lyfe says:

      Yeah I agree. It didn’t help that the Nov. 5th issue of Sports Illustrated gave the NFL Mid-Season report and they predicted the playoffs and SB. They picked a Giants-Texans SB with the Giants repeating as SB Champs.

      I hate crap like that.

      Also the ESPN experts mostly picked us to win vs the Falcons and the Ravens and we laid 2 eggs. I like it better when they pick against us because I feel disrespected too so I’m sure the team has that extra chip on their shoulder.

      There was not enough emotion or urgency from this team this season late in the year. Too many blown 4th quarter leads also. @ Eagles, vs. Steelers and @ Redskins are all games we should have won but gave up 4th quarter leads.

  5.  G-MenFan says:

    Completely off topic:

    Has anyone seen this? LMFAO. CHFF has a photo of Rex Ryan. He has a tattoo on his arm of his wife wearing a Jets Sanchez Jersey.

  6.  JimStoll says:

    alternative view: it’s the crappy coaching staff as we go through this same nonsense every year
    we were 9-7 last year too, but our bacon was saved by our 3 sisters being even worse
    once we got in we woke up
    ’09 we were even worse — 8-8, but bad in the same way — 2d half collapse and too many no shows
    ’10, pretty much the same — 6-2/4-4, with an epic 4th Q collapse against the Iggles and then a no-show the following week against the Pack, before winning a meaningless final game against the Skins

    every year it is the same story — every year!
    maybe its the people in charge

    •  Levito says:

      How’s that an alternative view? You’ve been saying that forever!

      •  JimStoll says:

        alternative to everyone else

        •  JimStoll says:

          and I’ll have to keep saying it until something changes

          •  jfunk says:

            And I’ll keep ignoring it until we see it happen in a season that doesn’t have one or both of the following:

            1. A more difficult second half schedule
            2. Correspond with debilitating injuries

            This year hurts. 2010 hurts. The others, not so much.

            Of note: The 2012 Giants had a tougher SOS than every team in the playoffs. They had a better SOV than every playoff team excepting the Seahawks.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Yeah I’m sure 31 teams wouldn’t change the last 5 years with us. Maybe it’s not the perfect way to function but winning to 2 SBs overrides the inconsistencies. So You want to hire Andy Reid? Lovie Smith? Bill Cowher? John Gruden? All are good coaches but a downgrade from what we have had. That’s 2 SBs between those 4 coaches. All with notable playoff struggles and flaws headcoaching wise.

      If you want to go in a different direction on defense at least that’s reasonable with some merit.

    •  G-MenFan says:

      Maybe you want TC to get a tattoo of his wife wearing a Manning jersey. Would that make you feel better? Knowing your head coach is “edgy”?

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    Well, I’d sure love to see a different approach for the defense, but I am not confident that Fewell is going to get a head coaching offer or that it will be one, if it does come, that he will jump to fill. The history of coaches who were fired somewhere and then took the next head coaching job they were offered, absent any serious consideration of the strength of the management of the franchise and the quality of the roster, then failed again, and have never since been heard from, is pretty long. I suspect Fewell would only leave for one of the “good” jobs.

    So I assume we will, again, be in a read-and-react system, will tend to refuse to bring extra rushers to help out the front four, and will have trouble covering the middle of the field while depending upon the outside corners to play on an island much of the time while always vulnerable to double moves because they are watching the quarterback (looking for a read that leads to a turnover). The only way that changes is if Tom Coughlin demands it or the defensive players make it clear they are better in a more aggressive system (it sure looked that way against the Eagles, but that wasn’t enough of a litmus test, because the Eagles stunk this season).

    I wonder if it ever occurs to management that the biggest reason they are not getting as much of a home field advantage as they traditionally have is that this intentionally “soft” defense allows way too many conversions and takes the starch out of the crowd? I know they won most of their home games this season, but there were only a few games where the crowd really helped along the win.

    If this defense works, I guess I have to live with it, but I’ll never like it. It just isn’t the kind of Giants’ football I grew up expecting and loving.

  8.  JimStoll says:

    I know it makes folks here angry when I belittle Coughlin based on the recurrent middling regular season performances, but I do it more in response to the constant over-praising of the guy. he’s been the coach for 9 years. he has produced 1 losing season (2004: 6-10), 2 .500 seasons (’06, ’09), 2 9-7 seasons (’11, ’12), 2 10-6 seasons (’07, ’10), 1 11-5 season (’05) and 1 12-4 season (’08). he has produced 5 playoff teams; missed the playoffs 4 times, including 3 of the last five seasons.
    3 times his teams lost their first playoff game. 2 times they ran the table and produced championships. On balance it is not a terrible resume; but it is far short of great.
    In fact, it is not all that different from Jim Fassel’s tenure, and he had to do it with Danny Kannel and Kerry Collins at QB.

    NYG 1997 10 5 1 .656 1st in NFC East 0 1 .000 Lost to Minnesota Vikings in Wild Card Round.
    NYG 1998 8 8 0 .500 3rd in NFC East - - - -
    NYG 1999 7 9 0 .438 3rd in NFC East - - - -
    NYG 2000 12 4 0 .750 1st in NFC East 2 1 .667 Lost to Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.
    NYG 2001 7 9 0 .438 3rd in NFC East - - - -
    NYG 2002 10 6 0 .625 2nd in NFC East 0 1 .000 Lost to San Francisco 49ers in Wild Card Round.
    NYG 2003 4 12 0 .250 4th in NFC East - - -

    that’s 7 seasons; 3 playoff appearances; 1 super bowl appearance; 2 NFC East titles; 1 NFC title; 3 winning seasons; 3 losing seasons; 1 .500 season.

    and people ran him out on a rail.

    •  G-MenFan says:

      First of all, that happens to be an outstanding record. I don’t know what you think a good record looks like, but after 9 seasons, to have 8 of them at .500 or better, with 4 playoff appearances and 2 Super Bowl Championships is outstanding. Not good. Outstanding. If you’re quibbling about the regular season record not being as good as it should be, bear in mind he’s in the NFC East. No division in the NFL has more hardware.

      Now, on to Fassel. Jim Fassel was a successful coach. Everybody liked him and he was not “run out on a rail”. He was fired because his teams had a bad habit of collapsing late in big games. They were psychologically fragile and immature. I sat in Giants stadium and watch his defense melt down late against the Vikings after Denny Greene tried to hand him the game by punting with 3 minutes left and the Viking players revolting on the sideline. I watched my television in horror when one of the biggest collapses in post season history unfolded in San Francisco. I watched teams come back from almost impossible late deficits to beat them. And to make it worse, they never showed up at all in the Super Bowl.
      You mention Kerry Collins in the same sentence with Danny Kannel. Kerry Collins was a good quarterback. Good enough to win an NFC Championship game 41-0 and get to a Super Bowl. Dave Brown and Danny Kannel sucked, and Kent Graham was better but still no good. But when Ernie brought in Collins, that ended the QB problem as an excuse for a very talented team.

    •  demo3356 says:

      Well..Since it is a new year and I’m tryng to be a kinder gentler demo.. I’m not going to call you an ankle grabbing idiotic phucktard like I usually do. I’m going to try once more to explain the NFL to you and ask you a simple question..
      First off the NFL is a parity driven worst to first and first to worst league due to the cap and other circumstances. Every team has ups and downs. I believe the giants and Patriots are the ONLY teams not to have loosing seasons in the last 8. I think only the Patriots and Steelers have won more games the last 8 years than the Giants. When you have any amount of success you are going to loose players and coaches to other teams.
      Name me one team that you would trade their last 8 years for ours outside of the Steelers who have also won two SB’s and played in a 3rd.. Can you name 1

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Oy. Give me the Giants every single time over the Steelers because we have a great guy under center and they have a thug. I cannot honestly say I’d boycott that team if I was a passionate fan, but I would feel a little “dirty” about it and would deeply regret that The rapist was my star player.

        There’s no contest. Tom Coughlin’s (and Eli Manning’s) Giants and Bill Belichick’s (and Tom Brady’s) Patriots have been the class of the NFL for the past decade.

        I know you probably agree with that, but I cannot stomach throwing the Steelers into the conversation when I think the Rooney’s violated every one of their own principles when they hired that thug to play for them.

        •  demo3356 says:

          oh I agree wholeheartedly but have to give them their do for winning 2 lombardis and playing for 3. I’m trying to show our resident Coughlin hater how few teams have had anywhere near the success of our giants since 2005

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