Tom Coughlin stepped down as New York Giants coach, ending his 12-year run with the team, a tenure that included two Super Bowl victories and five NFL playoff appearances. But Coughlin’s last four teams didn’t make the playoffs.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Tom Coughlin stepped down as New York Giants coach Monday afternoon, ending his 12-year run with the team, a tenure that included two Super Bowl victories and five NFL playoff appearances.
The Giants issued a statement from Coughlin shortly after he met with co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch for roughly an hour.
“I met with John Mara and Steve Tisch this afternoon and I informed them that it is in the best interest of the organization that I step down as head coach,” Coughlin, whose job was in jeopardy after three successive losing seasons, said in the statement.
“I strongly believe the time is right for me and my family, and as I said, the Giants organization. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as head coach of the New York Football Giants. This is not a sad occasion for me.
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“Obviously, the past three years have not been what any of us expect, and as head coach, I accept the responsibility for those seasons.”
The team has started a search for Coughlin’s replacement. Though one of the Giants’ most successful coaches, especially in the modern era, Coughlin’s last four teams did not qualify for the playoffs. His last three seasons with the Giants each ended in losing records, including consecutive 6-10 records.
Coughlin’s career NFL coaching record is 170-150 with a 12-7 record in playoff games. With the Giants, he was 102-90 in the regular season and 8-3 in the postseason, including Super Bowl victories over New England after the 2007 and 2011 seasons.
Coughlin, 69, came to the Giants in 2004. He had spent nine seasons as coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, an expansion team Coughlin twice led to the AFC Championship Game.
Earlier Monday, Giants players cleaned out their lockers. Coughlin talked to them, although he did not address his then-uncertain job situation. Quarterback Eli Manning, who came into the league the same season Coughlin began coaching the Giants, choked back tears when he talked about meeting with Coughlin.
“He definitely has not failed these players,” Manning said. “We failed him.
“I learned so much from him. He’s a great example of how you should do your job.”
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