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Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

Posted on: February 6, 2012 9:51 am
Edited on: February 7, 2012 6:25 am
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By Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- Bill Belichick was strangely happy all week. Until, that is, the Giants beat the Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI and Belichick blew off a postgame interview with NBC and gave clipped comments to the assembled media in the presser following the game.

But Tom Coughlin never changed this week. He talked about the team, eschewing questions about his legacy or about his future as an NFL coach, and during his Monday morning press conference, after a night of spending time with friends and family where there was plenty of “banter” and only 15 minutes of sleep, Coughlin’s answers were consistent. He stayed solid.

Now that you’ve won two Super Bowls, he was asked, can you discuss your legacy and what this win means to the way people see your coaching career?

“No, I’m not really into that stuff,” Coughlin said. “It’s not about me. That’s what we talk about all the time. We’re not about individuals. We’re about what’s in the best interest of our team. All our power is generated from our team. We’re cognizant of some of the superior individuals we have on our team, but it is the team that provides us with the strength and the ability to perform under pressure.”

Giants 21, Patriots 17
Another reporter tried a different tact. Now that you’re 5-1 against Bill Belichick, Coughlin’s old buddy, Florida Times-Union writer Vito Stellino began, and 2-0 vs. him in the Super Bowl, can people say that you’re a better coach than your former colleague?

“There you go,” Coughlin said with a smile. “I’m just trying to do my job the best I can possibly do, thank you very much.”

One last attempt: you’re going to be back next season, right?

“I certainly hope so,” said Coughlin, ever humble. “My intentions are for it to be that way. I do have some ownership that has to give approval. But I’m looking forward to it.”

Yes, I’m sure the Maras will need to be convinced that Coughlin should be brought back next year. But aside from Coughlin’s legacy -- assuming Bill Parcells gets into the Hall of Fame at some point, doesn’t Coughlin, who now has as many Super Bowl titles as Parcells, deserve the same consideration? -- how will history look back on Eli Manning?

After his Super Bowl MVP performance (30 of 40, 296 yards, a touchdown) that garnered him his second Super Bowl title, Manning was asked the last time he had bragging rights over his brother Peyton Manning -- who, sadly, only has one Super Bowl ring.

“This isn’t about bragging rights,” Eli said. “This is a lot bigger. This is about a team and organization being named world champions, a team finding a way to get a victory. That’s the only thing I care about. Peyton and I know that’s the goal every year.”

And as to the question about Eli Manning’s status as an elite quarterback?

“This business about being an elite quarterback,” Coughlin said, “that’s come and gone. I don’t think we’ll hear much about that anymore.”

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Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2012 3:57 am

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

I feel They Ow This To Us Fans it was a rough ride this year. A very up and down year. I one point i decided to stop wearing my giants gear and through it deep in the closet. Thanks Giants for the great finish. I would have never thought we would be in this position right now. This was a team effort. 

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2012 3:56 am

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

Who/what is elite?  It's kind of hard to say.  Coughlin built his reputation in Jacksonville on defense.  Defense is what won the game for the Giants and what ultimatel lost the game for the Patriots.  I think that for someone who has been fired by the New York media several times already, it isn't surprisng that Coughlin doesn't want to discuss his legacy.  He's smart enough to let that take care of itself.  Instead I'm sure that he would rather relish the truly not-fired status and let that speak for itself.

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2012 1:48 am

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

Did someone say HALL OF FAME .THANKS ELI .

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:51 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

Eli is elite. He performed and 75% completion %, 300 yards passing with only one big 38 yard pass play that I can recall. He threw no interceptions. What more do you want from a guy who is 2-0 against the Patriots & Brady. That might be the Patriots last go at a Super Bowl, they might still have a run or two to be participants. Brady can still play the game with the elite few in the NFL. Like it or not, Eli Manning is a winner. The Giants may not make the playoffs even next season, but that's just Giants football. And many organizations would take that track record. I'm an Eagles fan and I'd trade several NFC East Divisional Champions to alternate with the Giants for 2 Super Bowls over the past few years with the same core players with new guys comingled. Some of these players will be retained, others may move on via free agency. Just means it's a new group to build a champion with. The Giants organization can be mentioned with any other elite franchise, Steelers, 49ers, Cowboys, Patriots, Packers, Broncos Redskins & Raiders. Any of them with a better record for wins than they lost, And any one that doesn't think that if either Manning were healthy and available to go to another team there might be a few starting QB's with some successful teams that would be out a job. Don't think Elway wouldn't get Eli to be the starter over Tebow ? Eagles drop Vick for Eli ? The right fit is one thing, guy like Aaron Rodgers might be safe or Ben Roethlisberger even. But for the most part Eli could have a lot of starting QB jobs. I bet the Bears would swap too.

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:18 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

And thats why you got a Reputation of 34 rook!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ELI MANNING IS A ELITE QB!!!!!!!!!!!!Money mouthTongue outLaughing

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:15 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

Eli is ELITE,with two SB wins and passing for over 4000yds again and a true leader.We should be talking about HALL OF FAME SO BRO.I tell you i rather have ELI Than brees or  rodgers in the two min drill than the most Elite in the league

Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:04 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

ELI is NOT Elite!  PERIOD!

Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 9:56 pm
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Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 9:08 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning


Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 9:02 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

Lucky?!  Every team gets lucky.  Besides if they are so "lucky" why does it continue to happen?  Luck is a bs excuse for haters.  They wanted it, they backed it up, they won.  Get over it.

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