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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: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:45 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

Eli Manning is elite... period!  

Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:29 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

This just shows again (St Louis Cardinals) that with if you have experience, good coaching, health and peak at the right time, you can win it all if you can squeak into the playoffs. Congrats to the Giants.

Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:17 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

The Colts appear ready to draft Luck but the Giants appear to have drafted Lady Luck who was the MVP for them in their last two games. I have never seen a luckier team than the Giants. Yes, they won and I tip my hat to them but my hat would be tipping anyway from all the shaking my head is doing while I look back at all the luck NY received in their last two games.

Since: Jun 10, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:25 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

Great win! So glad a humble combo like Eli and Tom Coughlin won as opposed to Brady & Billicheat. Maybe if Gisele was running routes Tom's stats might have looked better.

From 7-7 to Champs. Sweet. Gives even a Rams fan hope. Look out world!  

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 6:46 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

Congrats to The Giants and their fans!

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 5:01 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

Congrads to the Giants! Let see you do it again next year. What would be really cool is, winning the next two! meaning the 3rd one would be at the meadow lands.. So much looking forward to seeing the Super Bowl being played there.. 2014''

Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 5:00 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

Life-long Steeler fan - and even a sorta-fan of the Dolphins in the early 70's...that business of being a two-time SB champion QB making that QB 'for real' is definitely legitimate - there's no doubt Eli is elite in todays NFL, IMO.  
And you know what?  There is quite a bit of parity at the QB position lately - I could see any of (8) QB's winning two out of the next four outright - I think that's great for the leaque.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:56 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

why quit. he just won the super bowl. that is usually worth 3 or 4 years of loyalty from the owner. the crazy new york giant fan will want to fire him again next year after they lose a couple of games. fortunately for the players, they dont make the roster decisions. 

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Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:44 pm
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Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:33 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

He didnt blow it nearly as blew as you blew about half the words in this post. You need to take a remedial English class badly. That said

1. Of course you run the ball you want to score a touchdown idiot. A field goal gives you a one point lead and gives Brady and Co. a chance to do what they do best - let there kicker win the Superbowl. Viniatieri has kicked the final and winning points in all of Tom Terrific's Superbowl wins.
2.Nicks fought for the extra yards to make it a first down because the catch was about a yard and a half short of that mark, he should have flopped but you cant take a spot for granted the way the officiating in the NFL is.

We dont live and die by our field goal kicker get the points give it to the defense and let the Patriots do what they seem to do best the last 6 or so seasons , fall apart when it counts. Its the same strategy we have with Romo and the Cowgirls 

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