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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: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:19 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

yeah your right about that point with the packers last year.... and i found it funny how so many of packer fans who after losing to the giants in the playoffs this year acted like the giants didn't deserve anything because they had to win games at the end of the season just to get in... selective in the ability to remember that last year when the packers won they also had to also win out at the end of the season and they needed the giants to shit the bed just to get in themselves and then they went on the run that ended with a title...  


Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:17 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

Many were writing Coughlin's obituary a month ago, but he did another masterful job rallying this team from 7-7 and beating some of the NFC's best on the way to beating the Pats yesterday. He's a teriffic coach and, hopefully, people will be a little less likely to start screaming for his head after a couple of losses.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:10 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

wow what a tool that packer fan is.  he is still pissed off his team got used as a diaper.  don't worry though at least he has got the brew crew to look forward to LOL.  i'm sure he would prefer if the giants were like the yankees and took all the TV money for themselves instead of sharing....    
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Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:07 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

I think the Giants just swept the best of three series in super Bowls. They have actually beat them three in a row and Eli is 3-1 against Brady lifetime. Hopefully your Packers will have a home playoff game next year so we can make it three in a row in the playoffs in Lambeau. Good thing the Giants punter made a boneheaded kick or you would really hate them after all the Giants punter is only reason Packers made the playoffs last year...

Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:00 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

This is for that "intelligent" GB Packers fan....You spelled "sesspool" incorrectly . It's spelled with a "c," as in CHAMPION. Regarding the Giants being "lucky" How lucky were they when they blew your team's doors off, IN GREEN BAY , with the referees's doing everything they possibly could to give the game to the Packers? Bitter tastes bad, doesn't it? 

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:51 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

The Facts are being 15 - 2 must still hurt quite a bit I am assuming?  Try to let go of that loss on 1/15/2012, the 2012 will be a new year for you.

Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:42 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

I am not even a giant fan an this comment is so aggravating. what as a packer fan do you have to be bitter about? You are going to knock the giants as a franchise? well you should know this...if it were not for the Mara family and their selflessness when this league started to become a money making operation and they agreed to share revenue, there would not even be a green bay packers. The NFL is the only league where a small market team like Green Bay can be what they are and who they have been. If not for the giant organization, your team would not woudl be like the pittsburgh pirates or the kansas city royals.. you have 4 super bowl titles, what the hell do you have tp be so bitter about? Give the team theur due

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Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:34 pm
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Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:33 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

eli is as clutch as they come. he is finally out of his brothers shadow. good for the giants and those on the team that have never won a superbowl till now. bill belichick seems like sour grapes but i guess thats just how he is. tom brady was the only 1 out there answering the tough questions post game. i feel for wes welker but that play did not cost them the game. great superbowl!

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:23 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

I just dont understand how every team that loses to the giants makes up some crazy hypathetical scenerion about what might have been if the giants didnt do this, or didnt do that. Just look at the facts. They dominated Atlanta, they DOMINATED Greenbay, and they had very tough games agains the 9ers and the Pats. You are a sore loser and a cry baby if you make excuses like this. People need to learn to give credit when credit is due, otherwise you sounds like a complete fool and you are embarrasing yourself.

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