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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 1, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:17 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

THey're digging out their Red Sox crap now. A week from now they'll be spewing about how the Yankees bought all their WS rings blah blah blah. Losers and cry babies.

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:11 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

Upon reading some of the comments here I am reminded why I give no credence to most of the posters on this site. Too mant of you come on here blinded by your prejudices and allegiances to the teams you root for. Having listened to some of the TV 'Talking Heads." you know, the guys who have actually played in the NFL, I accept their opinions as more valid. Eli deserved the MVP. The Giants intentionally put 12 on the field because it resulted in five yards only but took more time off the clock. Coughlin would probably rether to defend a four point lead with 56 seconds left than a possible (no kick is automatic) one point lead with 20 or so seconds left. That said, having watched Tom Brady all these years he could have very possibly gotten his team in position to kick the game winning field goal.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:04 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

Where's all the Pat fans? 

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:01 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

 I they played these games best of 3 series, the Giants would have been gone a long time ago

i think you just took the cake for the most retarded post in the history of cbs message boards... the best of 3?? what a joke.. must still be bitter the giants destroyed the packers  

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:01 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

The Giants played bad yesterday and still won.  Coughlin out coached Bill....Eli beat Brady.....Giants D beat NE D.....Giants WR beat Pats...Penalties called in favor of the PAts WR....It should've been a blowout.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 2:59 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

The facts-  What the fk are you talking about?  Eli carried us when we were decimated w/ injuries.  He put up 37 on you guys

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 2:59 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

Baddogmaine, did you ever play a sport in your life... How many times does a coach draw up a play at the college of professional level and it doesn't get executed to perfection. You can tell a player exactly what to do and they still don't do it. There is the old saying you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink it. Does the coach really get blamed? NO. As far as your 4th statement about calling timeout that play cost the Giants 5 yards, but cost the Patriots 8 seconds. You don't call time out. There is a better thought that the Giants actually planned this to eat up valuable seconds off the clock, but for someone that has never played a sport at that level you wouldn't think like that. Next time ask your sister if these are good thoughts before you put them down and look like a knucklehead. Think about the Patriots ran a 5 yard out pattern that cost them 8 seconds when a 5 yard out pattern play would have really taken 3 seconds tops. GENIUS. Nice Job Tom Coughlin winning basically 6 straight playoff games.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 2:47 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

Amazing how the press works.  Someone with two SB rings and two SB MVP's is now so much better than someone with THREE SB rings, and two SB MVP's.  Eli, as good as he played doesn't deserve the MVP, one catch got him the win and the award period.  Just like his last award and win, one catch.  This games "catch" should never have happened, it was a desperate pass, thrown to a receiver who was along the sidelines and in double coverage.  The fact that he made the catch, should have given him thte award.  Had Welker made his catch, the game would have been won by the Pats and Tom would have number four right now.  BUT, that didn't happen and if it had it wouldn't have meant that Tom out played Eli.  Come on, report things as they are.  This game came down to one player caught his big catch and the other didn't.  It doesn't mean Tom outplayed fEli and certainly doesn't mean Eli outplayed Tom.

The Facts
Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 2:46 pm
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Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:56 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

It amazes me what a truly poor perspective you have here, baddogmaine.  Verily, verily New York likely put 12 men in intentionally.  The New England D (if that's what you wanna call those bums) letting them score was arguably worse, however.  It just goes to show that NFL defenses really are playing with one arm tied behind there back.  "Whoever has the ball at the end of the game will win."  How many times have we heard that? Translated, it means:  "the defenses won't win this game."  The last two minutes were screwy, but not for the reasons you say.  In the end, the Giants defense was better than New England's defense (isn't everyone?), and that's why they won.  They hit Brady, roughed him up enough to ground New England's high-flying (not to mention red-hot!) offense in the fourth quarter.  The New York Giants defense really did win this game.  I was surprised that Eli won the MVP, but I guess, who else are they gonna give the 'Vette to? That Blackburn guy? No, they wouldn't do anything that stupid (or FAIR!).  Instead, we get to hear about how elite Eli is the next morning by the media, as we try to remember the kind of team he has around him, and who else you could just plug in there in his place to accomplish the same feats he has.  Forget Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Rothlisberger, and the like.  Colt McCoy, Cam Newton, Mark Sanchez, Joe Flacco; they too could beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl...but not without guys like Justin Tuck and Chase Blackburn! 

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