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

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

I'm not a Patriots fan, but you have to respect Belichek and Brady.

BUT, that being said, I'm sick of the love-fest. They haven't won a Super Bowl since 2005. They are 3-7 vs. the Mannings since 2006, including losing an AFC Championship Game and TWO Super Bowls to Manning-led teams. YET... when they lose, their fans act as if the only way they could have lost was fluke luck.

How can Patriots fans be so arrogant as to think that the only way they can lose is if the other team "lucks" out.

What about the non-pass interference calls (I counted at least 3) on the Patriots D. What about Manningham curling his route out of bounds on what would have been a very long completion and kept a drive going that would have kept the Welker "drop" from even happening.

C'mon...woulda coulda shouldas are ridiculous.  Every team has excuses and things they could have done better.

As for the Patriots, at least Belichek, Welker, and Brady didn't make excuses, they gave the Giants credit and moved on. In fact, Belichek, in defeat, running across the field to give Coughlin a real and emotional hug, was easily the highlight of the game.

It's a shame that some of their fans aren't nearly as classy in defeat. 

Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 12:44 pm

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

Boy are you angry at Coughlin. Or perhaps just angry that NY won the SB. Perhaps you are a Patriots fan? All the details you provide don't mention any of the NE errors. Brady's first drive-intentional grounding for a 2 pt safety. His INT and some poorly thrown passes that others got blamed for dropping (too hard, too high). Pats were flagged for the 12 men on field first and it cost them. Tom did not play his best game-period. He is not real cool under pressure. He gets very agitated and anxious. He IS human and makes mistakes. This game was not meant for him to win or to be given credit for more records, legacies. It's not like Pats have never won-they have 3 rings. There were errors made by both teams & coaches but in the end only ONE team wins. This year it is the NYGiants. Congratulations G-Men.

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:33 am

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

Your a moron, and have never played or coached football at a high level , so shut your suck hole! They are the world champs!

Since: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:12 am

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

The Giants made four big mistakes in the last two minutes that could have given the game back to NE. 1) With 2nd and 3 at the NE eleven Hicks caught a pasas for the first down and went out of bounds, stopping the clock. I couldn't tell, the announcers were saying that he could have fallen down inbounds. If so, his fighting unnecessarily for an extra yard allowed the Patriots to keep an extra time out. Message  to ball carriers - if your objective is to get a first down and bleed clock then when you have the first down make sure the play ends with the clock still running.

2) On first and goal at the 7 NY rushed for one and NE used its second TO. NE obviously discussed letting NY score. NY obviously discussed NOT sacoring immediately. Bradshow is the prototypical all-brawn-no-brain pro athlete. If your coach has told you not to score DON'T SCORE.

3) Bradshow's mistake was minor compared to Coughlin's. If the coach has decided that he wants to run the clock down before scoring he calls plays accordingly. Why hand off at all, inviting whatever risk there is of a missed connection and your kicker will be money even from five yards further away? Line up in victory formation, kneel down and repeat, forcing NE to use up its timeouts as it goes. This way Bradshow doesn't have to make a decision when the defense parts. When discussing Coughlin's legacy this needs to be factored in.

4) When you are leading with half a minute left and you have 12 defendewrs on the field and a time out left YOU CALL TIME OUT!!!!! The coach's job in that situation is to make sure that the right personelle are on the field. Coughlin blew it.

The Giants got away with it, but two of those four mistakes were Coughlin's and could have resulted in the Patriots doing the celebrating. Coughlin has two rings and had a great game plan, but yestetrday he mismanaged the game at the end in ways guys getting paid millions of dollars per year should not.

Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:33 am

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

Coughlin and the team managers did a great job this year, overcoming adversity and stepping up where and when needed. I am normally one of their fiercest critics and was hopeless when the season started. All of the handling of Steve Smith, Osi Umenyiora (which may take a different turn from now on), Kevin Boss and even Plaxico Burress (who even weren't in the organization) was too much to handle at once, and our excruciating losses to the Redskins and the Seahawks just gave me reason to doubt them even more. Now, I'm eating a "delicious" plate of crow and taking my hats off to all of those people. Congrats to Coughlin and the entire organization for their ability to turn everything around. Big Blue, always and forever!

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