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Monday Musings: Coughlin in no rush to retire

Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:28 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 12:57 pm
 
SAN FRANCISCO -- If you think New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin is going to walk away from the game if he wins Super Bowl XLVI, think again.

Even though Coughlin is 65, and would become the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl, he told me Sunday night there is no way he is retiring.

"I feel good," Coughlin said "Retire to do what?"

Coughlin has one more year left on his Giants deal, so expect the Giants to give him a new contract after the season.

One thing about Coughlin, he still has the vigor for the job. There is no letup. You talk to his players, and he's the same guy he was 17 years ago when he became an NFL head coach.

Coughlin has eased up enough that he no longer seems as stressed about the job. He gets relief from the game through his family, including 10 grandchildren. In fact, he almost seems grandfatherly now compared to the coach who came into the league.

"I still love what I do," Coughlin said.

It shows. And why should he retire? Isn't he now considered one of the best in the league?

• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers should be thrilled that Oregon coach Chip Kelly pulled out of any chance of his becoming their coach. Kelly's gimmicky style can work in the college game, but it wouldn't have stood a chance in the NFL. His calling card is that wild offense he runs, but in the NFL there was no way it could work. I love Kelly as a college coach. Not in the NFL. The word is it was the Glazer family, the owners of the team, who pursued Kelly, not general manager Mark Dominik. The Bucs should take a look at Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. He has a great track record with quarterbacks and would be a nice fit for Josh Freeman. Why he doesn't get an interview is a mystery to me. 

• It sickened me to hear that fans were putting out threats to 49ers receiver Kyle Williams after he fumbled two punts away in the team's loss to the Giants.  It's really a bad representation of 49ers fans. But it's usually a vocal minority. 

• Candlestick Park is a dump. The 49ers should be ashamed of that stadium, which is why they want a new one. The league should make it happen. I wouldn't pay to see a game in that facility. It's terrible. Many of the bulbs on the stadium lights never went on, making for a dark field. That should never happen during an event as big as the NFC Championship Game.

• The 49ers lack deep speed. That was evident in their loss to the Giants. Michael Crabtree doesn't run very well and they lack a big-play guy on the other side, although Williams has potential. They need to give Alex Smith more help.

• 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald doesn't get the due he deserves playing next to Justin Smith, but he showed his true ability against the Giants with two sacks and stellar play against the run. The 49ers made a wise move re-signing McDonald before the season.

• I know a lot of people will blame Billy Cundiff for the Ravens losing to the Patriots because of his missed field goal from 32 yards. But some of the blame has to go to coach John Harbaugh. On third-and-1 from the 14, the Ravens should have run the ball to get a first down, then spiked it and run two more plays. They needed a yard. But Joe Flacco threw an incomplete pass and they had to kick. They also had a timeout if they needed it. They took that home with them, even though they had to rush to get the kick off. Cundiff choked on his kick, but he wasn't alone.

• Credit to Joe Flacco. He outplayed Tom Brady. Maybe Ed Reed needs to light him up every week.

• If defense and running game wins championships, how come the Giants-Patriots Super Bowl features teams ranked 20th (Pats) and 32nd (Giants) in rushing and 24th (Giants) and 31st (Patriots) in total defense?

• New Rams coach Jeff Fisher isn't backing off his vision of being a run-heavy team. Hey, Jeff. It's 2012. You can't win that way. Look at the two teams left playing. The Giants were last in the NFL in yards per attempt and the Patriots were 24th.

• For all the crap the Falcons take for losing their first playoff game in three of the last four seasons, the teams they lost to all went to the Super Bowl. They lost to the Cardinals in 2008, the Packers in 2010 and the Giants this season. 

• Love the hire of Joe Philbin by the Dolphins. It's nice to see teams take chances on young coaches. After what he's been through, losing a child, it has to be bittersweet.

• I also think the Saints got a great hire in Steve Spagnuolo to run the defense. He will improve that side of the ball. You watch.

Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2012 6:08 pm
 

Monday Musings: Coughlin in no rush to retire

hey, after you win the super bowl, no matter what team. you get at least 3 moe years. as long as they have eli they are a threat to win it all. 


tomebrady08
Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:57 pm
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Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:14 pm
 

Monday Musings: Coughlin in no rush to retire

I think most people will pick the giants because they got here the same way as in 07 and they beat the patriots at home this year.

Once again Prisco shows his total lack of knowing anything related to football. The pats and giants both shored up their defenses and have played a lot better in the playoffs. This game is a coin flip and the spread was 3 1/2 for the pats which means its a pretty even matchup. 


Does he realize that the ONLY reason either team (NE/NYG) is in the position they are in is because both defenses stepped it up when it counts and both have super QBs that don't need a running game to take the pressure off of them?  So for him to diss Fisher for wanting a running heavy team, I say this - why wouldn't you go with your strength?  The Rams have a beast at RB in Jackson and no passing game at all.  Daniels ignored those truths, just like Prisco is pushing for, and look at the disaster it created for them (the worst offense by far in the league).  And drafting Blackmon won't solve all their immediate problems. 




Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:11 pm
 

Monday Musings: Coughlin in no rush to retire

i think NO ONE is talking about this!?  IT Is the NFL keeping it hush, or what?




Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:39 pm
 

Monday Musings: Coughlin in no rush to retire

Oh, and Flacco still sucks.  Not saying that because I'm a Steeler fan, I have many friends that are Ravens fans, and they feel the same way.

Mark my words:  he will never put a ring on his finger.



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:36 pm
 

Monday Musings: Coughlin in no rush to retire

I cannot believe that NO ONE is talking about this!?  Is the NFL keeping it hush hush, or what?

Is it just me?  I keep rewinding the DVR to make sure what I am seeing and hearing is really happening.  The girl is singing the Anthem, and everytime the big screen on the field shows the NY , the entire stadium starts booing.  DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM!  I used to like the , but with classless fans like that, not any more!



Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:25 am
 

Monday Musings: Coughlin in no rush to retire

"Candlestick Park is a dump. The 49ers should be ashamed of that stadium, which is why they want a new one. The league should make it happen. I wouldn't pay to see a game in that facility."

I think we're spoiled and blackmailed by major league sports to spend hundreds of millions on stadiums and training facilities to the point where a functional facility is called a "dump."  The light bulbs that were out is not due to the age of the stadium Pete - it's just a matter of bad maintenance.

I would enjoy baseball and football games just as much in Baltimore's old Memorial Stadium as I do at Camden Yards (where you can't see plays in the right field corner if you're sitting along the right field side) and at M&T Bank Stadium (where the home-team side is almost completely in the shade -which is very noticeable in the last half of the NFL season).

Yes, the "Club Level" seats are nice with access to nice restaurants in a heated concourse behind the seats that make expensive but tasty deli sandwiches, etc.  But if you're there to watch a game, there's not much difference as long as you can see the game.



Since: Feb 20, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:03 pm
 

Monday Musings: Coughlin in no rush to retire

Please use perspective on Flacco. He played well against the Pats pass defense -- EVERY QB PLAYS WELL AGAINSTS PATS PASS DEFENSE! They stink.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:31 pm
 

Monday Musings: Coughlin in no rush to retire

• For all the crap the  take for losing their first playoff game in three of the last four seasons, the teams they lost to all went to the Super Bowl. They lost to the  in 2008, the  in 2010 and the Giants this season. 

Stupid point Prisco, it's called a coincidence.   It's not the fact that  they lost, look at the scores of the last 2!  




• Credit to Joe Flacco. He outplayed . Maybe  needs to light him up every week.

Flacco missed on a bunch of big throws and made mind numbing decisions on that last drive . He played as expected and doesn't deserve your credit.  Sure he played better than Brady - Brady was playing the Ravens defense, not his own. Prisco you would be better served to sober up before your musings.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:07 pm
 

Monday Musings: Coughlin in no rush to retire

***JAB***: Surely you didn't read my post as a bash of Johnny Elway?! Even in his dotage, he was good enough to get the job done with a complete team around him for the first time. God alone knows what he might have done with that cast along for the ride when he was 25-35. One for the second thumb? 

My point can be as well illustrated with Danny Marino. No way he's not at LEAST a top-15 QB all-time. And he played for the man more than a few of whose PEERS regard as the best HC who's ever been. Still, no ring. People look at Peyton Manning and think maybe he ain't no thang because he's only ever won the one ring. All that last season proved is that HE was the league MVP. Whose presence had a bigger impact on his team's fortunes than his absence?

A great QB isn't necessary to win a ring, merely a good one on his best days. Bur not even the BEST QB is a good bet all by his lonesome.

Still, chicks DO dig the long ball, don't they? (No offense intended, Prisco.) 


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