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Tom Coughlin Steps Down As Giants HC

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New York, NY – Tom Coughlin steps down as the New York Giants head coach after 12 years and two Super Bowl titles.

The resignation came soon after Coughlin met with Giants ownership Monday. The Giants had just concluded its third straight losing season under Coughlin.

“I met with John Mara and Steve Tisch this afternoon, and I informed them that it is in the best interest of the organization that I step down as head coach,” Coughlin said in a statement. “I strongly believe the time is right for me and my family, and as I said, the Giants organization.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as head coach of the New York Football Giants. This is a not a sad occasion for me. I have spent 15 years with this organization as an assistant and head coach and was fortunate to be part of three Super Bowl winning teams. A Lombardi Trophy every five years is an achievement in which we all take great pride.”

The Giants have scheduled a news conference for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to address Coughlin’s resignation. Coughlin will be in attendance, along with Mara, Tisch and Giants general manager Jerry Reese.

“Obviously, the past three years have not been what any of us expect, and as head coach, I accept the responsibility for those seasons,” Coughlin’s statement read. “I think it has been evident these last 12 years here how much pride I take in representing this franchise. I am gratified and proud that we were able to deliver two more Lombardi trophies to the display case in our lobby during that time. That is a tribute to our players and staff, and it was truly fulfilling to be the leader of those teams.

“I appreciate the support of John and his family and Steve and his family, and of Jerry Reese and his staff. I think our organization is a great representation of what I mean when I talk about ‘team.'”

Eli Manning was one of the most affected players with the resignation of Coughlin as he was the one that promoted the quarterback to the starting job midway through the 2004 season, which then led the two to have a great success together.

“He has been a great coach to play for,” Manning said. “Learned so much from him from an early age when I got here to every year. Just to meet with him and talk football and X’s and O’s and strategy … he has a great football mind and loves what he does, has great passion. He is an example of how you should handle your job and love what you are doing.”

Coughlin’s final record as Giants head coach was 110-92, including playoff games. Counting his time in Jacksonville (and the playoff games he coached there), he is 182-156 as an NFL head coach. His regular-season win total of 170 ranks 12th in NFL history.

Photo credit to The Aspen Institute via Flickr

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