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    ARTICLE: NY Giants coach Tom Coughlin well on his way to being second only to Bill Parcells among Big Blue coaches

    Coughlin can tie Parcells with a second Super Bowl victory

    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

    Tuesday, January 17 2012, 12:04 AM



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    Bill Parcells is carried off the field after the Giants defeated the Broncos in Super Bowl XXI on Jan. 25, 1987 in Pasadena Calif.

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    GREEN BAY — Tom Coughlin, great football coach, moved around in a hallway as crowded as a rush-hour train between the interview room at Lambeau and the first open doors to the Giants’ locker room, hugging his son Brian and smiling and laughing every time somebody new would pound him on the back, in no hurry to go anywhere. This was one of those nights in sports, one of those moments. You play for nights like this. And sometimes they make a coach who has been at this, honorably, for 40 years look and feel and act young.
    Archie Manning was there to shake Coughlin’s hand, and Olivia Manning, and Eli, getting bounced around himself in this small, confined, happy space more than the Packers had bounced him around. John Mara was maybe 50 feet up the hall, taking it all in, mostly watching a coach he has backed when Mara was all the backing Tom Coughlin had.
    There was plenty of time to start thinking about next week. This was about Sunday night. One of those nights, one of the best the Giants have ever had, going all the way back, whatever happens next week against an opponent out of their playoff past. This was Coughlin, such a good man, letting his guard down in front of family and friends and letting himself look happy and not caring who saw at Lambeau.
    “I’m good,” he kept saying, “I’m good,” and one time he said, “Yeah, that was pretty great, wasn’t it?”
    Yeah. Yeah, it was. Good man. Great win for the Giants, an improbable season for them that goes on to San Francisco. Packers gone. Saints gone. At 7-7, what Giant fan and what Giant players and what Giant coach don’t sign up for that?
    And how does everybody like Tom Coughlin now?
    You know who everybody wants the next Giants coach to be? Him.
    A guy that hard guys couldn’t wait to get rid of when the Giants lost five of six in the second half of the season before finding themselves — maybe finding the kind of greatness in them their quarterback has — will right-eously hear people begging him to stay if he wins another Super Bowl and even hints that he might be ready to ride off into the sunset.
    Coughlin was supposed to be gone after the Giants blew that lead at home to the Eagles and he blew up at his punter, and they missed the playoffs even at 10-6. And when the Giants started to get wobbly again in the second half of the season, people were lining up to fire him again.
    But how does everybody like him now, now that the only Giants season worth talking about has become these four straight wins against the Jets, Cowboys, Falcons, 15-1 Packers? Maybe they see all over again why Bill Parcells once said Tom Coughlin was as good a football coach as he ever worked with anywhere.
    Parcells won two Super Bowls with the Giants. Joe Torre won twice as many World Series with the Yankees. Red Holzman won twice with the Knicks. Football, baseball, basketball in New York, the big sports. In the last 50 years, four coaches or managers have won more than one title here: Ralph Houk, Red Holzman, Bill Parcells, Joe Torre.
    Tom Coughlin tries to win two more games and get with them. Two more underdog games, starting with the one in San Francisco Sunday, as he tries to become the third New York football coach to ever win two NFL championships. Steve Owen, Parcells, Coughlin.
    Nobody is saying the Giants are some kind of sure thing, even the way they play for the last month, the way they really should have beaten the Packers 37-6 on Sunday. The 49ers beat them in San Francisco earlier in the season and, believe me, if the 49ers can beat Drew Brees they can beat the Giants. We get it, okay?
    But if Coughlin and Eli and the Giants do somehow pull this off, if they even make it to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis after being 7-7 in December, if another Coughlin team gives us that kind of run, how does he not take his place with the giants of his profession? Guy gets fired all the time and now you hope he coaches until he’s 70 if he wants to.
    All that big brother talk from Rex Ryan going into Giants vs. Jets? Who’s big now? In this moment, coming off these four straight games that all felt like playoff games, the Giants have reminded us all over again how much they have always mattered and still mattered.
    At the podium on Sunday night he talked about the team his team had just beaten, a 15-1 team with a quarterback who had thrown 45 touchdown passes with just six interceptions and made it look like child’s play so much of the time.
    “A team that had all kinds of statistics,” Coughlin said.
    But he has Eli, playing better than he did when the Giants won the Super Bowl, a defense playing almost as well as that Super Bowl defense (take away a roughing the passer and call Greg Jennings’ fumble a fumble, and the Packers might not get a touchdown Sunday). And he has a team that did the opposite of what the Jets did when tough times came: They got tougher. And showed character. And fought back instead of with each other.

    He was asked Sunday night what happened at 7-7 and he said, “We started to believe and trust in each other.”

    If you don’t think that starts with this head coach, a great football coach, think again. Ask the question one more time, for good measure, after one of the great Giant victories of them all in Green Bay: How do you like the coach now?



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    Re: ARTICLE: NY Giants coach Tom Coughlin well on his way to being second only to Bill Parcells among Big Blue coaches

    Not bad for a guy in his 70's. He's alert, he's limber, he can take a hit; gives us all hpoe for our golden years.

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    Re: ARTICLE: NY Giants coach Tom Coughlin well on his way to being second only to Bill Parcells among Big Blue coaches

    [quote user="AntB"]Not bad for a guy in his 70's. He's alert, he's limber, he can take a hit; gives us all hpoe for our golden years.[/quote]he is 65. Not 70 yet. Slow down lol.
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    Re: ARTICLE: NY Giants coach Tom Coughlin well on his way to being second only to Bill Parcells among Big Blue coaches

    Hey, IF we can with this year's SB, TC will be around for 3 more years -- 3 more shots at a 3rd SB during his reign.

    But I get ahead of myself.

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