Remember less than a year ago when the New York Giants were 7-7, coming off a stretch where they had lost five of six games and lost to the Washington Redskins for the second time in the season? That was around the time a lot of idiots, such as myself, called for Tom Coughlin to be fired. He has now been names the NFL‘s top dog by Sporting News.
In my defense, the second Redskins game was just embarrassing to watch. The team put forth absolutely no effort and showed no fight, despite the fact they were still very much alive.
For some reason, and maybe it was Coughlin’s doing, the team flipped a switch after that game. They ripped off six straight, including four playoff wins in route to the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl. I expect this was also Coughlin’s doing behind the scenes, but publicly Perry Fewell had admitted to a change in his philosophy moving forward.
His game plan for the Jets was to simplify the defense, especially in the secondary. For a defensive coordinator to change his way of thinking mid-season is a huge deal; they are typically stubborn in their ways. I wouldn’t be shocked to learn Coughlin inspired the change in Fewell.
John Mara surprised many people when he hung on to Coughlin after a disappointing two seasons without a playoff birth. He stood by the long time coach and former assistant under Bill Parcells. Coughlin rewarded management with another Super Bowl.
Though I must admit it is surprising to see Sporting News rank Coughlin ahead of Bill Belichick. Not surprising is the logic they used, however. Belichick has been to five Super Bowls (winning three) to Coughlin’s two, but Coughlin has bested Belichick in his two appearances.
Mike McCarthy, Mike Tomlin, and John Harbaugh round out the top five.
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