January 04, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Giants coach Tom Coughlin steps down as era ends
The Tom Coughlin era has ended. The New York Giants coach stepped down following a 6-10 season during a year where they squandered fourth-quarter leads five times. Coughlin, 69, was the second longest-tenured coach in the NFL and the third-longest with one team, behind Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots and Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals. Coughlin won two Super Bowl titles with the Giants in 2007 and 2011, both times beating the Patriots. Coughlin went 170-150 with the Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars. He released the following statement: “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. 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. Obviously, the past three years have not been what any of us expect, and as head coach, I accept the responsibility for those seasons. “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’. Finally, I would be remiss if I did not thank my wife Judy and our four children and their spouses and our 11 (soon to be 12) grandchildren. None of this would have been possible without their unconditional love and support.” Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.