With the Giants offense enjoying a resurgence and his team riding a three game winning streak, Tom Coughlin found a way to infuse some dry humor into an otherwise business-like Wednesday press conference. Since taking over New York’s coaching reigns in 2004, Coughlin has compiled an impressive 33-8 record in the calendar month of October and he wryly attributed his .805 winning percentage to his desire to emulate a former Yankee great.
“Well, I planned that all out for years and years,” quipped Coughlin on his terrific early season mark. “I wanted to be known as ‘Mr. October.’ Reggie Jackson is a good friend of mine. Thanks for bringing that up. That is really what I would point it towards.”
Coughlin was in rare comedic form and why not?
His once left-for-dead offense is finally clicking on all cylinders as coordinator Ben McAdoo has quickly transformed from village idiot to offensive guru. The Giants have tallied 30 or more points in three straight contests, while quarterback Eli Manning has completed 70 percent of his passes twice over that same span. The G-Men will look to keep the good times rolling in Week 6 against the Philadelphia Eagles in a battle for NFC East supremacy.
In Coughlin’s mind there’s no mystical formula for his group, just consistent improvement as the season wears on.
“October comes along a few games into the season and hopefully, we’re starting to play pretty good,” the Giants head man said. “We’re getting there. We did some things very well in a difficult circumstance. There’s always something to learn in each game.”
The Giants have been on the outside of the postseason picture looking in the past three seasons, but they’ve done some serious damage in January and February with Coughlin at the helm and Manning under center. As Big Blue seeks its fourth consecutive win, Chip Kelly and the City of Brotherly love is the only thing that stands between Coughlin and more October magic.