They don’t call it Black Monday for nothing.
After meeting with ownership early this afternoon Tom Coughlin convened with his coaching staff for the second time on Monday to inform them that he would be stepping down as head coach of the team. An emotional Eli Manning met with the media in front of his locker with a palpable sense of frustration and sadness filling the air.
Coughlin will leave behind an incredible legacy with the Giants and issued a statement upon his resignation.
“I met with John Mara and Steve Tisch this afternoon, and informed them that it is in the best interest of the organization that I step down as head coach,” said Coughlin. “I strongly believe the time is right for me and my family, and as I said, the Giants organization.”
Coughlin fashioned a 102-90 regular season record in 12 seasons with the Giants which included three NFC East titles, five playoff appearances and two Super Bowl championships. With the legendary coach bidding his farewell to Big Blue, he reflected on an overall successful tenure at the helm in New York.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as head coach of the New York Football Giants,” said Coughlin. “This is 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 missed the playoffs the past four seasons, and Coughlin’s resignation was not unexpected as speculation about his coaching future started gaining serious traction over the past few weeks. Coughlin didn’t hide from the fact that his team underachieved the last few years and he wasn’t please that his reign would end on a sour note.
“Obviously, the past three years have not been what any of us expect, and as head coach, I accept the responsibility for those seasons,” noted Coughlin.
Despite subpar finishes the past few years, Coughlin left an indelible mark on a franchise with a proud tradition of winning with integrity.
“I think it has been evident these last 12 years here how much pride I take in representing this franchise," said Coughlin. "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.