Giants credit Coughlin for keeping wheels on the track
Just a month and a half ago, speculation was
mounting about the job security of Giants head coach Tom Coughlin,
whose team stood at 7-7, on the brink of postseason elimination and
having just turned in one of its worst performances of the season in a
23-10 loss to the Washington Redskins.
These days, those same people who were speculating
about Coughlin's eventual demise have done a 180-degree reversal and
with good reason.
The Giants' 65-year-old head coach somehow found a
way to hold his team together despite injuries, internal strife and
bitter losses such as what they experienced against the Redskins to get
them all the way to the Super Bowl, where they will face the Patriots
on Feb. 5.
In fact, some have already begun speculating that
if Coughlin manages to win his second Super Bowl, that such a feat will
increase his chances of being Hall of Fame worthy.
"He has done a great job of continuing to believe
not only in himself and what he brings to the table but also because of
this team," said defensive end Justin Tuck.
"At 7-7, everybody was counting us out, but he
just stayed persistent and stayed true to who he is as a coach and a
person. It trickles down when you see a person has faith in you when
nobody else does. It is kind of easy for us to continue to have his
back and do our best."
"He's very passionate about football, about his
coaching and being prepared and being committed all the way in to doing
your job correctly," added quarterback Eli Manning. "I think that's
what I see the most out of him and what leads his players to prepare
and play that way."
Manning said he has the utmost respect for
Coughlin's systematic approach to football.
"Just the way he prepares, the way he gets his
team ready, his messages, the way his attitude is portrayed onto the
players and the players kind of take on that attitude in their
preparation and approach to play," Manning said about the things he
respects most about Coughlin.
Even safety Antrel Rolle, who admitted that he's
been fined several times for breaching Coughlin's mandate of showing up
for a meeting five minutes prior to its start and who in the past has
been vocal with his criticism of Coughlin's rigid ways, said he can
appreciate what the coach is trying to do.
"I think that's TC's deal, just having us aware,
and just being a stickler for time," he said. "I think we all buy into
it, we all understand it. It's what this team needs. It's a form of
discipline and each team should have it."
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