Jan. 4, 2016 spells a very sad day for all Giants fans across the country as beloved coach Tom Coughlin has resigned leaving his legacy and two Lombardi Trophies behind.
Almost every football fan could see this coming from the beginning of the season; changes were coming in the Giants organization. The team constantly melted down in the fourth quarter every other week due to terrible coaching calls, and the defense was all over the place all season, finishing in dead last in total defense. The offense could not produce points late in games either. The Giants as a whole completely shut down and blew the season away, throwing first place in the NFC East down the drain. As much as Giants fans were naïve to the fact that this was coming, they all hoped they could see that old man walk up and down the sidelines for one more season. But not everything works out the way it should, and that is the true reality of this situation.
Tom Coughlin has had one of the weirdest tenures as a coach in NFL history, being the only times he won a playoff game were the two seasons the Giants won the Super Bowl. The past six out of seven years the Giants have not made the playoffs, but the one year they did, they won it all. So will Coughlin’s name be put in Canton, Ohio where the NFL Hall of Fame lies? It remains to be seen, but many expect he will end up as one of the most respected and loved coaches of all time. Coughlin showcased what it truly means to be a sportsman, putting all his blood, sweat, and tears out for his teams, whether it is Boston College, the Jacksonville Jaguars, or the New York Giants. Coughlin was a shining example of what it means to be a real coach. He had a great run in his coaching career knocking off the undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl forty-two and only four years after that defeating New England again in Super Bowl forty-six. He will be remembered for the heart and winning attitude he brought to the game just as every great coach has.