When Tom Coughlin was hired to coach the New York Giants in January 2004, many believed it was a bad move for the franchise. Well, eight years and two Super Bowl titles later the Giants have rewarded him with an extension that will keep him in town through 2014. It's scary to think where the team would be without its head coach.
Coughlin is famous for his toughness and the discipline he demands out of his players. Frankly, the Giants have needed both to get through the past eight seasons.
The thing about Coughlin's teams is that they never give up. His philosophy seems to be for his squads to just hold on long enough to keep the game close until the fourth quarter, then be more poised than their opponents. In both of the team's Super Bowl wins over the New England Patriots that philosophy worked.
The Giants wouldn't have won Super Bowl XLII or XLVI without Coughlin's steady hand running the ship.
During his nine seasons in charge of the Giants, Coughlin has posted a 74-54 record, and the G-Men are 8-3 in the postseason. Last year, New York had to win it's final two games of the season just to make the playoffs. The team accomplished that, then blitzed its way through the postseason for a Super Bowl title.
Coughlin may not be perfect and his style may rub some players the wrong way, but he has produced two championships on the field and the Giants as a team behave off of it. Without him, the G-Men would never have won their last two Super Bowl titles because his coaching style perfectly opposed that of New England's Bill Belichick.
The Giants did the right thing extending Coughlin. He should be with the team until he chooses to retire.