It was in the midst of a four-game losing streak between Week 10 and 13 last season that I felt forced to publish an article stating why Coughlin should remain the head coach of the G-Men.
The poll results on that article indicated that the majority of fans wanted Coughlin out.
But then he went and led the Giants to another improbable Super Bowl victory—his second in five seasons—and fans are believers again.
With that being said, here are three simple reasons why Tom Coughlin is the NFL's most underrated coach.
When Tom Coughlin's New York Giants came out victorious in Super Bowl XLVI, he became the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl.
Now sporting two Super Bowl rings, Coughlin has as many, if not more Super Bowl trophies than Vince Lombardi, Jimmy Johnson, Mike Shanahan, Bill Parcells, Tom Landry, Don Shula, Bill Cowher, and the list goes on and on.
When he began his head coaching career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Coughlin led the Jags to the playoffs four out of their first five years of existence.
Since taking over at the helm of the Giants in 2004, Coughlin is 74-54 (.578) in New York and posts a 7-3 record in the postseason, yet he still doesn't get the NFL-wide respect that he deserves.
In fact, he's not even the more recognized coach in his own city, which brings me to my next point.
TC is often overshadowed by other coaches around him and I'm sure that's exactly the way both he and Giants fans like it.
Also in the NFC East is Mike Shanahan, who like Coughlin, also boasts two Super Bowl championships and is well respected around the NFL.
Unlike Coughlin—who goes about his business quietly and wins—Ryan is loud, annoying, and has a habit of making false guarantees to his side of the city (via AOL News).
Part of the reason TC has been so successful as a head coach in the NFL—aside from his discipline and knowledge of the game—is because he prefers to fly under the radar and let his team's play do the talking.
Motivation is arguably one of Coughlin's best attributes as a head coach.
How exactly do you get grown men who are making millions of dollars to listen to you?
Well for one, Coughlin used this video (via RunnersFeed.com) of a cross-country runner persevering through the finish line as motivation for his squad during their Super Bowl run.
Coughlin has coached some of the toughest personalities in the NFL, guys like Plaxico Burress, Brandon Jacobs, Antrel Rolle and Tiki Barber, and for the most part, has gained the respect of each player and has gotten the most out of them.
Need more proof? Here's a quote from punter Steve Weatherford via Paul Schwartz of The New York Post:
I think a lot of your motivation and the direction of your energy is controlled by the head coach, and we got the best coach in the game. The most difficult thing for a defending champion team would be the motivation to do it again. I think Tom Coughlin is the greatest coach in the NFL to be able to defend it. You look at the team he was able to put together the year after the ’07 Super Bowl — just an incredible team.
Tom Coughlin is a master at motivating his players, and with motivation comes respect.
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