There have been countless ups and downs for Coughlin throughout his coaching career, but here in 2012 he’s considered one of the best in the business and no longer has to worry about job security.
Winning two Super Bowls probably did the trick.
After securing the trophy in Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI, no one is questioning Coughlin’s credentials or coaching style. He may come off as being a little cold sometimes, but he knows how to lead a football team. And that’s all that should matter.
Coughlin has an overall record of 154-121 as a head coach, including an impressive 12-7 postseason mark. Can he improve on those numbers even more this season?
Well, he certainly has enough talent on his team to make another run at it.
Eli Manning’s play last season was what really made the difference for the Giants. If he can continue to get better and better, the sky’s the limit for a Giants offense that took a huge leap with playmakers like Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz all over the place.
The start to the new season hasn’t been too bright though. New York lost at home to a divisional rival in Dallas and now already has to play catchup.
Still, this seems to be a position that Coughlin and the Giants thrive in. Last season they finished with a 9-7 record and no one really gave them a chance with their NFL picks in the playoffs. However, they then went on to beat the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers and then the New England Patriots to win it all.
Coughlin’s tough-nosed mindset has translated brilliantly to his team. The Giants play the game the right way, and though they’re inconsistent at times it appears like they are never short on heart or desire.
Much of the credit has to go to the head coach for that.