Former Giant Coughlin leaves door open for coaching return

Tue Jan 5, 2016 2:37pm EST
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By Larry Fine

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - The Tom Coughlin era with the New York Giants is over but on Tuesday the likely Hall of Fame coach left the door open to coaching again in the National Football League.

"I'm not necessarily done with coaching," the 69-year-old Coughlin said during his farewell news conference at the Giants practice facility. "Thank you very much for asking."

Coughlin, who won two Super Bowl championships during his 12-year reign as coach of the Giants announced on Monday he was resigning after meeting with team owners a day after completing his second successive 6-10 season.

It marked three consecutive losing seasons and the fourth straight year the Giants missed the playoffs for a coach who was 102-90 during his tenure and 8-3 in the postseason.

But Coughlin showed he still had the spirit to continue despite a 2015 campaign marked by a string of close losses, including eight decided by a total of 26 points with the Giants leading until the final seconds on six occasions.

"If this was 7-9, I would have been in (co-owner John Mara's) office and (co-owner Steve Tisch's) office. How do you lose six games in 30 seconds and not be competitive?"

Mara followed Coughlin to the podium and said it was time for a change despite his high regard and debt of thanks to Coughlin.

"He's a Hall of Fame coach, a Hall of Fame person. He leaves big shoes to fill," said Mara.   Continued...

Jan 5, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  New York Giants former head coach Tom Coughlin addresses the media during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports