It just seems that once we think New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is on his way out, that he ends up winning a Super Bowl and getting an extension. It happened in 2007 after the Giants upset the "Perfect" Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, and it happened again today, after Coughlin's Giants beat the Patriots, again, in Super Bowl XVLI.
The 65-year old Coughlin's extension runs through 2014 and is expected to be overall a three-year deal worth $20 million, making him one of the highest paid coaches in the league. Only fitting for a guy who always triumphs when his back, along with Big Blue's is against the wall.
"It has always been my belief that it is an honor and a priviledge to be the head coach of the New York Giants," Coughlin said in a statement released by the organization. "I'm thankful to [co-owners] John Mara and Steve Tisch and their families for their support and the recognition of what our players and coaches have accomplished. And I'm grateful for the working relationship [general manager] Jerry Reese and I have. We've got a lot of work left to do."
Coughlin is currently third on the Giants' all-time wins list with 74, trailing legendary Giants head coach Bill Parcells, who has 77. Overall, Coughlin totes a 142-114 wil-loss record that spans 16 seasons as a head coach for the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars and the Giants, along with a 12-7 postseason record with the two Super Bowl titles (he has two more as an assistant coach with the Giants in the '86 and '91 seasons). Coughlin's 142 wins total ties him for 19th on the all-time wins list with new Rams' head coach Jeff Fisher.
"I wanted Tom as our head coach going all the way back to the early 90's," Mara mentioned. "So it was with great confidence that Ernie Accorsi and I recommended to my father and Bob Tisch in 2004 that we hire Tom. Of course, my father didn't need to be convinced. EH saw what we all have seen, a man who has a singular focus and incredible dedication when it comes to his work. In so many ways, Tom represents to me who and what the head coach of our franchise should be."