Tom Coughlin’s coaching career with the New York Giants started off on the wrong foot. In his first year as head coach (2004), the Giants would only win six games, there was a lot of doubt surrounding the new head coach. Luckily, the Giants did not give up on coach Coughlin. The Giants would go onto win two Super Bowls (2007 & 2011) behind a well-coached team.
As the head coach of the New York Giants, Tom Coughlin created a lot of unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. Finally, it is time for coach Coughligh to talk about his favorite memories from his Superbowl wins.
Coughlin on the Super Bowl run in 2008
“Super Bowl 42 has been on a couple of times. I just wanted to make sure David Tyree made that catch. So I went back and looked at it again. It was a lot of fun watching that, it really was. It brought back fabulous memories. One of the things I loved the most about Super Bowl 42 and that run was that when you look back, FOX had the game and their experts were all on. And from the first playoff game on, nobody picked us to win. Not one game. Not in Tampa. No way in Dallas, they had beaten us twice. No way that the Giants were going to beat Dallas. And they certainly can’t beat Favre in Green Bay. There’s no way. They are going up there and it’s -27 (degrees). How can they win? And they can’t beat the Patriots. There’s no way. I remember Jimmy Johnson picked the score, 34-14 or something like that. And every one of them was wrong every time.”
The 2007-08 Super Bowl is one of the most historic Super bowl games to date. With the Patriots coming into Super Bowl 42 undefeated (18-0), a lot of critics counted the Giants out. There was one man who never lost faith and that was coach, Coughlin. In addition to the unreleased statement, Coach Coughlin also shared why he played his starters in week 17.
Coughlin on playing his starters versus the Patriots
“I remember I got chastised for playing my starters against New England in Week 17. My whole point was that we are the New York Giants and there’s no way history is going to look back at this and say that the Giants didn’t put their best foot forward against a team that was vying for an undefeated season.”
Eventually, the chatter around Coughlin starting his starters week 17 would fade away. The New York Giants shocked the world in the 2007-08 season behind one of the greatest coaches of all time. Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants made memories for the fans that will last a lifetime.
MSG will be featuring the interview with Tom Coughlin at 5 PM and 7:30 PM.