NEW YORK – The New York Giants have parted ways with coach Tom Coughlin, the team confirmed Monday.
Coughlin joined Big Blue in 2004, leading the team to two Super Bowl victories and three NFC East division titles. This year, however, marks the fourth straight year the Giants failed to make the playoffs, finishing with a 6-10 record for the second time in a row.
“I met with John Mara and Steve Tisch this afternoon, and I informed them that it is in the best interest of the organization that I step down as head coach," said Coughlin. "I strongly believe the time is right for me and my family, and as I said, the Giants organization."
Coughlin told the team he wouldn't be returning next season during a meeting with players Monday. The news left many Giants players emotional.
"He was appreciative of the players, of the guys, of our work,"said quarterback Eli Manning after the meeting. "We as players, we failed him."
Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield called Coughlin a father figure, saying, “When I was young I didn’t get it, now that I come back I really get the benefit that he had in my career and my life.”
"Great guy, great leader," said receiver Reuben Randle. "One of the best guys I've played for."
See Coughlin's full statement below:
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as head coach of the New York Football Giants. This is a not a sad occasion for me. I have spent 15 years with this organization as an assistant and head coach and was fortunate to be part of three Super Bowl winning teams. A Lombardi Trophy every five years is an achievement in which we all take great pride.
Obviously, the past three years have not been what any of us expect, and as head coach, I accept the responsibility for those seasons.
I think it has been evident these last 12 years here how much pride I take in representing this franchise. I am gratified and proud that we were able to deliver two more Lombardi trophies to the display case in our lobby during that time. That is a tribute to our players and staff, and it was truly fulfilling to be the leader of those teams.
I appreciate the support of John and his family and Steve and his family, and of Jerry Reese and his staff. I think our organization is a great representation of what I mean when I talk about ‘team’.
Finally, I would be remiss if I did not thank my wife Judy and our four children and their spouses and our 11 (soon to be 12) grandchildren. None of this would have been possible without their unconditional love and support.”