Giants QB Eli Manning: ‘We failed’ head coach Tom Coughlin
“I think he’s done a great job,” Manning said. “He definitely has not failed. I feel we as players, we failed him by not playing to the level that we could.”
After taking over for Kurt Warner at the end of the 2004 season, Coughlin and Manning made the playoffs four straight years, and knocked off the undefeated New England Patriots 17–14 in Super Bowl XLII. Manning made 183 consecutive starts under Coughlin.
Second-year wideout Odell Beckham Jr. hasn’t spent nearly as much time under Coughlin, but said he will still look back on their time fondly.
“I love coach Coughlin.” Beckham said. “He’s always going to be my coach.”
Other Giants—past and present—thanked Coughlin for all that he has done.
💔💔🙈🙈— Prince Amukamara (@PrinceAmukamara) January 4, 2016
As I sit back and reflect on Coach Tom Coughlin, I remember all the one on ones in your office talking football, game plan, etc. I think back to when I was named captain and I used to try and beat you to the facility. I would get there at 6, you where there. I got there at 530 and you were there. 5 am... I knew I would beat you then.. NOPE YOU WERE THERE. I remember feeling the hood of your car and it was cold. Come to find out there were nights you slept in the office. No one worked harder, no one demanded more and I LOVE YOU for it. I chose this picture for one reason and one reason only. Everyone knows you for your dedication to your team and how intense you are on the football field. But I will remember you for helping me become a man and challenging all of us to be better husbands and fathers and men. You did it the right way Coach. And you might be retiring from coaching but I'm sure this isn't a goodbye. That's not in your nature. #halloffame #5minutesearly #areyoush*ttingme
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TC is an exceptional coach and an even better person. It’s been a honor to play for a HoF coach. Thank you Coach Coughlin— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) January 4, 2016
Coach Coughlin taught me how to be a professional with respect, class and focus. I am eternally thankful. I'll be at the HOF ceremony. 🏆🏆— Nat Berhe (@NatBerhe) January 4, 2016
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