Monday January 4th, 2016

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Giants quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. expressed their gratitude towards head coach Tom Coughlin, who stepped down after 12 seasons.

“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.”

Upon Coughlin’s arrival in 2004, the Giants acquired quarterback Eli Manning in a draft-day trade with the Chargers and created a pairing that had not been broken for twelve years.

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.

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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.



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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The realest coach I've ever had the luxury of playing for. It was a true honor to play for a man that not only teaches you how to be held accountable for your actions but how to be a leader in your own right. You will be missed TC!

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