Bill Belichick on Tom Coughlin: 'He deserves a lot of credit for all he's accomplished in his career'

Mike Petraglia
January 05, 2016 - 6:29 am
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[caption id="attachment_104087" align="alignright" width="400"]Tom Coughlin meets Bill Belichick after the Patriots 27-26 win at MetLife Stadium on Nov. 15.  (Al Bello/Getty Images)Tom Coughlin meets Bill Belichick after the Patriots 27-26 win at MetLife Stadium on Nov. 15. (Al Bello/Getty Images)[/caption] The likely end of Tom Coughlin's career as an NFL head coach came to pass on Monday when he met with Giants co-owner John Mara and Steve Tisch and informed them that he would be stepping down immediately as head coach. There is not another head coach in the NFL that knows Coughlin any better than Bill Belichick. The two were on Bill Parcells' staff with the Giants from 1988-90. Coughlin was a wide receivers coach while Belichick was the defensive coordinator. They helped the Giants win Super Bowl XXV over the Bills. Coughlin, who turns 70 this August, then took over as head coach at Boston College before leaving after 1993 to become the first head coach in the history of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He led them to the AFC title game in 1996, where they lost to Parcells, Belichick and the Patriots at Foxboro Stadium. "Tom's had a great career as a head coach and an assistant coach," Belichick said in conference call Tuesday. "BC, Jacksonville, New York. He's been a friend of mine for a long time. I have a lot of respect for Tom, his family, the way he approaches his job and the way he coaches. We have a great relationship at the Giants when we were on the same staff and had good relationships through our respective careers." Most famously, Coughlin spent his last 12 years as head coach of the Giants, gaining a bit of revenge over Belichick twice on the game's biggest stage. Coughlin will be most remembered as the head coach that ended the Patriots' perfect season bid in Feb. 2008 when he beat Belichick's Patriots, 17-14, in Super Bowl XLII. Coughlin did it again four years later, 21-17, in Super Bowl XLVI. Their final meeting came this season when Stephen Gostkowski's kick at the end gave the Patriots a 27-26 win at MetLife Stadium over the Giants. "Lots for him to be proud of," Belichick said. "Unfortunately, a couple of his biggest wins came at our expense. He deserves a lot of credit for all he's accomplished in his career." DraftKings DraftKings has your shot to play for FREE in the $1 Million Fantasy Football Contest THIS SUNDAY! First place takes home $100,000! FOR FREE ENTRY, CLICK HERE.