Tom Coughlin

Thomas Richard Coughlin (/ˈkɑːflɪn/; born August 31, 1946) is the executive vice president of football operations for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He was the head coach for the New York Giants for 12 seasons. He led the Giants to victory in Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI, both times against the New England Patriots. Coughlin was also the inaugural head coach of the Jaguars, serving from 1995 to 2002 and leading the team to two AFC Championship Games. Prior to his head coaching career in the NFL, he was head coach of the Boston College Eagles football team from 1991 to 1993, and served in a variety of coaching positions in the NFL as well as coaching and administrative positions in college football.

Tom Coughlin
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Coughlin in March 2013
Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Executive VP of football operations
Personal information
Born:August 31, 1946 (age 72)
Waterloo, New York
Career information
High school:Waterloo (NY) Central
College:Syracuse
Undrafted:1968
Career history
As coach:
As executive:
  • NFL senior advisor to football operations (2016)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (2017–present)
    Executive VP of Football Operations
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Regular season:170–150 (.531)
Postseason:12–7 (.632)
Career:College: 21–13 (.618)
Bowl games: 1–1 (.500)
NFL: 182–157 (.537)
Coaching stats at PFR

Early life

Coughlin was born in Waterloo, NY in 1946, and played football and basketball in high school. He once played a high school basketball game against Jim Boeheim, who played for Lyons High School at the time. He idolized Ernie Davis and wished to play at Syracuse.[1]

College

Coughlin attended Syracuse University when he was offered a scholarship by assistant coach Jim Shreve.[1] He played halfback for the Syracuse Orange football team. Coughlin was teammates with Larry Csonka and Floyd Little. In 1967, he set the school's single-season pass receiving record. Jim Boeheim was Coughlin's residence advisor (RA) during Coughlin's senior year at Syracuse. He stayed at Syracuse after graduation and obtained his master's degree while working as a graduate assistant.

Coaching style

Coughlin was mentored by Bill Parcells while Coughlin was wide receivers coach and Parcells was head coach for the New York Giants. Like his mentor, Coughlin is known as a stern disciplinarian and for his meticulous attention to detail (for example, at the start of his Giants tenure he fined players for being two minutes early to team meetings, saying they should have arrived at least five minutes early per his new rules), earning him the nickname "Colonel Coughlin".[2] Coughlin's record and three Super Bowl titles put him in history as one of the greatest coaches of all time.[3]

Coaching career

Coughlin's first head coaching job was at the Rochester Institute of Technology from 1970 to 1973. He then returned to his alma mater where he was eventually promoted to offensive coordinator, a position he also held at Boston College where he coached Doug Flutie. He returned to the staff after his stint at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Coughlin's second stint started in 1974, and ended in 1980. He left the collegiate level to become a wide receivers coach in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles, and later the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants.

While at New York, he was an assistant to Bill Parcells, and helped the Giants win Super Bowl XXV. Coughlin and Parcells have both made the NFL playoffs five times as Giants head coach, and the two Super Bowl titles they each have won with the Giants have occurred in their fourth and eighth seasons with the franchise, respectively.[4]

Boston College

After the 1990 season, Coughlin returned to Boston College to take on his second job as a head coach. In three seasons at Boston College, he turned the program into a consistent winner. Coughlin's tenure was capped with a 41–39 victory over #1 ranked Notre Dame in 1993, the first time Boston College defeated Notre Dame.

Jacksonville Jaguars (1995–2002)

Coughlin's success at Boston College led to his subsequent hiring as the first head coach of the NFL's expansion Jacksonville Jaguars. In eight seasons at Jacksonville, he helmed the most successful expansion team in league history. During Coughlin's tenure, the Jaguars made four consecutive playoff appearances and went to the AFC Championship Game twice. The first time, in only the second year of the team's existence (1996), the Jaguars qualified for the playoffs on the last day of the season and upset the heavily favored Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos on the road. He was named NFL Coach of the Year by United Press International. Coughlin would again take the Jaguars to the AFC Championship Game in 1999 after achieving a league-high 14–2 regular season record; the 14 wins stood as the most won by the current wave of expansion teams (the Jaguars, Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans) until the Panthers surpassed it in 2015. However, in both appearances in the championship game, the Jaguars were defeated: in 1996 by the New England Patriots, and in 1999, by the Tennessee Titans. Both the losses in the Jaguars' 14-2 1999 regular season were also to the Titans.

Coughlin's Jaguars won 49 regular season games in his first five years as head coach, a remarkable average for an expansion team of nearly ten wins per year. But the Jaguars' record for the next three years was only 19–29, and after a 6–10 finish in 2002, Coughlin was fired by owner Wayne Weaver. He finished his eight-year career in Jacksonville with a 68–60 regular season record and a 4–4 playoff record.

In 2011, after selling the Jaguars to Shahid Khan, Weaver said when looking back on his tenure as owner, one of his biggest regrets was firing Coughlin.[5]

New York Giants (2004–2015)

Early years (2004–2006)

After being out of football in 2003, Coughlin was hired to replace Jim Fassel as head coach of the New York Giants in January 2004. He inherited a team that finished 4–12 in 2003.

As Coughlin took over, the Giants were trying to put together a trade for the first pick in the draft. That year, the San Diego Chargers held that pick, and the expected selection was Mississippi quarterback Eli Manning, who had made his desire clear that he wanted to play for the Giants. On draft day the Giants drafted NC State's Philip Rivers with the fourth pick and traded him to the Chargers for Manning. Coughlin's incumbent quarterback, Kerry Collins, was incensed by the move and demanded his release, leaving the team without a veteran who could hold the fort until Manning was ready. To fill that role the Giants signed Kurt Warner, the former Super Bowl MVP who had been cut by the St. Louis Rams after he lost his starting job to Marc Bulger.

Behind Warner, Coughlin led the Giants to five wins in their first seven games. However, with the team having lost their next two, Coughlin decided that Warner, who had been struggling, could no longer do the job and began starting the highly touted Manning beginning in the tenth game. The coach received criticism from some who felt the move amounted to a surrender of the 2004 season, as their 5–4 record meant the Giants were still in playoff contention. Manning did in fact struggle and the Giants' losing streak reached eight games before Manning defeated the Dallas Cowboys in the final game of the season.

Another major impact Coughlin would have on the Giants was star running back Tiki Barber's fumbling problems. In the 2000–2004 seasons, Barber lost the ball 19 times. By simply teaching Barber to use a different grip on the ball, Coughlin reduced Barber's fumbles to only one in the 2005 season. Barber also saw his production increase significantly, setting career highs in rushing and total yards each year under Coughlin.

Coughlin's early move to Manning, though, would pay dividends in 2005, as Manning and the Giants went 11–5 in Coughlin's second season and won the NFC East for the first time since 2000. It was also the Giants' first postseason appearance since making it as a wild card in 2002. However, a very poor performance by Manning, and a defense missing three starting linebackers, saw the Giants get shut out 23–0 at the hands of the Carolina Panthers at Giants Stadium. Following the game, Tiki Barber called out Coughlin and his offensive coordinator, partially because a Panthers player said that "We knew what they were going to do before they did it." Coughlin and Barber have yet to reconcile their differences, with Coughlin even refusing an interview by Tiki, then a sideline reporter for NBC, which would have been held prior to a Panthers–Giants game in 2008.[6]

Heading into the 2006 season, expectations for the Giants were high. In just over two years as the Giants head coach, Coughlin transformed the Giants from an underachieving, last place team into a possible Super Bowl contender.

The Giants struggled early during the 2006 campaign, going 1–2 in their first three games. After a particularly bad loss to the Seattle Seahawks, star tight end Jeremy Shockey stated that the Giants had been "outplayed and outcoached." The Giants rebounded by winning their next five games to go 6–2. However, the Giants suffered a stunning second half collapse, losing 6 of their next 7 games to fall to 7–8 heading into the last game of the season. After a late November loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Coughlin and his coaching staff were once again criticized by Tiki Barber. Barber also announced he was going to retire following the season, which provided another distraction for the sliding Giants. Things took another turn for the worse the next week when the Giants blew a 21-point fourth quarter lead and lost to the Tennessee Titans by a score of 24–21. After the game Coughlin had said to the media "I'm going to be sick about this one forever." Numerous injuries, excessive penalties, and a high number of turnovers were most responsible for the downward spiral of the 2006 Giants. The media hounded Coughlin with questions about Barber's announcement, and whether differences between Coughlin and Barber led to this point, and the team's fans and ownership were starting to get restless about the coach's performance; during a 30–7 loss to the New Orleans Saints late in the year a loud "Fire Coughlin" chant erupted at Giants Stadium. The Giants rebounded with a victory in the season's final game at the Washington Redskins, thereby securing a playoff berth and perhaps saving Coughlin's job in the process. However, Coughlin and the Giants lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, 23–20, in the first round of the playoffs. On January 10, 2007, it was announced that Coughlin would receive a one-year extension on his current contract through the 2008 season, but since the Giants' team policy is to never have a coach in the final year of his contract,[7] this only guaranteed that Coughlin would remain as the Giants' head coach in 2007.

On February 7, 2007, Tiki Barber officially followed through on his threat to retire from the Giants. He cited numerous complaints about Eli Manning's leadership skills and Coughlin's practice style as decisions to retire at what seemed the peak of his career.

Super Bowl run and success (2007–2009)

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Coughlin with President Bush on April 30, 2008.[8]

In the 2007 season, the Giants again started poorly with an 0–2 record. However, the team rebounded and won 6 straight games. The team compiled a 7-1 road record for the season, and they made it to the playoffs for the third year in a row. Coughlin and the Giants had their first playoff win in seven years when his team defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on January 6, 2008, 24–14. The Giants immediately followed up their win against Tampa Bay by narrowly defeating the Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Playoffs, winning 21–17, preventing Dallas from beating them for the third time in the season. The upset victory over the Cowboys was followed up by a 23–20 overtime victory against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game. This victory set up Coughlin's first appearance in a Super Bowl as a head coach.

Super Bowl XLII took place in Glendale, Arizona on February 3, 2008. The game pitted Coughlin's New York Giants (13–6) against the undefeated New England Patriots (18–0) coached by Bill Belichick. The Patriots were favored by 12 points. The underdog Giants trailed by four before a shocking pass play put the Giants in position to beat the Patriots 17–14 in one of the biggest upsets in NFL history. The upset would give Coughlin his first Super Bowl ring as a head coach.

Prior to the start of Giants mini-camp in May 2008, Coughlin and the Giants were invited by President Bush to the White House to honor their victory in Super Bowl XLII.[8] The Super Bowl win got Coughlin a four-year contract worth roughly $21 million to coach the Giants through 2011.[9] The deal made him one of the NFL's highest-paid coaches.[10] Fresh off their Super Bowl season, the team started off red hot going 11–1 through 12 games, but after the Plaxico Burress shooting incident, the team went 1–3 down the stretch and despite being the #1 seed they were eliminated in the divisional round of the playoffs by the Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants finished 8–8 in 2009, despite solid offensive play, however, their defense struggled throughout the season, and they missed the playoffs. In 2010, they began 1–2, and then began a five-game winning streak to finish 6–2 at the bye. The Giants headed into week 15 against the Eagles with a record of 9–4. In the final seconds the Giants were faced with a fourth down and Coughlin told his punter, Matt Dodge, to punt the ball out of bounds to effectively end the game. However, he punted the ball right to DeSean Jackson who took it the distance and won the Eagles the game in the Miracle at the New Meadowlands. The loss jeopardized the Giants' playoff bid and once again Coughlin's future was uncertain. However, on July 24, 2011, he signed a one-year contract extension to remain with the Giants through the end of the 2012 season.[11]

Second Super Bowl run (2011)

Following a very hectic free agency period when the Giants lost Pro Bowl Wide Receiver Steve Smith, Defensive Tackle Barry Cofield, and Tight End Kevin Boss, expectations from many analysts and fans alike were very low. After losing the season opener to the Washington Redskins, in which the Giants seemed worn out and tired, the Giants went 6–2 before hitting a collapse, losing four straight games. At 6–6, the Giants won three of their last four games to finish at 9–7 with the NFC East championship.[12] In their first playoff game since the 2008 NFC Divisional round, they defeated the Atlanta Falcons 24–2, with the Falcons' only points coming on a first quarter safety on Eli Manning. In the 2012 divisional game Coughlin coached the Giants to a 37–20 win over the heavily favored defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers a team who finished the 2011 regular season with a league best 15–1 won-loss record. The following week, he coached the Giants to a 20–17 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game to set up a Super Bowl rematch with the New England Patriots. On February 5, 2012, Coughlin's Giants defeated the Patriots 21–17 in Super Bowl XLVI, at the time, making Coughlin the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl, until Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick won Super Bowl LIII at the age of 66. On June 6, 2012 it was announced he had signed a contract extension to keep him with the Giants until at least 2014.[13] At the same time, Coughlin announced that he would like to coach into his seventies.[14] In July 2012, Coughlin was the winner of the 2012 Best Coach/Manager ESPY Award.

Aftermath and playoff drought (2012–2014)

Unfortunately for Coughlin, the Giants failed to make the playoffs in the 2012 season, despite starting the season 6–2 and finishing once again at 9–7. This was due in large part to two lopsided losses to the NFC's number one seed Atlanta Falcons and Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in weeks 15 and 16 respectively.

Worse still, the Giants began the 2013 season 0–6 for the first time since 1976. John Mara, the Giants co-owner, stated that Coughlin's time with the Giants could be limited.[15] Despite the difficult start, the team remained resilient and rebounded with wins against the Vikings and Eagles, hitting the bye week at 2–6. Victories against the Raiders and Packers coupled with a floundering NFC East left the Giants only one and half games behind the division-leading Eagles going into week 12. This resurgence was brought to an abrupt halt with a 24–21 loss against the division rival Cowboys.[16] The Giants eventually finished the 2013 season with a record of 7–9, Coughlin's only sub .500 record as head coach since his first season, and quarterback Eli Manning's rookie season, in 2004.

On February 21, 2014, Coughlin told reporters at the 2014 NFL Combine that he agreed on a one-year extension to his contract. This move allowed him to remain the Giants' head coach throughout the 2015 season.[17] On March 11, 2015, the Giants extended his contract through the 2016 season.

2015 season

The Giants stumbled in the 2015 season; through week 15, their record was 6–8, with many of the losses coming in the game's final minute of play; the Giants lost 6 out of their 8 losses by less than one touchdown with the final points being scored against them in the last 2 minutes. Criticism of Coughlin built throughout the season and peaked in week 15, after a 38–35 loss to the Carolina Panthers in which Coughlin left star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the game despite the latter's on-field behavior resulting in a slew of personal foul penalties.[18]

On January 4, 2016, Coughlin resigned from his position as head coach for the Giants. In a statement released by the Giants that day, Coughlin wrote, "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. I strongly believe the time is right for me and my family, and as I said, the Giants organization."[19] The Giants finished the 2015 season at 6–10, their third straight losing season and a fourth straight season without a playoff appearance.[20][21] It was later revealed that Coughlin was actually forced to step down by the Giants organization.[22]

Return to the Jacksonville Jaguars

Following his forced resignation as head coach of the Giants, Coughlin took an executive position with the Jacksonville Jaguars where he currently serves as executive vice president of football operations.[23] In January 2018, the Jaguars reached the AFC Championship for the first time since he was the head coach of the Jaguars in 1999. On February 23, 2018, the Jaguars extended Coughlin's contract through 2021.[24]

Personal life

Coughlin is the oldest of seven children. He and his wife Judy have two daughters, Keli and Katie, and two sons, Brian and Tim. He has eleven grandchildren. Coughlin is a practicing Roman Catholic.[25] While with the Giants, Coughlin has been a resident of Park Ridge, New Jersey.[26]

While on a USO–NFL coaches tour to Iraq in 2009, Coughlin and fellow coaches Jeff Fisher, Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher and John Harbaugh stayed in one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces.[27]

In 2012, Coughlin was awarded the third highest honor within the Department of the Army Civilian Awards, the Outstanding Civilian Service Award, for substantial contributions to the U.S. Army community while serving as the New York Giants Coach.

In July 2016, Coughlin was hired to be a senior advisor to the NFL's football operations department,[28] and on November 14, 2016, during half time of the game between the Giants and the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium, Coughlin was inducted into the Giants' "Ring of Honor".[29]

In January 2017, it was revealed that Coughlin had been re-hired by the Jacksonville Jaguars to be the team's executive vice president for football operations.[30] In July 2017, Coughlin was awarded the Arents Award which is Syracuse University's highest alumni honor.[31]

Foundation

Coughlin created the Jay Fund, officially the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation in 1996 while coaching at Jacksonville, Florida. The foundation is named after Jay McGillis, a Boston College player who had been diagnosed with and died from leukemia during Coughlin's tenure as head coach. The non-profit organization is devoted to assisting "children with leukemia and other cancers and their families by providing emotional and financial support to help reduce the stress associated with treatment and improve their quality of life", according to the foundation's mission statement.[32] As of early 2017, the fund had disbursed in excess of $8 million while assisting over 4,000 families of children with cancer.[33]

Head coaching record

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Coughlin at the New York Giants Super Bowl Ticker Tape parade in New York City Feb 5, 2008

College

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
RIT Tigers (Empire 8) (1970–1973)
RIT: 16–15–2[34]
Boston College Eagles (Big East Conference) (1991–1993)
1991 Boston College 4–7 2–4 7th
1992 Boston College 8–3–1 2–1–1 3rd L Hall of Fame 21 21
1993 Boston College 9–3 5–2 3rd W Carquest 12 13
Boston College: 21–13–1 9–7–1
Total: 37–28–3

NFL

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
JAX 1995 4 12 0 .250 5th in AFC Central
JAX 1996 9 7 0 .563 2nd in AFC Central 2 1 .667 Lost to New England Patriots in AFC Championship Game.
JAX 1997 11 5 0 .688 2nd in AFC Central 0 1 .000 Lost to Denver Broncos in AFC Wild Card Game.
JAX 1998 11 5 0 .688 1st in AFC Central 1 1 .500 Lost to New York Jets in AFC Divisional Game.
JAX 1999 14 2 0 .875 1st in AFC Central 1 1 .500 Lost to Tennessee Titans in AFC Championship Game.
JAX 2000 7 9 0 .438 4th in AFC Central
JAX 2001 6 10 0 .375 5th in AFC Central
JAX 2002 6 10 0 .375 3rd in AFC South
JAX total 68 60 0 .531 4 4 .500
NYG 2004 6 10 0 .375 2nd in NFC East
NYG 2005 11 5 0 .688 1st in NFC East 0 1 .000 Lost to Carolina Panthers in NFC Wild Card Game.
NYG 2006 8 8 0 .500 3rd in NFC East 0 1 .000 Lost to Philadelphia Eagles in NFC Wild Card Game.
NYG 2007 10 6 0 .625 2nd in NFC East 4 0 1.000 Super Bowl XLII Champions.
NYG 2008 12 4 0 .750 1st in NFC East 0 1 .000 Lost to Philadelphia Eagles in NFC Divisional Game.
NYG 2009 8 8 0 .500 3rd in NFC East
NYG 2010 10 6 0 .625 2nd in NFC East
NYG 2011 9 7 0 .563 1st in NFC East 4 0 1.000 Super Bowl XLVI Champions.
NYG 2012 9 7 0 .563 2nd in NFC East
NYG 2013 7 9 0 .438 3rd in NFC East
NYG 2014 6 10 0 .375 3rd in NFC East
NYG 2015 6 10 0 .375 3rd in NFC East
NYG total 102 90 0 .531 8 3 .727
Total 170 150 0 .531 12 7 .632

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Coughlin has served:

Assistant coaches under Coughlin who became NFL head coaches:

Assistant coaches under Coughlin who became NCAA head coaches:

See also

References

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1991 Boston College Eagles football team

The 1991 Boston College Eagles football team represented Boston College in the 1991 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Eagles were led by first-year head coach Tom Coughlin, and played their home games at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. They competed as members of the Big East Conference, in the conference's inaugural year of football sponsorship. As a result, Big East members, including Boston College, played a limited conference schedule in order to complete prior scheduling commitments.

1992 Boston College Eagles football team

The 1992 Boston College Eagles football team represented Boston College in the 1992 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Eagles were led by second-year head coach Tom Coughlin, and played their home games at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. They competed as members of the Big East Conference, playing a limited conference schedule in the league's second year of football. Boston College was invited to play in the 1993 Hall of Fame Bowl, where they lost to Tennessee, 23–38.

1993 Boston College Eagles football team

The 1993 Boston College Eagles football team represented Boston College in the 1993 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Eagles were led by head coach Tom Coughlin, in his third and final year with the team, and played their home games at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. They competed as members of the Big East Conference.

After opening the year with two consecutive losses, Boston College went on an eight-game win streak, the last of which was a monumental upset over rival Notre Dame. Notre Dame had been the favorites to win the national title after beating Florida State the week prior, but their title hopes were dashed by Boston College when Eagles kicker David Gordon hit a 41-yard field goal as time expired to win 41–39. After losing to eventual Big East champions West Virginia in the final game of the regular season, they were invited to the 1994 Carquest Bowl, where they defeated Virginia, 31–13.

Quarterback Glenn Foley was named Big East Offensive Player of the Year, throwing for 3,397 yards and 25 touchdowns. He was joined on the 1st Team All-Big East by tight end Pete Mitchell and linebacker Stephen Boyd.

1995 Jacksonville Jaguars season

The 1995 Jacksonville Jaguars season was the franchise's 1st season in the National Football League and the 1st under head coach Tom Coughlin. The Jaguars finished with a 4-12 in their debut season and not making the playoffs. However, they ended the saeon on a high note defeating the Cleveland Browns 24-21 on December 24 of that year.

1997 Jacksonville Jaguars season

The 1997Jacksonville Jaguars season was the franchise's 3rd season in the National Football League and the 3rd under head coach Tom Coughlin. The teams won 11 games and made the playoffs as a wild card team, but lost their first game to the Denver Broncos.

The team also made a couple of changes to the uniforms. They change the numbers to new font style numbers and added black side panels to the uniforms. During the offseason, the team had changed the font style numbers on the jerseys with the skinnier style with a black drop shadow in the back of the numbers but during the team 1997 preseason games there were several complaints that the announcers and the viewers had a hard time recognizing the numbers on the players. So the team decided to make the jersey numbers wider and removed the drop shadow numbers by the beginning of the regular season

2000 Pro Bowl

The 2000 Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 1999 season. The game was played on February 6, 2000 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii Attendance— 50,112. The game was broadcast by ABC with a running time of three hours and sixteen minutes. The final score was NFC 51, AFC 31. The AFC coach was Tom Coughlin of Jacksonville.

The NFC coach was Tony Dungy of Tampa Bay. Randy Moss of the Minnesota Vikings was the game's MVP with 9 catches for 212 yards and one touchdown.

The referee was Tom White.

2002 Jacksonville Jaguars season

The 2002 Jacksonville Jaguars season was the team's eighth year in the National Football League. The team finished with a record of 6–10 and finished 3rd place in the AFC South, missing the playoffs. The team's head coach was Tom Coughlin. This was Mark Brunell's final full season as the Jaguars' starting quarterback, and it was also Coughlin's final year coaching the team.

2003 New York Giants season

The 2003 New York Giants season was the franchise's 79th season in the National Football League and the seventh and final under head coach Jim Fassel. The team failed to duplicate their 2002 season's playoff appearance, instead only winning four games and finishing the season on an eight-game losing streak. Jim Fassel was fired after the 2003 season and was replaced by Tom Coughlin in 2004.

Ben McAdoo

Benjamin Lee McAdoo (born July 9, 1977) is an American football coach. He was head coach of the New York Giants in 2016 and 2017, after serving as offensive coordinator the previous two years under former head coach Tom Coughlin. He was fired on December 4, 2017, following a 2–10 start, along with benching longtime starting quarterback Eli Manning; his 28 regular season games were the fewest by a Giants coach since 1930. Prior to working for the Giants, McAdoo served as an assistant coach for several college football teams, as well as for the New Orleans Saints, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Green Bay Packers.

Jerry Palmieri

Gerard Anthony Palmieri (born October 30, 1958) is an American football strength and conditioning coach. Palmieri most recently served on Tom Coughlin's staff for the New York Giants, a position he served in for 12 seasons. During those years, the Giants won Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI. Palmieri was also on Tom Coughlin's staff with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1995 to 2002 when their teams competed in two AFC Championship Games. Palmieri spent 2003 as an assistant strength & conditioning coach for the New Orleans Saints. Prior to his NFL career he held head strength coach positions at Boston College from 1993 to 1994, where he served under Tom Coughlin and Dan Henning respectively, and at Kansas State from 1987 to 1992 where he was a part of the Bill Snyder transformation of the team. Palmieri began his strength & conditioning career as a part-time strength coach while he earned his master's degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1982 to 1983, and then an assistant strength & conditioning coach at Oklahoma State University from 1984 to 1986.

Kevin Gilbride

Kevin Bernard Gilbride (born August 27, 1951) is an American professional football coach who is currently employed as the head coach of the XFL team in New York that is due to begin play in 2020. Gilbride was a coach for twenty years in the NFL and is a longtime friend of Tom Coughlin since his days as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He spent seven years as the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants, with whom he earned two Super Bowl rings. From 1997–1998, Gilbride was the head coach for the San Diego Chargers.

License Plate Guy

Joe Ruback, better known as License Plate Guy (born June 7), is an iconic fan of the New York Giants, best known for the license plates he wears at each game. Ruback has attended every home and away game since 2003 and was at all 283 games during the team's use of Giants Stadium.Ruback first wore a plate to a game when he was 16, but the tradition didn't become what it is now until the last decade.

Joe Ruback has made several appearances on The Boomer & Carton radio show on WFAN in New York. Ruback has become a fan favorite, but prides himself as "an average fan" and can be seen before every game (home and away) in the parking lot taking pictures with fans.. Joe has also been featured on NFL Network and Good Day New York

Ruback participates in many off the field philanthropic endeavors including "Pink Tailgate" raising money and awareness for breast cancer and those affected.In 2017, Ruback organized a charity softball game to raise money for the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund. Working with Landon Collins, who headlined the event, a softball match was organized between current and past Giants team members. The event also featured a dodgeball game and a home run derby.

List of Jacksonville Jaguars head coaches

The Jacksonville Jaguars are a professional American football franchise based in Jacksonville, Florida. They are members of the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The team, along with the Carolina Panthers, joined the NFL as expansion teams in 1995. Jacksonville, along with the Houston Texans, have never played in a Super Bowl or any other NFL Championship, but has made 2 appearances in AFC Championship games against the New England Patriots after the 1996 season and the Tennessee Titans after the 1999 season, both under Tom Coughlin.

The Jaguars have had five head coaches since their inaugural 1995 season, including one interim coach. Tom Coughlin and Jack Del Rio each won 68 games while coaching the Jaguars, and Coughlin is the most successful in terms of winning percentage, winning 53.1% of his games in charge. Del Rio coached the team from 2003 to 2011, recording a winning percentage of 48.9% from 139 regular season games. He was hired on January 16, 2003 and fired on November 29, 2011. He was replaced on an interim basis with Mel Tucker.In 2012 Mike Mularkey was hired as head coach. His team was hit by several key injuries throughout the season and managed going on 2–14, the worst record in franchise history. As a result, the new owner Shahid Khan decided he wanted new leadership and fired the General Manager (GM), Gene Smith. The new GM, Dave Caldwell, decided to fire Mike Mularkey and hired Gus Bradley to become the new head coach.

List of New York Giants head coaches

The New York Giants are a professional American football team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. They are members of the East Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The franchise was founded in 1925 and have played for 19 NFL championships. They have won seven World Championship Games (Super Bowl and NFL Championship games) and one NFL Championship by virtue of having the league's best record at the end of the season in 1927.There have been 17 head coaches for the Giants franchise. Five different coaches have won NFL Championships with the team: Earl Potteiger in 1927, Steve Owen in 1934 and 1938, Jim Lee Howell in 1956, Bill Parcells in 1986 and 1990, and Tom Coughlin in 2007 and 2011. Steve Owen leads all-time in games coached and wins, and LeRoy Andrews leads all coaches in winning percentage with .828 (with at least one full season coached). Bill Arnsparger is statistically the worst coach the Giants have had in terms of winning percentage, with .200.Of the 17 Giants coaches, three have been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Benny Friedman, Steve Owen and Bill Parcells. Several former players have been head coach for the Giants, including Doc Alexander, Earl Potteiger, Benny Friedman, Steve Owen, Jim Lee Howell, and Alex Webster.

List of New York Giants seasons

The New York Giants are an American football team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. They are a member of the National Football League (NFL) and play in the NFL's National Football Conference (NFC) East division. In 94 completed seasons, the franchise has won eight NFL championships, including four Super Bowl victories. The Giants have won more than 600 games and appeared in the NFL playoffs 32 times. Though the Giants play home games in East Rutherford, they draw fans from throughout the New York metropolitan area. In 2010, the team began playing in MetLife Stadium, formerly New Meadowlands Stadium.After Tim Mara paid $500 for the franchise, the Giants joined the NFL in the 1925 season and won their first championship two years later. In 1934, the team won its second title, defeating the Chicago Bears in the NFL Championship Game. The Giants won another championship four years later, and made four appearances in the NFL Championship Game from 1939 to 1946, losing each time. New York won its fourth NFL title in 1956, with a 47–7 win over the Bears in the championship game. From 1958 to 1963, the Giants reached the NFL Championship Game five times, but were defeated on each occasion. Following the 1963 season, the franchise did not return to the playoffs until 1981, only finishing .500 or better five times during the postseason drought.

Thirty years after the team's previous NFL title, the Giants were victorious in Super Bowl XXI, winning against the Denver Broncos 39–20 to end the 1986 season. The Giants won their second Super Bowl four years later, defeating the Buffalo Bills 20–19 in Super Bowl XXV. In the 2000 season, New York returned to the Super Bowl, but lost to the Baltimore Ravens 34–7. The 2007 season saw the Giants win their seventh NFL championship at Super Bowl XLII, where they defeated the previously unbeaten New England Patriots 17–14 in a game that is widely considered to be one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history. The Giants made four consecutive appearances in the playoffs from 2005 to 2008, before an 8–8 record in 2009 caused them to miss the postseason. After missing the playoffs in 2010, they defeated the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, and San Francisco 49ers in the 2011 playoffs to reach Super Bowl XLVI, where they defeated the Patriots 21–17. In the most recent season, 2018, the Giants went 5–11 and did not qualify for the postseason.

Pat Flaherty (American football)

Pat Flaherty (born April 27, 1956) is an American football coach. He is currently as the offensive line coach for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL).

Peter Giunta

Peter Giunta (; born (1956-08-11)August 11, 1956) is an American football coach for the New Orleans Saints. He served as defensive backs coach to defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and head coach Tom Coughlin for the New York Giants from 2006 to 2014. Giunta has also served as defensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams from 1998–2000, succeeding the retiring Bud Carson. Giunta has coached at the high school, college, and professional level, and also as both offensive and defensive assistant throughout his career. He played cornerback and running back under Robert Lyons at Northeastern University from 1974-1977.

Tom Coughlin (Walmart executive)

Thomas Martin Coughlin (June 6, 1949 – April 1, 2016) was an American businessman who served as vice chairman of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and confidante of founder Sam Walton.

Coughlin was a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He attended California State University, and earned a bachelor's degree in political science.

Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation

The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, also known simply as the Jay Fund, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1996 and "helps families tackle childhood cancer by providing comprehensive financial, emotional and practical support", according to the foundation's mission statement. Charity Navigator currently rates The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation as a 4-star organization, its highest rating.

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