After a fourth straight season that didn't result in a playoff appearance, the Giants and Tom Coughlin have parted ways. It's a quiet ending for a coach who will surely have a place in New York lore, having twice led the Giants to surprising Super Bowl victories -- and, impressively, beating the New England Patriots on both occasions.
Coughlin may have been a wacky leader at times, but his successes can't be denied -- and his rapport with players was as strong as they come. No surprise, then, that Coughlin's resignation sparked a flood of positive sentiments from his former players.
Justin Tuck had plenty of positive things to say about Coughlin in a lengthy Instagram post:
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
But that was one of many similar reactions:
It has been one of the greatest honors of my life and career to be lead by Tom Coughlin, my life will forever be changed. #legacy #NFL#gmen
— Josh Brown (@Kickingitwith3) January 4, 2016
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
— Prince Amukamara (@PrinceAmukamara) January 4, 2016
Thank you Tom Coughlin for demanding the very best from myself/teammates every single day. Respect is not given, it's earned #NYG 2xSBChamps
— David Diehl (@davediehl66) January 4, 2016
I had the honor to play for a legend. Thank you coach Coughlin
— Justin Pugh (@JustinPugh) January 4, 2016
What an incredible honor it was to have played for Coach Coughlin...something I'll be very proud to tell my kids about someday!
— Kevin Boss (@KevinBossman) January 4, 2016