After 12 seasons and two Super Bowl titles with the New York Giants, it’s time for Tom Coughlin to say goodbye. The head coach quit his position Monday, which is also known as Black Monday in the NFL, after he met with the Giants ownership.
Coughlin, 69, earned $7 million per year with the Giants, according to Coaches Hot Seat. His age and salary were among the top searches associated with his name Monday, as Google Trends shows.
Until he resigned, Coughlin was the oldest head coach in the NFL and also one of the highest-paid, surpassed only by Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots, Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks and Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints.
The Tom Coughlin era is over in New York. pic.twitter.com/lnEX24w7lo
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 4, 2016
Coughlin issued a statement via the Giants website after he stepped down. “I strongly believe the time is right for me and my family, and as I said, the Giants organization,” he said. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as head coach of the New York Football Giants. This is a not a sad occasion for me. I have spent 15 years with this organization as an assistant and head coach and was fortunate to be part of three Super Bowl-winning teams. A Lombardi Trophy every five years is an achievement in which we all take great pride.” Coughlin added: “Obviously, the past three years have not been what any of us expect, and as head coach, I accept the responsibility for those seasons.”
The Giants have not yet revealed who will replace Coughlin. The Giants record was 6-10 for the 2015 season, which placed them third in the American Football Conference. This year marked the fourth time the Giants didn’t make it into the playoffs.
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