Tom Coughlin will be replaced as the New York Giants head coach, ending a 12-year run that saw him win two Super Bowls.
Coughlin announced Monday afternoon that he had resigned, although there were multiple reports that he was about to be fired.
“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,” he said in a statement. “I strongly believe the time is right for me and my family, and as I said, the Giants organization.”
Coughlin, who turns 70 in August, took over the Giants in 2004 after eight seasons coaching the Jacksonville Jaguars. Coincidentally, he finished with the same winning percentage – .531 – in both cities.
However, his greatest successes clearly came with Eli Manning in New York, where the Giants upset the 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, then repeated the feat by beating Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLVI.
“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,” Coughlin said. “A Lombardi Trophy every five years is an achievement in which we all take great pride.”
In the four seasons since the second Super Bowl win, though, the Giants have gone 28-36 without a playoff appearance. This year, the team was 5-4 after beating Tampa Bay 32-18 on Nov. 8, but went 1-6 down the stretch to let a winnable division slip away.