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NYYFAN
01-06-04, 01:41 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=1701667

The New York Giants have reached an agreement in principle with Tom Coughlin to be their new head coach, several league sources have told ESPN.com

An official announcement could come as early as this afternoon.

Coughlin will sign a four-year contract and, while financial details were not immediately available, the deal is believed to be worth about $3 million annually. The sides met for a second time Monday and, by evening, negotiations had begun.

Early Tuesday, the contract was being reviewed by Coughlin's agent, Gary O'Hagan.

Coughlin was 72-64 in eight seasons as coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and took the Jags to two AFC championship games. He was fired after a 6-10 season in 2002, with two years left on his Jacksonville contract. Coughlin would have been due $3 million from the franchise in 2004.

The early-line favorite to land a Giants job that he ironically rejected in 1993, Coughlin brought a suit with him to New York on Monday at the team's suggestion. He had already made a favorable impression on vice president John Mara and general manager Ernie Accorsi, who spearheaded the search for the successor to Jim Fassel, and then impressed co-owners Wellington Mara and Bob Tisch in meetings with the two.

While the Giants' choice was said to be a close one -- Coughlin barely bested New England offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, Patriots defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel and St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Lovie Smith -- the Giants had made it clear from the outset that they admired Coughlin's style and experience.

Coughlin, 56, was to have interviewed with Buffalo Bills officials later this week, but the Giants job was the one he had coveted.

During his one year away from the NFL, Coughlin stayed in close touch with the league. He visited at least four training camps last summer, served as an advisor to three coaches, including Bill Parcells in Dallas, and maintained key contacts. Over the last few weeks, Coughlin began contacting former colleagues and assistant coaches, working on a staff in the event he landed a head coaching position for 2004.

It is believed the Giants contacted LSU coach Nick Saban on Monday, as some expected them to do, to gauge his interest in their vacancy. Like Coughlin, Saban, whose team won the BCS national championship Sunday night, turned down the opportunity to become the Giants' head coach in 1993. Apparently Saban indicated that he would not pursue the Giants vacancy.

Looie #19
01-06-04, 05:11 PM
Good choice. Coughlin really built up the Jags into a power in the late 90s.

thecaptain
01-07-04, 05:15 PM
i am happy with the choice.... :) http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/CougTo0.htm i

Jersey Yankee
01-08-04, 03:48 AM
At least my fave 'toon dude knows the score (as always):

http://www.nydailynews.com/ips_rich_content/655-GALLO8.gif

soonerpride21
01-08-04, 09:56 AM
it was evident at the end of the season that the giants needed a coach who would give their players discipline and wouldn't let them quit anytime during the season. coughlin is a great choice, and he's proved in Jacksonville that he can do the job.

RIyankee
01-09-04, 08:11 AM
Originally posted by soonerpride21
it was evident at the end of the season that the giants needed a coach who would give their players discipline and wouldn't let them quit anytime during the season. coughlin is a great choice, and he's proved in Jacksonville that he can do the job.

I don't share the enthusiasm of the forum on this hiring. First of all, the Giants have plenty of holes to fill. Secondly, and most significant, they still have Ernie Accorsi as the GM. Coughlin was successful in Jacksonville because he ran the show. He'll now be working under Accorsi, who hasn't drafted well since taking over. Coughlin mentioned something about adjusting to having a GM over him. IMO if Accorsi drafts a player that Coughlin doesn't like/need/want this arrangement will blow up, especially if Accorsi doesn't draft a player that Coughlin desires. Coaches tend to "fall in love" with players in the draft. IMO Coughlin must have been desparate to get back on to the NFL sidelines for 2004. I feel Accorsi is part of the problem. Look at his draft record.
The worst of which is when he passed up Sean Alexander for Ron Dayne. Whad made the Dayne pick even more disturbing was that Fassel/Payton's offense requires a RB to catch to ball, something Dayne never did in Wisconsin. He better be on the same page with Coughlin or this team's in trouble.

DaBoys4LifeNYY35
01-09-04, 01:28 PM
Originally posted by RIyankee

The worst of which is when he passed up Sean Alexander for Ron Dayne. Whad made the Dayne pick even more disturbing was that Fassel/Payton's offense requires a RB to catch to ball, something Dayne never did in Wisconsin. He better be on the same page with Coughlin or this team's in trouble.

ok ok ok that reminded me of a joke:

Q: How many Wisconsin fans does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

A: Four. Two to screw in the lightbulb, and two to talk about how good Ron Dayne was. (*please insert lame drum sound here*)


Coughlin + Shockey = ?!?!?!
I'm sure everyone has foreseen this. First thing I thought about when I heard about the new coach. I give them 3 days or less into the first mini-camp before something happens.

RIyankee
01-09-04, 05:23 PM
Originally posted by DaBoys4LifeNYY35

Coughlin + Shockey = ?!?!?!
I'm sure everyone has foreseen this. First thing I thought about when I heard about the new coach. I give them 3 days or less into the first mini-camp before something happens.

I'm sure the front office will back up Coughlin if Shockey and the coach butt heads. Shockey needs to grow up and to start concentrating on football or he's going to have a shortened career.