After two decades as an NFL head coach, it appears Tom Coughlin is going out on his own terms.
The New York Giants coach is expected to retire after his team’s Week 17 game against the Philadelphia Eagles and “ride off into the sunset,” FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo reported Sunday, citing his colleague, Jay Glazer.
Coughlin reportedly invited his whole family to MetLife Stadium on Sunday in another sign this could be his NFL head coaching swan song.
Coughlin was one of several head coaches whose job appeared to be in jeopardy entering Black Monday, as the Giants entered Sunday with a 6-9 record and will miss the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.
Yet Coughlin, who at 69 years old is the oldest head coach in the NFL, certainly has left his mark in New York. After going 6-10 in his first year as Giants head coach in 2004, Coughlin guided the club to four consecutive postseason appearances and a massive upset of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.
Coughlin and Co. missed the playoffs in 2009 and 2010 but beat the Patriots again in 2011 for their second Super Bowl in five seasons. Coughlin entered Sunday with a 102-89 record in 12 seasons with the Giants and a 170-149 overall head coaching record, which included four winning seasons with the Jacksonvile Jaguars.
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