Tom Coughlin Tells Giants Coaching Staff He’s Stepping Down As Head Coach

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New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin

Photo via New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin smiles prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit

Tom Coughlin’s tenure with the New York Giants is over.

The head coach told the rest of his staff he was stepping down after meeting with Giants co-owners Steve Tisch and John Mara, per CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora. The team confirmed the news on Twitter.

Coughlin has spent the last 12 seasons as New York’s head coach and previously was a wide receivers coach there from 1988 to 1990.

“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,” Coughlin said, per La Canfora. “I strongly believe the time is right for me and my family, and as I said, the Giants organization.

“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.”

The original rumor was that Coughlin would retire, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. If it’s not, plenty of teams are looking for head coaches, which could make things interesting.

Thumbnail photo via Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports Images

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