ESPN has listed New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin No. 14 on its list of the top 20 greatest coaches in NFL history.
Pretty amazing for a guy Giants' fans and many in the media were trying desperately to run out of town before the magical 2007 Super Bowl run.
Here is the list thus far:
- No. 20: Tony Dungy
- No. 19: Mike Shanahan
- No. 18: Sid Gillman
- No. 17: Marv Levy
- No. 16: Hank Stram
- No. 15: Bud Grant
- No. 14: Coughlin
What are your thoughts on Coughlin, whom many of you still enjoy complaining about, being that high on such a prestigious list?
Better yet, let's put this in purely Giants' terms. Legendary Giants' coach Bill Parcells, who coached the Giants to their first two Super Bowl victories, is not on the list yet. Which means he will be higher than Coughlin -- my guess is somewhere in the top 10.
I find that justifiable in comparison with Coughlin. His overall body of work including the New England Patriots, New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys is more impressive than Coughlin's.
In regards specifically to the Giants, though, who do you see as the greatest coach in the history of the franchise -- Parcells or Coughlin? Or, would you default to Steve Owen?
Parcells has the two titles in 11 seasons, a regular-season record 77-49-1 (.570) and an 11-8 record in playoff games.
Coughlin is 83-61 (.576) in the regular season with the Giants, 8-3 in the playoffs.