Two straight playoff-less seasons have left the New York Giants fan base ornery, and maybe made the organization a little anxious. One thing those failings have not done, however, is dimmed the respect head coach Tom Coughlin enjoys around the league.
NFL.com has released its annual head coach power rankings, which is really just the opinion of columnist Elliott Harrison, and Coughlin placed No. 5 on the list among the league's 32 head coaches.In Harrison's view, the two Super Bowl victories Coughlin guided the Giants to and his work with the Jacksonville Jaguars outweigh the Giants' inconsistency:
Of all the organizational frontmen on this list, Coughlin is the hardest guy to rank. He is one of just two active head coaches with multiple Super Bowl wins, and he also took the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars to two AFC Championship Games. His is an interesting Hall of Fame case. The only downside for Coughlin is the fact the Giants missed the playoffs in 2009, '10, '12 and '13.
Under Coughlin's stewardship the Giants have always been something of an enigma, probably because the man himself -- even the looser, more relaxed Coughlin we see today -- is still an enigma himself.
A man who preaches consistency, who preaches being the same all the time, has been the leader of a maddeningly inconsistent team for the past decade. Indeed, Coughlin's will be an interesting Hall of Fame case. You have to think his chance would be helped by at least making the playoffs in 2014.
The coaches listed ahead of Coughlin are as follows:
- No. 4 -- John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens
- No. 3 -- Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers
- No. 2 -- Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints
- No. 1 -- Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
Do you think No. 5 is about right for Coughlin?