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Coughlin's 'Hitler' comparison unfortunate

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I've been a supporter of Tom Coughlin's for the past couple of seasons. I believe he is a good coach and thought the Giants did the right thing by keeping him following last season's disappointing finish.

It's hard to support him, though, when he says stuff like this.

"I hear some of it and I see it. You know (VP of communications Pat) Hanlon tells me about it, what's going on. Hitler and then me, in that order. Unfortunate, but it is."

That quote came when Coughlin was asked recently if he paid attention to what was being written and said about him last season. I saw it in an insightful column by Gary Myers of the Daily News in which he asserts that Coughlin and GM Jerry Reese may have different agendas. Here is what he said.

It looks to me like Coughlin and new GM Jerry Reese could have conflicting agendas. Reese has done virtually nothing in the offseason to improve the Giants as he tries to make the team younger and healthier. This could be a two-year process, but Coughlin needs to win now. That won't be possible unless Reese gets him more players.

I don't have a whole lot to add to that, but I have had the same thought. Releasing Luke Petitgout and LaVar Arrington, and backing away from Al Wilson, indicate that Reese is taking the long-range view. I believe that is the right approach.

That might not, however, be the best news for Coughlin.