The turnaround in Tom Coughlin's coaching fortunes is nothing short of amazing.
The New York Daily News reported Thursday that the Giants are about to sign TC to a new four-year, $21 million contract.
In terms of annual salary, the Daily News reports that the $5.25 million annually will put Coughlin behind only Bill Belichick and Mike Holmgren among NFL coaches.
If Coughlin finishes the four-year contract, which runs through 2011, he will have been Giants' coach for 8 seasons -- as long as the legendary, still beloved Bill Parcells.
The only person to have been Giants' coach longer than that is Steve Owen, who coached the team from 1931-1953.
Matt Mosley of ESPN's 'Hashmarks,' calls it "one of the most amazing reversal of fortunes in coaching history."
I don't see how you can argue with that.
There have been fans calling for Coughlin's head almost since the day he got the job. Even when the playoffs began many still weren't convinced TC deserved to be back next season to finish what would have been the final year of his contract.
We all know the warts, the baggage Coughlin carried into the 2007 season. The Tiki Barber episode. The inability to relate to players. The lack of flexibility. The counter-productive sideline histrionics. The inability to hire top-notch coordinators. The struggle to develop Eli Manning.
All of that disappeared in the wake of one amazing run to an unexpected Super Bowl title.
As for Coughlin, he won't be disappearing from the Giants' sideline for quite some time.