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Justin Tuck: Tom Coughlin 'one of the better coaches in this league'

Ex-Giant says Coughlin shouldn't be faulted for the Giants missing the playoffs this season.

Justin Tuck
Justin Tuck
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Justin Tuck has his own problems. The long-time New York Giants defensive end is now a member of the 2-12 Oakland Raiders, and trying to find a way to have success in his new home. Tuck, though, still follows his old team, and recently made a pitch for head coach Tom Coughlin to remain on the job.

"Having played for him for nine years, I don’t see who they’re gonna get that can do a better job than that guy. I know how hard he works; I know how diligent he is in preparing a football team to win. I get that sometimes you just feel like you need to make a change, and again that’s completely up to the Mara and Tisch families, and I’m sure they’ll make a decision that’s best for their organization. But Coach Coughlin is definitely one of the better coaches in this league, and he’s proven that time and time again. He’s in a tough situation right now, because he’s got a lot of injuries, a new coordinator, a lot of different things that could go the wrong way -- and have -- for him this year. But look at the past few games. That team is not going to quit on him, and that team is going to continue to fight. And you never know how things would have turned out, if they could have stayed healthy this year. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact they don’t have a lot of the pieces they thought they were going to have coming into the season. "

Tuck, of course, was part of both Coughlin-led Super Bowl-winning teams. His stance on the coach makes no difference in the big picture, but it certainly shouldn't be considered a surprise.