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Tom Coughlin statement: Steps aside in "best interest" of Giants organization

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Coughlin says it was his decision.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Coughlin said Monday after that "it is in the best interest of the organization that I step down as head coach" in a statement released by the New York Giants Monday afternoon.

Here is part of Coughlin's statement:

"I met with John Mara and Steve Tisch this afternoon, and I informed them that it is in the best interest of the organization that I step down as head coach. I strongly believe the time is right for me and my family, and as I said the Giants organization.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as head coach of the New York Football Giants. This is not a said occasion for me. I have spent 15 years with this organization as an assistant and head coach and was fortunate to be part of three Super Bowl-winning teams. A Lombardi Trophy every five years is an achievement in which we all take great pride.

"Obviously, the past three years have not been what any of us expect, and as head coach, I accept the responsibility for those seasons."