NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Tom Coughlin isn’t often compared to the Jets’ boisterous head coach, Rex Ryan.
So it came as a surprise Wednesday night, when Showtime’s Inside the NFL aired footage of New York’s head coach channeling his ‘inner Rex,’ telling his team that anybody who criticizes the Giants’ 10-6 season can “kiss my a–!”
Coughlin’s comments came during a post-game speech at FedEx Field on Sunday, after the Giants wrapped up their season with a 17-14 win over the Washington Redskins.
“We did our part, okay? That’s all I can ask you to do. From the bottom of my heart and everybody’s, we have a 10-and-6 season, a 10-win season in the NFL, okay?” Coughlin said. “They can kiss my a–, okay?! They can line up and kiss my a–!”
A unidentified player then asked Coughlin, “Can we quote you on that, coach?”
“You can quote me on a lot more than that,” responded Big Blue’s head coach.
The Giants had hopes of playing for an NFL title in Dallas in February, but their postseason playoff hopes were dashed when they blew a 21-point lead against Philadelphia on Dec. 19 in the NFC East showdown and then lost to the Packers in Green Bay the following weekend to lose control of their playoff destiny.
While they salvaged a 10-win season on Sunday, their playoff hopes had vanished minutes earlier when the Packers wrapped up the final wild-card berth with a win over the Bears.
It left the team with little to talk about but their disappointment after a season highlighted by inconsistency.
When the Giants were good, they were outstanding. They had a five-game winning streak early in the season that included an impressive 10-sack win over the Bears, the NFC North winner, and another three-game winning streak that put them in position to win the NFC East.
And when they were bad, well, they looked as if they belonged in the NFC West.
Injuries to receivers Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks and along the offensive line, most notably to center Shaun O’Hara, also hurt and left the Giants on the outside of the playoff picture.
There were also the 42 turnovers, including a team-record-tying 25 interceptions by Eli Manning. The giveaways were a common component in one-side losses to Indianapolis, Dallas and Green Bay.
A day after the Giants were eliminated from playoff contention for the second straight year, co-owner Steve Tisch said Monday that the team plans to sit down with the 64-year-old coach in the very near future and work out a new deal.
Coughlin had one year remaining on a $21 million contract that he signed after the Giants won the Super Bowl in 2008.
Coughlin joked when asked how long he might coach, saying he was considering going until he was 70 or 72-years-old.
“I do one year at a time,” he said with a smile.
Co-owners John Mara and Tisch agreed age is not a concern with Coughlin.
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