Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin has been heavily criticized for the team’s subpar performance this season. Many wonder if his message is losing it’s bite on the veterans and not quite reaching the younger players.
Coughlin has modeled much of his approach after the some of the greatest coaches in American history (John Wooden, Vince Lombardi) finding and using various methods to motivate his team….
“For me, it’s a matter of pride, it’s a matter of who you represent, it’s a matter of your teammates depending on you, it’s a matter of your character and who you are. You’re making a strong statement about who you are, whether you’re a fighter or a competitor, how you’re going to be influenced. Competitive greatness is something that we talk about and it starts deep within and it’s the nature of the game. Men are lured to the most difficult of challenges and that’s the game of football completely. In this day and age, the way in which the media and the video world, and the way in which you can have information so quickly at your disposal, a man is who he is. I think that’s an important thing, too. Your family is involved. Your family name is involved. Who you are and what you represent and what your character is and how you stand as a man, in the most difficult of times, in the best of times. We’ve had it both ways around here. We’ve had people in that Super Bowl locker room and we’ve had people in our locker room after we’ve had disappointing losses. How do we handle it and what kind of men are we if we are completely opposite and don’t rise to the occasion and meet the bell when things aren’t going well. I take that stuff very seriously.”
The panel discuss whether the Giants’ victory over the Lions on Sunday shows that the team is still listening to coach Tom Coughlin.