One last practice before the trip to Charlotte tomorrow. The Giants are in an 0-2 hole and need a win badly. Head coach Tom Coughlin could sure use some positive reinforcement as he has been through an emotional week, dealing with the sudden death of his brother on Monday. He spoke openly about the death of John Coughlin, 63, on the team’s website yesterday.
“It’s an emotional tug of war is probably the best way to say it,” Coughlin said. “Monday was a day in which the initial shock for me was at about five in the morning, going over to the hospital and seeing John and then listening to the doctors and their options and then going back in the afternoon and having my sisters there. We all were in there together. Then the doctors came by, the neurosurgeons, and they went further with the explanation and then we went back Monday night to say goodbye. It was that, and then you’re trying to get as much information as you can about the next opponent and you’re trying to go ahead and take care of things that you do.”
He stated he is fortunate to have a veteran staff and a solid support system behind him.
“My parents are gone, I’m the oldest, so you understand where the responsibility goes,” Coughlin said. “So I do that and do the best I can here with the guys. Fortunately, I have a veteran staff that’s been with me for a long time and they were told very early in the week what was going on and they’ve gone ahead and forged out and done the best they can with it.”
Coughlin will head upstate to his hometown of Waterloo on Monday for the wake and burial, which will take place on Tuesday.