New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin may smile more than he used to. He is probably a little looser at times around his players and the media. The veteran Giants coach, the league’s oldest head coach at 65, doesn’t think he has changed all that much, however.
“I don’t think I’m that different. The principals, the values, what we believe are important, those things are all the same,” Coughlin said during his Friday news conference. “The virtues are all practiced the same way. I think maybe I’m a little more patient.”
Coughlin was asked what a coach’s primary task was during the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. The answer he gave was vintage Coughlin:
“Be as organized as you possibly can. Be as efficient in terms of your preparation. Make sure your players understand that when we’re working, we’re working and when they do have some time to themselves and obviously that’s their time, but make sure that in the time that we’re studying and we’re meeting and practicing that all of our focus and attention is on this game,” Coughlin said. “You don’t want any regrets. You don’t want to leave anything on the field.”