Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning isn't the only member of the New York Giants who has been making the media rounds the past few days. Coach Tom Coughlin has been in demand, too, after winning his second title in five seasons.
Below are excerpts of Coughlin's visit to WFAN, where he appeared with Mike Francesa. Sports Radio Interviews has the full transcript.
On the significance of winning a second Super Bowl as head coach of the Giants:
"Well it means an awful lot to us, but I’m really, really proud of these young men. They battled back, the way that they came together, the phrase that they used was ‘All In’ and they were all in. And you could tell by the way they practiced, by the way they met, the way they listened and the way they responded. And once the defense started to play the way we knew they were capable of playing, the confidence of the team rose."
On being in elite company by winning a second Super Bowl in four years:
"Well I try to never put it in perspective for me. It’s not about me. It’s about our team and our franchise. We’re the first 9-7 team to win the Super Bowl, and now we’re one of five franchises to win four or more. These are the things that are important. The other thing is to the players, to me, it’s the stuff of legends. And I tell them, 30 years from now you’re going to be sitting in front of your fireplace talking to your grandchildren about this game and about this Super Bowl."
On not giving any thought to stepping down as head coach after winning the SB again:
"No, but when you’re going through something like we did the last six weeks, the energy level is so high you don’t need any sleep, you don’t need anything. It’s a constant high. It’s so gratifying to see because the players go out on the field and do the things you preach and talk about, and execute them very, very well. So really with the team that we have, the reinforcement we’ve received, and the way that our coaches have performed throughout the course of the year, I’m excited."