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Will NYG be NFL's most consistent team with win?

Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:16 pm
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By Ryan Wilson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin go back a long way. Both worked on Bill Parcells' staff with the Giants in the 1980s, and they remain two men who have great admiration for one another.

“I respect a lot of things about Tom – his evaluation of talent, the way he attacks teams, his consistency, his discipline, his team’s toughness, their resiliency," Belichick said.

Coughlin, several blocks away at the Giants' press conference, was just as complimentary. “He’s always been an exceptional defensive coach trained by the best, by Parcells," he said of Belichick. "He’s also become an outstanding offensive coach and Tom Brady has helped him to really diversify and get into areas offensively that only lead to the particular strengths of the individuals involved, and he’s done a very good job of that."

Now, two decades later, Belchick and Coughlin have four Super Bowl titles between them. Three of those Lombardi Trophies belong to New England but that happened during a four-year span from 2001-2004.

In the seven seasons since, the Patriots have made six playoff appearances, but returned to the Super Bowl just once, in 2007, where they lost to the Giants in one of the biggest upsets in NFL history. From 2001-2011, New England is 16-5 in the postseason, but since 2006, they're just 6-4. Relatively speaking, 6-4 is a fantastic accomplishment. It's just that we've gone from hailing the Patriots as the next great dynasty four years ago to now wondering if they're even the NFL's best team this century.

In fact, if the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI, you could make a case that they belong in that conversation.

New York hasn't had the Pats' sustained success since 2000, but they played in a Super Bowl following the '00 season (a loss to the Ravens), and since Coughlin was hired in 2004, they've been to the playoffs in five of eight seasons. They're 7-3 over that time with three of those wins coming last month.

Since '07, Coughlin's winning percentage with the Giants is impressive (49-31, 0.613), though less so when compared to Belichick (64-16, 0.800). But regular-season accomplishments mean little if they don't culminate in a championship. No one talks about New England's almost perfect 2007 season except to point out that the Giants beat a thought-to-be unstoppable offense and longer odds to earn the Lombardi Trophy.

Yet no one mentions the Giants in the same breath as the Patriots (and to lesser extents, the Steelers, Saints, Packers and before this season, the Colts) and that includes some Giants players.

"Honestly, for us, that ’07 (Super Bowl) was kind of like us coming together as a football team," defensive end Justin Tuck said this week. "We just said we wanted to kill a dynasty, and that’s what they were. But now, we’ve been here before and we felt as though all that is secondary. We just want to come in here and have our mind focused on playing a great football game, and not really getting caught up in all the hoopla around the game.”

That's exactly what Super Bowl week is -- hoopla around a game -- but the absurdities of Media Day shouldn't obscure what the Giants will have accomplished if they win. Coughlin remains unimpressed, at least for now.

"That’s the furthest thing from my mind is how this enhances my legacy," Coughlin said Tuesday. "That’s nowhere near anything that I am thinking about right now. What I’m concerned with is the concentration of our players, putting ourselves in the best frame of mind that we can possibly be, preparing our team to the best of our ability, and then playing exceptionally well, as best as we possibly can.”

Fair enough, but by Sunday night we could be talking about Coughlin -- who annually (and inexplicably) finds himself on the hot seat -- as the man responsible for bringing the Giants two Super Bowls in five years. Just like Parcells.

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Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:52 pm

Will NYG be NFL's most consistent team with win?

Well, you have got to ask how many of those super bowls anre tainted, and Belichik cheat on ? How many games post season, and regular has he cheated on ? I do know the Giants are inconsistent during the regular season, mostly because of injuries it seems, as they do play all out in every game. Coughlin wouldn't have it any other way. I think Manning plays hurt a lot more than we know which are the games that leave people scratching their heads and saying, what the heck's wrong with Manning? Another bad outting for Manning, whatever the case. He has had injuries, maybe even ones he doesn't report, this tells me this is one tough Hombre. Now it's crunch time, and Manning always brings it.

Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:34 pm

Will NYG be NFL's most consistent team with win?

The Giants have to be the NFLs most consistent franchise over the last 30 years.  A win this weekend and they would join 3 other teams with at least 4 Superbowl wins.  They went to the Superbowl in 1986, 1990, 2000, 2007 and 2011.  The longest stretch between superbowls is only 10 years. 

Of the other 3 teams Green Bay went 30 and 12 years between appearances.  Dallas hasnt been to a SB since 1995 season and San Fran since 1994.  Pittsburgh is the most consistent in the Superbowl era with only a stretch of 16 years between superbowl appearances. 

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:03 pm

Will NYG be NFL's most consistent team with win?

When Tom Coughlin is on the hotseat he ends up going to the SB.Both of the coaches all stem from one of the best,thanks Mr.Bill Parcells.

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