The ink was barely dry on Tom Coughlin’s resignation from the Giants when the question was raised: Does he belong in the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
Coughlin won two Super Bowls, beating the Patriots both times and joining only a dozen head coaches with multiple titles. The list includes Vince Lombardi, Tom Landry, Don Shula, Chuck Noll, Bill Walsh, Joe Gibbs and Bill Parcells. All seven have been enshrined in Canton. Bill Belichick, a four-time winner, is a lock.
Coughlin has a 170-150 career record, giving him the fifth-worst winning percentage among the 38 head coaches in NFL history with 100 regular-season victories. In 20 seasons, he had only 10 winning records. The Giants missed the playoffs seven times during his 12-year tenure.
He won his first Super Bowl after David Tyree made an incredible catch over his head, the second after Mario Manningham kept his feet in bounds on another spectacular grab. In other words, Coughlin also was two plays from winning zero Super Bowls.
Good coach, yes, but worthy of the Hall of Fame? No.