- Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN Staff Writer
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It's a busy week for Tom Coughlin.
Free agency begins a week from now and teams can begin negotiations with free agents this weekend.
Also, Coughlin is launching a tour Tuesday to promote his new book, "Earn The Right To Win: How Success in Any Field Starts with Superior Preparation."
The book goes on sale Tuesday and Coughlin will appear on NBC's "Today" before later holding a book signing at the Fifth Avenue Barnes & Noble at 12:30 p.m.
He will also make appearances this week on CNN with Piers Morgan (Tuesday), "Fox & Friends" (Wednesday), "Live! with Kelly and Michael" (Wednesday) and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" (Thursday). Coughlin's tour will end with a book signing at Bookends in Ridgewood, N.J., on March 11.
Here's an excerpt from the foreword, written by Michael Strahan:
I had been playing for the New York Giants for more than a decade when Tom Coughlin was named head coach in 2004. Tom has since been recognized as one of the greatest coaches in NFL history, but at the beginning, our relationship was tough: I hated him. Hate is a strong word, but that's the way I felt. He was hard on everybody; he seemed to be overly concerned about petty things that made no difference, like being five minutes early to every meeting, wearing the same color practice jerseys, having your helmet strap buttoned up even when we weren't in practice. The players didn't think that he was treating us as professionals. He also wasn't open to any discussion about his tactics. His attitude was, This is what it is and this is what it's going to be. Period. After my first season playing for him I didn't know if I wanted to come back.
While I was making my decision, I happened to hear a Coldplay song, "Clocks." There is a line in that song that caused me to pause: "Am I part of the cure, or am I part of the disease?" I thought about that, and I had to wonder, Was I doing what I could to improve the situation or was I making it worse? I could either continue rebelling and fighting against him, or I could decide that those things were insignificant and just do my job to the best of my ability and see what happened.
I started to look at Tom Coughlin differently. What are his objectives? I wondered. What are his goals? Is he just trying to make us miserable with all these rules? Clearly his objective was to win. I thought about that and realized, Okay, we have that in common. What else do we have in common? It turned out there were a lot of things: We both liked to do things the right way, we both were hard workers, we both enjoyed being leaders, and we both loved what we were fortunate enough to be doing.