Coughlin Report: Coach excited for Parcells

August, 3, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants coach Tom Coughlin is excited to fly to Canton, Ohio, following Saturday's practice to see Bill Parcells' induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

"It's the celebration of the apex of someone's career," Coughlin said. "The idea [is] that we do throw this 'great' word around in common usage today much too often, but Bill Parcells is a great football coach."

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Lee S. Weissman/Icon SMI Bill Parcells and Tom Coughlin have been colleagues and opponents during their careers.
Parcells served as the head coach of the Giants from 1983-90, winning the Super Bowl in 1986 and 1990.

Coughlin has coached the Giants since 2004, also capturing a pair of championships (2007 and 2011).

Asked if he'd think about his own possible future induction, Coughlin replied: "I don't even want to hear that stuff today. Sorry to say it that way, but that's not what this day is about. This day is about Coach Parcells, period."

Coughlin was one of Parcells' assistant coaches from 1988-90. He was asked what he learned from Parcells.

"It was just the way that he went about his business and the way the organization went about its business," Coughlin said. "The continuity, winning, the high expectation level that was put by Billy on his players. He had an ability to gauge right away whether it was championship-level or not, and his ability to communicate that in fluent 'New Jersey-ian' to his players."

No Albany: The Giants moved training camp, formerly held at the University of Albany, to their practice facility in East Rutherford, N.J., this summer.

Coughlin was asked if Albany's lack of an indoor facility had something to do with it.

"It was a big factor, no doubt about it," Coughlin said. "However, it was one of the factors. That shouldn't be used in any kind of way against the University at Albany. Mayor [Gerald] Jennings told me if that was the case, they'd find a way to have one of these facilities there."

"The fact that the CBA and the way it's conducted today and that there's only one practice [instead of two-a-days], that had an awful lot to do with it," Coughlin continued. "At least that was the argument posed. I didn't make that decision. Naturally, Mr. Mara and Mr. Tisch made the decision, but that was the way I'd present it, with the CBA the way it is and one practice."

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