New York Giants: John Fox

NFLN survey/popular coach: Giants

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We surveyed 10 players from each NFL team and granted them complete anonymity to get their opinions on a variety of questions. We are rolling out the results of that survey piece-by-piece. Today we present the answer to the question:

Which head coach would you most like to play for?

The rules were that it had to be a current NFL head coach and that it could not be your own. The winner, with 72 votes (22.5 percent of the total) was Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. A distant second was Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin, with 44 votes (13.8 percent). Others who cracked double digits included the Broncos' John Fox (25), the Jets' Rex Ryan (23), the Patriots' Bill Belichick (22), the Chiefs' Andy Reid (22), the Saints' Sean Payton (21), the 49ers' Jim Harbaugh (16) and the Ravens' John Harbaugh (10).

The Giants' Tom Coughlin got three votes. I expect it would have been more if the survey had been conducted a year earlier, when he was (as John Harbaugh was at the time of this survey) a defending Super Bowl champion. But I'm not sure. The Giants are a fairly insular organization. And while Giants players love and respect Coughlin, I'm not sure that reputation translates league-wide. While he's clearly mellowed as his career has gone along, he still appears from the outside to be a tough, demanding, old-school coach. And you can see that most of the coaches who got the big votes in this one do not fit that description.
No, the New York Giants are not in this year's Super Bowl. But due to geographical convenience, I will be contributing all week to ESPN.com's Super Bowl coverage. I promise to keep the Giants page as fresh as possible, and frankly there should be enough Giants and Giants-related people running around the Super Bowl that we'll have no shortage of angles. Heck, even the Denver Broncos brought a couple with them Sunday night.

Broncos coach John Fox reminisced about his years spent living and working in New Jersey as the Giants' defensive coordinator, even mentioning during a discussion about his heart condition that it had been discovered during a Giants team physical. And Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning cracked about a lighthearted moment he'd shared with his little brother, Giants quarterback Eli Manning, in which the latter told him he probably couldn't offer too many tips on how to beat the Seahawks. Eli threw five interceptions in a 23-0 loss to Seattle in Week 15.

So guys like Eli and Justin Tuck and Steve Weatherford and others are already scheduled to appear on Radio Row this week. And at week's end, former Giant Michael Strahan could well be elected to the Hall of Fame. Keep it locked right here for Giants news as it comes up, and in the meantime if you'd like to check out the rest of my contributions to our team Super Bowl coverage, it shouldn't be too tough for you to find it. Enjoy.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- John Fox is back in New Jersey to coach the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. And while he obviously has a great deal on his mind as he prepares his team to play the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday, being in New Jersey brings back fond memories of his time spent as the New York Giants' defensive coordinator from 1997-2001.

"Great organization, tremendous families running the organization," Fox said of the Giants during a news conference shortly after the Broncos arrived in town Sunday afternoon. "Their head coach is probably one of the guys I've looked up to the most in this league. My sons went to school in Wayne, N.J., and we've got a lot of great memories here. It would be special to win the Super Bowl anywhere, it would be really special to win it here."

Fox's time with the Giants predated the current coach, Tom Coughlin, to whom he referred. But in answering a question about the heart surgery that forced him to miss four weeks of this current season, he did reference the fact that his heart condition, with which he was born, was discovered during one of his yearly physicals as a member of the Giants' coaching staff.

Fox left the Giants following the 2001 season to become the head coach of the Carolina Panthers, a position he would hold for nine years. The highlight of his time with the Giants, which he also referenced Sunday, was the NFC Championship Game following the 2000 season in which his defense shut out the Minnesota Vikings in a 43-0 victory that propelled the Giants into Super Bowl XXXV.

Coughlin's thoughts with Fox, Kubiak

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants' Tom Coughlin is, as everyone knows well, the oldest coach in the NFL at 67 years old. But this weekend's news that Denver coach John Fox was undergoing heart surgery and the collapse of Texans coach Gary Kubiak on the sideline of Sunday night's game in Houston didn't send Coughlin's thoughts toward himself or to the pressures of the profession he chose.

"My thoughts go right to two personal friends that I have that are obviously in need of our prayers and our best wishes," Coughlin said after Giants practice Monday. "I don't know much about Gary's situation, but I did text John back and forth a little bit to tell him we would pray for him. I think he'll come back stronger than ever."

Pressed on the issue, Coughlin did say he's aware of the stresses and pressures of the job of an NFL coach, as they pertain to him and to the coaches who work for him.

"I worry about it, sure, but when you sign up for it, that kind of goes along with it," Coughlin said. "It's all about the grinding away inside, the competitive part of this thing. That's all part of it. It's what the individuals are made of that are at this level."

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