Stats & Info: Tom Coughlin

Giants repeat the feat

February, 5, 2012
For the second time in five seasons, the New York Giants completed an epic Super Bowl run with a come-from-behind victory in the final minute over the New England Patriots.

It was a game reminiscent of the one that took place in Super Bowl XLII. Let's take a quick look at the notes and nuggets from this historic victory.

• This was the Giants eighth NFL championship and fourth Super Bowl win. The Giants are the fifth team to win at least four Super Bowl titles.

• The Giants are the first team to win a Super Bowl with fewer than 10 regular-season wins since NFL went to 16-game schedule in 1978 (excluding strike-shortened seasons).

• The Giants are now 3-2 vs the New England Patriots since 2001, Tom Brady’s first year as starter. The only other team with a winning record against New England during that span is Denver (6-4).

• The Giants have won seven straight postseason road/neutral site games. That is the longest streak in NFL history.

• The Giants finished the regular season minus-6 in point differential, becoming the only Super Bowl team with a negative point differential during the regular season.

• The Giants beat four teams this postseason that combined to win 51 regular-season games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that matches the most combined wins of defeated opponents by a Super Bowl champion.

• Tom Coughlin is 65 years and 158 days old, making him the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl, surpassing Dick Vermeil (age 63). He now has nine road/neutral-site postseason wins, matching Tom Landry’s postseason record. Coughlin is 9-4. Landry was 9-10.

• Eli Manning became the 11th starting quarterback to win multiple Super Bowl titles and the eighth to win his first two Super Bowl starts.

• The Patriots are now tied for the most Super Bowl losses all-time. Their four defeats match the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, and Minnesota Vikings.

• Since the start of 2006 season, the Patriots are 22-4 vs the NFC, including the postseason. Of the four losses, three came against the Giants. The other was to the New Orleans Saints during the 2009 season.

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Jacksonville begins new era under interim head coach Mel Tucker, the team's defensive coordinator. The Jaguars are fourth in the NFL in total defense, while ranking last in the NFL in total offense.

The Jacksonville Jaguars begin their post Jack Del Rio era on Monday night against the San Diego Chargers. The Jaguars fired Del Rio on Tuesday after starting 3-8 this season and replaced him with defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. Tucker becomes just the third head coach in team history behind Tom Coughlin (68-60) and Del Rio (68-71).

He's the second coach this season to make his coaching debut on Monday Night Football. Hue Jackson guided the Raiders to a 23-20 win over the Broncos.

The Jaguars already pulled off one of their biggest wins of the season on Monday Night Football. Despite scoring only 12 points in their other appearance, the Jaguars were able to pull off the upset against the Baltimore Ravens.

However bad news for Tucker, each of the first two Jaguars coaches in franchise history began their careers with four-game losing streaks.

Jacksonville isn't the only team entering this game in turmoil as news surfaced this week that Chargers head coach Norv Turner is likely to be fired at the end of this season. The Chargers have lost six consecutive games, their longest losing streak since dropping nine straight spanning the 2002-03 seasons.

The last time they lost six straight within a single season was in 2001 when they lost nine straight. That season LaDainian Tomlinson and Drew Brees were rookies with the Chargers and Norv Turner was the team's offensive coordinator.

That 2001 season started with promise similar to this 2011 campaign. That year the Chargers won five of their first seven games and sat a game behind the Raiders for first place in the AFC West. This year San Diego was in first place at 4-1 before this current losing streak.

The Chargers will look for a better outcome than their first game on Monday Night Football this season, a loss against the Kansas City Chiefs that sent their 2011 season spiraling downward. In that game Rivers was driving the Chargers to a potential game-winning score with under a minute remaining in regulation, but he fumbled the snap. The Chargers would go on to lose the game in overtime.

It was a notable miscue in a season filled with them for Rivers, who leads the NFL in interceptions. Last week against the Broncos was just the second time this season in which he did not throw an interception. Rivers has thrown an interception in all five road games this season, tying Drew Brees for the longest streak with a road interception during a single season by a Chargers player since 2001.

Ten of the 17 interceptions this season have come as a result of an over or underthrown pass, the most off-target interceptions in the NFL this season. In the years prior, Rivers combined to throw 10 off-target picks, 25th most in the NFL over that time.

The Chargers will want to make sure they don't turn the ball over tonight to help a Jaguars offense which has yet to score more than 20 points in a game this season. Jacksonville is just the fifth team in the past 25 seasons to not score more than 20 points in any of its first 11 games of the season.

Firing Del Rio ends Jaguars run of stability

November, 29, 2011
The Jacksonville Jaguars have had only two head coaches in franchise history – a mark of stability that only a few other teams can match – but they’ll soon have a third.
The team fired head coach Jack Del Rio on Tuesday and will begin its search for a permanent replacement. The team announced that defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will serve as interim coach.

Only two men, Tom Coughlin and Del Rio, have ever coached a game for the Jaguars. That’s a 17-year span which includes 267 regular-season games. Since the Jaguars entered the NFL in 1995, only a select few programs can say they’ve had that kind of stability.

The Titans (Jeff Fisher and Mike Munchak), the Steelers (Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin) and the Eagles (Ray Rhodes and Andy Reid) are the only other teams who can make that claim. We’re not counting the Texans, who also only have had two head coaches (Dom Capers and Gary Kubiak), since their franchise didn’t begin until 2002.

Comparing to Coughlin
The timing works out in an interesting way – Del Rio is fired as he’s tied with Coughlin for the most wins in Jaguars history. Both men have 68. However, that’s where most of the similarities end.
Jack Del Rio
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Tom Coughlin

It took Del Rio 11 more games that Coughlin to get his 68 wins. And while Del Rio’s Jaguars never won the AFC South, Coughlin’s did twice – in 1998 and 1999. Coughlin is also responsible for four of the franchise’s five playoff wins.

All told, Coughlin made the playoffs four times in his eight season in Jacksonville. Del Rio made it twice in nine seasons.

Del Rio’s fate tied to Garrard?
One could argue that Del Rio's fate was sealed on September 8 when the Jaguars released quarterback David Garrard.

That was just five days before the Jags season-opener, which they actually won 16-14 with Luke McCown at quarterback. However, the quarterback play has been underwhelming ever since.

McCown was benched after a four-interception game in Week 2. Blaine Gabbert has started the last nine games but has just six touchdown passes and a completion percentage under 50 percent.

The result is a Total QBR that ranks the Jaguars last in the NFL. The new Jaguars coach will be just the third in the franchise’s history, and he’ll likely have to make improving the QB play one of his top priorities.

Giants defense reverting back to old ways

January, 2, 2011
The New York Giants defense has been a huge letdown over the second half of this season under coordinator Perry Fewell, and for the second straight year, the Giants could be out of the playoffs after finding itself in good position earlier in the season.

Both seasons, the defense has been a big reason why. True, this season has not seen quite as much of a drop in performance on the defensive side of the ball as compared to 2009, but there are some similarities.

Last year through five games, New York led the NFL in yards per game allowed, and had held defenses to a measly 24 percent conversion rate on third downs. The Giants were also getting to the quarterback, registering 14 sacks in that span.

In the final 11 games of the year, New York allowed 40 points five times and opponents averaged 375 total yards. After a 5-0 start, the Giants found themselves 8-8 and out of the playoffs.

This year began in similar fashion. A 6-2 start had the Giants again leading the league in yards per game allowed at just 250. New York was giving up 20 points per game, a higher mark than the first five contests of 2009 (14.2), but the third down defense was again solid, allowing opponents to convert less than 30 percent of the time.

But much like 2009, the rest of the season has been a letdown. Over the past seven, foes are putting up nearly 370 yards per game and 25 points on average.

The fact that the Giants lead the NFL with 41 turnovers is certainly a significant factor this year, but the defense isn’t doing itself any favors when on the field. In the last seven games, New York has caused a three-and-out drive by the offense on just 20 percent of possessions, which ranks in the bottom 10 in the NFL during that span.

Compare that to the first eight games of the year, when offenses were going three-and-out against New York 33 percent of the time, second-best in the league.

For New York to beat the Washington Redskins on Sunday, three-and-outs are key in order to give the defense some rest. Fortunately, Washington’s offense averages just 28 minutes of possession per game, which is 26th in the NFL.