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Behind Enemy Lines: Coughlin and Tuck

12/24/2013

The situations aren’t comparable: Tom Coughlin has won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants; Mike Shanahan hasn’t won a playoff game in Washington. Coughlin has posted two losing seasons in 10 years with the Giants; Shanahan has lost double-digit games in three of his four seasons with Washington.

And this is not a call for continuity in Washington. If a regime isn’t working – and 24-39 is a hard sell – then change takes place. But, for Coughlin and the Giants, continuity has helped. Coughlin said he was impressed before taking the job about the organization’s philosophy and praised their ability to put people in positions to “do their job and support them.”

"Once the winning started or whatever, it became a real part of the tradition of the franchise. I think it’s very important. The continuity is very important,” he said.

Coughlin and Giants defensive end Justin Tuck both had a couple interesting comments in their conference calls with the Washington media.

Coughlin on if he has the same passion for coaching: “Sure. Absolutely. I mean, probably even more because there are a lot of those that are telling you that you didn’t do very well and you’re not a very good coach and you’re not this and you’re not that, so perhaps you have something to prove.”

Tuck on facing a quarterback such as Kirk Cousins with a quick release: “We’ve got a lot of practice against quarterbacks like him, guys that … understand what the defense wants to see with him pre-snap. Like you said, he gets the ball – most of the time, he already knows where those one or two guys are going to be, getting the ball out of his hands quickly. It makes it tough to get pressure on guys like that. … A lot of times with mobile quarterbacks, they at least give you time to get to them. Once you get there, that’s a different story, but at least they give you time to get there. It’s a challenge, but I feel like we’ll be up for the challenge.”