Originally posted by NYGIANTSFAN516:
Originally posted by THEB:Well lets see...
"After being out of football in 2003, Coughlin was named the 16th head coach of the New York Giants on January 6, 2004.
Coughlin inherited a team that finished 4–12 in 2003, but led the Giants to a surprising 5–2 start in his first season as head coach. After back-to-back losses, in which veteran quarterback Kurt Warner struggled, left the Giants at 5–4, Coughlin made the decision to bench Warner and start New York's highly touted rookie quarterback, Eli Manning. Coughlin received criticism from some who felt the move amounted to a surrender of the 2004 season when the Giants were still in playoff contention. The Giants would go on to lose six of the seven games started by Manning, who struggled in his rookie season."
So let me break it down for you since you dont seem very smart.
In their first seasons as head coaches:
Coughlin: Inherited a 4-12 team and took them to a whopping 6-10. Thats a swing of +2
Harbaugh: Inherited a 6-10 team and took them to 13-3 and into the NFC Championship (...and still going) That is a swing of +7
By my math, Harbaugh is exactly 3.5 times better than Coughlin was at this point in his career, and we can round that to 4 times better if you want to count the 1 playoff win he has.
Now shut up because you are WRONG and i just showed you why.
So who ever had the best first year is the better coach. Coughlin is a great coach. Harbaugh may be there one day, but one year DOES NOT eclipse years of good work.
I actually agree with the NYGiants fan here. You can't discount Coughlin as a coach. He has won a SB with his team and that says a lot...
We're still gonna kick the NYGiants butt this Sunday though!