The debate continues – Coughlin or Belichick?
When ranking the NFL's best coaches, it comes down to postseason success. And since both the Giants and Patriots have tasted it under their respective leaders, how do you decide?
On one hand, Tom Coughlin's Giants have beaten Bill Belichick's Patriots twice on the biggest stage. On the other, Belichick has one more ring and has been to five Super Bowls.
Well, Sporting News fell on the side of Coughlin, who ranked No. 1 in the publication's list of 32 present coaches.
"No present coach has a better knack for getting his team to play best when it counts the most," Clifton Brown wrote. "He has won two Super Bowls as the underdog. He has won two NFC championship games on the road. And he has done it in the pressure-cooker of the New York media market.
"Coughlin is the NFL's oldest coach—he turns 66 in August—but shows no sign of slowing down. It has never been better to be Coughlin."
While the two coaches have appeared at the top in similar lists this offseason, Belichick came in at No. 2, followed by Green Bay's Mike McCarthy, Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin and Baltimore's John Harbaugh to round out the top five.
"With three Super Bowl rings, no current coach can match his resume," Brown wrote about the New England coach. "Belichick has been remarkably consistent, with at least 10 wins in each of the past nine seasons. His place as an all-time great coach is secured.
"So why isn't Belichick in the No. 1 slot? Because he has lost three consecutive games to Coughlin, including two Super Bowls. Lifetime, Belichick is 1-5 against Coughlin."
As for the NFC East, Philadelphia's Andy Reid came in at No. 8, Washington's Mike Shanahan at No. 16, and Dallas' Jason Garrett at No. 23.
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