Sunday, February 3, 2013
Coughlin and the Hall of Fame
By Tom Carpenter
It's funny how quickly things can change in the NFL. For example, discussions about New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin over the past year and a half have run the gamut from how quickly he should be terminated from his job to whether he is worthy of induction into the Hall of Fame.
When the Giants were struggling midway through the 2011 campaign, fans were calling for his head. But then there was that whole business about winning a second Super Bowl last year that not only gave him job security but may have helped him secure a spot in the HOF.
ESPN NFL Insider KC Joyner believes that Bill Parcells being named to this year's HOF class is a good sign for Coughlin's chances of joining him there in the future:
KC JoynerTom Coughlin's new HOF case
"The truth of the matter is that it can be quite difficult for a coach to make it to Canton if he doesn't have multiple championship rings. For proof, take a look at the list of 22 Hall of Fame coaches and the number of championships they won during their career ... Only five of these coaches made it into Canton with less than two titles, and two of those coaches (Bud Grant and Marv Levy) had to take their teams to four Super Bowls to overcome that barrier. Parcells' entry makes it even clearer that two championships is what it takes to win over voters, and that makes Coughlin and (Mike) Shanahan's multiple Super Bowl wins even more likely to see them inducted in the future."