Posted April 05, 2013

Giants coach Tom Coughlin: Plaxico Burress shooting cost us title

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Giants coach Tom Coughlin believes he should have another Super Bowl ring if the Plaxico Burress shooting didn't happen. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Giants coach Tom Coughlin believes he should have another Super Bowl ring if the Plaxico Burress shooting didn’t happen. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin believes he should have another Super Bowl ring on his finger in addition to the two he already has.

Coughlin said to the YES Network in an interview set to air June 4 that he believes that 2008 team had a great chance at another ring but the Plaxico Burress shooting happened.

Burress, who caught the winning touchdown in the 17-14 upset victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, accidentally shot himself in the right thigh while at a New York City nightclub in November 2008. Burress served two years in prison for two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and one count of reckless endangerment.

At the time of the shooting, the Giants were 11-1 and well on their way to the top seed in the NFC. The Giants were eventually upset by the Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

Had that incident not occurred, Coughlin said he was certain the team would repeat as Super Bowl champs. “We were the best team in the NFL at the time of the shooting,” Coughlin said, via the Star-Ledger


5 comments
ciscor1
ciscor1

It is interesting how Tom Coughlin uses this reason for why he did not get another Super Bowl in 2008. Making comments like this to me is a poor public relations response. It is known that during the times his teams have won the Super Bowl, they had 6 or 7 losses. His teams also have had losing streaks getting into the playoffs. Making the statement via Star-Ledger saying he was certain they would win if not for the Burress incident is very bold. One player, short of maybe the quarterback position, does not make a team. It takes a total team effort. You have to be versatile. On any given day, you just run into that team that just plays better than you for that instant. Take the New England Patriots, who during their great year went undefeated until that final game. It is ironic though that they lost to the Giants, the team whose coaching we are speaking of. They may have had their reason for that loss, but they accepted that they were just outplayed. As a coach, you just need to accept the outcome of a game and how the game played out. Sometimes you win against a great team, and sometimes you lose.

joshuadmcswain
joshuadmcswain

I kind of agree, but there's no way of knowing. Still, two in five years is pretty good. 

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

I've always thought so, too. Thems the breaks.

kzeret
kzeret

not every, njblue season your forgetting the superbowl win seasons, and as a fan we hurt in all the other seasons except one. And what he said has long been thought of in the Giants fan base because we beat every good team including the eventual super bowl champs at their home

njblue82
njblue82

Coughin neglected to mention that his teams post losing records in the second half of every season, with or without Plax, and may not have caught 2007's "lightning in a bottle" again.