Tom Coughlin has had one hell of a career as the head coach of the New York Giants.
The 69-year-old has won three Super Bowls during his time with the Giants, one as an assistant and the other two as head coach, defeating Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots on both occasions.
However, despite triumphing over the Pats twice to win the Vince Lombardi trophy, Coughlin has revealed one of his biggest regrets - and it involves the New England franchise.
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Coughlin and the Giants take on the Patriots this weekend as they look to stay above the .500 mark for the season. Speaking to reporters on a conference call ahead of the game, Coughlin revealed one of the biggest regrets of his recent coaching years is not managing to sign Patriots receiver Julian Edelman as a free agent.
Coughlin said he “appreciated the toughness” that Edelman brings to the game and wishes that the wideout was catching passes from Eli Manning instead of Tom Brady.
“Well I was very, very impressed with the young man,” Coughlin said, via PFT. “He was very serious, I kind of like those kind of guys."
Coughlin went on to add that he regretted not being able to nab the league's top slot receiver.
"He was serious, he was serious about his business and the game of football and what he was looking for. I certainly regret the fact that he’s not in this uniform but that’s the way it goes.”
To be fair to Coughlin, Edelman was hardly the star he is now back in 2013. He had 21 receptions for 235 yards and three touchdowns in 2012.
After re-signing with the Patriots, he then exploded into the scrappy star he's known as now, putting up over a thousand yards in 2013 and becoming a key part of Tom Brady's offense ever since.