Tom Coughlin performed his final press conference today as New York Giants head coach before resigning from the position.
The 69-year-old spoke about his time with the team and thanked all of his friends and family and colleagues that have supported him along his 12-year stay with the NFC East franchise.
However, it is quarterback Eli Manning who will have to change the most now Coughlin has departed the Giants, as he is likely to face many new challenges ahead of him after winning two Super Bowl trophies with Coughlin in his career.
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According to SB Nation, Coughlin was asked during the press conference: "What would your message be to Eli, who now faces tremendous change?"
To which he replied: "He can handle it all. He's done it before, he'll handle it again. He's extremely bright, he's extremely competitive. He's what you want -- a son to be made out of, because ... I mean, he thinks he's the reason. He's not the reason that I'm [leaving]. [to Manning, who's sitting in the second row] Eli, it's not you. It's us.
[to the crowd] We win, we lose together. Remember, when we lose, I lose. When we win, you guys win. That's the way it is. That's the game. I know what it is. I got the game. I got it. But what I would tell him -- he's going to be right back here in about two days, starting to work on next year, just like he always does. And that's never going to change. And God bless him for it."
Coughlin has shown a great love for Manning, and Eli was fighting to hold back the tears, as you can see in the video below from around the 40-second mark onwards.
Coughlin will go down as one of the most successful head coaches ever with the Giants, alongside the likes of Bill Parcells and Steve Owen, so whoever replaces him at the franchise will have big shoes to fill.