Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Notable Giants Head Coaches: How We Rate Them

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Notable Giants Head Coaches: How We Rate Them

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Like other NFL franchises, the Giants have good and bad memories of past head coaches.

So before the Giants hire Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur (or anybody else for that matter), let's look back at the good, the bad and the ugly of the franchise's hiring of coaches:

Bill Parcells: The ultimate Jersey guy dreamed of coaching his favorite team when he was growing up in Oradell and was a multiple sport star at River Dell. Once he got the job, he took advantage.

The toughest season of his eight as head coach was his first, when the Giants won only three games and general manager George Young seriously considered replacing him. They never went out together after practice, but Parcells and Young developed a working relationship that produced the Giants' first two Super Bowl championships.

Parcells was 77-49-1 overall and 8-3 in postseason games, and reached another Super Bowl as New England's coach, but lost to Green Bay. There's no telling how many titles he could have won with the Giants if he didn't have health problems and he and Young got along better.

Steve Owen: The Giants' coach from 1931-1953, he won NFL championships in 1934 and 1938 and leads the franchise in games coached (270) and wins (153). Owen is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Only two other Giants coaches (Parcells, Benny Friedman) are enshrined in Canton.

Tom Coughlin: He was the receivers coach on the first Parcells' Super Bowl coaching staff before becoming a head coach — at Boston College and then the Jacksonville Jaguars. Coughlin returned to the Giants in 2003, succeeding Jim Fassel as coach. He eventually equaled his mentor Parcells with a pair of Super Bowl championships, both over the Patriots. In 12 seasons as Giants coach, Coughlin was 102-90, with the same 8-3 postseason record as Parcells.

Jim Lee Howell: He won an NFL title in 1956 and had a career record of 53-27-4, but his coordinators (Tom Landry, offense; Vince Lombardi, defense) went on to greater successes.

LeRoy Andrews: In two seasons, Andrews has the best winning percentage (. …

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