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Bill Belichick acknowledges Tom Coughlin as his Giants tenure ends

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Shortly before Tom Coughlin held a news conference Tuesday regarding his resignation as New York Giants head coach after 12 seasons, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick shared his thoughts on Coughlin in a conference call with reporters.

"Tom’s had a great career as a head coach and as an assistant coach -- BC, Jacksonville, New York. He’s been a friend of mine for a long time," Belichick said.

"I have a lot of respect for Tom and his family, the way he approaches his job and the way he coaches. We had a great relationship at the Giants when we were on the same staff and have had good relationships throughout our respective careers. A lot for him to be proud of and unfortunately a couple of his biggest wins came at our expense. He deserves a lot of credit for all that he’s accomplished in his career."

Belichick and Coughlin were on the same Giants staff from 1988 to 1990, when Belichick was defensive coordinator and Coughlin was wide receivers coach.

Coughlin was the NFL's oldest head coach at 69 years old. Now Seattle's Pete Carroll is the NFL's oldest coach at 64, followed by Belichick at 63.