Tuck: Coughlin top choice for coach of year

He doesn't have a vote, but defensive end Justin Tuck had made it clear who he would vote as the NFL Coach of the Year.

"I don't see why (Tom Coughlin) wouldn't be the top candidate for coach of the year," Tuck said on WFAN Radio on Monday. "Considering the pressure that is on him in New York and how New York is the type of city that is about what have you done for me lately and it just seems like every year coach Coughlin's job is up for grabs. I know it's a lot of pressure on him and he's always not really wavering either way, you really couldn't tell if he's a coach that has won four Super Bowls in a row or a coach that is on the hot seat all season. He stays even keeled and kind of stuck to his guns and believed what this team was going to be about and I think that has trickled downstairs and trickled throughout this entire franchise and all these players. We're very confident in our coaching staff as far as coach Tom and each and every last one of those guys and we feel very confident in what they're preaching every day in those meeting rooms and we go out there and try to execute, and that's all you can ask for."

While the award likely is going to go to San Francisco's Jim Harbaugh, who took a 6-10 team to a 13-3 record and the No. 2 seed in the NFC in his first season, Coughlin's job this season ranks up there with any coach's performance.

The Giants are a team that was devastated by injuries earlier in the year and did very little in free agency while losing several key players. After watching a 6-2 start evaporate to a 6-6 record, Coughlin led his team to a 3-1 record down the stretch and has now won three playoff games to reach the Super Bowl, including a win over Harbaugh's 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.

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