Amid speculation that Sunday's 35-30 loss to the Eagles was head coach Tom Coughlin's last in his 12-year tenure in New York, Giants players are voicing their support for Coughlin.
"I love him," guard Justin Pugh said (Jan. 3). "I want him to be my coach."
Coughlin did not answer questions about his status as Giants head coach after Sunday's game. The Giants will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight year and there have been rumors that Giants ownership will decide to fire Coughlin or that Coughlin will resign instead.
"That is a guy that has so much command in the room, so much respect amongst his peers and us," running back Rashad Jennings said after Sunday's game (Jan. 3). We will fight for him, continue to follow him. And there is no doubt my mind that he is the man for the job."
Added linebacker Mark Herzlich: "I haven't seen too many people who have been in the game this long who have maintained this type of love for the game and this type of energy. All I can say is I know he loves the game and he's going to love it to the day he dies. You want to play for a guy like that."
Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo implied to his players that Sunday's game carried extra meaning during a meeting on Saturday, though he did not exactly specify what it was, according to Sports Illustrated.
"It was almost like Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter," cornerback Prince Amukamara said. "They didn't really say his name but guys had a sense, like ... we know who to do it for."
Players continued to support Coughlin after Sunday's loss dropped the Giants to 6-10.
"He is still Coach Coughlin to me," wide receiver Hakeem Nicks said. "He is going to get on you when he needs to get on you and he is going to let you know when you do things right. I love him as a coach and I love the way he motivates his teams."