“Mike, I can’t even describe how it hurts,” Coughlin told Francesa in regard to missing the playoffs. “I don’t know what to do. I’m walking around here like a crazy man. I don’t know what to do with myself. We shouldn’t be doing this right now. The pain of it is almost indescribable because your expectations are so high.”
The coach even admitted that losses are tougher for him to swallow now than they were 10 years ago.
“Not only (does it hurt more) as you get older, but you just were at the top of the mountain,” Coughlin said. “The last thing that you’re thinking about is losing football games or not being in the playoffs. You’re thinking you’re gonna be there, and it just multiplies the difficulty in accepting losing.”