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Coughlin chuckles at swings in way he is perceived

Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York

Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants looks on from the sidelines against the Green Bay Packers during their NFC Divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field. (Jan. 15, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

In the last four weeks Tom Coughlin has gone from a hot seat to a throne. There were those who justifiably believed that had the Giants not pulled out their last two wins of the season – the Jets game in particular – that we’d be going through a coaching search right about now. But then a few wins and all of a sudden he’s a game away from a possible second Super Bowl and the term “Hall of Fame” is starting to be thrown around.

Coughlin laughed at those extremes when brought to his attention by Tara Sullivan of the Bergen Record.

“You just summed it up,” he said. “That’s exactly the way it comes across. You’re coaching in this job here, you’re either one or the other.”

Coughlin said he deals with it by ignoring it.

“I just keep the blinders on and go straight ahead,” he said. “I don’t have anything to do with what is being said on the outside. The priorities and the way that I think about it, I don’t let it affect me in any way. I do believe in the John Wooden statement: We like praise, we don’t like criticism, but if we let either one of those things affect your preparation then you’ve got a problem.”

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