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Tom Coughlin doesn’t feel added pressure to make playoffs

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin talks to reporters during practice on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: AP / Julio Cortez

With speculation beginning to swirl about what Sunday’s outcome will mean to Tom Coughlin’s future with the Giants, the coach said there is no added pressure on him to get this team into the postseason for the first time since 2011.

“The whole reason for being in it is to get to the playoffs and get a chance to compete in the tournament,” he said on Thursday. “I don’t know how you could feel any more pressure.”

The Giants (5-6) still have a very good shot of doing that, tied for first place in the division (albeit a division without any team with a .500 or better record). A win on Sunday over the Jets (6-5) certainly would help direct the Giants toward that goal, but it won’t guarantee them of anything. Nor would a loss eliminate them, considering few teams in the NFC East have shown any capacity to win on a regular basis.

As for the idea of his tenure with the Giants being pegged to the team making the playoffs, Coughlin said he doesn’t feel any increase in pressure to do that just because of where the Giants are as of now in the standings.

“ Do I? No,” he said. “That was the objective all along.”

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