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Oct 14, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin reacts during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Coughlin's Book Provides Key to Success

May 10, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin speaks with media during the rookie minicamp at the Giants Timex Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Giants’ two-time Super Bowl winning Head Coach Tom Coughlin recently released his book “Earn the Right to Win”. Its main theme is how success in any field begins with superior preparation.

Michael Strahan, the holder of the single-season sack record, states in the prologue that when Coughlin arrived in New York, that Strahan personally hated him. He was apparently a “tyrant”, but he had the perfect formula for success, and that was eminent during the team’s two Super Bowl seasons and the time surrounding that.

Coughlin had to make adjustments to his general attitude towards his players in order to gain their respect, and therefore, have a better chance of winning. He had always cared, but didn’t show it to the players until 2007 – then, it was told to him by people in his inner circle that he should treat his players the same way he is with his grandchildren.

The Giants’ head coach also emphasized scheduling and being on time, thus creating the concept of “Coughlin Time”. All of the clocks in the Giants’ facility are set five minutes fast – so if a player is only two minutes early to a meeting, he’s already late.

Coughlin uses various examples from his past experiences throughout the book to illustrate how success in properly and effectively attainable. His book is a great read for any football fan or anyone who seeks success in their respective fields.

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