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Mind-Boggling Bias!

Mind-Boggling Bias!
By Martin Alvin

Mind-boggling is defined as: Intellectually or emotionally overwhelming. Bias is defined as: That which prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation. So, based on those definitions, it’s, factually, accurate to say; it’s mind-boggling, bias when Giants’ fans -– in spite of the facts available to them — continue to bash Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning.

Everyone’s heard of hometown bias: thinking the hometown athlete and team are better than the other town’s athlete or team. And there’s nothing criminal or unusual about expressing a hometown bias for the hometown athlete and team. But, astonishingly, I’m seeing a hometown bias against hometown Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning. Now, that’s pretty weird.

There are, and always have been, Coughlin and Manning doubters, which is fine. Intelligent people don’t dumbly accept hype and propaganda. They get the facts and make observations based on those facts; which, of course, is the exact opposite of being biased. And the facts tell us that Coughlin and Eli are not the best ever at their jobs. Vince Lombardi, Chuck Noll, Bill Walsh and Bill Bellichick have better records than Tom Coughlin does. And Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Aaron Rogers have better statistics than Eli does. But Giants’ fans, expressing themselves in the comments sections of various sports blogs, are bashing Coughlin and Eli shamelessly. I’ve read comments proclaiming: “Coughlin isn’t even in Bill Parcells’ class.” But do the facts support that?

Bill Parcells: 1983-1990. Giants Won/Lost: 77- 49 – 1 (.606)
Giants Won/Lost Playoffs: 8-3 (.727)
Total Regular Season W/L: 172–130–1 (.570)
Total Postseason W/L: 11–8 (.579)
Total Career W/L: 183–138–1 (.570)
Two Championships in nineteen total years.

Tom Coughlin; 2003-2013. Giants Won/Lost: 90-70 (.562).
Giants Won/Lost Playoffs: 8-3 (.727)
Total Regular Season 158–130–0 (.549)
Total Postseason 12–7 (.632)
Total Career 170–137–0 (.554)
Two Championships in eighteen total years.

Clearly, factually, Tom Coughlin’s record –- with the Giants and in total — is virtually identical to Bill Parcells’ record. So, how does he stack up against this years Super Bowl coaches: Pete Carroll and John Fox?

John Fox: Total Regular Season W/L: 104-84-0 (.553)
Total Postseason W/L: 8-5 (.615),
Total W/L 112-89-0 (.557).
No championships, yet.

Pete Carroll: Total Regular Season W/L: 71–57 (.555)
Total Postseason W/L: 5–4 (.556).
Total W/L: 76-61 (.555)
No championships, yet.

Clearly, Coughlin has the better record because, while he has a similar overall winning percentage; he’s also got two championship belts. And he stacks up just as well against other prior Giants head coaches who coached for at least five years?

Steven Owen: 1931-1953. Won/Lost: 151-100-1 (.602)
Two World Championships in twenty-four years.

Jim Lee Howell: 1954 to 1960. Won/Lost: 53-27 (.662)
One championship in seven years.

Allie Sherman: 1961-1969. Won/Lost: 57-51 (.509)
No championships in nine years.

Jim Fassel: 1997-2003: Won/Lost: 58-53 (.518)
No Championships in seven years.

Comparing Coughlin to some other well known “Winning” coaches:

Tom Landry: 1960-1988. Total Won/Lost: 250-162-6 (.607)
Two Championships in twenty-nine years.

Marty Schottenheimer: 1984-2006. Total W/L: 200-126-1 (.630)
No World Championships in twenty-three years.

People have suggested firing Coughlin and hiring Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden:

Bill Cowher: 1992-2006. Total Won/Lost: 149-90-1 (.621)
One world championship in fifteen years.

Jon Gruden: 1998-2008. Total Won/Lost: 95-81 (.540)
One World Championship in ten years.

Peyton Manning, Aaron Rogers, Tom Brady and Drew Brees have better statistics than Eli; but I’m reading angry comments suggesting the Giants trade Eli for draft choices and then draft a new QB out of college, calling Eli: “The luckiest two time Super Bowl MVP ever!”

Okay, Eli isn’t Peyton, Brady, Rogers or Brees, but he compares very well with Phil Simms, the last terrific Giants QB, and a guy that Sports Illustrated called the “Most Underrated Quarterback” in NFL history in their August 27, 2001 issue.

Phil Simms: 1979-1993. Won/Lost: 95-64. Career completion percentage: 55.5%. 199 TDs, 157 Interceptions. 17 game winning drives in fifteen years.
One Super Bowl victory and one Super Bowl MVP.

Eli Manning: 2004-2013. Won/Lost: 85-66. Completion record: 58.5%.
229 TDs, 171 interceptions. 30 game winning drives in ten years.
Two Super Bowl victories and two Super Bowl MVPs.

Simms was injured late in1990, so it might be unfair not to credit him with SB XXV. But who knows if the Giants would have gotten there with Simms instead of Hostetler?

So, how should we judge Eli and Coughlin? Just wins and losses? Okay:

Landry won 250 games — but only two championships – in 29 years.
Schottenheimer won 200 games — and no championships – in 23 years.
Steve Owen won 151 games — and two championships – in 22 years.
Bill Cowher won 149 games — but only one championship – in 15 years.
Bill Bellichick has won 215 games – and three championships —  18 years; but he also lost two championships to Tom Coughlin.

And speaking of wins and losses: Big Blue was 12-4 in 2008 and lost in the first round of the playoffs. They were 10-6 in 2007, and 9-7 in 2011, and won two Super Bowls. Which seasons were better? Is winning twelve games and losing in the playoffs better than winning nine or ten games a year and two championships? I mean, seriously; isn’t the real object of the game to win championships? If so, both Coughlin and Eli –- based on the facts –- are repeat champions.

Nobody wins championships every year; not Lombardy or Noll or Walsh or Bellichick, And even though Coughlin and Eli have won two championships in the last seven years, and even though no other coach or player in the NFL can factually say that; and in spite of the facts I’ve cited above, some folks will continue to bash Coughlin and Eli simply because they don’t like them; it’s just that sad and it’s just that simple. And that kind of bashing is defined as mind-boggling bias.


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5 Responses to “Mind-Boggling Bias!”

  1. […] Martin Alvin Mind-Boggling Bias! By Martin Alvin Mind-boggling is defined as: Intellectually or emotionally […]

  2. Berdj Joseph Rassam says:

    That’s an interesting analysis on the Giants’ coaches. Thanks.

  3. Wise Dog says:

    coughlin bashing and eli bashing comes from bandwagon fans not from giants fans who remember the bad old days of ray handley and kent graham and dave brown and appreciate coughlin and Eli. They jumped on the bandwagon in 2007 and they are jumping off now. Pay no attention to them. I don’t

  4. […] There are, and always have been, Coughlin and Manning doubters, which is fine. Intelligent people don’t dumbly accept hype and propaganda. They get the facts and make observations based on those facts; which, of course, is the exact opposite of being biased. And the facts tell us that Coughlin and Eli are not the best ever at their jobs. Vince Lombardi, Chuck Noll, Bill Walsh and Bill Bellichick have better records than Tom Coughlin does. And Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Aaron Rogers have better statistics Click Here to Read More […]

  5. DP says:

    Good article Martin. TC and Eli are still writing their Giants story, their legacy is not yet complete. However, I don’t consider TC on a par with Parcells in terms of Giants lore. The 86 and 90 Giants were 14-2 and 13-3 during the regular season. The season long ride culminating in Super Bowl wins was as great as the finish. The 2007 and 2011 Giants caught momentum at the right time and rode to victory, the regular seasons were not as satisfying although the end result was just as great as Parcells. The year-long domination was not present in these last two SB winning seasons, that has an effect of ‘perception’ on my part. Parcells teams had to get past the 49ers, Redskins, and Bears of the 80’s just to get to the Super Bowl.

    Actually, at this stage when I assess TC and Eli together, what I see more closely as a match is Tom Flores and Jim Plunkett of the Raider days in the early 80’s. Those teams posted 11-5 and 12-4 regular seasons, once the playoffs got started it looked like Plunkett was unstoppable and always came up with the big play, like Eli has done during his Super Bowl wins.

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