Coughlin believes the team actually should have three titles. The best record any of his teams enjoyed was in 2008, when they were defending their title. Coughlin said in a YES Network interview Thursday that the Giants were on pace for another great season until Plaxico Burress accidently shot himself in a New York nightclub.
"We were the best team in the NFL at the time of the shooting," Coughlin said via The Star-Ledger.
Coughlin is right; the team was 11-1 at the time. But having the best team after 12 games doesn't really mean much in the NFL. The Giants are perfect examples of that. The team was 6-6 after 12 games before winning the Super Bowl after the 2011 season. The Giants went 4-4 down the stretch before winning the title after 2007.
Blaming Burress is a convenient excuse, but he's only one player. There's a very strong chance the Giants wouldn't have repeated as champs regardless of what happened to Plaxico. That's just how the NFL works.