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03:44 PM ET 04.05 | Tom Coughlin's New York Giants have won two Super Bowls in his tenure, which is two more than anyone really expected. That's especially true when you consider their not-so-fantastic regular-season record. 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.

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April 5, 2013  03:48 PM ET

Yes, but we all knew that.

April 5, 2013  06:31 PM ET

And 4 years later it makes a difference?

April 5, 2013  07:08 PM ET

"We were the best team in the NFL

Where have I heard that line before? Oh yeah...

April 5, 2013  07:10 PM ET

How often does the team with the best record actually win the Super Bowl?

April 5, 2013  07:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

How often does the team with the best record actually win the Super Bowl?

Considering Tom Coughlin won his first Super Bowl by beating the 18-1 New England Patriots, he should understand this concept better than anyone.

April 5, 2013  07:18 PM ET

And Coughlin's bad coaching, had nothing to do with the Giants not winning the title in 2008???

April 5, 2013  09:08 PM ET

Oh get real. Th Giants limped into the playoffs that year, injured and burned out at numerous positions. Burress might have been the final straw, but it wasn't just him.

April 5, 2013  10:09 PM ET

After stumbling through a season where Tiki Barber launched his post football career by throwing Coughlin and Manning under the bus, the Giants were an afterthought playoff team until they played the Patriots. About half way through that game they figured out that they could handle anything Tom Brady and Darth Hoodie could throw at them and an angry attitude was born. That attitude got them through the NFC playoffs and, lo and behold, there was Tom and Hoodie looking worried as they stared back the Giants defensive line in the Super Bowl. The biggest upset in Super Bowl history happens.

The next season, the Giants are rolling through everyone and the D (dynasty) word is starting to be muttered. Then injuries and a lack of maturity take the edge off the team and there is no Michael Strahan to tell everyone to just shut up and play. Plaxico Burress is the perfect example of the internal self destruction of the Giants and they join the ranks of the non-repeating Super Bowl champions. You can point to him as being the Poster Child of what went wrong, but there were a lot of other injuries and the whole team caved in.

April 5, 2013  11:13 PM ET

Burress took one for the league.

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April 6, 2013  06:06 AM ET

Coughlin must have had one too many Manhattans. Coulda, shoulda, woulda, wanta, might. How about just plain didn't.

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