It’s the end of an era at Metlife. Tom Coughlin has decided to step down as the head coach of the New York Giants after 12 seasons in charge. At 69 years old, Coughlin invited his whole family to what would ultimately be his last game in control of the New York Giants, for a game that surmised the Giants 2015 season in one hour. Starting poorly against the Eagles, who had recently lost their own head coach, they pulled it back and looked like winning by the third quarter, only to lose it all on a fumble return in the dying minutes. Coughlin came on board with the Giants back in 1988 as the wide receivers coach, and brought a whole new attitude to the team. He enforced a bigger picture understanding upon them that led them to contribute to a Super Bowl winning season. He spent 1995-2002 with the Jacksonville Jaguars before returning to the Giants as a head coach in 2004. 12 seasons, and two Super Bowl’s later, and it’s undeniable that this man has left his mark on the club. Unfortunately, the last few seasons have been disappointing for the team, having not returned to the playoffs since their triumph over the New England Patriots in 2012. With superstar players on the roster, such as Odell Beckham and Eli Manning, the Giants hierarchy expected more, as did Coughlin, as so after rumblings that he may be let go, Coughlin decided to pull the plug on his tenure himself. At 69, he was the oldest head coach in the league. However, he stated that he is not retiring from the game, so he could prove to be an intriguing candidate for a team looking for a proven winner with bundles of experience. He also developed a strong relationship with his team, leading to Manning being visibly emotional after hearing of Coughlin’s decision. Coughlin will leave an indelible mark on the history of the New York Giants, but time will only tell if this will be the way he rides off into the sunset.