Coughlin a calming influence on Giants

Shanahan's shenanigans with Redskins illuminate Giants coach's value to team

Updated: December 6, 2010, 10:00 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The sport belongs to the player, not the coach, no matter how quickly people kneel before a false football god in a headset. But on any given Sunday, like this one, a game between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins can be shaped by two middle-aged men, one who inspires his team and one who does not.

Tom Coughlin and Mike Shanahan are former Super Bowl champions, figures who command respect. Only Shanahan, the two-time champ, spent a frigid December ...

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